Creating Enlightened Society- the biological basis of how cultures change

This morning after reading about a possible reversal by the Trump Administration of a ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, I thought I would share some of what I’ve been studying, as a possible cheering-up tonic. I’ve recently been reading and exploring how nature can restore us. The natural landscape can heal our … Continue 

PREPARING TO DIE – by Linda Kelly Brown

(This class has now ended. We hope to present it again sometime.) After her conversations with Bear Hollyday, Linda Kelly Brown explains more about the series: Buddhists believe in the concept of impermanence as one of the Four Noble Truths. That includes each individual. Birth, old age, sickness, and death are all expected way points … Continue 

Interview about EARTH/DHARMA – Ecology and Buddhism

The EARTH/DHARMA ecology and Buddhism series starting November 22  is an exploration of our relationship with the earth, our present ecological predicament, and how meditation and other practices can help. Wondering what this is about, I interviewed one of the teachers, Shastri Donna Williams. And during the interview the other teacher Ryan Harvey came by … Continue 

Diversity Forum Notes

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, The White River Shambhala Center held a Diversity Forum, open to members and the general public, to discuss how the Center can be more inclusive. The questions posed were the following: What is diversity? What is diversity specifically for the Upper Valley area? Why is diversity good for everyone? How … Continue 

Mindfulness meets Entrepreneurs at Killington

Last Wednesday, I taught a group of 7 entrepreneurs from Montreal our meditation practice.  We received the request at the center somewhat randomly, this group was looking for someone to teach them meditation while at a group skiing retreat at Killington and found us via the internet.  Here is the mission statement of the group, … Continue 

THE GAMBLER

The Gambler. That song. When I get a song stuck in my head I can usually figure out what my unconscious is on about. But this week bits of The Gambler kept singing through my mind, a kind of running background to whatever I was doing. I don’t even know the song — well, I … Continue 

Epistemological Chicken: Can we know what is real?

Over the past 6 months I have tried out hearing aids from 3 different manufacturers.  This is a great way to bring home the question of what is real, that is to say what does the world, the squeaky floor, my own voice “really” sound like?  And just this week I had the lens in … Continue 

Summer Director’s Letter

Dear Community, Ah, summer. Not too long ago it was only a dream, and too soon  it will be again. In fact, it could be a dream even now –  but if so, it’s a pretty good dream, so let’s stay with it and play in it as long as it lasts! Since the last … Continue 

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at Karme Choling in May

LIFE AS CELEBRATION is the name of the retreat at Karme Choling in Barnet VT on May 15 – 17 with the Sakyong and Lodro Rinzler. The Sakyong will offer teachings on how to engage in all of our activity with an open heart. Lodro Rinzler will then discuss how to ground the view of … Continue 

Spring Director’s Letter

Dear Community, I don’t know about you, but when I first heard that we are entering the Year of the Wood Sheep, I thought of a creature who wants nothing more than to follow along with the flock, but who is too stiff (wooden) to do even that. Not a lot of warriorship there! However, … Continue