Don’t worry, don’t cry. Smoke and fly.
FEAR is that which takes place when the mind loses confidence in it’s ability to handle an experience.
Sakyong Mipham (Shambhala), paraphrased
Society is based upon human connectivity, happiness is based upon human connectivity, meaning is based upon human connectivity. And it’s becoming self-evident that the world is completely interconnected.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in The New Yorker
In dealing with other people, we must not only be aware of what they are saying, but we must also be open to the whole tone of their being. A person’s actual words and smile represent only a small fraction of their communication. What is equally important is the quality of presence, the way he or she presents themselves to us. This communicates much more than words alone.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism"
We could say that compassion is the ultimate attitude of wealth: an antipoverty attitude, a war on want.
Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
I’m happy to announce that I’m beginning my formal Shambhala training January 10-12, 2014 at the Baltimore Shambhala Center! This is the first of five levels of training - which I hope to complete in May 2014. I’m really looking forward to the program and delving deeper into my study and meditation practice. After each day of training I will provide some reflections on the day, here on this blog. I encourage you to follow along!
Level I: The Art of Being Human
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Open to the public.