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"Ziji" is the Tibetan word for the innate, brilliant confidence possessed by all beings. The Ziji Collective is a community inspired by the Shambhala vision of an uplifted human society and dedicated to manifesting that vision in the world through the transformative power of collective action. There are Ziji Collective groups all over the world. Find the closest one to you!

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Bright Now in Retrospect

Written by Rianne Pelleboer on October 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: On the weekend of September 26th, curious innovators from across the world gathered at the Bright Now Festival to contemplate how we can work together towards an Enlightened Society. The festival drew presenters from many different fields, from healthcare and education to arts and music. Rianne Pelleboer, a member of the Utrecht Ziji Collective group, had the pleasure and fortune of attending Bright Now and has graciously offered to share her experience. For more information on the Bright Now Festival, visit their website. To learn more about Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage, and his view of Enlightened Society,…

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Introducing The Ziji Collective Website

Written by alex rodriguez on October 14, 2014

Welcome to the Ziji Collective website, a digital space that has been built to help our community gather and share resources online. Although it was designed in 2013—by Los Angeles-based web designer and Ziji Collective member Danny Pugh—we are just now starting the process of bringing it into being. For starters, we would like to share a bit of audio, recorded at an international gathering of young meditators in San Francisco this past May. In it, Ziji Collective Founding Director Alex van Gils reflects on what “Ziji Collective” has meant to him, tells the story of the origins of the name, and invites the rest…

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Bodhi Cheetah

Written by Rianne Pelleboer on March 23, 2014

Read it, love it, share it; Nothing speaks to the imagination like stories and detailed description of events. With that in mind I started my blog: Bodhi Cheetah. Cheetahs are the fastest mammals on the planet and resemble the society we live in perfectly. We run from one place to the other and in the mean time we send messages and e-mails. While we have dinner with our friends we manage to sneak send an e-mail to our bosses or teachers. We upload a photo of our meal on instagram, write something funny about it on twitter while we talk…

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West Coast Ziji Summit

Written by Alex Van Gils on November 5, 2013

“Building a good human society will take manual labor.” -Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle Last month in Los Angeles, California, some intrepid Ziji warriors got started on some of that manual labor—leaders of Ziji Collectives from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Davis, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Boulder, and Boston assembled for the first-ever West Coast Ziji Collective Summit. We shared ideas, skills, resources, connections, innovations, parlor games, and dance moves, setting the ground for further collaboration and community. After a festive opening night at Culver City’s very cool City Tavern, the Summit began with a series of presentations: what are…

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