How the Ziji Gar Was Born (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3 of 3   Strengthening connection We arrived at Dechen Choling on February the 5th with very little planned. We had instead just a few vague ideas of things we would like to do in the time we had: Lia was keen that we begin by listening together to the talk the Sakyong gave at the first Ziji Summit in San Francisco 2014; we had some meetings arranged with key members of Dechen Choling staff; and we had set a date and time to have an online Zoom meeting with the rest of the Ziji Gar team. Beyond that…

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Join us on Loomio this week

Zijis of the Zijiverse, I’m excited to announce that our experiment in collective decision-making is taking some big steps this summer. Since November, the Ziji Collective has been playing with an online voting tool called Loomio to make decisions together. We’ve committed to abiding by any decisions that we agree to there and have some more proposals coming down the pipeline in the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone who has already jumped on to try this out! If you haven’t signed up for our Loomio group yet, you can do so by clicking here. Why we’re using Loomio I’m excited about…

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Ziji Collective Call with Sophie Maclaren

Background to the Conversation Sophie Maclaren Sophie Maclaren grew up in the Shambhala lineage, a child of senior Shambhala practitioners. During the time covered in this discussion (about 2000 to 2012), Sophie was deeply committed both to Shambhala practice, including on the Shambhala Vajrayana path, and to working within and for Shambhala International. From about 2006 to 2012, Sophie worked, primarily within Europe, to magnetize young people into the Shambhala mandala. Around 2012, a number of very painful conflicts, both interpersonal and organizational, precipitated an end to Sophie’s work within Shambhala and caused her to leave the Shambhala lineage. This…

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This Weekend: Synchronizing Mind and Body with Shastri Nick Kranz, and Group Leaders Meeting!

We have two great video calls lined up this weekend. And we had a night in, so we made posters! Saturday: Synchronizing Mind and Body with Shastri Nick Kranz For our weekly open call, Shastri Kranz is going to read the passage from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior quoted in the poster above, and discuss what it’s meant in his own life, followed by an open discussion somewhat in the style of social meditation. This is the second in a series of calls with Shambhala teachers in which they share Dharma texts that have inspired them—the first was with…

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