We’re Working on a Ziji Manual, and We Want Your Help!

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One of the most common questions we’re asked is: “Is there a guide to starting and running a Ziji group?” There never has been before, but we’ve begun working on one. We’re calling it the Ziji Manual. It’s not written yet, and we want your help writing it! Our Aspirations for the Ziji Manual We want the Ziji Manual to be a constantly evolving online document that communicates the know-how and wisdom of Ziji groups across the world. The Ziji Manual is intended mainly as a resource for anyone working to help start or lead a Ziji group. We wish…

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Embodying Basic Goodness at the Ziji Gar

The last few years have definitely not been easy. I have been going through an exhausting process characterized by anxiety, fear and chaos. In the midst of this strong confusion and pain, my brother, a Shambhalian practitioner since 8 years, advised me to do the first level of the Shambhala training. At that time there was not much to lose: I had already abandoned the idea of living a meaningful life. Given this radical state of hopelessness, I decided to try out this “spiritual thing” that my brother had been so committed to. Pilgrimage to Vienna Back then, my anxiety…

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How We Work: Ziji Organizational Chart

Over the past few years, and especially since last year’s Berlin Summit, we’ve worked very hard to organize ourselves for transparency, inclusiveness, and efficiency. We’re proud to announce (graphically, thank goodness) the result of all that work: the Ziji Organizational Chart. The Chart Some highlights to notice: Working Groups We do most of our day-to-day work through our Working Groups, which currently number five: Finance, Summit Planning, Wakeful Forms, Communications, and Connecting Points. Connecting Points is our main link to mentors and partners within Shambhala and elsewhere, as well as other allies and partners. Wakeful Forms is our main link…

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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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