The Ziji Collective’s Statement regarding U.S. Travel Ban

Dear Friends, Through studying the Shambhala teachings, we learn that the nature of humanity and human society is basic goodness. Through the practice of meditation, we can experience that basic goodness, gain confidence in it, and give birth to the aspiration to create an enlightened society. Holding the aspiration to bring forth such a society, and to extend it beyond the Shambhala community into the wider world, we find ourselves confronted with events and forces that challenge our understanding of society’s basic goodness and push us to consider how to respond with bravery and compassion. Sometimes, we respond by drawing…

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Ziji News for the week of February 5, 2017

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Ziji News from Europe

Young people with Lion hearts, Although it may take a little time before this will reach you, I am writing this on the last day of the year, at Schloss Heinsheim in Germany. Here the Winter Youth Retreat is in full swing for the tenth time. 100 people are living, laughing, crying, singing and meditating together in a beautiful castle that is also a hotel. Tonight we will have a celebration to mark the end of the year and the beginning of the new one. It has been an amazing year for us as young meditators. Against the backdrop of…

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New Year’s Youth Retreat: Magic in the Wintertime

I’m sitting on a train, scenery flashing past outside, my heart is broken yet healthier than when I started my trip. I lean back and rest in the bittersweet pain. Every year for the last decade at the beautiful Schloss Heinsheim in Germany there is a Winter meditation Retreat for youth under the age of 35. Put on by Sita (, it provides attentiveness meditation instruction, workshops and a touch of magic. Part of me is sad that I missed the first 9 years, while the other part is joyful that I could start my journey on this auspicious 10…

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