How the Ziji Gar Was Born (Part 2 of 3)

PART 2 of 3 “You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.”.             – Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man   It was at the Winter Youth Retreat at Schloss Heinsheim in Germany, in January this year, that making this programme a reality really came together. While we were there, the discussions we were having about Ziji evolved into the formation of a group, now 10 of us, committed to making the Gar happen. I cannot begin…

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How the Ziji Gar was born (Part 1 of 3)

PART 1 of 3 “From our own sense of confidence, strength and magnanimity, we can uplift the world.” – The Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche   I am writing this on the train as I have just returned from the most wonderful few days at Dechen Choling where myself, Lia Duggan, Simon Engelke, Simon Bertin and Oli Wang met to discuss and continue to co-create together the Ziji Gar that will happen there from July 2nd to July 10th this year. Gar is a Tibetan word that can be translated as camp or encampment. Our idea is to transform the existing Summer…

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Social Meditation across the Southeast USA

Last month, Shastri Nick Kranz, along with several members of the Nashville Shambhala sangha, took a road trip across the southeast U.S. to teach Social Meditation. Making stops in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana, we made connections with other groups of young meditators, and started generating energy for the 2017 Ziji Collective Summit in Nashville later this year. Things kicked off in the Nashville Shambhala way, welcoming Nick and Jade with an open mic Dharma Jam, followed by a day-long Social Meditation intensive and then Shambhala Level III. After a day off to rest and prepare for the coming week, Camille,…

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Aspirations by Zijians — International Women’s Day

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we are collecting individual aspirations connected to feminism in the world and in our communities. How can we relate to the idea of feminist activism in a Buddhist Community?  ★ I aspire to bring gentleness as a primary value into activist settings where it typically is not one. ★ I aspire to work from a sense of worthiness, allowing that to be the binding principle of why I am engaging in issues of gender equality. Worthiness is something all beings have. ★ I aspire to affect issues of gender by cultivating awareness of…

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