One Year Later: Ziji Highlights Since the Berlin Summit

It’s been almost exactly a year since the Berlin Summit, and for those of us working week by week to help Ziji flourish, it’s been action-packed. We thought it could be very helpful to summarize what the results of that work have been, in an easy-to-skim document — rather than in, for example, slightly more than 13,000 Slack posts. 🙂 So here are some highlights of what Ziji’s accomplished over the year: Events, Offerings, and Retreats Weekly Open Call Shortly after the Berlin Summit, we began keeping a weekly Open Call, on Zoom, the video calling program. The call is…

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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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