Buddhist Response to Newtown Shooting

Finding the Light: Newtown, Violence, Depression and Renewal

Two weeks ago today the country was shocked and saddened by the news of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Frighteningly, senseless violence seems to have become a common occurrence. The Buddhist tradition talks of the dark ages. Ironically, the dark ages occur when the world is most full of light. In our current times, … Continue 

Meditation, Creativity & Fearlessness (podcast)

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Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s brand-new, very own podcast. Help spread the word and share with your friends! In this episode, bestselling author and Shambhala Buddhist teacher Susan Piver discusses the intersection of meditation, creativity, and fearlessness. This talk was recorded live at our Weekly Dharma Gathering. Susan … Continue 

Material Luxury

Material Luxury & Deep Suffering (Podcast)

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“Meditation In The City” is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast. In this episode, senior teacher Sangyum Agness Au explores life “at the crossroads of material luxury and deep suffering”. Agness Au is a Sangyum, a lifelong personal representative of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She is a senior Shambhala Training and Warrior … Continue 

Working With Depression

Working With Depression (Podcast)

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In this episode, senior teacher Joseph Mauricio discusses meditation & depression – what it means to be “Wrapped in the fabric of spacetime”, at this talk recorded live at our Weekly Dharma Gathering. Joseph Mauricio, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition, is a student of Meditation Master Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. He is a … Continue 

Critical Thought and Shopping

Critical Thought and Shopping

It is not ‘Big Business’ with its CEOs, Walmart, outsourcing, or misguided policies that shall ultimately destroy the world, these are all just symptoms of our fear and the ignorance that comes from it. Indeed, all of our ‘demons’ are born from these two, and continue to be maintained by them. Bertrand Russell wrote, “It … Continue 

What Is Enlightenment? (Podcast)

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Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s brand-new, very own podcast. Help spread the word and share with your friends! In this episode, senior teacher Ethan Nichtern poses the question: “What Is Enlightenment?”, at this talk recorded live at our Weekly Dharma Gathering. Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior … Continue 

How To Make Positive Change

I recently read that out of the millions of Americans who set a New Year’s resolution for themselves only 8 percent are successful at achieving them. It’s not easy to intentionally effect change in your life, yet through setting an intention and building a lifestyle around that motivation it can get easier. Setting an Intention … Continue 

A Day of Service

There were three UPS trucks parked on the sidewalk, rapidly filling up with donations. Cars were double-parked, quickly loading up with supplies and people. Volunteers moved fast, urging onlookers to keep the walkways clear. I stood on the edge of this sea of activity, reached into my bag, and pulled out a hastily scribbled sign: … Continue 

On Boredom

Eventually, all meditators run into the same problem: boredom. Boredom usually arises in one of two ways—as a constant sense of sleepiness or as a kind of free floating anxiety and agitation. Yes, agitation. I would like to tell you right now that you do not have ADD. If I had a dollar for everyone … Continue 

Sanity Amid the Storms

Facing uncertainty is guaranteed to come up abundantly in our lives. The practice of meditation prepares us for the unlikely breezes, as well as the times that are superstorms  of uncertainty; times like now, with Sandy behind us, another storm ahead of us, the election today, and then all the personal times in each of … Continue