Portland News Magazine

Tonglen Request for Richard Dailey

February 20th, 2012 by

Dear Sangha,

Please extend intensified tonglen practice to Richard Dailey. Diagnosed with brain cancer in this past year, he has now discontinued treatment, and the disease is rapidly progressing. Several days ago, he entered hospice care at a local care facility, though may be going back home after a short stay.

Please contact Rayna Jacobson [email protected] with any questions.

Summer Staff Positions at Shambhala Mountain Center

February 20th, 2012 by

Shambhala Mountain Center is currently inviting applications for more than 70 summer staff positions. Shambhala Mountain Center seeks committed individuals who aspire to create enlightened society through working in a contemplative practice community, serving and inspiring the guests who come to the land.

Living and working on this exquisitely beautiful, powerful land is transformative and challenging; if you are interested in offering your experience, capabilities and energies to support the vision of enlightened society, we encourage you to apply.

The positions, listed on their website, www.shambhalamountain.org, include:
* Set-up and take-down staff.
* Summer development assistant
* Summer program coordinators (experience required)
* Summer finance assistant
* AV assistant
* Travel coordinator
* Front desk and registrar positions
* Concierge
* Gift store assistant and staff
* Lead cooks, prep-cooks and tent staff
* Environment and program support
* Massage Therapist
* Dishroom manager and Dishroom assistant
* Assistant to the Stupa Director, Stupa tour assistant and stupa workers

They are seeking: Applicants with relevant job skills who have the desire to engage with work as practice.

They offer: The opportunity to live work and practice at Shambhala Mountain Center high in the Colorado Rockies.

They provide tent housing, buffet style meals, a stipend varying by position, program credits, also varying by position, and the opportunity to participate in classes and programs offered during the summer, participation depends on work schedule and meeting any eligibility requirements.

To apply: visit www.shambhalamountain.org, and fill out and online application. If you have questions or other concerns you can email, [email protected], or call 970-881-2184, ext 237.

Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka will be offered by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

February 20th, 2012 by

We are delighted to announce that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will bestow the Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 1, 2012.

This ceremony is a special occasion for practitioners to receive the blessing empowerment of this sadhana as part of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the parinirvana of the Druk Sakyong, The Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

In 1968, during a retreat at Taktsang Senge-ge Samdrup in Bhutan, the Vidyadhara made a profound connection with Padmasambhava and received as terma the Sadhana of Mahamudra. This sadhana addresses the problems of the current dark age and how to overcome its obstacles.

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche requested the Vidyadhara to write the abhisheka and feast for this sadhana. Unfortunately, the Vidyadhara was never able to do so. After the parinirvana of Trungpa Rinpoche, His Holiness was requested to fulfill this intention. When he completed the composition in 1990, he conferred the empowerment upon the Sakyong (known then as the Sawang) alone, making him the sole holder of this lineage. As instructed by His Holiness, The Sakyong did the retreat practice of the sadhana and after three years was permitted to confer the abhisheka upon the Shambhala sangha.

First bestowed by the current Sakyong in 1993 and several times subsequently at Vajrayana Seminary, this will be the first time in many years that the sangha will have an opportunity to receive the blessings of this abhisheka.

The abhisheka is open to all and you may register online here – http://halifax.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=93314&cid=197

In order to make this program available to as many people as possible, we are pleased to offer tiered pricing. Your generosity at any level will help cover the cost of the abhisheka. Please see the registration page for details.


February 20th, 2012 by

A new report has just been published, Shambhala and Society, based on discussions at 69 Shambhala Centers and Groups around the world. The report covers kindness and unkindness in Shambhala, as well as what people are doing to bring Shambhala vision into the world around them. No such report on this scale has ever been compiled before.

Each day from now until Shambhala Day, you can view direct quotes from this report as they will be posted on President Reoch’s blog: From Our President. This past weekend, President Reoch made a film about this report at the Imperial War Museum in London and the Dalai Lama’s Peace Garden; click here to view this video.

Hundreds of Shambhala practitioners participated in a global series of discussions on Shambhala and Society during the first Shambhala Lineage Festival that occurred last September, 2011.

Click here to read the article on the Shambhala Times.

Tonglen request for Happy Barnes’ daughter Katie

February 13th, 2012 by

Dear Shambhala Community,
This is a request to please practice tonglen for Katie, the 32-year-old daughter of Happy Barnes as well as for Happy and their extended family. Katie, who lives in Texas with her family, just found out today during a routine health check that her cancer has reappeared. Biopsies have been done and treatment will be determined soon.

It will be good comfort and help to both Happy and Katie if you include them in your practice.

Thank you.

Jay Stewart
Head Dekyong

Shared Housing Wanted

February 6th, 2012 by


I am a recent transplant to Portland from the East Coast looking for housing by March – preferably a room in a shared house. It would also be great to be close-in because I get around by bike. I would prefer to live with other young people, but I am open to any situation that feels right.

I’m 24, a recent college graduate, fairly quiet and very respectful. I like to play guitar and banjo, sing shape-note music, read, meditate and run. I am also getting into cooking. I strive to be environmentally conscious and good to the earth.

I was introduced to Shambhala in the last year and have completed a couple of training levels. I look forward to growing and learning more.

If you have a room available or know of someone who does, please feel free to contact me. My email address is [email protected] and phone number is 919-619-3587.

Rob Meeker