Portland News Magazine

Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo Expecting Second Child !!!

September 24th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci
Shambhala News ServiceSeptember 23,  2012 –

During this weekend’s celebration of Shambhala’s annual Harvest of Peace, the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, announced that he and the Sakyong Wangmo are expecting the birth of their second child.

“I’m happy to say the Sakyong Wangmo is in good health and we are all delighted. Jetsun Drukmo seems very pleased and cheerful. As our family grows, so does the possibility of Shambhala.”

The formal announcement from the Kalapa Court follows:

“The Kalapa Court is delighted to announce that the Kongma Sakyong, Jampal Thrinly Dradul, and the Sakyong Wangmo, Dechen Choying Sangmo are expecting the birth of their second child in the Spring of 2013.

May all beings enjoy Profound, Brilliant Glory. KI KI SO SO!


Portland Shambhala Community Campout Pics….

September 24th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

The 2012 Portland Shambhala Camp Out was held the weekend of Sep 7-9, 2012 at Silver Falls State Park.  Eleven people and two dogs participated.  We did a drala meditation hike (with two children and one dog), had a potluck barbecue dinner Saturday night, sang songs around the camp fire, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Everyone expressed interest in having another camp out in 2013.

Bearing Witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau

September 24th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Dear Friends,

I’m raising a mala (traditional begging practice of the Zen Peacemakers) this year to support my ongoing bearing witness work at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where I serve as one of the spirit holders and retreat staff for this annual bearing witness retreat.  Please visit my mala raising page at:

If you might be interested in attending the retreat yourself, please visit:

All the best,

Acharya Fleet Maull

The Books of Esther by Willa Schneburg

September 17th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

An Interdisciplinary Exhibit of the Life of One Woman Who “Talked” Through Writing 

September 12, 2012 – November 25, 2012

Oregon Jewish Museum

1953 NW Kearney Street, Portland

Website: ojm.org

Willa Schneberg’s mother, a first generation American, was a survivor of larynx cancer. Thus out of necessity she wrote what she would normally speak. In this body of work Schneberg utilizes ceramic sculpture, photographs, audio clips and personal objects to explore how memory, language, Jewish identity, work, disability and aging, shape people’s lives. Schneberg has created the echo of the voice no longer there, the contour of the hand that held the pen. This exhibit is about the artifacts of our lives, and how we infuse them with meaning. The Books of Esther also embodies the essential contribution of written language, and it demonstrates how one woman’s need to communicate allowed her to overcome adversity.

Portland Shambhala Chinook Book Fundraiser

September 17th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Meet Chinook Book — A coupon book filled with valuable coupons for savings at local, sustainable businesses, as well as information about living green in our community. Think Ben and Jerry’s, Portland Nursery, Ace Hardware. Groceries, movies, clothing, gardening, restaurants and so much more.

For the first time ever, Portland Shambhala Center is taking advantage of the Chinook Book to raise funds. We’ll receive a generous 50% for each full price book or mobile ap sold! Coupon books are $20. Mobile aps which can load straight to your smart phone or android are $15. You’ll find that you can save the cost of the book many times over! And members will receive an additional 10% discount on purchase price. If you have friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates who might be interested in purchasing their new Chinook Book from us, contact Carol Lieberman, Book Store Manager, to make arrangements.  Subject line: Chinook Book

Work Program To Protect The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya: Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2012

September 10th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Volunteers are invited to join Joshua Mulder, Bob and Lindy King and John Perkins for a work week at The Great Stupa from September 28 through October 4. There is no charge for this program!

We will undertake a wide variety of small projects, long term fire mitigation, deferred maintenance, landscaping, painting and overall cleanup, cleaning and organizing. We need some skilled carpenters, some heavy lifters, a couple of painters and a considerable contingent of willing-to-do whatever people. We will work about seven hours a day, do morning practice and closing together in the Stupa, and have some optional evening talks, practice sessions and social get-togethers.

A special welcome and invitation is extended to all past Stupa workers who have an inclination and are able to revisit the wonderful years we spent together building this great expression of Awakened Mind.

If you cannot make these specific dates but would like to join in, let us know and we can consider your availability. Joshua is there on-going. If you are interested, first contact John Perkins and then contact the SMC call center to register: 888-788-7221

Bob and Lindy King
John Perkins
[email protected]

The following letter from Carolyn Gimian, Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project Director, describes how we may support — both through volunteering and making offerings — ongoing work to protect the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya from future natural disasters such as this summer’s Colorado wildfire:

Dear Friends in Shambhala,

A devastating forest fire in the Poudre Canyon this summer mercifully did not reach Shambhala Mountain Center, but it pointed out the vulnerability of the center and the land, and the need to be prepared for any future disasters. One of the issues that came to light was that the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, which houses body relics of the Vidyadhara and many speech relics, rupas, thangkas, and other precious items, was vulnerable to damage. Without adequate preparation, everything in the Stupa is at serious risk.

John Perkins, former director of the Shambhala Archives and an expert in preservation of cultural heritage, expressed concern about the Stupa and volunteered to travel from his home in Mexico to SMC to prepare the structure so that it could withstand the fire. The Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, working together with SMC and Shambhala International, got involved and was able to contribute a modest sum to help with John’s expenses. He was able to travel to the Stupa, where he worked with SMC staff, Bob and Lindy King, and others. A summary of his efforts is on the SMC facebook page and the website of the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, at http://chogyamtrungpa.com

An outcome of all this was the strong sentiment that now is the time to use what we’ve learned and do the work to protect the Stupa and the Visitor Center. With the full support of the SMC administration and staff, Bob and Lindy King and John Perkins are hosting a work week at the Great Stupa, September 28 to October 4th. There is no charge for this program, and SMC is providing housing and meals.

You can help! We need both volunteers for the work week and financial support to accomplish the work that needs to be done. Bob, Lindy and John have put together an exhaustive proposal and budget for the work week. When they added up the figures, it came out to $10,108 – an auspicious number indeed.

If you can volunteer your services, that would be terrific. If that’s not possible, then please consider a donation to support this work. Contributions can be made via Pay Pal on the website of the Legacy Project, and we will maintain a fund to be used solely for this project. If you wish to send a cheque or donate in another manner, please contact Carolyn Gimian at [email protected]. In the United States, you can send your donations to the Legacy Project c/o Ashoka Credit Union.

More detail about the work and a breakdown of the budget is available, either from Bob, Lindy or John or from Carolyn or SMC. SMC will also be posting several announcements about the work program.

Please see the announcement about the program at: http://www.shambhalamountain.org/programs/view/1951

For further information. You can also contact John Perkins directly about volunteering at:  [email protected] or 310-945-5238. It’s so very important that we protect the Stupa and the lineage treasures it contains.

Thank you,

Carolyn Gimian

Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project

Dharma Practitioner wanted to rent one bedroom in Vancouver…

September 10th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

To all Shambala practitioners and friends,

I am looking for a  dharma practitioner to rent my lovely one bedroom apartment in Vancouver, WA.

I have a charming apartment for rent, separate from but attached to my home on a quiet cul-de-sac very near the Columbia River in East Vancouver. See attached photos. It is very close to Portland: only a five minute drive to both the I-5 and I-205 bridges. Freshly painted and looking like new, this cozy cottage is located on a 10,000 square foot lot surrounded by grass, trees, shrubs and flowers. It has it’s own entrance and a parking space in the front of the house, and a private deck out to the backyard. As a dharma practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, I am hoping to find a person or persons to rent this space who are also on a spiritual journey and who will enjoy this quiet and peaceful oasis. Rent is $700/mo. and includes water, sewer, garbage and cable T.V. access.

It is move in ready so if you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact me as soon as possible at 503-939-9298 or by email at [email protected] to arrange a time to view this lovely property.


Judy Abel

Indiegogo campaign to help finish “An Uncommon King”: Documentary of life of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

September 3rd, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Announcing an Indiegogo campaign to help finish the exhibition masters of a new feature documentary on the life of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche called “An Uncommon King.” It took 17 years to make and now we are close to releasing the movie this fall. But we need partners to help us so it can be shown in theaters; so that we can produce the public DVD’s; and so we can complete the technical requirements for iTunes. We are trying to raise 15,000 by Sept. 21. Please jump in and visit us at http://www.indiegogo.com/anuncommonking?a=685599.

Through verity footage, interviews and archival material the documentary follows the Sakyong’s life story from his father’s escape over the mountaintops of Tibet, to birth in a refugee camp in India, growing up in Colorado and finally taking up the mantle after his father’s death and teaching around the world. It is a father/son story that embraces the universal themes of family, heritage and cultural survival. But above all, it is a story about basic goodness.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.AnUncommonKing.com


Johanna J. Lunn & James Hoagland,


Did Pema Chödrön save your life? Your sanity? Do you have a story to tell?

September 3rd, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

Contribute to a new anthology by those who’ve put her wisdom into action—to benefit the Pema Chodron Foundation.

Have you found solace or wisdom in the works of Pema Chödrön? Did reading or listening to Pema Chödrön save you during a hard time? Did she help you to accept yourself, imperfections and all? In the midst of it, did you ever throw one of her books against the wall?

Submit an essay to an anthology about engaging the teachings of Pema Chödrön, which will be published by Pema’s publisher, Shambhala Publications, for the benefit of the Pema Chödrön Foundation. Authors are being sought who have been affected in one way or another by the writings or teachings of this woman who’s become one of the most widely respected spiritual teachers of our day.  You don’t need to be a Buddhist (though it’s OK if you are) and just about any topic is acceptable– from the profound to the mundane.  You don’t need to show the “right” way to practice Pema Chödrön’s teachings, just your way. Your piece can be juicy or humorous, stark or sad, or compelling or intellectual, as long as it demonstrates an engagement with Pema Chödrön’s work. Read More…..