Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us.
A new report from Religion News Service details financial troubles facing the Shambhala Buddhist community in the wake of revelations of sexual misconduct by the head of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham and several teachers in the community.
Pema Chödrön shares why the simple practice of taking a break from our usual thoughts is the most important thing we can do with our lives.
We might think that knowing ourselves is an ego-centered thing, but by looking at ourselves, we begin to dissolve the walls that separate us from others.
The report includes allegations against the organization’s head, Sakyong Mipham, and founder Chögyam Trungpa, as well as other leaders in the community.
An open letter signed by six former personal attendants to Sakyong Mipham says that the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist community “has consistently shown a disturbing pattern of behavior,” including sexual misconduct, psychological abuse, and misuse of organizational funds.
According to the Interim Board of Shambhala, the investigation shows that up until 2005, Sakyong Mipham’s behavior included “frequent sexual contact with women who were his students.”
William Karelis allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old who he met through his position as a teacher in Shambhala.
Rather than feeling discouraged by laziness, we could get to know laziness profoundly. This very moment of laziness becomes our personal teacher.
It may seem like an unattainable ideal, but you can start right now as a bodhisattva-in-training. All you need is the aspiration to put others first.