Sarpashana, by Anonymous

This post about Sarpashana, also known as The Heart of Recovery, was written by a member of our Tuesday evening group. As common practice in Sarpashana and other recovery groups, the privacy of attendees is protected and the writer has submitted this post as Anonymous. – Michelle Welch, blog editor I’m still surprised by how … Continue 

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Meet the Sangha – Stuart Rice

The next entry in our Meet the Sangha column comes from Stuart Rice. I plan to collect several more of these introductions, but will probably alternate them with upcoming posts from our Council on various subjects. – Michelle Welch, blog editor Stuart Rice In 2013, I had a realization: I wanted to learn to meditate. … Continue 

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Meet the Sangha – LaDawn Haglund

Welcome to our new Meet the Sangha column! Years ago, before the rollout of the redesigned website, we had a page where several sangha members introduced themselves. I hope to recreate this here on the blog, and I am in the process of collecting introductions from various people at the Phoenix Center. Watch for more … Continue 

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Fall News at the Phoenix Shambhala Center

We have many things happening at the Center this fall, including a variety of upcoming programs to the filling of four Council positions. We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Amy Kemp as Center Director. Amy comes to us with a long history of service to the Phoenix Shambhala Center, having acted as Rusung, Meditation … Continue 

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An Example of Buddha’s Words in Action, by Michelle Welch

Hatreds never cease through hatred (in this world); through love alone they cease. This is an eternal law. – Buddha I found a compelling example of this thinking in action in a recent book I read – not a dharma book but the memoir Shrill by feminist journalist and fat acceptance activist Lindy West. Among … Continue 

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Labeling Thoughts, by Michelle Welch

I have some trouble labeling my thoughts during meditation. I’m the kind of person who often grits my teeth when I say “thinking” to myself, and when I try to soften my voice it can come with a condescending eyeroll, “There I go, thinking again, because I’m just too dumb do this right.” So I’ve … Continue 

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, a book review by Michelle Welch

I’m often on the lookout for Buddhist-themed novels, and Lincoln in the Bardo is a new novel that received numerous critical accolades. More recently, Lion’s Roar magazine featured an interview with the author, George Saunders. I was particularly drawn to the novel after I attended a sukhavati ceremony, which is intended to help a deceased … Continue 

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Highlights from Winter Weekthun Celebration by Michelle Welch

Calligraphy by Stuart Rice Characters for Man and Life in different styles. The themes for this year’s weekthun were “It’s a Wonderful Life” and joining heaven and earth. It’s a Wonderful Life, by Teresa Gregersen Chorus: Great Eastern Sun is arisin’ Great Eastern Sun is shinin’ Woh oh oh Great Eastern Sun is alive in … Continue 

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Accelerating Change by Kim Kelso

Thinking about the results of the presidential election at first filled me with disappointment, dread and fear.  As the weeks unfolded, I was tempted to be forlorn.  Yet I knew from my Shambhala teachings that ignoring  or withdrawing was not the solution. As I searched for a way to maintain some sense of equanimity while … Continue 

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Art and the impulse to reach out, by Michelle Welch

I love finding Buddhist themes in unexpected places, most often in books that are otherwise unrelated to Buddhism. Recently I read The Art of Asking, a memoir by rock/punk singer and songwriter Amanda Palmer, which describes not just her life and career in music but also her artistic aesthetic. It’s in part an expansion on … Continue 

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