Twinkle: Light in the Darkness

Kim Crossman sends this along…  Everybody wants to be happy. Everybody wants to feel love. But we all go through dark times – illness, loss, all kinds of mental and physical suffering.  The first teaching the Buddha gave after he achieved enlightenment, on the 4 Noble Truths, answers this question of suffering. The 1st Noble … Continue 

A busy Governing Council — now with more transparency!

One of the challenges of a (mostly) volunteer organization is finding time to work on short-term and longer-term issues.  The past week has been especially busy.  When we’re so busy, transparency can suffer as we try to “get stuff done.” On Sunday December 8, the Council had a full-day planning retreat at the home of … Continue 

Lisa Stanley teaching people to sit still 5 minutes a day

  Recently, Lisa Stanley was interviewed by Jenn Sturiale, a writer for Time Warner, for two articles on Upwave, a new health-related website with a twist. In one interview, Lisa talked about two related topics, which ended up in two pieces: In one article Lisa talked about meditation as “a way for people to slow down.  Many … Continue 

Basic Goodness III Haikus

The “Basic Goodness III, Basic Goodness of Reality: What is Real?” class just finished up our fourth meeting. Last week, we were given the instruction by one of our teachers, David Parker, to wander about the center and find a few things that strike us and write a haiku on them. Afterwards, a few people … Continue 

Calling all photographers

The communication team would like to invite you to contribute photos for our blog or Facebook page.  We’ve collected 419 photos over the last several months but could use more contributions. Photos of community events (even if everyone is drenched) or of the beauty around us are especially helpful.  When we use them, we will … Continue 

How to contribute to this community blog

This blog is a way for our community to be visible to itself.  That involves contributing as well as reading.  To become a contributor (of a one-time piece or a regular series) drop a line to [email protected]  It helps to have a photo as well as a few sentences or paragraphs.

Drala Hike Leadership Retreat

The Drala Hike Leaders held a retreat in October 2013.  Several of the drala hike leaders spent a glorious weekend in Bend together. Guess what they did? We did a wonderful hike along Crooked River on the Otter Bench Trail, had a wonderful dinner together in Bend Saturday night and then briefly visited the Metolius River … Continue 

Wachlella Falls Drala Hike

Drala Hikes stalwart Joan Sears snapped these pictures on the trail during the Nov 2 Wachlella Falls Drala Hike. It was a very watery day with rain (heavy at times), some hail, resounding waterfalls, a stream surging with the intensity of autumn water levels and finally tubs filled with mineral rich water at Carson Springs … Continue 

Practicing while incarcerated

This just in from David L. Michael: I have been practicing meditation with the Shambhala group at Oregon State Penitentiary for about five years.  I attend the Tuesday evening services each week and the all day retreats monthly (Shambhala every other month). I have been meditating and studying Buddhism and eastern metaphysics since 1965. The practical … Continue 

Honoring a 21st Century Samurai

As a dozen Shambhalians gathered together in the lobby of the Portland Art Museum to see the Samurai Exhibit last Friday, I got to talking with Robert Archer about his connection with Shibata, Sensei, a Twenty First Century Samurai.  Robert whipped out this photo by Lee Weingrad on his  iPad and started talking about how Shibata taught, … Continue