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Minister Speaks Out on Basic Goodness and Crazy Wisdom

Apr 18, 2012

Socially innovative minister speaks out about basic goodness and crazy wisdom in the Shambhala and Christian traditions.

At a conference on the Strengths and Future of Nova Scotia, hosted by the Shambhala Community to mark the 25th anniversary of the parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Reverend Russell Daye of Saint Andrew's United Church, Halifax, gave a passionate address about the impact of Shambhala in society, the transformative power of basic goodness, crazy wisdom in the Shambhala and Christian traditions.

Thanks to videographer Sobaz Benjami and Robyn Traill (Director of the Shambhala School), a beautifully shot film of Reverend Daye's address is available. It may be viewed on the President's Blog:

"I urge you to watch it all the way through," says President Reoch. "It is worth every 15 of its minutes!"

Rev. Daye, whose church has collaborated with the Halifax Shambhala community on environmental action, says: "Every institutional and artistic and community sector in Nova Scotia has benefited from the arrival and continuing presence of Shambhalians over the last several decades. It's a remarkable thing when you think about it: our schools, our civil service, our artistic community, the business sector, our NGO sector would be weaker; there would be less creative decency if Shambhalians had not arrived. One of the reasons why you have had such a big impact is that you practice."

"Another thing I really love about the Shambhala community and your heritage is your passion for crazy wisdom, " he says. "Crazy wisdom is needed to change those core equations, to introduce possibilities where possibilities do not appear to exist. The narrative of scarcity, the zero-sum game, has colonized our thinking. As the religious sector has receded and other sectors have become weaker, one sector ­ the economic sector ­ has started to totalize the way we think about the health of our societies.

"A profound narrative of scarcity has descended upon us. I think that in some ways we feel less confident. What we need going forward is a conscious attending to those parts of our lives, whether they be in formal religious traditions or in our culture or in our families, that deeply make us say 'no' to the narrative of scarcity or to the totalizing narrative of economics and re-alter the equations that underneath the surface of communal life."

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)