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Shambhala Day Address
Year of the Water Sheep
March 3rd, 20003

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from Halifax, Nova Scotia

SMR Photo Shambhala Day 2003
© Diana Church

Cheerful Shambhala Day. When I look out here I see basic goodness-lots of faces that possess this basic goodness. Obviously this past year has been very traumatic in many ways and has been very challenging for many people. The movement that we're in right now continues and we as practitioners of Shambhala and practitioners of peace, practitioners of mind, are always challenged whether we sink down and left things get us down, or we're challenged to rise up. This particular year we have the opportunity to make a shift and be able to acknowledge others.

When we gather today, and at the beginning of the New Year, we should all take solace and confidence from each other. It's very important that we acknowledge each other as warriors and as Shambhala practitioners all the time. The year of the Water Sheep has connotations of peace; there are many aspects of peace that would obviously be wonderful to occur. But peace is being challenged tremendously on an international and domestic level. We know as practitioners that there's always conflict taking place-in our own minds, as well as within our family and our community. Even though it can seem insurmountable, it is possible to overcome it. At the root of the whole thing is how we work with our mind, how we forward the quality of our own wisdom.

During this particular period, many people have been asking me how to deal with fear, how to deal with anxiety. I've been teaching a lot about meditation, obviously. In the first stages of meditation we try to calm ourselves down. But some situations are very, very intense-beyond calming down. What we have to invoke within the whole process is the quality of wisdom. We can do this now by contemplating the four immeasurables. We can also practice chanting the names of Manjushri. Manjushri has a connection with the Rigdens, which is the basis for the inspiration that the Druk Sakyong had in terms of propagating Shambhala vision. His vision in fact even produced our being here in Halifax, and has led to many people practicing the teachings of basic goodness.

The notion of Rigden is wisdom, knowledge, understanding. What does it have to do with fear? The way we overcome fear is through prajna, through wisdom, through the Great Eastern Sun. Here the Great Eastern Sun is the notion that we can all rise up. The notion of fear is that we don't know what is going to happen. When we're afraid we tend to rely on things that are more trustworthy and dependable-such as anger, ignorance, jealousy, and revenge. As a community we've discussed how we're going to engage in this world. How are we going to take these principles of soft and push against hard? We're obviously pushing against hard because there are many people who are stuck in a particular viewpoint. Every year is more and more challenging.

So we gather as a community, but at the same time, ladies and gentlemen, we are not special people. We are easily susceptible to kleshas, and easily susceptible to anger. I'm taking a big leap here, making an assumption [laughter]. If you didn't get mad at me then [laughter] I'll re-state it. We are coming together as ordinary people trying to be extraordinary. Right now is a time when we have to be extraordinary. One of most extraordinary things that we can do is not to become overwhelmed by materialism, not to become overwhelmed by speed. Since these days I'm on a book tour, there's a really good book I can recommend [laughter]. It's called Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism [laughter, applause]. There's a sequel [laughter].

How do we overcome the notion of materialism? How do we cut the speed in the external world? All of us are trapped within this kind of speed. What do we do? During this particular time, as a community, especially within our organization, we're making cutbacks, trying to simplify. On the one hand, it's a difficult time, but it is also an opportunity for us to simplify and deepen. How can all of us look at our life and simplify and focus on what is most important? This is really very challenging. I'm speaking from personal experience. This next year I enter into a period of doing some more teaching and then going on retreat. I had to make a decision to simplify in order to focus on the things that are important for myself-for my life's journey-in order to help others. All of us as community members have to look at the quality of our life. We have something really profound-the teachings of buddhadharma and Shambhala-that can truly enrich the life that we have.

One day we'll wake up and say, "This is how I need to lead my life." Maybe that day has already occurred. Maybe it will occur this year. But at a certain point, something tells us that we need to shift the principles by which we're going to live our life. As a community this is something that we can offer to the world. In the age of spiritual and material materialism, of more and more and more-when even our personal space is materialistic in terms of running off our own anger, ignorance, and jealousy-we need to able to come back and see that the purpose of all these teachings is to simplify.

How is it that we can now as a community go forward? With Mr. Reoch coming on board, jumping in, and really trying to work with our community, one of the particular points that I'm very enthusiastic about is his ability to have contact with the outside world and with other organizations that bring in this quality of simplicity. As a community we need to be an example, I think, for others. The world consumes more because it feels satisfying to consume more. The world takes up more psychological space because fundamentally, as human beings, our mind is continuously churning and suffering.

At this particular time, we as Shambhalians need to go forward by looking at ourselves, each one of us, and seeing that we are all warriors in this particular life. What we do, the decisions we make on a day-to-day basis, matters. Much of what I'm talking about, obviously, we've heard many times. Sometimes we move forward as warriors, and sometimes we don't. We talk about enlightened society, a society of individuals with an enlightened attitude, an enlightened approach. One of the key things is that it is so simple.

I really feel like we're entering a situation where we have an opportunity to accomplish that simplicity. Every day we're alive, we should grow. Our wisdom should grow and our knowledge should grow. The notion of setting sun is that we are no longer growing. The sun is no longer shining; new land is not being illuminated. In this particular year, I encourage and implore you to go forward with the wisdom that you have, deepen it, and extend it out. This is the year that we will be able to do that.

We can do this kind of practice as a community in a very simple way. In particular, we're going to be practicing the Four Immeasurables. We're trying to generate a quality of equanimity, equality. We're trying to generate love and compassion, and in the end we're trying to have joy. I've been trying to encourage this in terms of contemplative practice. We just get up in the morning and have a few moments where we consciously contemplate what the purpose of our day is. The first thought is of equality or equanimity. We get up, and instead of immediately being consumed by our own personal dilemmas, for a moment we think, "I am suffering, I'm going through my hassles and so forth, but every single sentient being is going through the same hassles. When I walk out my door, the people I encounter are not my enemies. They are just like myself." It's a simple approach, and that's what we're trying to encourage. When we do it we generate the ability to open up our mind. We can say of anyone we encounter, "May they have happiness, may they have a fulfilling life, may they not suffer," and contemplate that.

The best part of this practice is that at the end, we feel joy. This joy doesn't come about because somebody says we're supposed to have it. It comes about because when we do this kind of contemplation we feel incredibly grateful that we have the opportunity to help others. In fact, it's the quality of the bodhisattva, of compassion, that when we are able to engage in helping others, we feel tremendous spark and joy in our mind.

Even though it's a difficult situation, I feel like we need to have more joy. We're so serious. We're even serious right now [laughter]. But you know, there's a quality of seriousness in terms of integrity, but there is also joy.

It's no surprise to me that any great master that I've ever known only gets happier and happier. I never met one who got more depressed [laughter]. So what does that mean? It means that there's something good at the end [laughter]. There's something to be cheerful about. There's something to make our hearts lighter. What is that thing? It's turning our mind outward, turning it to others, taking the principle of warriorship and Shambhala vision that we've been talking about and actually embodying it. We so desperately want that joy, but it's so focused on our little circle.

So whether we do it this year or next year, one day we're going to trigger that joy. We're going to be very, very happy people. Not that you're not [laughter]. You look like the most cheerful group of people I've ever seen in my whole life [laughter]. But we are going to trigger that joy, even in these dark times. I would encourage people to contemplate the depth and vastness of the suffering that's taking place. The more we do that, the more joy we will have, because our minds will be lighter. Our minds will be lighter because we're no longer hiding from something. We're no longer trying to run away, pretending that things are going to work out. As we know, things will not work out, we will die. It's a common joke, I know, every Shambhala Day, something about death. But it still hasn't changed. So we must expand our mind.

Every single one of us has in us the joy, the enlightenment, the sense of wakefulness, warriorship. Look no further. Please try to go forward in a way that allows us to keep this joy, this incredible sense of preciousness that we all have.

I would like to end just by letting everyone know that in November of this year I'll be entering retreat for roughly sixteen months. I will be doing a series of practices, some of which I've been putting off because I've not had enough time. As many of you know I've been studying for a long time now. You can only hear about emptiness for so long; now it's time to put it into practice. So I'm going to do more retreat, which I feel like I need to do now. I feel like I can do this. The timing is good and the general community is being very supportive. With Mr. Reoch taking on the role of president, and the Board and many individuals in the leadership coming forward, I feel very comfortable about it. It allows me to fulfill my role as Sakyong and as a Shambhala individual and to teach, to write, and to focus on these things.

I want to make it clear to everybody that my inspiration to go on retreat is about stepping forward and getting involved. I'm not stepping back, away, to the side, behind-any of these words you want to use. I actually feel more committed than ever. To do that further, and for the community to benefit at all from my leadership, I have to do this particular retreat now. When I come back from my retreat I will not be traveling and teaching exactly as I was before. There will be a shift, hopefully toward teaching more Shambhala programs and deepening our Shambhala curriculum, as well as the ongoing Buddhist curriculum.

So I love you very much, and I will always be here for you. And I always pray for you, which is such a corny word. But when you think about it, when you're by yourself, praying is not so bad. It has a quality of looking at what you really want, what you really wish for. Generally speaking, I encounter people's pain daily, and at all levels: people's severe sickness, people's personal dilemmas. Doing that opens me up more and more. I don't see just a person; I see what they're struggling with. We really need to open up to each other. Understanding this more allows me to have more compassion and understanding, which has been very profound for myself as an individual who is practicing.

In many ways we're very mature, and in other ways we're just infants trying to understand how practice works. It's usually quite a mix of the two. The time is ripe for that maturity to infiltrate our practice. I really want everybody to be teachers. I want everybody to be courageous and lead others. So put on your crown and pick up your sword. Get on the horse. Raise tremendous windhorse, and realize that in your heart center is the three jewels, the Great Eastern Sun. This is how we ride in to this particular year. Just like this, ride into your life every day like this.

All of us are Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal; all of us are Gesar of Ling. When we visualize ourselves this way, we may think we're just imagining or pretending, but in fact we're pretending right now. It's just a question of which new year we'll wake up.

Thank you, and please have a wonderful day. To everyone listening, I send my deepest heartfelt Shambhala Day wishes, and I hope I spoke slowly enough. I did my very best. I always thought it was funny when the French and the Italians said I talked too quickly. [laughter] And I send my greeting to Mr. Reoch, to Mr. Tamdjidi, and to Mr. Schneider over in Europe, making this a truly international day for our community. Even though you've already celebrated, please celebrate into the night, sleep well, and continue to celebrate. I will see everyone at various programs from now until November. Thank you, and again , Cheerful Shambhala Day.

© Mipham J. Mukpo 2003
Permission to reprint this Shambhala Day Address is graciously granted to all Shambhala Center newsletters and official publications. To request permission for other uses, please contact Vajradhatu Publications at 902-421-1550.

Charles Lief, Chairman of the Board from Burlington, Vermont

Greeting from Burlington, Vermont. This morning is 10 degrees below zero Farenheit and the sangha here calls this the beginning of Spring.

Last year I had the privilege of addressing you from the New York Shambhala Center, my home of the past 11 years. Now Acharya Judy Lief and I have moved back to Vermont, after a journey of 33 years. The Burlington sangha has been warm and welcoming.

It was March 1970 as a 19-year-old university student enmeshed in anti-war politics, when I first walked up the driveway of Tail of the Tiger, now the preeminent practice center, Karme Choling, and fell in love with a teacher I had yet to meet and a practice I had yet to experience.

Such is the power of the lineage.

In those days everything was grass roots. To be sure there were some who fancied themselves in charge but in reality we made it up as we went along. We took direction from the Vidyadhara, Trungpa Rinpoche but those directions often were—how to say it—a little on the inscrutable side. The clearest message was the scariest--It's up to you.

With that in mind, and with great intention and confidence we set upon the project of building institutions to support practice, education arts and to surround those institutions with a society of passionate people not exactly likeminded, but ready and willing to share the journey.

Three decades later the institutions are fantastic. Practice and Study thrives at Karme Choling, Shambhala Mountain Center with our Great Stupa--a wonder of the world, at Dechen Choling, the Gampo Abbey, Dorje Denma Ling, Dorje Kyung Dzong, Sky lake Lodge and more. These centers grew from the dedicated energy of hundreds of us, generous donations and commitment to practice. Some growth was quiet and steady, some was explosive and pushy but all came from devotion to our teachers.

Contemplative education-Trungpa Rinpoche's great gift to the west is alive and embodied by the more than 1,000 students today studying in Boulder at the Naropa University. Judy and I could not be happier that one of our daughters is a Naropa graduate and the other a junior this year. It needs to be noted that John Cobb, the latest in a lineage of fantastic leaders at Naropa is retiring after 10 years and we are indebted to him for incredible work and shining success. Also Shambhala Europe bids goodbye to Acharya David Schneider, himself a Shambhala icon.

Shambhala International has the great good fortune of leadership from a profound teacher--Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (did I mention he is the author of a best seller?) We should all be excited about our new president Richard Reoch, a man of wisdom and vision who I and my colleagues on the board of directors can't wait to play with.

Now we need to focus again on community. Back to the grass roots but with a twist. Now we have ease of communications. Where we literally debated if we should make a phone call from KCL to Boulder for fear of the cost, we now can share our minds at the click of a button. That of course is not necessarily a good thing, but humor me. What we can do is share the best of what we do, the ways our Shambhala Centers attract new members, expand out into the larger community bringing Shambhala vision to social action and politics.

It is also time for use at each center to enter the debate. The letter to the UN about the Iraq situation composed by Richard Reoch and sent on behalf of the Sakyong is wonderfully written and expresses heartfelt concerns. However we need to consider a couple of issues. One is that it is ok for us not all to agree about matters of such complexity and importance. Second is that such communication does not have to come from the center of the mandala alone.

If we are serious about creating enlightened society then we must be serious about engaging in the debate about all of the issues of concern to us, our neighbors and our countries. Are the Shambhala Centers a place for such work? I for one think that is an essential element of who we are as a community. The world has used is spiritual institutions as the cauldron for vigorous political and social debate for thousands of years. We need to open the doors that work-share the space with Level Two, the Kyudo practice and the transcripts course. Do it all and we grow. Do it all and we honor our bodhisattva vows. Last year many people resonated with my message of looking at ways for the sangha to find opportunities for social engagement. I will leave you with the challenge to honestly look at what each of us has done, find ways to do more. Do it with our twist of devotion and humor-the unbeatable combination which will allow the Shambhala world to flourish and for the community of practitioners to be of true, effective service.

Happy New Year.

President of Shambhala Richard Reoch from Cologne, Germany

Greetings from the Shambhala capital of Europe. Bonjour Shambhala, Buon Giorno, Guten Tag, Buenos Dias Campaneros. I hope everyone and all our many interpreters and translators out there can hear all right.

Here in Cologne, the whole city is celebrating Carnival. This is really the ancient festival of the dralas in Europe. So it's a perfect place to be celebrating basic goodness.

At the same time, we seem to be surrounded by so many reminders of the dark age. I don't know about everyone else, but the don season seemed to start early for our community this year. The wrathful mamos used money as their messenger. We are having serious financial trouble, just like so many other charities and non-profits. As it says in the latest issue of The Dot: Tough Times, Tough Decisions. Despite the best efforts of many people, it just seems that our income has not been able to keep pace with our aspirations.

We are trying hard to sustain the service we give to all our centers and groups, but we have had to lay off staff in Halifax and at Karme Choling. Everyone else has had to take a drop in salary. We are feeling the effects right at the very heart of our mandala. While we are doing our very best to support Rinpoche, so that he can continue to travel and teach, he too, as well as his immediate staff, have agreed to reductions along with everyone else.

The last month has been heartbreaking. People have offered to keep working for significantly lower pay. The motivation is wonderful, but in my experience it is neither realistic nor healthy. Instead I have asked that we experiment with a new pattern in Halifax altogether: working in the afternoons and using the first half of the day to practice together.

I feel it is extremely important to take this opportunity to say that every single staff member has upheld the highest standards of dignity and warriorship in the midst of all the hardship and pain, both for themselves and their families.

On behalf of the entire Shambhala community, may I say from the bottom of my heart: thank you, thank you, thank you.

What has become clear to me is that this crisis is about much more than money. There are deeper, underlying problems.

As a community, we are brilliant, but we are splintered. We can see the brilliance everywhere we look, but somehow it feels more like looking at the fragments of a mirror.

At the same time, the truth is that we are, and always have been, completely interdependent. We need to see that clearly. We are all beads on the same mala.

We have tremendous resources, but we need much better management. And we all have a long way to go when it comes to listening and communicating to each other.

I feel we all need a much deeper understanding of what it means to be a sacred mandala. One mandala, one kingdom, one community. To really work, this has to be a collective visualization.

The Shambhala mandala. At its center: the sacred lineage of our teachers. An unbroken transmission of the mindstream from generation to generation of Sakyongs

Radiating outwards, the entire kingdom with all its Shambhala centers, groups and practice centers, its protectors, its translation committees and Nalanda Arts, its university and Shambhala School, its magazines, newspapers and websites and everything else that makes it a living, breathing society. Not just something that you read about, but something that we make happen, here on the good earth, within our lifetimes.

To get there, we need a structure and a way of thinking that enables all parts of Shambhala to work together and support each other. We also need a new economic model and we can only create this by a process of working together.

We need more conference calls, like the ones we just had that brought centre directors closer together. We need to improve our electronic communications. From today, you'll be getting the Shambhala News Service with a new look, designed by Aaron Bihari. It's going to be available to everyone and guaranteed chat free. We're going to clarify our other email services, redesign the Shambhala website and overhaul our sagging and unhappy data base.

Something else that is really going to help us with our collective visualization is the new Shambhala Buddhism Sourcebook. I've just been reading it. It's so inspiring. I really hope a lot of people will go on line to the Shambhala shop and get a copy.

Last weekend I was at Karme Choling, where they are also having a tough time. I have a special message for everyone in the shrine room there. I hope you can hear me Karme Choling! I'd just like to remind you all that in addition to your usual gift, whatever extra you can give today will go to help Karme Choling.

While I was there last weekend I asked if I could visit and honour Tagi Mukpo, whom I had not met before. I want everyone who is concerned about Tagi to know that despite whatever you may have heard, we are exploring options for his long-term care. We are doing this in conjunction with his family. Despite the huge pressures we face at the international level, we are committed to his care while we look together with his family at way to give him long-term support.

Finally, the question of war and peace. In every center, wherever you are, you should be able to see the letter that was sent on behalf of the Sakyong to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Many people have been in touch with me about this. People who are completely devoted to creating enlightened society. For a long time people were asking Rinpoche when we were going to get started. Now they're asking me. A lot is starting to surface.

You may have seen the submission from Shambhala Europe in the first issue of the Dot, outlining the principles of human dignity that we would like to see at the heart of a future Europe. The next step is that Dechen Choling is going to host a program next year on the whole question of developing the Shambhala path of social action.

Meanwhile, the whole question of engagement is already on the agenda for the Vajra Dawn conference in June. And the theme of this year's Kalapa Assembly will be "Victory Over War." If you want to attend that assembly, watch out for the bulletin on sangha-announce that will give you the web page address.

By "Victory Over War," we are thinking big. Not just one war. There are other wars. The war we wage against the environment. And the aggression within ourselves and our own community: we need to come to terms with that before we can preach to others.

I'd like to end, here, if I may, by sharing with you a short Tibetan prayer for peace that I found in one of the homes where Rinpoche was staying on the book tour.

Once we revered the earth
Now our land explodes with death
O Lord Buddha
Restore our peace and harmony
Bring safety to our ground
That our families may till the soil
And gather in the harvest
Let our ancestors rest blanketed beneath
the kindly earth
In peace.

Before I hand back to Halifax, there is one final point I'd like to make. I have taken time today to talk about the problems in our mandala. There's a reason for this. It's going to take a lot of hard thought and hard work to solve them. But we absolutely have to do this in order to purify the ground for the presentation of the teachings and to create a proper, secure and majestic seat for our Sakyong.

We are living through a real shift of energy. We can see this with the tremendous success of Rinpoche's book, which is now in its fifth printing, and by the marvellous atmosphere that surrounds him as he reaches out to thousands of people on the book tour.

His forthcoming retreat is an important occasion for us too. It will be an time of great blessings and will be a major date in the Buddhist calendar, not only in the Tibetan world, but among Buddhists across Asia.

When I talked to Rinpoche last night, he assured me that he would be speaking slower that usual today. The reason is that this broadcast is being translated into so many languages. Please don't worry. If he pauses between words, it doesn't mean his batteries are running down!

Thank you all for your incredible kindness. Good bye and now over to the centre of the kingdom...

Tomasz Pietrzykowski from France

With growing speed the world is proceeding towards self- destruction. Do we have the power to prevent it falling into the abyss? What can we do? We have the cosmic weapon…..Windhorse…...One spark and the unconditional confidence of our hearts will rage and consume the jungles of ignorance and aggression. So steady as she goes K.O.S. Enterprise. Warp speed 9 Richard. Course: Great Eastern Sun.

Coraz szybciej świat zmierza ku samozagładzie. Czy jesteśmy w stanie zapobiec by runął w odchłań. Czy jest coś co możemy zrobić? Mamy kosmiczną broń … Rumaka Wiatru. Iskra podstawowej ufności w naszych sercach może wzniecić pożar, który pochłonie dżungle agresji i ignorancji. Więc utrzmój swój kurs K.O.S. Enterprise. Szybkość warp 9, Ryszardzie. Kierunek: Wielkie Słońce Wschodu.

Stephane Leluc from Paris, France

Hello everybody, I would like to wish all the people a very cheerful Shambhala Day.

For me, Shambhala can be compared to an oasis in the middle of a desert. In this oasis, located in the heart of incredible harshness of the modern world, each of us can take the time and the space to watch one's mind, to look at one's craziness, to relate with one's sanity, and then go back and engage fully in the world, knowing precisely what to do. In this oasis, a community is learning to live and to grow in peace, during programs, celebrations, but also throughout conflicts.

Through the power of meditation, the experience of this oasis is authentic. Through the power of meditation, this oasis is available all the time, and through the power of meditation, we can and we will cultivate this oasis so that it grows, so that it radiates, and so that it inspires our society.

Bonjour. Je voudrais tout d'abord vous souhaiter à tous un très joyeux Jour Shambhala.

Pour moi, Shambhala peut-être comparée à une oasis au milieu du désert. Dans cette oasis, située au coeur même de l'incroyable dureté du monde moderne, chacun peut peut prendre le temps et l'espace de regarder son esprit, d'observer sa propre folie, de se relier à sa santé, puis de s'en retourner s'engager dans le monde en sachant précisement quoi faire.

Dans cette oasis, une communauté apprend à vivre et à se développer en paix pendant des programmes, des célébrations mais aussi au travers de ses conflits.

Grâce à au pouvoir de la méditation, l'expérience de cette oasis est authentique. Grâce au pouvoir de la méditation, cette oasis est accessible à chaque instant. Grâce au pouvoir de la méditation, nous pouvons, et nous allons cultiver cette oasis afin qu'elle grandisse, qu'elle rayonne et qu'elle inspire notre société.

Veronica Guzman from Santiago, Chile

At the beginning of a new year we cannot help but thankfully acknowledge the reality of the world we have made based on power and reason. We have lost our hearts.

We lived under democracies and under dictatorships, we have been tortured and we have been torturers. We have arrived at the point, personally and globally, where confusion and irrationality make us feel that there is no exit. Nevertheless, for many of us, there comes a point where we can sit on a cushion and meet again with our own hearts. Beyond just talking about it we can have the experience that it is possible to let go the struggle and accept who we are.

It is possible for us to open beyond fear and aggression.

Our task today is to allow others regardless of their political persuasion, their culture, race or social class, the opportunity to share this experience. Together we can create a society that shines with the wondrous luminosity of the Great Eastern Sun.

From Santiago, we wish you all a cheerful Shambhala Day!

Desde Santiago les deseamos a todos muy alegre dia de Shambhala. En el comienzo de un nuevo ano no podemos smenos que reconocer con dolor en la realidad del mundo que hemos construido sobre las bases poder y la razon. Hemos perdido el corazon. Hemos vivido democracias y dictaduras. Hemos sido torturados y torturadores. Hemos llegado a un punto en que en lo personal y global la confusion y la irracionalidad nos da la sensacion no tener salida.

Sin embargo para muchos de nosotros llega un momento en el que podemos sentarnos en un cojin y reencontrarnos con nuestro corazon. Mas alla de cualquier discurso, podemos tener la experiencia de que es posible dejar de luchar y aceptar ser quienes somos. Es posible abrirse mas alla del miedo y de la agresion. Nuesta tarea hoy dia es permitir que otros, independiente de su color politico cultura, raza o clase social, puedan tener la oportunidad de compartir esa experiencia.

Juntos podemos crear una sociedad en la que brille la maravillosa luminosidad del Sol del Gran Este.

Yeshe Fuchs from Dechen Choling, France

If we want to offer something to this world and times, where so many of us run after the next moment, missing the present moment, where there is so much aggression, speed and insecurity, we have to trust in our inherent openness, clarity and warmth.

Wenn wir dieser Welt und unserer Zeit, in der so viele Menschen dem naechsten Moment nachrennen ohne das Jetzt wertzuschatzen, in der es so viel Agression, Hektik und Unsicherheit giebt, etwas anbieten wollen, dann mussen wir unserer uns innewohnenden Offenheit, Klarheit und Warme vertrauen.

We have no time to waste, to manifest what we learned from the experience of meditation and from the kindness of our spiritual guides.

Wir haben keine Zeit zu verlieren, die Erfahrungen die wir bei der Meditaion gemacht haben , und die Liebe die wir von unseren spirituellen Lehrern erfahren haben zu manifestieren.

Let's not hesitate to be real and willing to radiate the gentleness and fearlessness we heard about so many times.

Lasst uns nicht zogern echt und wirklich sein, damit wir die Sanftheit und Furchrtlosigkeit ausstrahlen konnen, von der wir so oft gehort haben

It takes bravery to jump out of the nest of our habits, it’s the path, we choose.

Es erfordert Mut aus dem Nest unserer Gewohnheitsmuster rauszuspringen, es ist der Weg den wir gewahlt haben.

With this joyful leap, moment to moment, we can inspire ourselves and others to move through the fresh air of Nowness.

Mit diesem Sprung voller Freude konnen wir uns und Andere von Moment zu Moment inspirieren, uns durch die frische Luft des Jetztseins zu bewegen.

We can light up the universe of our families, Shambhala centers and countries by treating each other and our surroundings with loving kindness and respect.

Wir konnen das Universum unserer Familie, Shambhala Zentrums und Landes erstrahlen lassen in dem wir uns und unsere Umgebung mit liebevoller Fursorge und Respekt behandeln.

Deborah Garrett from New York City

New York wishes everyone a Cheerful Shambhala Day! This past year we have been focusing on ways to spread the word about Shambhala. In January we received a fantastic boost from Shambhala International.

Pamela Bothwell called from Seattle during the Sakyong's book tour to say that President Reoch had written a letter to His Excellency Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, on behalf of the Sakyong, expressing his wish that wisdom and compassion guide the community of nations towards a patient, just, and sane resolution of the current crisis.

Here in New York we took the letter and ran with it. We hand-delivered a copy to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bhutan. We mailed copies to all of the permanent members of the Security Council. And we sent the letter by email to every United Nations office in NY.

The Sakyong's letter helped create a container for engaged action around the Iraqi conflict, and was a powerful reminder for us here in New York that we can reach out and influence the world around us.

So we have many plans to do that in the coming year. Please stay tuned! We will keep you posted. With lots of love to Shambhala communities around the world, this is New York signing off.

Marian Bond from New Zealand

Cheerful Shambhala Day to all the sangha worldwide from New Zealand; it is a great pleasure to be able to speak to you from perhaps one of the newest sanghas in the world.

We are very fortunate that the vision of the Great Eastern Sun and basic goodness has come to this part of the world, which we call down-under.

It has enabled us to expand and look beyond ourselves and what we find is that increasingly people are being attracted to meditation and to Shambhala Buddhism. Our two dathuns held over the past two years have strengthened our hearts and minds and people from other parts of the region such as Australia and the South Pacific countries are being attracted into our sanghas.

Today we make the aspiration that through our mindfulness and awareness practice and through the gift of windhorse we will bring sanity to this part of the world and together with the international community of Shambhala Buddhists fulfil the vision of the Great Eastern Sun and ignite the flame for World Peace in the year of the Water Sheep.

Cheerful Shambhala Day!

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