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Celebrating Warriors in the World

Jan 4, 2012

The Sakyong continues to encourage us to view our centres and our offerings as more than meditation training, but as a complete social vision uniting the depth of spiritual practice and the concrete possibilities for sanity, compassion, sustainability, and justice in society. With this view, the leadership of all Shambhala Centres and Groups, who are so inspired, have been invited to choose an evening to celebrate, remember, and contemplate the inspiration of previous warriors who have done their part in revealing compassion, wisdom, and justice in society. This will begin the creation of Shambhala community events on the theme "Celebrating Warriors in the World."

An existing holiday celebrating such warriors (for example, in the United States, the week of Martin Luther King Day, 16-22 January 2012) could be an appropriate time, or any date that works best for local communities. During this evening the topic for the open house or other public offering will be exemplary warriors throughout history -­ those women and men who have demonstrated bravery and compassion in service to humankind and the planet.

This year, rather than suggesting new events or programs, the proposal is to invite a teacher who is inspired and skilled in discussing life examples of warriorship to lead an already-scheduled open house or other public gathering. If many of our centres around the world chose to participate in ways that suit their cultures, perhaps on individuals from their nations or communities, it could be most powerful.

For example, talks might be on: Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai, Nelson Mandela, Harvey Milk, William Wilberforce, etc.

The talks could cover Shambhala's vision of creating enlightened society; our personal training, bravery, and compassionate action in the world which connect with a vast social vision; specific life stories, teachings, and experiences of a warrior in the world, from any tradition; and what we can learn from such a person about the meaning of warriorship, being a bodhisattva, and creating enlightened society.

Language and teachings from the Shambhala Lineage Festival, and from the Enlightened Society Vow, could be helpful in expressing this vision. If most centres offer a talk in relation to this topic, it would be excellent. If centres wish, more could be done with physical, artistic, and electronic postings,­ photo exhibits, presentations on local warriors, etc. In future years, we aspire to offer a "Celebrating Warriors in the World Week."

Yours in the Vision of Enlightened Society,

Adam Lobel, Kalapa Acharya
Mary Whetsell, Chair of Societal Health and Well Being
Debbie Coats, Desung Arm Commander
Charlene Leung, Shastri, Chair of the Diversity Working Group

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)