You can now listen to the September 9, 2009 Halifax Community Gathering with Adam Lobel: the MP3  (right-click to download (on Mac, control-click)) is available on the Halifax Shambhala Centre’s web site  [mirrored here ]. Shambhala Buddhist Acharya Lobel starts off with a talk on Time and Timelessness, but the vivid discussion by the participants soon cuts to the chase of raw essence, what’s been missing, what is manifesting right there.
This is a two-hour tape. It’s worth listening to the whole thing, but if you’re really pressed for time, start at the one-hour mark, with some eloquent and incisive remarks by Lodro Dorje on how Trungpa Rinpoche’s approach was to create a rich practice container which invited further teachings from the great Kagyü and Nyingma lineage masters.
The highlight though, comes later: Lynn Friedman – trembling but courageous, gentle and articulate. As one text says:
The heart placed fresh in the palm, nothing else.
This is what we miss, but – surprise! – this is what we are.
Madeline Schreiber adds outrageousness and humor, exclaiming about the Rigden Thangka, “it’s bad art!”
There’s a lot more. Adam confirms again that the cornerstone and signature of the Sakyong’s approach is what is being termed “the Shambhala Terma”. A couple of people bring up conflict, skirmish, as itself a vehicle.
At the end, recently-appointed  Halifax Shambhala Centre director Yeshe Fuchs expresses dismay at how people are whining.
Listen for yourself. Listen to the voices. Listen to yourself.
Energy fools the magician. – Brian Eno