Nature Based Traditional Lineages Support
Sherab Chamma Ling Tibetan Bon Buddhist Society
Before the arrival of Buddhism, the main religion among Tibetans was an indigenous nature-centric religion, Bon, which now comprises a sizeable minority and which would later influence the formation of Tibetan Buddhism. Bön is among the oldest indigenous spiritual traditions in the world. It originated in Central Asia thousands of years ago and eventually took root in what is now Tibet. (Variously as Persia, Central Asia, or the area around Mount Kailash in the west of the Tibetan Plateau.) The ancient roots of the tradition derive from a profound respect for nature and emphasize the healing of physical and environmental as well as spiritual afflictions. H.H. the Dalai Lama formally recogizes Bon as the native religion of Tibet and one of Tibet’s five core spiritual traditions.
Cherab Chamma Ling is a centre located in Courtenay BC, Canada dedicated to teaching and to preserving the Tibetan Bön religion and culture. While the centre is in the Yungdrung Bön tradition of Buddhism, all races, beliefs, teachers and practitioners are welcome. The centre is administered by a non-profit society.
Photo of Geshe YongDong founder Cherab Chamma Ling, at Cumberland Lake Park & Campground, October 2020.
Organizations we supported during the height of COVID
Members of Zebras Unite Co-Op
Zebras (ZUs) believe that everyone has an equal right too imagine and create the future. We catalyze community, capital, and culture for people building businesses that are better for the world.
Zebras Unite Co-Op is a for-profit co-op that creates a community of support for fellow ZUs.
We volunteer on the Patronage Circle where we contribute our knowledge and on the ground experience in the emerging tech startup environment in particular blockchain technologies and ecosystems.
The Ballet Lounge
The award winning Ballet Lounge in Vancouver, Canada, was founded by Suzy Kaitman, the creator of Ballet Fit®, a fusion of traditional ballet and fitness programs.
Her structured fitness approach to traditional ballet for adults (of any age) makes re-entering ballet and ballet for beginners accessible and fun. All the dance teachers are unique and offer a variety of different ballet and jazz dance fitness classes. Advanced dancers who attend the classes are also warm and encouraging to newcomers, and the values of the community promote a culture of respect and passion for ballet and dance.
The artist culture of the Ballet Lounge makes their community inclusive, supportive of each other, and an oasis of joy, social connection and wellbeing – even more so when working remotely.
Vancouver is the home of the global yoga fitness transformation with Lululemon. The Ballet Lounge and Suzy’s work is now being showcased globally and we are very excited about an artist innovator from Vancouver becoming the new trendsetter for ballet fitness for everyone.
(Photo of Suzy by Baby and Me Fitness)
Amaru Indigenous Community – Peru
The Amaru Community is a unique and small Andean village. Locals welcome visitors with beautiful native music and flower decorations at the entrance of their houses.
The region is known for their gracious offerings to Mother Earth, or ‘Pachamama,’ as symbolic displays of gratitude for daily life, food abundance, harmony, peace and the opportunity to meet brothers and sisters from different cultures.
Citizens of Amaru are as talented as they are hospitable, and are known for being masters in the art of weaving in the unique and authentic tradition of their ancestors.
We are grateful to Lucia Ccana Santa Cruz and Karina from Tours for Your Soul who are creating virtual cultural educational experiences, giving us a glimpse about life in the high mountains.
Photo of Lucia Ccana Santa Cruz who is an Amaru community leader and Karina Fortier at Lucia’s homestead, October 2019. You can read more about our Regenerative Travel Project.
From the book Collective Genius: The art and practice of leading innovation by Linda A Hill, Greg Brandeay, Emily Truelove and Kent Lineback