Meditation

“It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our mind?”

-Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Our Shambhala community is inspired by the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature, our innate wisdom, can be developed so that it benefits our own lives and helps meet the many challenges facing the world. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to connect with their own basic goodness and wake up on the spot.

We offer several programs and classes to help deepen your meditation practice.

 

Introductory

Emptiness and the Heart

with Aaron de Long & Kim Desrosiers

August 2nd—August 27th

In this class, we will explore the concept of emptiness, or shunyata, through the use of readings ranging from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to Thich Nhat Hanh, while referring to the Heart Sutra as our foundational text. Using contemplations, group exercises Continue »

Learn To Meditate in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition

September 5th—September 19th

Want to learn how to meditate? Sign up for our 3 session class held on the first three Tuesday evenings of every month. In this class we will present and discuss the principles of Shambhala Buddhism and the path towards a meaningful life. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Way of Shambhala Level I

with Shastri Jerry Webster

September 15th—September 17th

Ideal for both new meditators and those looking to deepen an existing practice, this weekend retreat focuses on mindfulness-awareness meditation and the vision that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. Continue »

Learn To Meditate in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition

October 3rd—October 17th

Want to learn how to meditate? Sign up for our 3 session class held on the first three Tuesday evenings of every month. In this class we will present and discuss the principles of Shambhala Buddhism and the path towards a meaningful life. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Jay Lippman

October 19th—November 16th

Jay Lippman will guide us through this 5-week course on cultivating a gentle and friendly relationship with our everyday lives. Through talks, guided meditation, contemplation, and discussion, we gain understanding and experience of unconditional contentm Continue »