The Edinburgh Shambhala Meditation Group is part of Shambhala, a global community of people dedicated to recognizing the innate goodness of all and revealing that goodness in every area of personal and societal life. Join us in celebrating this journey of discovery. We offer meditation in the context of Shambhala teachings, integrating both mindfulness and insight approaches. Rooted in ancient Buddhist and Tibetan traditions, Shambhala infuses our lives with the discovery of our human goodness and connects us to our natural world. Addressed to a modern audience Shambhala can be seen as a way of life – an expression of mindfulness, meditation, wisdom, and celebration. The global community is led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human
Very pleased to announce that for the next 4 Wednesdays and Sunday 5th of June we will be departing from our usual format to present the course Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human which is part of The Way of Shambhala. It is the first of 3 courses in the new Basic Goodness series that sits alongside the Everyday Life series
The main body of teaching is 6 hour long video presentations accompanied by contemplations, discussions and dyads. The first 3 sessions will be on May 18th, 25th and 1st June at our usual time 6:45 – 9pm and a double session will be held on Sunday 5th of June commencing at 2pm, the final session will now be at 6:45 on Wed the 8th of June.
In this recorded course, Acharya Adam Lobel leads participants on a journey of contemplative inquiry focused on the timeless question, “Who am I?” Course participants will:
- Learn Buddhist teachings on how our sense of self arises moment by moment to provide a reference point.
- Use meditation practice as a way to contact and express the mind of basic goodness.
- Join a community for discussion, contemplation and dialogue exercises.
As we have to purchase access to the course materials there will be a charge for this course of £47.50 for the course inclusive of our usual studio rental. For those that can pay on or before the 11th a reduced charge of £40 applicable.
Acharya Adam Lobel’s bio is here
The course is open to all.
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The Edinburgh Shambhala Meditation Group offers a place to practice sitting meditation, courses and weekend programmes in Shambhala Buddhism, the meditative arts, and instruction both for newcomers and more advanced students.
We meet at the The Salisbury Centre (The Studio room) every Wednesday from 6.45 to 8.45pm for sitting and walking meditation, with shamatha yoga, a short series of simple standing stretches (no kit needed!)
Individual meditation instruction is available free of charge. If you have your own meditation cushion please feel free to bring it since at present we have a limited number of cushions. It is equally acceptable to meditate sitting on a suitable chair.
Please note there is a suggested donation of £3-£5 per evening to help cover the cost of renting the space and to keep the group running. We also have a small library of books on Shambhala and Buddhism that are available for loan to regular participants, and some books available for purchase.
The group was founded in 1975 and has gone through several phases since then. Currently it is well establised at The Salisbury Centre.
Upcoming programmes and regular meetings