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. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.
Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the foundation of all that we do. This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.
About Meditation Instruction
Meditation instruction is available to everyone, free of charge.
We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners on Wednesday evenings. Not just for “new” meditators, instruction is also recommended as part of our ongoing practice. You are always welcome to come in and speak to an instructor about your regular practice.
The shambhala basic meditation instruction takes place in two sessions, on 2 different days, with a length of 20 minutes for each session.
After each of the two initial meditation instruction sessions you can join the group meditation (Wednesdays, 6.45-8.45pm).
A short video by The Sakyong giving instruction in the base technique of Shamatha (Mindfulness/Awareness) meditation in the shambhala style