It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. In the course of our lives, this goodness, warmth and intelligence can easily become covered over by doubt, fear and egotism. We tend to fall into a kind of sleep or stupor, believing in the conditioning we have as the ultimate truth, and coming under the sway of fear. The journey of becoming fully human means seeing through fear and egotism, and waking up to our natural wisdom, compassion and sanity. It takes kindness—to ourselves and others—and courage, to wake up in this world. The journey of awakening is known as the path of the warrior, as it requires the simple bravery to look directly at one’s own mind and heart. The essential tool for doing this is mindfulness meditation.
How can we integrate the practice of meditation and these teachings into our busy lives, with all our responsibilities? In this talk on Shambhala Buddhism, we will explore how we can integrate the spiritual into the secular, and awaken to the joy of fully living in this world. Awakening and opening, we discover the world to be naturally sacred—pure and full of beauty. We begin to see clearly the goodness and wisdom of ourselves and others, and to feel compassion to help them in myriad ways.
This class is open to anyone interested in exploring the Shambhala Buddhist teachings. We open with group meditation instruction, and then a talk is presented by a meditation instructor. After the talk there is ample opportunity for interaction, questions and discussion. If it's your first time (and you'd like to recieve meditation instuctions), please arrive a few minutes early, to make sure you don't miss it.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, learn how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life, and to meet and mingle with fellow practitioners (bring your friends)! We welcome both newcomers and familiar faces. No previous experience needed.
This is a drop-in class; no registration or fee is required; donations are appreciated.