Welcome to Northern Rivers Shambhala!
And welcome to 2015, The Year of The Wood Sheep. Baa! May Everyone have a peaceful and joyous year and in the garden of serenity, may you be struck regularly with the coconuts of wakefulness!
I hope you can all join us when we re-open on February 22nd with a regular Open House sitting and walking meditation. You are also invited to stay for the whole day as it is also our Shambhala Day celebration which marks Losar, the beginning of the Tibetan New Year. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a plate to share for lunch.
To kick off the year in Shambhala Training, Northern Rivers Shambhala Will be offering the first of the In Everyday Life Series, Meditation In Everyday Life. We will then have a Level I Way of Shambhala Training weekend. Please see the website for details and register early.
We look forward to seeing you!
Margaret, Chuckie, Bodelia and Sebastian.
Northern Rivers Shambhala is part of Shambhala International, a worldwide community of meditation centres founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and currently headed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Northern Rivers Shambhala Meditation Group opened it’s doors in September 2010. Since then we have hosted senior teachers and Acharyas from the international Shambhala Buddhist community.
In 2015, we will offer the Way of Shambhala program as well as Shambhala arts.
Please join us for weekly meditation on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00. It is an easy and friendly way to learn about meditating. We begin the morning with sitting and walking meditation and we read and discuss different books from the Shambhala lineage. We offer meditation instruction on request.
The Way of Shambhala
The Way of Shambhala is an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings for anyone interested in pursuing such training. This program of courses and weekend retreats offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism.
In Everyday Life Series
In February will will commence the new cycle of the In Everyday Life Series. The courses are interactive, communal, and create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant. Participants train in meditation, and use inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts to integrate the teachings. The series begins with:
Meditation in Everyday Life
This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of one’s life, revealing our innate stability, strength and clarity.
We present the practice of peaceful abiding meditation and guidance on how to establish a meditation practice. The ways that meditation practice can improve the quality of daily life are discussed, along with the obstacles. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through the practice of meditation, we more fully become who we already are. This is a great beginners course and is also suitable for those looking to re-establish a regular meditation practice.
The Basic Goodness Series
In April (exact date TBC) we will offer the second of the Basic Goodness Series: How Can I Help? The pre-requisite for this course is the first series: Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? This course is offered for online participation but you are very welcome to join us in the shrine room.
The Basic Goodness series introduces the view of Shambhala in an experiential way. The key difference between the Everyday Life courses and the Basic Goodness courses is that the Everyday Life courses emphasize personal transformation in daily life, whereas the Basic Goodness courses emphasize the experiential study of view and meaning.
How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society.
This course asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society? The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society: family life (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen). Prerequisite: The Basic Goodness of Being Human
Later in the year we will offer the third and final course:
What Is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality.
This course asks the question, “What is real?” and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the “mind,” and emptiness. It is oriented toward the experience of sacred world, the magic and wonder of the natural elements. The course also has an ecological emphasis. Prerequisite: The Basic Goodness of Society
We welcome you to participate to the extent you wish. Sample a course or a weekend retreat—or a number of them—at any time.
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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.