Welcome to Northern Rivers Shambhala!
We are 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 2014, we will offer the new Way of Shambhala program as well as Shambhala arts.
Please join us for weekly meditation on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30. It is an easy and friendly way to learn about meditating. There is meditation instruction available, sitting and walking meditation and we read and discuss different books from the Shambhala lineage.
Where are we ?
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 September we will offer the first of the Basic Goodness Series.
Who Am I? 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.
While you may start with this series, we strongly recommend that you receive basic meditation instruction in advance (at a Shambhala open house or Learn to Meditate class, for instance). We also suggest that you take the Meditation in Everyday Life course first.
Course 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human
This course asks the question, “Who am I?” and explores the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. We practice contemplative investigations of the self, based on the foundations of mindfulness. Open to the public
Course 2: 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
Course 3: 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
The programs are open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action.
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.