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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 join us for our regular Open House sitting and walking meditation on Sunday mornings from 9:30 until 11:30. After an hour of meditation, we read and discuss books by Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakong Mipham Rinpoche and others. We offer free meditation instruction should you require it.

We look forward to seeing you!

Warmly,
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 programs Level I and Level II, Meditation in Everyday Life and Basic Goodness II – How Can I Help?

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:

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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

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.

In the later part of the year 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 will be held over a weekend in the shrine room.

 

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.