Meditation

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 at the Shambhala Meditation Center. 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 anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings as part of our public group sitting meditation practice. Please arrive five minutes early  if you want instruction or have any questions. 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 and you may even want to have a working relationship with the instructor of your choice.

Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:

Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community.

Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.

Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.

Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it.

Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

Meditation Instructors

Shambhala meditation instructors are senior Shambhala Buddhist practitioners specially trained and authorized to help people deepen, expand and stabilize their understanding and experience of meditation.

We encourage anyone interested in this journey to work with the meditation instructor of her/his choice. This relationship is based on friendship, mentoring, and confidentiality. Arrangements are entirely individualized; they can range from a meeting or two to clarify points of practice to an ongoing relationship involving more regular meetings.

Meditation Instructors

Alan Tilson alantilson@gmail.com
BJ Sharp bjsharp52@gmail.com
Charlotte Bernard mermaidcharlotte@gmail.com
Don Sheehan amdon0893@gmail.com
Josephine Spilka sopajakar@gmail.com
Keith Dubin dubink@gmail.com
Linda Greenup  linsed@msn.com
Norm Bray norm.bray@gmail.com
Shine Maphet smaphet@gmail.com

Shambhala Guides
In addition to being trained to give initial meditation instruction, a Shambhala Guide is a resource, friend, and host for Shambhala Center programs and events.

Cabe Vinson cmvinson@gmail.com
Crystal Goure cg.goure@gmail.com
Leslie Rosenberg  leslie.rosenberg@gmail.com
Matthew Parkinson parkinsonmatthew@gmail.com
Richard Lamos richard@blisstattoo.org
Sarah Taylor staylo2814@gmail.com
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