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Maitri Five Wisdoms with Acharya Richard John
September 14-16, 2012
Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm;
Saturday, 8:30am-6:00pm;
Sunday, 8:30am-6:00pm

Maitri, which means "kindness to oneself and others," is a practice of self-acceptance, awareness, and openness to sense perceptions.

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Note: due to this special program, Sunday open meditation sitting on Sept 16 will NOT be held.
What’s New

Harvest of Peace
September 22, 2012
Saturday, Starts at 3:00pm
Harvest of Peace, held around the time of the autumn equinox, is an opportunity for local communities to gather, hear teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and celebrate the riches of our local cultures and heritage.

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Featured Classes & Programs

Introductory Program
Learn to Meditate
Introductory Workshop

2nd Wednesday of each Month
7:00 - 8:30pm
Ideal for beginning students, this workshop provides an introduction to mindfulness-awareness (shamatha) practice.

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Open to Everyone
Meditation in Everyday Life
Sept 10 - Oct 8, 2012
Mondays, 7 - 9pm
This introductory 5-week course provides instructions and support for mindfulness meditation practice becoming part of one's everday life, revealing our innate stability, strength, and clarity.
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Great for New Meditators!
Introductory Program in
The Heart of Warriorship

Shambhala Training Level I:
The Art of Being Human

September 29-30, 2012
Saturday, 8:30am-6:00pm;
Sunday, 8:30am-1pm

This weekend program includes instruction in sitting and walking meditation, group discussion, personal interviews, and talks by the director. Open to everyone!
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Meditation Schedule

First and Third Sunday of each Month

First Sunday Schedule

9:00–12:00 am: Meditation practice and instruction; practice period begins and ends with Buddhist chants (come and leave anytime during this period). Children's Program is offered during this time as well.
12 noon–1:00 pm: Various formal and informal community groups occasionally host a lunch after sitting at noon; if you are interested in hosting a lunch, please contact

Third Sunday Schedule
9:00–11:00am: Meditation practice and instruction; practice period begins and ends with Buddhist chants (come and leave anytime during this period).
11:00am-12 noon: Sadhana of Mahamudra (Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the Sadhana of Mahamudra practice.)
Note: The third Sunday practice schedule may be adjusted when other weekend programs are offered; please check the calendar.

Every Monday
Evening meditation practice.
No Meditation Instruction on Mondays.

Every Tuesday
6:00–6:45pm: Evening meditation practice.
No Meditation Instruction on Tuesdays.
Note: There will be no meditation practice on Tuesday, Sept 18.

Every Thursday
6:30-7:30 pm: Evening meditation practice and instruction.
7:30 -8:15 pm: Public talk and open discussion
8:15 pm: Tea

Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for meditation sessions or meditation instruction.

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Buddha Statue


The Sakyong
Photo by
Peter Seidler

“The teachings of Shambhala emphasize the reality that we all have basic goodness, and that this world we live in has basic goodness. However, in this dark age there is a constant sense of fear and dissatisfaction. That negativity consumes us so that we cannot settle even in our own mind, let alone in our family or our society. When we are all saving the last piece of pie for ourselves, we are constantly undermining the possibility of creating stability and happiness. When we approach our planet with this attitude, the world is ruled by small-mindedness. Businesses and governments are crippled and ultimately fail, because everyone is on the ‘me’ plan. ”

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, D.C.
3520 Connecticut Ave NW  |  Washington, DC 20008  |  202.787.1526

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