Shambhala Online Sessions for M.I.s
December 9 / 1:00 PM - January 13 / 2:00 PM
In preparation for the MI Gatherings, Acharya Dale Asrael will be offering Shambhala Online sessions for M.I.s, in which we contemplate and practice some of the main themes from the Shambhala Meditation text. The first sessions will be on Dec. 9 and Jan. 13. All meditation instructors are encouraged, if possible, to attend one of the following gatherings in 2013.
Chicago, January 24 to 27
San Franscisco, March 14 to 17
Cologne, March 21 to 24
Halifax, May 2 to 5
Karme Choling, June 6 to 9
Atlanta and Boulder dates are yet to be scheduled.
We expect that the links to register for these programs will be available on the host centres websites within the next week or so, as some of the details are resolved and communicated to the centres. We are sending you the locations and dates now so you have enough time to plan.
These gatherings will include study of excerpts of the Shambhala Meditation text, exploring the ways Shambhala Meditation informs our entire approach to meditation (our own practice, as well as teaching meditation to others), developing deep listening and inquiry skills, and possibly workshops in special topics taught by Acharyas and Shastris (e.g. teaching meditation to children; practices for the elderly; diversity-related themes; teaching tonglen, contemplative meditation and other specific practices).
The Sakyong wants us, as meditation instructors, to use this period of time to train and deepen in Shambhala Meditation.
When the atmosphere and tone of initial meditation instruction are imbued with gentleness, trust and caring, meditation can be understood as an expression of appreciation for oneself (rather than trying to ‘fix’ oneself). Without changing the basic sitting practice instructions, the qualities of embodiment, relaxation, kindness and confidence can be communicated.