Program Details

Meditation Instructorsí Gathering


with David Rome
May 2 / 7:00 PM - May 5 / 6:00 PM

Please note that this is a Shambhala International program, where the local Halifax Shambhala Centre policy to "pay what you can afford" doesn't apply. Both profits and losses are carried forward, in order to make this training available throughout the whole mandala. Contact Frederic Villemure, practice-ed-1@shambhala.org or 902-420-1118 ext 131 if you need financial assistance.


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has requested that, throughout the Shambhala community this year, we emphasize meditation instruction as a focus of our work together. Specifically, he would like us to use this period of time to train and deepen in Shambhala Meditation by studying the text. Additionally, to prepare for the role of meditation instruction in a societal vision, he asks that we further develop skills of listening and inquiry. As he said, our role is “…not to teach the students something, but to help them discover something”.

The Meditation Instructors’ Gatherings will include study and contemplation of excerpts of the Shambhala Meditation text (available at the program), exploring the ways the qualities of gentleness, trust, and caring inform our entire approach to meditation (our own practice, as well as teaching meditation to others). Thus, meditation can be understood as an expression of appreciation for oneself, and the qualities of embodiment, relaxation, kindness and confidence can be communicated.


A requirement to the Meditation Instructor Gathering is having listened to the online Address to Meditation Instructors by the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche of March 10 2012, as well as the online Shambhala Meditation Training Part 1 (Dec. 9 2012) & Part 2 (Jan. 13 2013) with Acharya Dale Asrael. The links to those recordings are accessible here through Shambhala Online:

  http://www.shambhalaonline.org/myprograms_details.php?id=86776
  http://www.shambhalaonline.org/myprograms_details.php?id=112966

The program material assumes that all participants will have heard those teachings prior to the gathering.


This program is open exclusively to Meditation Instructors who are also graduates of Sacred World Assembly or its equivalent.


M.I. Gathering – schedule (subject to change)
"Attending the program fully means attending all sessions."



Thursday May 2
6:00 Registration opens
7:00 Opening talk and discussion

Friday May 3
9:00 Morning chants; sitting
9:15 Shambhala Meditation
Meditation and a culture of goodness: feeling and caring
10:30 Break
10:50 Lung for Shambhala Meditation texts; texts distribution
12:00 Catered Lunch
1:30 Embodied listening
3:00 Tea
3:20 Small groups text study and discussion: feeling
5:20 Closing chants


OPTIONAL:
7:00 Profound Treasury publication: an open panel with Acharya Emerita Judy Lief, David Rome, Dorje Loppon Lodro Dorje, Acharya Dale Asrael and Acharya Noel McLellan (click here for details)

Saturday May 4
9:00 Morning chants; Shambhala meditation; movement
Talk and exercise: Balancing feeling and emotion; Being
11:00 Break
11:15-12:45 Small groups: feeling and being
12:45 Catered Lunch
2:15 Embodied listening and reflecting
3:50 Tea
4:20 Meditation Instructors’ Circles
6:15 Closing chants
Open evening for text study

Sunday May 5
Sun. 5/5
9:00 Morning chants; Shambhala meditation; movement
Talk and exercise: Being and Touching; balancing doubt and fear; creating good human society
11:00 Break
11:15-12:45 Small groups: Touching
12:45 Catered Lunch
2:15 Embodied listening and inquiry
3:50 Break
4:15 Shambhala Meditation: Closing comments
Presentation of Meditation Instructors’ pins
6:30 Reception


Billeting:
Request for billeting can be made in the Halifax Community Room of the Shambhala Network: http://shambhalanetwork.org/groups/center-197-all/forum/

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http://www.halifax.shambhala.org/halifax_visitor_info.php

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