Program Details

Uncovering Natural Awareness (Pema Chodron DVD Class Series) - SATURDAYS

with Ellen Schweri
July 6 / 9:30 AM - August 24 / 2:00 PM

What do we mean by “natural awareness” and non-meditation?   Many practitioners are ready to move from strict techniques to a more open “natural” form of meditation, but may need guidance and encouragement.   This series of talks by Pema Chodron and the guided practices will introduce these notions and allow relaxed experimentation in an environment of gentleness and curiosity. 

 “Uncovering Natural Awareness," is a series of video talks given by Ani Pema Chodron at the Omega Institute in May, 2010.   Excerpts from these talks and the accompanying guided meditations by Tim Olmstead are offered at the Shambhala Center of Chicago on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June 20 to Aug. 24.   Topics include practicing with the body, practicing with emotions, practicing with thoughts and practicing with sense perceptions.   We will work with both traditional meditation techniques and using natural awareness or non-meditation.  The techniques are largely based on the work of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, The Joy of Living.

 The classes are suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.  Registration for the entire series will enable participants to attend either the Thursday sessions or the Saturday sessions or both if repetition is desired.   Drop in attendance is welcome for either session for a suggested fee of $20 per session. 

Disc 1: Talk 1: Practicing with the Body – 1 hr. 27 min. Gampo Abbey Fundraiser/Slideshow 17 min.

Disc 2: Talk 2: Practicing With Emotions – 1 hr. 23 min.; Q&A 34 min.

Disc 3: Talk 3: Practicing With Thoughts – 1 hr. 3 min.; Q&A 26 min.

Disc 4: Talk 4: Practicing With Sense Perceptions – 1 hr. 13 min.; Q&A 42 min.

Disc 5: Tim Olmsted: Meditation #1: Meditation and Non-Meditation – 48 min.; Meditation #2: Awareness of Emotions and Sensations – 42 min.; Meditation Q&A: Questions and Answers, Part 1 – 22 min.

Disc 6: Tim Olmsted: Meditation Q&A: Questions and Answers, Part 2 – 80 min.; Meditation #3: Resting Awareness in Awareness, and Working with Thoughts – 33 min.


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