Program Details

Learn to Meditate Workshop: Turning the Mind into an Ally

with Michaela McCormick
April 5 / 9:00 AM - April 5 / 1:00 PM

“With an untrained mind, we live most days at the mercy of our moods.  There is a different approach to our lives.  We can wake up to our enlightened qualities: unconditional love and compassion; uninhibited, total ease with ourselves; a clear and sharp mind.”           - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


Ideal for anyone wanting an introduction to meditation, as well as those wanting to refresh their practice.  Based on the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, this workshop presents how “peaceful abiding” meditation enables us to cultivate our mind’s inherent stability, strength and clarity.  It includes practical instructions for developing a strong meditation practice: good sitting posture, how to relate with the breath as the object of meditation, what to do when thoughts come up, and starting a regular home meditation practice.

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If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Abbey Pleviak.

Michael McCormick has been meditating for 12 years and has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2005. He is Director of Practice and Education for the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center, a meditation instructor, and a member of the Diversity Working Group of Shambhala International. For 25 years he worked as a teacher, trainer, and practitioner of conflict resolution and public dialogue. For longer than that he was a community organizer/activist. He now writes on social and spiritual themes.

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