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The West Chester Shambhala Meditation Group offers once-a-week public meditation, talk and discussion evenings at the West Chester Friends Meetinghouse on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. These evenings will be devoted to meditation in the Shambhala tradition, along with a short talk by a senior Shambhala teacher and open discussion.
It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles. It can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. Shambhala is rooted in the contemplative teachings of Buddhism, yet is a fresh expression of the spiritual journey for our time; it is available to practitioners of any tradition. Shambhala is a global community with more than 170 centers and groups around the world, as well as thousands of individual members.
Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open and alert, gentle, tender and genuine. The basic meditation technique predates all religious traditions, though it is used in one way or another by each of them. Undertaken as a steady practice, meditation allows the mind to relax and settle. It encourages our inherent qualities of worthiness, dignity, and mental strength to emerge.