Program Details

Learn to Meditate

with Paula Bickford
August 3 / 9:00 AM - August 3 / 12:00 PM

Mindfulness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the St Petersburg Shambhala Meditation Center. Originating from Shakyamuni Buddha, this 2,500 year-old practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple, but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind's inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and compassionate in everyday life.

In this introductory class you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness or “peaceful abiding” meditation practice. Your teacher will give you detailed instruction and guided meditation so that you have the tools for a daily practice. We will practice together and have time for discussion and questions.

This program is ideal for beginners or students wanting to refresh their meditation technique.

Fee for the program includes a copy of the book Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Generosity Policy

The St. Petersburg Shambhala Meditation Center thrives due to the generosity of its program participants, friends and members. Recognizing that generosity, trust and openness are interconnected, we offer all of our programs on a suggested-donation basis and welcome participants to donate less or more than the suggested amounts as they choose.

Our programs offer three pricing options: the full program price, the patron price, and the pay-what-you-can-afford option.

If the program price is an obstacle for you, please pay what you can afford by entering the amount into the "Or pay what you can afford (enter your amount below)" box.

For those who are inspired to offer more than the program price you may pay the "patron price." Your generosity in offering this amount helps us to cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.


For articles and videos about meditation, online teachings, and recommended readings, visit Shambhala's meditation resources page at

You can also visit Shambhala Sun's “How to Meditate” page at

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