Full Day Nyinthun; Community Practice Weekend

November 17th—November 18th

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  • $25 Patron
  • $10 Sustaining
  • $5 Supporting
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Room: Main Shrine Room

Treat yourself to a weekend of basic sanity! You are welcome to participate for all or any part of the weekend.

Nyinthuns, or day-long meditation sessions, are a rich opportunity to deepen your practice with the support of community. The day includes community set-up and clean-up, opening and closing chants together, practice, readings and study sessions, and silent lunch and tea breaks.

On this occasion we will extend our regular Sunday morning session to a full day for an opportunity to deepen and relax into profound and simple practice. (For a link to drop-in meditation description/themes, see below).  Authorized practioners (Shambhala Sadhana, Stroke, Ngondro, & Werma) might practice silently in the main meditation hall, or might break off for separate sessions as announced.

The Saturday session is open to all and will be self-staffed.

Please note: while practitioners of all levels are warmly invited to attend - nyinthun is typically not someone's first experience with meditation. Beginners may prepare for nyinthuns by attending our “Learn to Meditate” class, attending shorter community sittings at our Center, and establishing a regular sitting practice.
 
To help us plan, please register and note what practice(s) you will be doing.

Donation: Please consider a donation of $10 - $25 for this practice. All offerings are appreciated. You can donate when registering online or in person.

Tentative Schedule:
9:00 am - 10:00 am - Opening Chants and Sitting Practice
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Sitting Practice or Sadhana Practice
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Silent Lunch (bring lunch in or go out locally)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Sitting Practice or Sadhana Practice
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - Tea
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm - Sitting Practice
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm - Closing Chants

Drop-in meditation and study, Sundays once a month

Shastri Diana Evans and other teachers to be announced

Over the next several months we will host a series of Sunday drop-in meditation days with themes drawn from the Shambhala tradition focusing on loving kindness, wisdom and compassion.

Overview: In the morning there will be sessions of loving kindness practice in addition to the basic meditation practice. In the afternoon there will be a live talk with discussion and further contemplations in addition to the basic meditation practice sessions.

You are welcome to come for all or part of the day. Meditation instruction will be offered in the morning. There will also be our regular Learn to Meditation from 12:30 – 1:30 if you would like to receive detailed meditation instruction and then join for the afternoon session.

 The themes for the next few months will be:

November 18th: Awakened Heart: The practice of Loving Kindness / Shastri Diana Evans

Bodhicitta means awakened heart. When we are awake and present in this simple way kindness and compassion begin to blossom. We are able to genuinely bring benefit to humanity. In times of turmoil and confusion this is the essential practice.

December 29th: The Heart Sutra / Bill Wooding

The theme for the December all-day nyinthun will be an exploration of the Heart Sutra, which gives us the Buddha’s teachings on discovering freedom from fixation and uncovering the open space of basic goodness. This teaching is the heart essence of the Buddhist view of reality.

 January (exact date tbd):  Insight and Compassion / Shastri Diana Evans

In January we will explore how the basic meditation practice of mindfulness leads organically to the development of insight and compassion. When the mind begins to settle and relax, natural wisdom and kindness arise.  We figure out how to work with others genuinely, without getting in the way of what is truly needed.

February 9, March 9, April 20th to be determined.


Tentative Schedule:
9:00 am - 10:00 am - Opening Chants and Sitting Practice
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Sitting Practice / Loving kindness practice
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Silent Lunch (bring lunch in or go out locally)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Sitting Practice

2:15                        Dharma talk and discussion
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - Tea
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm - Sitting Practice
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm - Closing Chants

 

To help us plan, please register.

Donation: Please consider a donation of $10 - $25 for this practice. All offerings are appreciated. You can donate when registering online or in person.