Introduction to the Meditation Hall

with Jim Katz & William Wooding

April 28th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    The forms we use in the Meditation Hall are as integral a part of our practice as is the sitting meditation. Approaching the meditation hall with mindfulness and awareness starts the practice even before we sit. Our chanting practice can strengthen our view and motivation. Many students find it helpful to have an introduction to these forms, so they can practice with confidence.

    Our course will contain two sessions:

    1. Introduction to the Meditation Hall

    2. Umdze Training

    Both sessions are open to all, but the Introduction to the Meditation Hall is required for Umdze Training.

    Introduction to the Meditation Hall

    This class offers view and practice of how we relate to the meditation hall and the practice. We will cover:

    * Bowing

    * Shrine practice

    * Chanting

    * General practices

     Umdze Training

    The Umdze is the leader of a meditation session. They lead chants, relate to the shrines, keep time, and manifest meditation posture. These are fundamental skills which all Shambhala members can offer to any assembly. Practicing this confidently can raise the energy of any gathering which contains a practice period. We will also have a short presentation from the shrinekeeping perspective by Nealy Zimmermann.

    These courses will be held on two consecutive Sundays, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM:

    April 28: Introduction to the Meditation Hall

    May 5: Umdze training

    Staff

    These sessions are offered by students in the Shambhala Ritual Academy, which trains Umdzes and Choppöns for all Shambhala practices. The instructors will be:

    Jim Katz

    Bill Wooding

    Dr. Brian McCorkle

    Please register so we can plan for the event.

    We are asking for an optional $10 to $20 donation to help cover the costs of this program.