In Shambhala, mindfulness-awareness meditation is the foundation of everything we do. Originating from Shakyamuni Buddha about 2,600 years ago, this practice is the art of resting the mind, opening the heart, and appreciating what it is to be fully human.
"Meditation is looking at our own backyard, you could say, looking at what we really have and discovering the richness that already exists."
—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
For a range of meditation-related resources, including multimedia teachings, go to the Learn to Meditate entry on our blog.
Perhaps the Kootenay Shambhala Centre's most valuable offering, meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners on Monday evenings, as part of our Open House program, and at other times by appointment. We encourage anyone interested in looking closely at her/his "own backyard" to work regularly with a meditation instructor.
Depending on a student's interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:
- Introducing the practice of meditation
Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation practice taught in the Shambhala community. This practice combines a simple three-part technique and a particular view or attitude.
- Clarifying the view of meditation
In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.
- Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation
Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.
- Guidance on the path of practice and study
Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it.
- Guidance on joining meditation and daily life
The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life's ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.
Download Meditation Instruction flyer (PDF)
Shambhala meditation instructors are senior Shambhala Buddhist practitioners specially trained and authorized to help people deepen and expand their conceptual and experiential understanding of meditation (see above). We encourage anyone interested in this journey to establish a working relationship with the meditation instructor of her/his choice and keep working with the instructor for as long as doing so feels beneficial.
Kootenay Shambhala Centre meditation instructors currently available are listed below. For help connecting with an instructor, contact Tim Albert, Meditation Instruction Coordinator, at 250-357-2497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sally Albert • email@example.com
Co-Director of Practice & Education and Way of Shambhala Resident Director
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Tim Albert • firstname.lastname@example.org
Meditation Instruction Coordinator
Lynn Dragone • email@example.com
Centre Director, Contemplative Arts Coordinator, and Children's Programming Coordinator
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Brian McEwen • firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell Rodgers • email@example.com
Co-Director of Practice & Education, Vajrayana Practice & Study Coordinator, and Eco-Dharma Coordinator
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Marilyn Thurrott • firstname.lastname@example.org
Rusung of the Dorje Kasung
Deryk Wenaus • email@example.com