What we Offer

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Shambhala Meditation Center.This ancient 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 to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.

About Meditation Instruction

Meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, as part of our Open House program, and at other times by appointment. Not just for “new” meditators, instruction is also recommended as part of our ongoing practice. You are always welcome to come in and speak to an instructor about your regular practice and you may even ask to form a working relationship with the instructor of your choice.

Group of Meditators

Meditation Instruction is Free Almost Every Monday at 7pm

Initial Meditation Instruction is generally offered every Monday at 7pm. Just show up and someone will meet you to give instruction. On very rare occasions, it will be cancelled. Look for “Meditation Instruction” in the right hand column on this page and be sure the date matches your plan to attend.

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Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:

Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community.

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.

Other Introductory Programs:

Introductory

Maitri Bhavana Practice

with Jenny Warwick

February 26th—December 31st

Maitri Bhavana, offered on the last Sunday of the month, is the practice of expanding loving-kindness without limits--cultivating our compassion through taking on the sense of suffering of others. Continue »

Thursday Night Class ~ EXPLORING DOUBT AND CONFIDENCE IN AN ERA OF FAKE EVERYTHING

with Rick Merrill

June 1st—June 29th

How do we understand doubt and confidence as personal and societal concerns? Class meets weekly for five Thursday evenings in June. Continue »

CONFIDENCE BEYOND CONCEPT ~ A Weekend of Mudra Space Awareness

with Greg Heffron, Craig Smith, Vicky Moyle-Assistant

November 25th—November 26th

Mudra Space Awareness is a powerful mind-body meditative discipline transmitted by Chogyam Trungpa and is unique to the Shambhala lineage--rarely taught or practiced. Continue »

RELAXED BODY, OPEN MIND ~ QiGong and Meditation Retreat (Weekthun)

with Shastri Trinley Busby & Michael Busby

December 27th—January 2nd (2018)

QiGong and Meditation Weekthun! Non-residential city week-long group retreat at the Bellingham Shambhala Center. QiGong Levels 1 and 2. MORE DETAILS TO COME SOON. Continue »