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Our program with Shastri Gayle Van Gils in August, 2014.

Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.


Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

LOCATION: 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville FL 32609.  Turn at the 23rd Ave. driveway to UF East Campus, but do not drive through the campus gate.  Instead park in the grass on the east side of our building.  Enter the building on the south side.  Go through the gate to the backyard to find our entrance. Exception:  Heart of Recovery meets in a room at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing the 23rd Ave;  use the door on the left.

img_6642img_5635PRACTICE: We meet every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm for meditation, followed by book discussion and social time.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.

pema-chodronWe are currently reading and discussing The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron.  Exception: On February 14th we will practice the Shambhala Sadhana at 8:15 pm.

Additional Practice Sessions:   

Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pmHeart of Recovery.  A program open to anyone who is interested in exploring how the pa1899 NE 23rd Ave.th of meditation and the path of recovery intersect.  (to see full description click Ongoing Offerings on the menu above). Heart of Recovery meets in a room at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing 23rd Ave.; enter through the door on the left (there will be a sign on the door).

Thursdays 6:15 pm-7:15 pm (sitting/walking practice for those not requiring instruction)

Sundays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (instruction available). One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 10 am for basic instruction.  Note: on Sunday, March 5, we will celebrate Shambhala Day beginning at 10 am.

Book Study.  On the first Sunday, we are reading Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  On the other Sundays, our choice is The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Following practice on the First Sunday, we usually enjoy potluck together or go out for a meal.  On March 5th, we will celebrate Shambhala Day beginning at 10 am.  Check the web site for details.

Dharma Night Returns.  Mark your calendar for March 3 at 7 pm.  We’ll meet at the home of Amy Eberhardy and Amber Paxton:  6508 NW 27th PL.  Please register on the web site so we know how many people to expect.

Please visit our Ongoing Offerings and Classes and Retreats pages for details on all programs offered.

CELEBRATE SHAMBHALA DAY  – Year of the FIREBIRD – with us on MARCH 5

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Dharma Night

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Shambhala Day in Gainesville

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Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

May 5th—May 7th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »