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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 the meditation hall at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing 23rd Ave;  use the door on the left.

COMMUNITY PRACTICE

We meet every Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm for meditation, followed by book discussion and social time.    We are currently reading and discussing Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  You do not have to have the book to participate.  We have copies to share.

Note:  on March 19, we will practice the Shambhala Sadhana, a practice we do monthly near the time of the full moon, in lieu of book discussion.  Everyone welcome.

Meditation Instruction:   Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE SESSIONS

Sunday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  –  One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  We are currently reading The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern.  Newcomers please arrive at 10:00 am.

Tuesday 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 the meditation hall 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).

Thursday 6:30 pm-8:00 pm – Embodiment 101. Join us for an evening of body awareness movement followed by meditation.  Everyone  — including newcomers — welcome. We will offer a number of different yoga practices to explore embodied well-being, including gentle movement, breathing exercises and sitting meditation as well as opportunity to share and learn from each others’ practice and experience. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.  Bring a yoga mat if you have a yoga mat.

Friday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Queer & Trans Dharma. You are welcome to join us in this true community of acceptance, as we support each other’s journeys to full embodiment. There will be meditation, followed by book study (The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel) and discussion.  Newcomers, please plan to arrive at 6:45 pm.  For more information, please contact Amber Paxton: paxton.amberl@gmail.com or 352-514-6303. 

Dharma Night

We gather occasionally to enjoy recorded dharma talks, good discussions and good food (potluck).  We anticipate a new home for dharma night beginning in May, 2019.  We’ll post an update here when arrangements are finalized.

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

                             Sangha Wish List

This list contains items that Gainesville Shambhala is seeking in order to fix-up and maintain our new building, and create a beautiful space in which to practice the Shambhala Vision. You can either purchase any of the items OR donate any used ones you may have. We are grateful for any help you can provide and we appreciate your kindness and generosity.  Please let us know if you need to make arrangements to drop off a donation.  Our shipping address is:  7711 SW 103rd Ave., Gainesville Fl, 32608-7221

                                   Amazon Smile

Thank you to all who are signing up for “Shambhala Gainesville, Inc.” as your designated charity in the Amazon Smile program.  To help facilitate this, here’s the actual link.

 

 

New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Jan Snyder & Nora Wiser

March 29th—March 31st

Explore mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings are introduced. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

April 4th

To celebrate the life of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, we will practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra. Continue »

Nyinthun (1/2-day)

April 6th

Join us for an afternoon of meditation practice. All levels -- including beginners -- welcome! Continue »

When Ugly is Beautiful

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

April 13th

This introduction to Shambhala Arts is a class about perceptions, rather than skills. Everyone is welcome! Continue »