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

 

PRACTICE:  We meet every Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm for meditation, followed by book discussion and social time.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.  We are currently reading and discussing Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron. pema-chodron

Exception:  On August 8th, we will practice the Shambhala Sadhana following the break after sitting practice.


 

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 on the first Sunday of the month). One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 10 am on the first Sunday of the month for basic instruction.

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.

Dharma Night:   Amy Eberhardy and Amber Paxton have graciously offered their home for these informal evenings of good talks, good discussions and good food.  Come to  6508 NW 27th PL in Gainesville and bring a dish to share.   Our next gathering is August 11th from 7 pm – 9 pm.  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.

CHEERFUL Year of the FIRE BIRD!

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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

Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Richard White

September 9th—September 10th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Jan Snyder & Alice Kelly

September 25th—October 23rd

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

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III

with Will Ryken & Paula Bickford

November 3rd—November 5th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life (JIEL)

November 20th—December 18th

Explore compassion, joyous discipline, and healthy energy. Buddhist teachings on aspiring and loving action are presented. Continue »

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

with Will Ryken & Paula Bickford

January 19th—January 21st (2018)

With trust in basic goodness we can extend ourselves fully to others with kindness and gentleness. Continue »