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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. Exceptions:  Heart of Recovery and Yoga with Kim meet in the meditation hall at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing 23rd Ave;  use the door on the left.


FEATURED COURSE

January 25th

Please join us for a morning, afternoon, or all-day session. Each half-day session, led by Jean McCullough, will offer a systematic introduction to the practice of meditation, both sitting and walking. There will be an opportunity to learn, practice and discuss your experience with other newcomers as well as with seasoned practitioners.

Learn to Meditations programs are oriented toward beginners, but have proved extremely helpful for anyone who would like to refresh or deepen their understanding.  Suggested donation:  $10 per half-day session.  Click here to register.

Schedule:

9 am – Noon               Instruction, practice and discussion

Noon – 1 pm               Lunch break (brown bag)

1 pm – 4 pm                Instruction, practice and discussion


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.  On the Tuesday closest to the full moon, instead of book discussion, we practice the Shambhala Sadhana, a long chant inviting contemplation about the basic goodness of self, groups and society.  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  –  Community Practice.  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.  You do not have to own this book; we have copies to share.  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).

Wednesday  6:00-7:30 pm – Gentle Yoga with Kim.  Explore bringing awareness within using gentle yoga stretches that unite the mind, body and breath.  Learn to relax tight muscles and release tension. Please bring a yoga mat. Everyone  — including newcomers — welcome. This class meets in the meditation hall at the front of the building.  Enter through the door facing 23rd Ave Fee is $10.

IMPORTANT:  Registration closes January 9th.  A minimum of 4 participants is needed to avoid cancellation.

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 discussion.  Newcomers, please plan to arrive at 6:45 pm.  For more information, please contact Amber Paxton: [email protected] or 352-514-6303.

For more information about our ongoing offerings, please click on Ongoing Offerings at the top of this page or click here

Classes and Retreats

Some of our upcoming programs are featured in the column at the right.  To see a full list of all our scheduled classes and retreats, please click on the Classes and Retreats tab at the top of this page or click here.


Dharma Movie Night

We gather occasionally to enjoy dharma movies, good discussions and good food (potluck) at the home of  Steve and Laura Simmons: 3612 NW 63rd Place, Gainesville FL.  Please check this site for notice of our next film.

  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

Learn to Meditate

with Jean McCullough

January 25th

Please join us for a morning, afternoon, or all-day session. Each half-day session will offer a systematic introduction to the practice of meditation, both sitting and walking. There will be an opportunity to learn, practice and discuss your experience wi Continue »

Bystander Intervention Training

with Lucas Demonte

February 8th

“If you see something, say something,” is at the heart of Bystander Intervention. This program will develop the understanding that everyone can contribute to the prevention of violence. This training will provide tangible intervention strategies in a safe Continue »

White Awareness Study Group

with Jan Snyder

February 9th

In White Awareness work, white people work together in a nonthreatening environment to become aware of deeply ingrained, often unconscious racist attitudes and then embark on a program of behavioral change. Continue »

Who Am I? (Basic Goodness I)

with Shastri Bill Brauer & Ella Reznikova

February 15th—February 16th

This course asks the question, "Who am I?" and explores the sense of self.  It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Shambhala Day

February 25th

Join us for the New Year of the iron mouse which is the first symbol in the Asian astrological cycle, and is therefore associated with newness and beginnings. The official Shambhala Day program will be on Monday, February 24 at: 10:00 a.m. Paci Continue »