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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.  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 (August 28 – October 9) 6:00-7:30 pm – Gentle Yoga.  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.  Click here to register. Cost for the series is $50.  Drop-in fee is $10.  (Note: No class on September 25)

Thursday (September 26 – October 24) 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. The Joyful Snow Lion: The Paramitas.   The second of the  four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana called the Year of Compassion begins on September 26th.  No prerequisite.

The Joyful Snow Lion: the Paramitas is an exploration of Relative Bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas.The Paramitas course includes Tonglen instruction in an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron, as well as:

      • Recorded talks by an Acharya followed by a live discussion facilitated by Steve and Laura Simmons
      • Readings and book suggestions to deepen our understanding of these teachings
      • Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives
      • A suggested practice schedule incorporating Shamatha, tonglen and contemplation.
      • Pricing:  Regular Price: $99 members; $125 non-members. Register here.

 

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: paxton.amberl@gmail.com or 352-514-6303. 

Dharma Movie Night

We gather occasionally to enjoy recorded dharma talks, good discussions and good food (potluck).  Our next dharma movie night will be at the home of Steve and Laura Simmons from 6 – 9 pm.  Date to be announced.

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

Gentle Yoga

with Kim Heiss

August 28th—October 9th

A gentle movement practice to unite mind, body, and breath. Suitable for all levels. Beginners welcome. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life (JIEL)

with Jan Snyder

September 9th—October 7th

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

Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

Join with community to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the autumnal equinox at Harvest of Peace! Continue »

Year of Compassion: The Paramitas

September 26th—October 24th

The Paramitas, is the second course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This 5-week course includes Tonglen instruction and an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron, recorded talks by Shambhala Acharyas, readings,discussion. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Mary Sehlinger

October 18th—October 20th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »