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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  –  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 Summer Schedule

6:30 pm-8:00 pm.   Embodiment 101 will continue with Kim Heiss and Janese Nix.   Join us for an evening of body awareness movement and 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.  Enter the large meditation hall through the front door (the one closest to 23rd Ave.)

There is no class on July 4th. 

July 11 – August 15:  7:00 pm-9:00 pm. The Four Limitless Ones. Beginning July 11th, and continuing every Thursday through August 15 from 7pm – 9 pm,  we will offer  the first course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana called the Year of Compassion.  This class is offered in the small meditation hall.  Enter through the door that faces the back yard.

The other three courses of the Year of Compassion will be offered in 5-week sessions through February, 2020.  This first course includes Tonglen instruction in an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron, and an introduction to The Four Limitless Ones. It also includes:

    • 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 August 17th at the home of Steve and Laura Simmons from 6 – 9 pm.  See more details here.

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

Year of Compassion: The Four Limitless Ones

July 11th—August 15th

The Four Limitless Ones, is the first course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This 6-week course includes Tonglen instruction and an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron, recorded talks by Shambhala Acharyas, readings and Continue »

Sacred Path Series: Drala

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

July 27th—July 28th

Drala introduces students to the sacred energy and power that exists when we open our hearts and step beyond aggression. Continue »

Dharma Movie Night

August 17th

Join us for social time and a dharmic-themed video or film Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life (JIEL)

September 9th—October 7th

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