The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.
Focusing on the teachings of Bodhicitta
The past 10 months have been an intense time for the Shambhala community, both globally and locally. As we have begun to open up more to telling the truth, trusting our hearts, and learning what it means to be a community, our path has deepened. But what do we need in order to go forward? Where does our allegiance lie? What do we accept and what do we reject? Who are we as a community? What feels right for us individually? How do we open to what is? How do we open to each other?
These important questions need our time, our attention, and our care. One of the ways we can learn to relate to our questions is within the space of practice. Having time to be still and quiet, to breathe and observe, to feel our hearts, our bodies, and our minds is immensely powerful. As a gesture of inviting our community together in such a space, we are holding a week-long practice intensive at our Nashville Shambhala space from June 1-7.
This intensive will include lots of time for sitting practice. We will review the meditation instruction, and work with a few different techniques. We will have time for discussion and contemplation together, and practices to help us connect with our bodies. The theme of the week will be centered around the Mahayana teaching of Bodhicitta, or awakened mind, which is the realization of compassion without attachment to self.
You are welcome to join for the whole week, a few days, or just one day.
Please not that this is not technically a weekthun and will not meet the requirements of a Shambhala weekthun which is the prerequisite for several other programs.
Please come with comfortable clothing, layers, closed containers for water or tea on the cushions. Lunch will be on your own each day during the break, so either bring a lunch or be prepared to go to one of the nearby restaurants. Tea and snacks will be provided.
|9:30 am||Morning Chants|
|9:45 am-Noon||Morning Session|
|1:30-3:30 pm||Afternoon Session 1|
|4:00-5:00 pm||Afternoon Session 2|
|5:00 pm||Closing Chants|
|5:30 pm||End of day|
Becoming a member of Nashville Shambhala is a commitment to a regular meditation practice, offering time as a volunteer and a monthly financial gift. Learn more…