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Please join us for an introduction to the Boulder Shambhala Center, meditation instruction and time for questions and answers. Free. All are welcome. At 11am, there will be a short dharma talk followed by meditation instruction and practice. At noon, we have a soup & salad social. Feel free to bring a dish to share if you like!
For five consecutive weeks, members of the extended community are invited to explore their experience of being white in racially-complex America. This exploration is based on the Shambhala view of basic goodness and developed in partnership with UNtraining, a respected approach for bringing self-awareness to white conditioning, bias, and privilege. Through guided contemplation led by the facilitator, we will bring to mind how we’ve encountered racial difference and division in the course of our lives, and share these encounters with one another. By making our personal experiences visible, and holding them gently and bravely with others, previously unseen biases can be freshly considered and become part of our journey to wholeness and genuine respect for others. Melanie Klein, BSC’s Executive Director, completed the facilitator training earlier in the year and will lead the class. In addition to contemplation and discussion, Melanie also offers to host the study of two recently published books: Stoney, The Road (https://amzn.to/2NMnOWK), by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Pioneers! (https://amzn.to/2J2MzNa) by David McCullough. The former is an unflinching look at the disturbing Jim Crow period that followed the Civil War. The latter presents the history of early American leaders who settled the Ohio Valley a hundred years before. While Pioneers! celebrates the white settlers’ vision and virtue, it also includes the dark history of the Native Americans at that time and the continuation of violent purges against them. Together these two beautifully written and haunting books stimulate a range of feeling about white/anglo culture and goes beyond simplified formulas of blame and shame. The guided contemplation will take place in the first half of each class. Should you wish to purchase the books, please join the second half of class where we’ll read and discuss them over the course of the five weeks. You can come for one class, all five, or any number in between!
Heart of Recovery is a group focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Newcomers will learn basic meditation techniques to enhance, not replace, their own recovery program. Experienced meditators will discover new ways to deepen their current practice while supporting the group. All are welcome, including those in recovery from any addictive behavior or substance. Donations welcome.
Contentment is a life changer. This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. Through the gentle precision of meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from self-aggression. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with curiosity, steadiness, and humor. Each class includes a guided meditation and/or contemplation, a short talk or teaching, and time for a discussion about how the material relates to daily life. Open to all! Please pre-register here: https://boulder.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=402846