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It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. In the course of our lives, this goodness, warmth and intelligence can easily become covered over by doubt, fear and egotism. The journey of becoming fully human means seeing through fear and egotism, and waking up to our natural intelligence. It takes kindness–to ourselves and others–and courage, to wake up in this world.

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In Person Tuesday Evening Meditation at the West Loop Shambhala Center

Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center

Chicago Shambhala is introducing in person meditation every Tuesday evening beginning Nov. 16 from 7pm to 8:30pm. We offer one hour of sitting and walking meditation and a half hour of discussion of meditation related topics. Doors open at 6:45, stay as long as you like.

Newcomers welcome and meditation instruction is available. If you would like meditation instruction please arrive by 7pm. Everyone needs to arrive by 7:15 unless they have made prior arrangements.

Note that these in person sessions are in addition to, not instead of, continuing Tuesday evening meditation on Zoom.

Masking is required, and social distancing recommended. You will be asked to sign a COVID waiver/ contact form. The Center has an upgraded HVAC system.

This event is free but donations are appreciated. Even small donations are critical to keeping the Center's activities going.

Please register so we can contact you in case of weather cancellations or other changes.

For more information or questions, email to [masked].

Register here: https://chicago.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=490650

Meditation in Everyday Life - In Person

Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life presents mindfulness-awareness meditation and ways that meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. Meditation is an opportunity to rest in what we already are—basic goodness, natural peace and clarity. However, for many of us, the experience of working with our minds is very difficult and meditation is far from peaceful. Self-aggression, judgment, and harshness often arise. The Shambhala approach to meditation emphasizes tremendous gentleness as a way to work with this self-aggression. Friendliness to oneself is key. We can learn to develop friendship with our mind, skill in how to work with speed and difficulty, and a sense of humor.

The journey begins by acknowledging the agitation of the discursive, wild mind. The journey continues by slowly allowing that mind to relax within itself; we let go of struggling with ourselves. The way to become familiar with such relaxation is the simple, regular practice of sitting meditation. Of course, this may prove difficult at times. We will sometimes resist practice altogether. This is part of the path.

“Our life is an endless journey; it is like a broad highway that extends infinitely into the distance. The practice of meditation provides a vehicle to travel on that road. Our journey consists of constant ups and downs, hope and fear, but it is a good journey. The practice of meditation allows us to experience all the textures of the roadway, which is what the journey is all about. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to find that within ourselves, there is no fundamental complaint about anything or anyone at all.” —Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Register here: https://chicago.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=491436

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion Online

Online event

We welcome all to join us for Sunday meditation practice and dharma discussion! We are now reading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron. The text is shared on zoom, if you don't have a copy.

There is no fee for this program, but we ask that you register in advance. Once registered, you will receive the link to access the meditation. Feel free to come once or many times, stay for the whole thing or leave early.

Register here: https://chicago.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=446110

Meditation: The Way of the Buddha (Six-Week Online Course)

Online event

Although decades old, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's presentations retain the same freshness and dynamism as when they were first brought from Tibet to the West, and are a reminder of his incomparable mastery at communicating Buddhist teachings to a Western audience. These short talks - from mindfulness practice, to awareness practice, to the realization of emptiness - will be supported by further commentary and facilitated discussions by some of today’s leading teachers of Buddhism in the West, many of whom were actually present during these talks in 1974, including:

Pema Chödron, Dale Asrael, Ashley Dinges, June Crow, Lödro Dorje, Gaylon Ferguson, Arawana Hayashi, Marty Janowitz, Larry Mermelstein, and Judith Simmer-Brown.

The format of most live sessions will include guided meditation instruction, a brief video of Chöogyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaching – with further commentary by the presenters, and discussion groups with question and answer periods. The pre-recorded videos that participants can watch “on demand” will expand on participant’s understanding of Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings and life.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is online only. If you miss any sessions, you can catch up with the recordings afterwards. This program is in addition to Shambhala Chicago's in-person meditation programs. If you're instead looking for in-person opportunities, browse the offerings on our Programs page.

FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, VISIT: https://shambhalaonline.org/calendar-details/?id=486094&utm_source=Chicago

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