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Learn to Meditate -- A 4th Saturday Dharma Gathering
Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice. When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That's why so many have turned to Pema Chödrön, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way. The meeting features a reading from Pema’s book, discussion, meditation instruction, a short period of meditation, and light refreshments. RSVP: Open to all. Please RSVP on the Honolulu Shambhala Meetup Group so we can plan to provide enough refreshments. Drop-in's welcome. Donations gratefully accepted. LOCATION: Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826. PARKING: Paid parking is available in the large lot (w/banyan tree) and is operated by Diamond Parking Services. PEMA CHODRON While in her mid-thirties, Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Pema received her ordination from him. Pema first met her root teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972. Lama Chime encouraged her to work with Rinpoche, and it was with him that she ultimately made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full monastic ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong. Pema served as the director of Karma Dzong, in Boulder, until moving in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche asked her to work towards the establishment of a monastery for western monks and nuns. Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.

Church of the Crossroads

1212 University Avenue · Honolulu

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The Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group is located in Kailua on the Windward side of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. As part of the international Shambhala community of meditation and retreat centers, we are dedicated to the teaching of meditation as well as Tibetan Buddhism and other traditions grounded in mindful living.

We offer basic meditation classes, Buddhist instruction, and Shambhala Training – a progressive series of weekend workshops that helps students establish a personal meditation practice in order to engage more fully and compassionately in the world.

Our group warmly welcomes people from any spiritual tradition who would like to learn about the everyday benefits of meditation. Chairs and cushions are provided for your comfort. We look forward to meditating with you!

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