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Welcome to Lion's Roar Dharma Center! The first thing people say to us when they join us for the first time is that they don't want to meditate 'wrong'. So let's set this straight. Meditation takes different forms and if you are taking the time to be with yourself and focusing on your breathe then...you can not meditate wrong. Certainly there are tools and techniques that we can teach you but ultimately it's up to you to investigate what feels right for you. Sometimes we just need the space and encouragement to do it.

The second hesitation we see is the doubt about meditating in a group. I was never one to meditate in groups but over the pass couple of years I found that it has been such a strong support to me and my practice. I could never sit for long periods at home. There were so many things to be done around the house. But in a group where I have made the commitment to show up...I have found that my practice continues to deepen and grow. Plus I've met some an incredible people. Our hope is that our classes and Center help support your meditation practice and benefits the community as a whole.

About Our Classes

We offer several different opportunities to meditate during the week and on occasions will also offer other special mediation sittings as they come available. There is no experience required.

1. Sunday Mornings 9:30 am to 10:30 am - Walking Meditation

"Walking meditation is really to enjoy the walking—walking not in order to arrive,just for walking." —Thich Nhat Hanh

Walking is a sacred, healing practice and is a beautiful way to reconnect with ourselves and our world. When we walk slowly, we breath slowly and we begin to touch the peace that is always available in each of our hearts. No experience is required.

Before walking, we read an inspirational passage followed with a brief description of meditative technique. Then we slowly, walk around the perimeter of McKinley Park, through a lovely, quiet nearby neighborhood, around the inner perimeter of Lion's Roar Buddhist temple on B street. We look forward to sharing our next walk with you!

Where and When: Sunday Mornings 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Drop-ins welcomed. We meet at the front of the building.

2. Beginning Sitting Meditation

Interested in developing and strengthening your mindfulness practice? Whether we have been practicing for 10 days, 10 months or 10 years, we always approach meditation with beginners mind. In this informal evening sit, Beginning Meditation provides guidelines for posture and developing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness. How we approach the path is important to developing a healthy practice and this class offers the an opportunity to create space in our lives, ask questions and share experiences with others on the path with us.

For more information about our Center please visit www.lionsroardharmacenter.org (http://www.lionsroardharmacenter.org/).

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Online - Sunday Service: Shambhala Journey

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Lion's Roar Dharma Center is helping to support the reduction of the Corona Virus. To do so, we are meeting online instead. We have some different practices and meditations being offered during this time and are doing our best to keep everyone up to date! Please check our website for the most up-to-date information and on how to connect. ------------------------------------- The Shambhala Journey is a vision and a path of finding, seeing, exploring and actually manifesting compassionate, enlightened community. It starts right here and right now when we make the aspiration and determination to truly care for ourselves, others and our world. Aliveness, freedom and creativity flow from this spirit of awakening compassion, known as bodhicitta. Shambhala means ‘source of joy’ – it’s both the visionary and real worlds of environment, animals, plants and people that have inspired Bodhisattvas for thousands of years. Lion’s Roar Dharma Center teaches and presents the Shambhala Journey through people and programs that balance the secular and the sacred, harmonizing the actual and ideal. Sunday services will be devoted to the Shambhala Journey; Lama Jinpa and Bodhisattva students will give talks and lead practices on Sundays that will explain and expand on this Shambhala vision. If it’s your first time to Lion’s Roar, please come a little early and a member will answer any questions you may have. Doors open around 30 minutes before the start of the program. Dharma choir and pre-service chanting begins at 10:45.

Online - Manjushri Practice

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Lion's Roar Dharma Center is helping to support the reduction of the Corona Virus. To do so, we are meeting online instead. We have some different practices and meditations being offered during this time and are doing our best to keep everyone up to date! Please check our website for the most up-to-date information. The website and calendar will have a link for the online meeting to the practice during this time. Description of the practice: Mañjushri (Skt. Mañjuśrī; Tib. འཇམ་དཔལ་, འཇམ་དཔལ་དབྱངས་, Jampalyang; Wyl. ‘jam dpal dbyang; Chi.: 文殊, Wenshu, Pin. Wénshū)) or Mañjughosha (Skt. Mañjughoṣa; Tib. འཇམ་དབྱངས་, Jamyang; Wyl. ‘jam dbyangs; ‘the Gentle Voiced’) is the embodiment of the knowledge and wisdom of all the buddhas, traditionally depicted with a sword in his right and a text in his left hand. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo says: In definitive terms, Mañjushri, you are now, and from the very beginning you have always been, a genuine buddha, in whom all the qualities of abandonment and realization are totally perfected, because you completely traversed all ten bhumis, such as the Joyous and so on, and purified the two obscurations, together with any latent habitual tendencies, many incalculable aeons ago. Nevertheless, from a merely provisional perspective, you appear as the foremost of all the bodhisattvas, and demonstrate the means of training as a bodhisattva in the presence of all the victorious ones and their heirs throughout the ten directions. Moreover, from the perspective of the mantrayana, there is no doubt whatsoever that you, Mañjushri, are a buddha. In fact, this is even stated in the sutras. In the Sutra of the Array of Mañjushri’s Pure Land, for example, it says you have completed the ten bhumis. And in two other sutras—the Shurangama-samadhi Sutra and the Angulimala Sutra—you are clearly referred to as a buddha.

ONLINE! Lion's Roar Mindfulness Meditation

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Lion's Roar Dharma Center is helping to support the reduction of the Corona Virus. To do so, we are meeting online instead. We have some different practices and meditations being offered during this time and are doing our best to keep everyone up to date! Please check our website for the most up-to-date information. ------------------------------------- Practice mindfulness meditation and have the opportunity to share your path in a therapeutic, safe, and confidential space. General Format of Group: THEORY (mindfulness instruction and discussion); PRACTICE (silent or partial guided meditation); PROCESS (what are you bringing to the cushion?) “What is exciting about this group is that we can practice meditation together in a supportive community and know that it is also appropriate to share personal stories, what we may be suffering with, and how we can heal.” Directed by Lama Jinpa. It is helpful to arrive at least 5 minutes before 6:30 pm to get settled and to allow the group to start on time. All our programs are offered at no cost. Donations are gratefully appreciated.

Beginning Meditation - Online Temporarily

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Lion's Roar Dharma Center is helping to support the reduction of the Corona Virus. To do so, we are meeting online instead. We have some different practices and meditations being offered during this time and are doing our best to keep everyone up to date! Please check our website for the most up-to-date information. ------------------------------------- This group is now meeting online! Join us for online practice! Everyone welcome! Join Hangouts Meet meet.google.com/idx-jjgx-cqo Join by Phone [masked] PIN:[masked]# Please come at least 5 minuets before 6:00 to be sure everything is working for you. Interested in developing and strengthening your mindfulness practice? Whether we have been practicing for 10 days, 10 months or 10 years, we always approach meditation with beginners mind. In this informal one-hour evening sit, Beginning Meditation provides guidelines for posture and developing non-judgemental moment-to-moment awareness. How we approach the path is important to developing a healthy practice and this class offers the an opportunity to create space in our lives, ask questions and share experiences with others on the path with us. At Lion’s Roar, we like to say that any practice has to have the Four Wheels of a Chariot to be a healthy practice: Mindfulness – Staying present and noticing when our minds wander.Relaxation – Developing rhythmic or diaphragmatic breathing. Friendliness – Humor and kindness towards ourselves. Accepting and becoming our own best friends. Openness – Creating space to experience something new. Adapting to our moods and to the chaotic, ever changing word around us. Please Note: This is an ongoing meditation group. It's not necessary to formally RSVP. Most of our meet-up folks just show up. Hope you will join us.

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