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Every Tuesday evening the Open Sky Eugene Shambhala Meditation Center hosts an opening sitting in the Shrine Room. Arrive early if you wish to have some tea and catch up with your dharma buddies. A Timekeeper will start us off at 6 PM with about 25 minutes of sitting and 10 minutes or so of walking meditation, then sitting again. Can't sit on a cushion? You're not the only one. We provide chairs in the shrine room as well as different types of cushions and benches so you can find what works for your body. The Buddha himself realized that physical discomfort is not conducive to meditation. Parking: On evenings and weekends there is free parking in the Strata Forestry lot. We are located in the Strata building and you use the outside stairs to enter our second-floor location. Cost: Our center is entirely volunteer-run. There is no charge for the public sittings or meditation instruction, but donations to help us with our overhead are joyfully accepted. To learn more about Shambhala or sign up for our newsletter, visit our website: www.eugene.shambhala.org (http://www.eugene.shambhala.org/)
Come explore Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's new book that offers simple, practical advice to help us become better listeners and appreciate the people around us and the lives we are living. This class takes place the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, from 6:30 - 8 pm. In our world of smart phones & connectivity, we are all in constant touch with one another. So why are so many people feeling burnt out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family & friends? Each session of this class includes guided meditation, a talk or reading of the chapter, a contemplation, and a discussion. The Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition - meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings - to help readers listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves. Each class will cover one of the 42 short chapters of the book. Each chapter can be understood by itself without having read the previous chapters. Feel free to come every two weeks or intermittently or just drop in one time. No previous meditation experience is necessary. No cost. A suggested donation of $5 is welcome. The $20 book is available for purchase at Open Sky Shambhala. It is not necessary to buy the book to attend the class. To learn more please visit: https://eugene.shambhala.org/programs/program-details/?id=336818
The upcoming celebration of Shambhala Day marks the end of one year’s cycle and the beginning of a new one. We are encouraged to practice as much as possible in the period (the Dön season) just before Shambhala Day. In particular, we are encouraged to recite the Mamo chants together in order to purify the karmic causes of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at year’s end. The Mamo chant is an elaborate protector practice by which we tune into our inherent openness, awareness and basic goodness, keep our conduct straightforward and kind, pay proper attention to the details of our lives, and reconnect with sacred outlook. The practice is about an hour in length and is open to the public. This year these chants will be done during the weekthün. Those not participating in the weekthün may come for evening chants. Please be advised the retreat is silent so you are invited to enter quietly, join practice and silently depart. The day before Shambhala Day is considered neutral and therefore Mamo chants are not done on this day; rather, it is a traditional time to clean and refresh one’s home and shrines in preparation for the coming year.
As a peer-led recovery program using Buddhism as the path to freedom from all addictions, Refuge Recovery is a community that embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, legal standing, and educational or socioeconomic status. As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise communication and avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe. https://refugerecovery.org If you arrive late, please ring the door-bell. Donations gladly accepted to help cover facility costs. On rare occasion we do need to reschedule so please verify on our website calendar particularly on holidays.