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Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation. Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. Join our community of awake and playful meditators.

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CANCELLED: Pema Chodron Class: "Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change"

We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The classic Buddhist teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support. Pema Chodron was the first North American born woman to become an ordained Bhikkhuni. She teaches in the Shambhala tradition begun by her mentor and teacher Chogyam Trungpa. Deborah Bright who will lead this book class is a Shastri of Shambhala and has been a student of Buddhism and Shambhala since 1986. This class is an in depth study of the book by Ani Pema, “Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change". For more information please visit our website at: https://tulsa.shambhala.org/programs/program-details/?id=400236 Please Note: Members of the Shambhala Tulsa Meditation Group may choose to pay the "Repeating Price". The book is included if you preregister by March 26th. Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25 Also, we have a Generosity Policy so if you cannot pay the whole fee for the course, you can send us an email and we will work out a payment you are comfortable with. There will be an opportunity for meditation instruction and practice. ***Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include: Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community. Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower. Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes. Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it. Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

Community Practice & Meditation Instruction is Offered on Tuesday evenings.

Our Open Meditation sessions are free and open to the public with meditation instruction for newcomers. These sessions will cover an introduction to the view of meditation and how to do it on your own or in a group setting. We will sit together for short sessions and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions. ***Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include: Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community. Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower. Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes. Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it. Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

Community Practice & Meditation Instruction is Offered on Tuesday evenings.

Our Open Meditation sessions are free and open to the public with meditation instruction for newcomers. These sessions will cover an introduction to the view of meditation and how to do it on your own or in a group setting. We will sit together for short sessions and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions. ***Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include: Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community. Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower. Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes. Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it. Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

Shambhala Tulsa

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life: a little bit about Buddha and a lot about life. With meditation practice we can learn to have an impact on chaos and aggression. Difficult emotions and life challenges can be met with gentleness, steadiness, and humor. This class provides transformational tools that support a good society. The Everyday Life courses are designed ( but not *required* ) to be taken in conjunction with Shambhala Training levels I-V. Contentment in Everyday Life is both a companion class to Shambhala Training Level II as well as an excellent introductory course on its own. A number of people who will be taking the courses have recently completed a course called "The Art of Being Human" and "The Birth of a Warrior" and those are not prerequisite for this program so join in! This is a five week program. It is one of the IEL courses that is open to the public. Please register below to reserve your spot, even if you plan to pay in person. Please Note: Members of the Shambhala Tulsa Meditation Group may choose to pay the "Repeating Price". Also, we have a Generosity Policy so if you cannot pay the whole fee for the course, you can send us an email and we will work out a payment you are comfortable with. https://tulsa.shambhala.org/

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