The Art of Being Human- Shambhala Level I in Portland
with Jane Arthur & Christopher St. John
October 4 / 7:00 AM - October 6 / 4:00 AM
By learning to rest in the present moment through mindfulness meditation, we connect with our own inherent sanity and worthiness despite what's happening in our world. This special weekend retreat provides a foundation for establishing a meditation practice in your daily life.
ABOUT THE RETREAT
In this time of great confusion and doubt, the Shambhala teachings present the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake and worthy.
By training in meditation, we learn to access our basic goodness, slow down, and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.
We discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more.
When we give ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and even the awareness of thoughts across our minds — we discover how to live and be in the world with a clear mind, gentle heart, and sense of humor.
This retreat is the first of a series of weekend retreats but may be taken as a stand alone program. A continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a catered lunch on Saturday are included.
The weekend includes an introduction to sitting meditation practice, talks by a director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussion.
We welcome people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path. It is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice and introduces the basic foundations of the Shambhala teachings on universal human wisdom.
Those who have already taken Shambhala Training Level 1 may repeat this program for half price. (Make a notation in the Comment field when you register and pay at the door.)
The Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.
We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible for you in your current situation, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.
For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.