Program Details

Introductory Meditation Retreat - Shambhala Teachings Weekend I (Eagle Rock)


with Joel Wachbrit
December 14 / 8:30 AM - December 15 / 1:00 PM


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.


Special Holiday 2-for-1 Discount!


Sign up with a friend and you each pay half price! Simply call our office to register and take advantage of this special offer: 323-255-5472


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 standalone program. A continental breakfast on both days and lunch on Saturday are included. This day-and-a-half retreat includes an introduction to sitting meditation practice, talks by the director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussion. The program will conclude with a celebratory reception on Sunday. 


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.)


ABOUT THE TEACHER


Shastri Joel Wachbrit has been a member of the Los Angeles Shambhala community since 1989. He served as Center Co-Director and before that was Director of Buddhist Education for 7 years. In 2016 he was appointed as one of three Shastris, or senior teachers, for the greater Los Angeles area. Joel has been a working musician for more than forty years and for the last twenty he has composed music for TV and film.

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