Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Jonathan Kirkendall

February 23rd

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This evening's topic is:  The Basic Goodness of Grief

    This evening's speaker is:  Jonathan Kirkendall

    Jonathan Kirkendall first moved to Washington D.C. in 1985, and spent six years working with homeless families before moving to Boulder to work on his masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, where he graduated in 1993. After graduation, he moved to New York City where he worked for The American Red Cross, then eventually, back to DC. In 2006, he began volunteering with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; a national non-profit that offers services to military families after the death of the military member, and in 2016 was hired to be the Clinical Director for Youth Programs at TAPS. He currently splits his time between traveling and directing grief programs for military kids and his private practice in Dupont Circle. Jonathan is an avid knitter, potter, and gardener, and lives with his partner of 25 years and two dogs in Hyattsville, MD.

    Details: Everyone is welcome on Thursday evenings to meditate together, hear a dharma talk, and engage in discussion. Talk topics change each week, but each provides a distinct insight into how we can awaken to our “basic goodness”; that is, have a sense of intrinsic dignity and completeness in dealing with our everyday lives which promotes kindness, strength, and wisdom both in ourselves and in how we relate to others in society.

    Each Thursday evening begins with a silent, group meditation session from 7-7:30 in the Main Shrine Room followed by a talk/presentation and group discussion. Those who are new to meditation should plan to arrive at 7pm when a Shambhala-certified instructor provides a brief introduction to meditation practice in another room until the beginning of the talk and discussion at 7:30. After the talk, you're invited to continue the conversation in our reception area over a cup of tea and light snacks.

    We provide these evenings as an offering to the community. No advance registration is necessary and there is no fee to attend. Simply drop in whenever you feel inspired. As a non-profit, all-volunteer organization operating in the DC metropolitan area for over 40 years, we are supported by our members' monthly dues and by voluntary online or onsite donations. All donations are greatly appreciated!  

    First Thursdays:  “Learn to Meditate” Workshop (7-8:30pm)

    On the first Thursday of each month, in lieu of the schedule above, we offer a more in-depth "Learn to Meditate" workshop geared toward newcomers to meditation. The session includes Q&A and discussion, and is followed by refreshments. (There is a fee for this workshop. Please see our calendar for details and registration information.)