Where to Start

Open Public Sitting

FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH

First Sunday Schedule

9:00–12:00 am: Meditation practice and instruction; practice period begins and ends with Buddhist chants (come and leave anytime during this period). Children’s Program is offered during this time as well.

12 noon–1:00 pm: Various formal and informal community groups occasionally host a lunch after sitting at noon; if you are interested in hosting a lunch, please contact communitylunch@dcshambhala.org

Third Sunday Schedule

9:00–11:00am: Meditation practice and instruction; practice period begins and ends with Buddhist chants (come and leave anytime during this period).

11:00am-12 noon: Sadhana of Mahamudra (Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the Sadhana of Mahamudra practice.)

Note: The third Sunday practice schedule may be adjusted when other weekend programs are offered; please check the calendar.

EVERY MONDAY

6:00–6:45pm: Evening meditation practice.
No meditation instruction offered on Mondays.

EVERY TUESDAY

6:00–6:45pm: Evening meditation practice.
No meditation instruction offered on Tuesdays.

EVERY THURSDAY

First Thursday Schedule
7:00-8:30 pm: Learn to meditate, or refreshen and deepen your practice.  This session is devoted to group meditation instruction and guidance suitable for both first-time visitors and more experienced meditators, including Q&A and discussion, and followed by refreshments.
7:00-8:00 pm: Evening meditation practice in small shrine room for those who do not wish to participate in the group meditation instruction.

Rest of the Month Thursday Schedule
7:00-8:30 pm: Evening meditation practice in the first half hour, then an hour-long Dharma talk or presentation with discussion, followed by refreshments.  Meditation instruction is offered in the small shrine room from 7:00 to 7:30pm.

Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for meditation sessions or meditation instruction. Please check the calendar for updates to the schedule.

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with Acharya Richard John

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with Christian Gregory

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