Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Scott Perkins

June 8th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This evening's topic is:  TBD

    This evening's speaker is:  Scott Perkins

    Scott Perkins received his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University in 1992 and has been a teacher and leader in Shambhala since 1994. He is the Chairperson for the International Heart of Recovery Working Group and has provided assistance to Shambhala Centers and retreat centers developing Heart of Recovery programs throughout the country.  Scott is a recovery coach helping individuals craft personal paths/programs of recovery that support their recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors while strengthening their ability to fully experience their own lives with sanity, courage, and compassion.  His is also the Director of Development for a health care policy organization in Washington, DC.  He and his husband have a small business helping individuals create a sustainable, ancillary income that supports collaboration and building community.  He lives in DC with his husband, Jonathan Kirkendall, and has a life-size wooden rocking horse in his back yard.

    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.)