Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion: Engaging in the World

with Jason Deramo

November 29th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This evening's topic is: Engaging in the World: How Can Dharma Practice Be Applied?

    This evening's speaker is: Jason Deramo

    Photo of Jason DeramoSpeaker Bio: Jason Deramo has been practicing meditation since 2002. In 2004 while stumbling across the United States he came across a flyer for Naropa University. Two years later he began his undergraduate degree at Naropa where he was first introduced to Shambhala. For the next few years Jason practiced within the Shambhala Lineage and the White Plum Zen lineage. In 2010 while living at a residential Zen center in New Mexico Jason was made aware of the importance of going deep in one lineage and as such made up his mind to focus exclusively on Shambhala. He has not looked back since. Jason is a licensed social worker in D.C. working to build enlightened society amongst the formally homeless.

    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.)