Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Shastri Jerry Webster

August 30th (2018)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

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    This evening's speaker is: Jerry Webster

    Shastri Jerry Webster first encountered the dharma during a three-month journey in India while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan (1973-1975). In 1976 he became a member of the Burlington Dharma Group. Subsequently, at the Washington DC Shambhala Center, he served as Education Coordinator (nine years), Shambhala Dean of Education (seven years), and Warrior (five years). He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland in 1999 and has taught numerous university courses in literature and the arts and in multiculturalism, as well as teaching English and Leadership in the public school system for 40 years. In 2010, he was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri for Washington, D.C.

    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.)