Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Andreas Andreou

July 19th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This evening's topic is: Working with the Enemy

    This evening's speaker is: Andreas Andreou

    Andreas N. Andreou is a practitioner in the Shambhala Buddhist community since 2009. He serves as the coordinator for the open house dharma talks on Thursday nights at the DC Shambhala Center. In high school, Andreas remembers his teacher telling him to stop asking questions. That was always his nature….wanting to go deep below the surface and understand the root of things. That led him to earn a doctorate degree in Knowledge Management and a career in research design. He is also a certified personal and business coach with the International Coaching Federation. Andreas is also being called a Disruptor, Thinker, Philosopher, Poet, Einstein and Scooby Doo. What lies under all is his curiosity for human nature and his allegiance to creativity. Andreas finds inspiration in being out in the ocean and reading Rumi and Paulo Coelho. Andreas latest passion is using Photojournalism and Film Making to capture and share the goodness in human nature. Whether is documenting a ‘Day in the Life’ of families or filming a conversation with an elder, youth, a parent, a veteran, an activist, an artist, a visionary, an athlete or business person, he is committed to creating human portraits; portraits that show peoples’ innate strength, kindness and wisdom. 

    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.)