Eight Steps to an Authentic Life

with Patricia Ullman

April 26th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This evening's topic is: “Eight Steps to an Authentic Life” - Teachings on the Noble Eightfold Path

    This evening's speaker is: Patricia Ullman

    Our old friend and teacher Patricia Ullman will talk about the Eightfold Path as presented in her new book, Eight Steps to an Authentic Life:  Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times.

    Among the earliest teachings of the historical Buddha is his description of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is as complete and relevant today as it was then—more than 2,500 years ago.  Though originally geared toward the monastic community, this teaching offers a complete and skillful way of integrating all aspects of life into a path of wakefulness and meaning, inviting us to contemplate all of life's important questions.  

    Books will be available to purchase


    Patricia Ullman has been practicing and teaching meditation for over forty years, having studied and practiced under the guidance of some of the most renowned teachers of our day.  She has led workshops and retreats throughout Europe and North America for children, professionals, students and adults, from beginners to advanced practitioners of meditation and mindfulness in everyday life.  Patricia holds a J.D. degree and has spent her professional life in law, mediation, restorative justice, and non-profit leadership.  A fourth generation Washingtonian, Patricia works with private clients and businesses—including law firms, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and other organizations—who wish to gain tools for improving the quality of their lives, work, and relationships with others.

    Patricia was the Director of Practice and Education at Dechen Chöling in France from 2000-2005, and was the Executive Director of Dorje Denma Ling in Nova Scotia from 2005-2012.  She founded the Washington DC Shambhala Center in the mid 1970's and served that center in many capacities over the years, including Resident Director of Shambhala Training founder of the Bodhi School for children in the 1990’s.

    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.)