Thursday Night Dharma Gathering

February 14th—June 27th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    A community event for Shambhala members and newcomers—please invite your friends! Every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of the month, a Shambhala teacher leads a discussion on a contemporary topic of concern and inspiration. Includes meditation practice and a social reception. Come engage, practice and mingle—a perfect way to end the week! Thursdays from 7-9pm, drop-in and free.

    A meditation instruction refresher is offered 6:30-7pm. For a more in-depth introduction to meditation, join us on the first Thursday of the month for Learn to Meditate.

    Upcoming Gatherings

    February 21: Shastri Jerry Webster
    Living with Uncertainty and Change

    How do I navigate a world that is constantly in flux and unpredictable? Is there any certainty to be found? Let's explore these and other questions.

    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, he served in numerous leadership positions at the Washington DC Shambhala Center. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland in 1999 and has taught numerous university courses in literature, the arts, in multiculturalism, as well as 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.

    February 28: Jason Deramo
    The Path of Buddhadharma: The Truth of Suffering and the Way of the Practitioner

    What does meditation practice have to do with the suffering that we see in our world? Come explore this classic question together!

    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.