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First Sunday ScheduleShambhala Sun Day

The head of the Shambhala community, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, has said many times that the core contributions of the Shambhala teachings are acknowledging basic goodness and creating enlightened society.  Inspired by this, the Shambhala Center of Washington, DC, is pleased to offer a gathering on the first Sunday of each month to connect with basic goodness and to celebrate our society – the Shambhala Sun Day. Everyone is welcome, whether it is your first time or you have been practicing for years. Please join the community!

9:00–10:15am: Meditation practice and instruction; practice period begins and ends with chants (come and leave anytime during this period).  Meditation instruction is available.  During our meditation practice on the first Sunday of the month, we include a meditation practice for those who are seriously ill.  This practice is called Matri Bhavana.

10:30–11:30am: Shambhala Sun Day Program includes meditation, a short talk, discussion, and some teachings and activities that are appropriate for all ages, including children.

11:30am–12:30pm: Shambhala Sun Day Social includes tea, coffee, food, and good company. If you feel inspired, please bring a dish to share!

For more information on Shambhala Sun Day, contact culture+decorum@dcshambhala.org.

Third Sunday Schedule

9:00–11:00am: Meditation practice and instruction; practice period begins and ends with Buddhist chants (come and leave anytime during this period).

11:00am-12 noon: Sadhana of Mahamudra (Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the Sadhana of Mahamudra practice.)

Note: The third Sunday practice schedule may be adjusted when other weekend programs are offered; please check the calendar.


6:00–6:45pm: Evening meditation practice.
No meditation instruction offered on Mondays.


6:00–6:45pm: Evening meditation practice.
No meditation instruction offered on Tuesdays.


First Thursday Schedule
7:00-8:30 pm: Learn to Meditate program–for beginners or to refresh and deepen your practice.  This session is devoted to group meditation instruction and guidance suitable for both first-time visitors and more experienced meditators, including Q&A and discussion, and followed by refreshments.

7:00-8:00 pm: Evening meditation practice in small shrine room for those who do not wish to participate in the group meditation instruction.

Rest of the Month Thursday Schedule
7:00-8:30 pm: Evening meditation practice in the first half hour, then an hour-long Dharma talk or presentation with discussion, followed by refreshments.  Meditation instruction is offered in the small shrine room from 7:00 to 7:30pm.

Everyone is welcome.  Please check the calendar for updates to the schedule.

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