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Welcome to the website for the Longmont Shambhala Meditation Group.
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The Longmont Shambhala Meditation Group is a place for people to practice meditation together, to get exposed to diverse teachings from the world of Shambhala, and to discuss them together. Sometimes we have guest teachers present the talks, sometimes our own members give talks, sometimes we watch a video together, and sometimes we simply sit. It's a great group of people with a diversity of perspectives, and we always welcome new people coming to enrich our discussions.


For the time being, we are meeting only via Zoom conferences, not in person. Meeting via Zoom is safer for anyone at risk of catching Covid, and it's convenient for people coming from far away or people who don't want to drive to Longmont. Even as the Covid threat recedes, we will still be meeting via Zoom anyway. That's because the location we had previously been meeting in, The Meditation Place, recently was forced to close because of financial problems. We are currently looking for a new place to meet, but there's nothing to report yet. If you can suggest a suitable place, please let us know - send email to longmontshambhala@gmail.com.


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REGULARLY SCHEDULED ZOOM MEETINGS
    First and Third Thursday of the Month Evenings 7 - 9 pm. Sitting, usually a talk, and then a discussion.
    Second Saturday of every month 1 - 2:30 pm. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Talking about Death.
 
 
 
 
What to Expect
Thursday Nights
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We meet on the first and third Thursday evening of each month from 7-9 pm. NOTE this is a recent change which started Sep 2022.

If you would like meditation instruction, please just mention it at the beginning. Those of us who have done it before are always happy to review the instructions - it always seems fresh. We typically meditate from about 7 to 7:30, which includes a period of Tonglen practice. Tonglen is a particular practice for opening your heart, becoming willing to explore taking on the suffering of others and giving up any ownership of your own well-being. If you're not familiar with tonglen, that's not a problem - you can just stay with your regular meditation until you get a chance to get instructions in tonglen. If there is a Thursday night talk happening, that usually goes from about 7:30 to 8:00 or 8:15. After that there's time for discussion, which sometimes gets lively. We always honor and respect everyone's opinion, whether or not we agree with it.
 
There is no fee but we do appreciate donations toward a teacher gift and other expenses - see the bottom of this web page.
 
 
 
What to Expect
Second Saturday Open Hearts Open Mind Death Discussion Group
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On the second Saturday morning of each month, from 10:00 to approxmately 11:30, a group of interested people get together to discuss various aspects of death: not just spiritual issues, but totally practical medical and legal aspects. This group is not specifically a Shambhala group, although it's targeted at people with some kind of meditation practice. It's an opportunity for us to face a topic that our culture generally prefers to avoid. Sometimes we talk about a particular book, sometimes we talk to particular people with special qualifications such as being a "death midwife". Sometimes we even make a field trip to visit a nearby cemetery or funeral home. In the last few years there has been a notable increase in options for how to handle human remains - it's no longer limited to the old-style embalming and interment, or even cremation. Colorado specifically has been somewhat at the forefront of supporting alternative options.  
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

  • February 2, Sitting, Talk and Discussion

  • This week, after our usual period of sitting and tonglen practice, Melissa Robinson will talk about meditation and tonglen, with a discussion of Tranquility (Calm Abiding) and Insight using some of the Foundational Yana (Hinayana) teachings, including the Nine Stages of Resting the Mind. That may sound a little dry and theoretical, but it's actually very practical and grounded in the experiences we all share.  
     
     
     
     
    We will begin with about half an hour of sitting and tonglen practice. The discussion will likely be rich and interesting, as each of us brings our own patterns to the group.  
     
     
     
     
     
    Here's the zoom link for the Longmont Thursday night meeting:

    Check back soon for more future events!
     
     
    OPEN HEART OPEN MIND: LOOKING AT DEATH
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    An Open Series of Monthly Forums
    For our meeting on Saturday January 14, we will have guest speaker and local legend in the death community, Kim Mooney, the founder of Practically Dying, speak to us about MAID (Medical Aid in Dying) or as it's known in Colorado, the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act. Learn more about this option, what to expect and prepare for when speaking to your doctor, family or supporting a friend through the process. Bring your thoughts and your questions for this is going to be a great discussion.



    The January meeting will be on Zoom, from 10 to about 11:30. Here's the The zoom link is here:

    Check back soon for more future events!
     


    For our meeting on February 11 meeting, we will be discussing the book "The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss" by Mary-Frances O'Connor. Dr. O'Connor is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss, and Social Stress (GLASS) lab in investigating the effects of grief on the brain and the body.

    More details will come later - whether we're meeting in person or via zoom, and where. It will be from 10 to about 11:30 on Saturday January 14.  


    To be notified of meetings please email: trudy.lyford1@gmail.com
     
    This group is open to anyone who has a meditation practice and is interested in the topic of Death and Dying...
    Check back soon for more future events!




     
    AUDIO LIBRARY
    Use this link to the Members Page to listen to some of the talks that were given by senior teachers on Thursday nights at our regular gathering at The Meditation Place. Enjoy them for the first time -- or hear them again!
     

     

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    Our Mission Statement: The Longmont Shambhala Meditation Group aspires to create a more harmonious and sane society and a culture of kindness, generosity, and courage. We invite all people to connect with their inherent wisdom and compassion through meditation practice, the study of the Shambhala teachings, and service to the community.
     
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