Welcome to the website for the Longmont Shambhala Meditation Group.
For general information about Shambhala, look at the Frequently Asked Questions at this page
For the history of the Longmont Shambhala Meditation Group, look at this page
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 email@example.com.
September 15, Sitting and Special Guest Teachers
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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
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
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
This week, after our usual period of sitting and tonglen practice, we are pleased to have
special guest teachers James Evans, assisted by Alexandra Shenpen.
They will present
an introduction to the Five Buddha Familes: an exploration of ways in which we interact with the world.
Each of us has our own personal style, and the Buddha families give us insight into our patterns.
Over the following weeks, after this introduction, we will explore each family in turn, one or two per meeting.
We will begin with about half an hour of sitting and tonglen practice.
zoom link for the Longmont Thursday night meeting:
Check back soon for more future events!
OPEN HEART OPEN MIND: LOOKING AT DEATH
An Open Series of Monthly Forums
For our September 10 meeting, we will meet on Zoom from 10 to no later than 11:30, to have a discussion of tombstones and epitaphs - the life cycle of cemeteries.
We will explore what tombstones and epitaphs tell us about the times in which the deceased lived, what we can learn from them about the lives of these individuals and their survivors.
This is why so many people who love spending time cemeteries are called "tombstone tourists" or "taphophiles".
zoom link for the Saturday morning meeting:
To be notified of meetings please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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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