Ongoing Offerings

Our center offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.

 

Open Public Programs and Events:

 

Open House Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm for group meditation practice, reading, discussion and tea time. This is a great way to learn more about the Shambhala Center and the Shambhala lineage in a warm and hospitable atmosphere. Open to newcomers as well as advanced meditators of all traditions. Meditation instruction is provided free of charge upon request.

 

Sunday Morning Meditation, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meditation practice is offered every Sunday morning from 9:00 am – noon. Sitting meditation is interspersed with walking meditation. Participants are welcome to come and go at any time throughout the morning, or stay for the entire time. Meditation instruction is offered free of charge for first-time meditators.

 

Community Gathering: Shambhala Sadhana

The Sakyong composed a practice called the Shambhala Sadhana to uncover basic goodness, the innate longing for enlightened society and the possibility of collective enlightenment.  We invite  all members of the Durham Shambhala Center to gather, practice, and delight in conversation and each other’s company each month.

Shastri Tom Brothers will open the gathering with  sitting practice and a brief talk on the Sadhana, before beginning the practice of the Shambhala Sadhana.  This will be followed by a discussion period.  We will close with a potluck reception and enjoying the evening.

 

Heart of Recovery Support Group, Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We welcome everyone who wants to make the effort to abstain from their compulsive, addictive behaviors, and integrate the strength, clarity and basic goodness of Buddhist meditation into their recovery.

Meetings consist of:

  • Sitting mediation practice
  • A reading from various Buddhist practitioners (occasional meetings may consist of a short talk on Buddhism)
  • Group sharing of our personal experience, strength and hope

There are no requirements to attend the meeting. We welcome Buddhist and meditation practitioners from all traditions, all 12 Step programs (AA, NA, OA, ACOA, etc.), as well as those with no 12 Step affiliation. Our common elements are the shared experience of having been affected by addiction and the path of meditation. We honor anonymity and confidentiality.

For more information email: heartofrecoverydurham@gmail.com

 

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