Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

October 8th—December 17th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room


    A community event for Shambhala members and newcomers—please invite your friends! Each week, a Shambhala teacher leads a discussion on a contemporary topic of concern and inspiration. Includes meditation instruction, meditation practice, and a social reception. Come engage, practice and mingle—a perfect way to start the week! Every Monday from 7-9pm, drop-in and free.

    Upcoming Gatherings 

    October 15: Shastri Janet Solyntjes & Jeff Scott
    The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.

    To live in the open question of what is important in your life is much more difficult than securing an answer. From that open, living quality our warriorship is born. In this community conversation we will explore how to stay in the aliveness of an open question, settle deeply into not-knowing, open to the felt sense that knows something, and dialogue about ways to remember what is most important moment-to-moment.

    Janet Solyntjes is a Shastri (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, a Certified MBSR teacher, and a faculty member of the Center for Mindfulness and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. Janet and her husband, Jeff Price, are co-founders of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

    Jeff Scott has been in the Shambhala community since 1998, when he moved to Boulder from California to attend Naropa University. Jeff has an MA in Buddhist Studies and Tibetan Language and is a teacher and meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition. Jeff has an extremely rich inner and outer life and yet he struggles writing little bios about himself. Fresh back from a five-year stint in Nova Scotia, he is delighted to be back beside the mountains.
    October 22: Rose Sposito
    The Spirit of Community: Relationships as Strength, Not Burden

    Being in community can be challenging. It takes inspiration, consideration, willingness and courage. As humans, as in nature, we are interdependent and yet we feel, at times, alienated and alone. From compassion's point of view, this was never meant to be. Please join us for this evening as we explore the many personal facets within the complex web of what both inspires and separates us, to find our mutual ground of human wisdom and goodness.

    Rose Sposito is a Five-Element Acupuncturist and Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner. Rose is also a Certified Teacher and Practitioner of the Focusing Method as taught by Eugene Gendlin and Ann Weiser Cornell, and has her practice here in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Meditation Instructor and a Shambhala Training Director. She has been a practitioner of Buddhism and Shambhala since 1976.

    October 29: Hannah Kinderlehrer
    The Gift of Slowing Down: Transforming Aggression into Nourishment

    We are living our lives at hyper speed, checking our phones while waiting in line, cramming in podcasts while running errands, and racing from one thing to the next, often in service of so-called "enjoying, bettering, growing," etc. How often do our self-care and daily practices take the form of subtle self-aggression or self-improvement? How often do we slow down enough to receive what we are doing, hearing, feeling, experiencing? Join me for a night of true self-nourishment. By slowing down and bringing mindful awareness to the moment, we can be nurtured, fed and satiated by everything we do, on the spot.

    Hannah Kinderlehrer is passionate about supporting people’s journeys of embodiment. She has studied multiple forms of dance and holds a degree from Naropa University, the Peacemaker Institute and is a graduate of the Hakomi Psychotherapy Institute. Hannah has been a student of Shambhala for 15 years. After discovering a direct connection between dancing, meditation and happiness, Hannah chose to share that through her classes, workshops, women’s groups and therapeutic sessions.