Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

November 13th—December 18th

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    Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

    A community event for both the Boulder Shambhala Center community and new-comers (please invite your friends!), each week features a Shambhala teacher leading discussion on contemporary topics of concern and inspiration. Meditation practice (and instruction) and a fun community reception will bookend the evening.

    Come engage, practice and mingle–a perfect way to start your week! Join us Mondays from 7-9pm for this free, drop-in program.

    Monday, ​November 27
    7-9pm, Free
    Gun Regulation: What is it about our culture that makes this so challenging?
    Shastri Jonathan Barbieri

    People of all persuasions about gun control are invited. Having an open discussion about this topic is one of the most important actions we can take as a society.

    With the latest major incidence of violence through mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, once again we are faced with the question: Why is there so much gun violence in our country? Is there anything that can be done?

    Our approach to date has been to focus on gun control or regulation. The United States has more guns per capita than any other country in the world. It is estimated that there are over 300 million guns privately owned in this country. Forty-eight percent of Americans grew up in a house with guns and nearly three-quarters of gun owners say they couldn't imagine not owning one.

    Talking about the specific actions that could help reduce the number of people killed or wounded is an important one. At the same time, there is an important underlying question; what is the basis in our culture for the beliefs and values given to owning and using guns? What are our “rights”?  The more viewpoints offered, the better we’ll be able explore why the United States has more mass shootings than any other country in the world. Please join us for this important conversation.


    Monday, ​December 4
    7-9pm, Free
    Light in the Darkness

    Joseph Mauricio

    The declining light of coming winter may seem a harbinger of danger and depression. Yet, liminal times can be gateways to great discovery. Change is frightening. It is a vulnerable time, when the veils are thinnest. But this brings new experience and, for those on a path of meditation and discovery, more to learn about our precious human life.

    The iChing says: During times of difficulty, be like water. Flow through the shadows, into the depths, around obstacles, guiding relentlessly toward greater awareness and compassion.

    In this class we will engage with guided meditation, dyads, mirroring exercises and open group discussion to explore how the challenges of life can lead to discovery. We will employ group discussion, APPLIED mindfulness and PRACTICAL loving-kindness practices to open blockages and gain a deeper look into our basic human nature.

    About the teacher:

    Joseph Mauricio is an author, actor and teacher in the Shambhala Tradition. He is the founder of LIFEWORK Applied Mindfulness Coaching where he works with individuals and groups to develop an organic and sustainable approach to integrated and intentional living.​ ​Joseph has taught in meditation studios, monasteries and centers as well as schools, businesses, correctional facilities and night clubs.

    12/18 - Janelli Chapin & Nic Aquino Roithmayr
    12/25 - Closed for Christmas Day
    1/1 - Closed for New Year's Day