Greetings Noble Sangha,
I am encouraging all of you to take full advantage of the upcoming weekthun
, Dec 26th - January 1st. Very rarely does our community have the chance to practice together in this way. Whether you have only come to one open house or have been practicing for 30 years, this is a great opportunity to deepen and strengthen your meditation practice and our community. There is something about sitting still and working with our minds that plants the seeds of peace, not only in our own hearts but also in our society.
The overall retreat will focus on the four foundations of mindfulness and have teachings on calm abiding practice via video from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. January 1st, the last day of the retreat, we will devote to beginning the new year by practicing Loving-Kindness meditations through out the day.
Please come join us for as much as you can. I am asking that if you do join us, to commit to at least a four hour block, either from 9am-1pm or from 2pm to 6pm. At 6pm their is community sitting and you are welcome to stay till we close at 8pm. Please respect the container of the weekthun and practice silence when you come.
A sample schedule of one day for those doing the whole weekthun may look like this:
9am morning chants, meditation, yoga, dharma talk and exercises, and walking meditaton
12:30pm Contemplative lunch in shrine room
1pm Rota (Contemplative work)
2pm meditation, yoga, and walking meditation
3pm interviews with Shastri, video with Sakyong, Contemplative walk, or contemplative study period
4:30pm Meditation, yoga, and walking meditation
5:30pm Contemplative dinner in shrine room
6pm Meditation, yoga and walking meditation
7:45 Closing Chants
If you have any questions, please let me know. For those interested in going further on the path in Shambhala, a weekthun is a requirement in order to go to Enlightened Society Assembly (after Way of Shambhala classes, Level V and Rigden Weekend) and Shambhala Guide training.
Shastri Stephen Clarke
Cost for full weekthun: $250
4 hour blocks: $20
Generosity policy applies. No one will be turned away because of lack of funds.
You will be required to bring your own lunch and dinner, which will be eaten in silence in the shrine room.
Out-of-towners are welcome, and will be hosted in the homes of Baltimore Sangha members if requested. If you need assistance with housing, please contact Lisa Wenrich, firstname.lastname@example.org