Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

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This evening's speaker is: Anyana Banerjee

Anyana Banerjee has been a member of the Shambhala community since 2001. She was drawn to the Shambhala teachings as a way to make sense of the disorientation that comes from sudden loss. Now, her growing edge in learning is how the teachings increase our capacity to navigate the loss/uncertainty that occurs moment to moment, and how to tap into the power of our basic goodness to move forward. She is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and is currently studying and practicing the Shambhala Scorpion Seal teachings. Anyana’s area of practice and research in her vocation is leadership development and how to create conditions for leadership excellence at all levels of an organization.

Details: Everyone is welcome on Thursday evenings to meditate together, hear a dharma talk, and engage in discussion. Talk topics change each week, but each provides a distinct insight into how we can awaken to our “basic goodness”; that is, have a sense of intrinsic dignity and completeness in dealing with our everyday lives which promotes kindness, strength, and wisdom both in ourselves and in how we relate to others in society.

Each Thursday evening begins with a silent, group meditation session from 7-7:30 in the Main Shrine Room followed by a talk/presentation and group discussion. Those who are new to meditation should plan to arrive at 7pm when a Shambhala-certified instructor provides a brief introduction to meditation practice in another room until the beginning of the talk and discussion at 7:30. After the talk, you're invited to continue the conversation in our reception area over a cup of tea and light snacks.

We provide these evenings as an offering to the community. No advance registration is necessary and there is no fee to attend. Simply drop in whenever you feel inspired. As a non-profit, all-volunteer organization operating in the DC metropolitan area for over 40 years, we are supported by our members' monthly dues and by voluntary online or onsite donations. All donations are greatly appreciated!  

First Thursdays:  “Learn to Meditate” Workshop (7-8:30pm)

On the first Thursday of each month, in lieu of the schedule above, we offer a more in-depth "Learn to Meditate" workshop geared toward newcomers to meditation. The session includes Q&A and discussion, and is followed by refreshments. (There is a fee for this workshop. Please see our calendar for details and registration information.)

Source: dc.shambhala.org

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