Meditation in the City Retreat: Summer Weekthun 2018

  • Edmonton Shambhala Centre Edmonton Shambhala Centre
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Jul 6 - 14, 2018 (9 days)
  • $425 Program Price, $525 Patron Price, $375 Member Price

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* Early Bird Pricing until March 30*

  • Sign up before March 30 and we will deduct $75 from the prices indicated. 
  • Note that our Generosity Policy is available for the Weekthun or daily attendance, but there is a limited number of subsidies available. Please register as soon as you can if you wish to use our generosity policy.
  • The Patron Price supports us in offering subsidy to those who need it; we welcome your generosity.

Going on retreat is often thought of as going elsewhere -- perhaps a remote retreat centre surrounded by nature. But what happens when the retreat is over? We find ourselves back in the city in our usual routine and it can feel like the clarity and insight cultivated during the retreat slips away.

With this Meditation in the City Retreat, we're finding the rich rewards of retreat in the midst of our lives in Edmonton. We'll work deeply with our minds close to our usual surroundings, seeing the magic and challenge in our everyday lives, allowing the benefits of retreat practice to stay with us long after the retreat is over.

Modeled on the structure of a traditional weekthün, this non-residential retreat is made up of consecutive sessions of sitting and walking meditation, talks and discussion, movement, mindful eating, mindful work (rota), and silence as practice. Participants will cooperate to provide a light breakfast, contemplative lunch, and afternoon tea each day.

People of all faiths and traditions are warmly invited. Please note the practice days will begin and end with a few traditional chants.

The retreat is open to everyone, from beginners at meditation to senior students: there are no prerequisites

The theme of the retreat will be Communication and Kindness. How do we cultivate kindness to ourselves and others? How does ego get in the way? What does it look like to manifest kindness toward ourselves and others through the simple but profound practice of conversation? And how might building intimacy with ourselves and others through meditation and silence provide a basis for kindness toward self and other?

Can't participate in the entire week? Take part in Friday evening orientation (required) then one or more of the first three days:

  • Day One: Saturday, July 7th
  • Day Two: Sunday, July 8th
  • Day Three: Monday, July 9th

(Days four to eight are only open to participants in the full retreat.)

Note: Completion of the full Meditation in the City retreat satisfies the requirements for advanced programs that require one or more weekthuns as prerequisites, such as Enlightened Society Assembly, Warrior Assembly or Shambhala Guide Training. It will also count as one week towards completion of the dathun requirement.

About the Teacher

Photo of Shastri KahaneDavid Kahane was appointed Shastri (senior teacher) of the Edmonton Shambhala Centre by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2017, and prior to that was our Centre Director. He started meditation as a Zen student and has been a Shambhala practitioner since 2008. David is a professor of political theory at the University of Alberta, and has won a couple of national teaching awards for that work. He's interested in how Shambhala view weaves together with theories and practices of power, systems change, and collaborative problem solving.

Source: edmonton.shambhala.org

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