Discover Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation
Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation helps settle the mind and bring forth its natural qualities of spaciousness, clarity, and attentiveness.
Practiced for thousands of years, Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation [Shamatha-Vipashyana] is a way to train our minds to remain calm no matter what arises in our lives. It allows us to relax into our inherent goodness.
It is a practice anyone can do.
The practice of meditation is found within many traditions throughout the world. Instruction in this practice at St. Andrew's United Church is offered by Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Instructors and follows a tradition of oral transmission that is part of an unbroken lineage dating back 2,500 years. Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation practice is the foundation of all practice within the Shambhala Buddhist community.
Who we are
St. Andrew's United Church & North Shore Meditation Group are co-sponsors of this free drop-in meditation group practice. The North Shore Meditation Group was started by authorized Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Instructors in order to offer Mindfulness-Awareness meditation group practice on the North Shore.
Paul Belserene: I was first introduced to meditation in 1974 but it wasn't until 1996 that I truly began practicing diligently. I have been teaching since 2002 and as a resident of West Vancouver am happy to offer opportunities to practice here on the North Shore.
Jennifer Rodrigues: A practitioner within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1993, I was inspired to offer group meditation here on the North Shore where I live so that people could participate in meditation practice close to their home. As a teacher and Meditation Instructor, it is wonderful to see this group flourish and to have the opportunity to sit and meditate together.
Visit my website: www.jenniferrodrigues.com
When we practice
We meet Monday evenings. Sessions start at 7 pm with guided instruction and practice for about 20-25 minutes, followed by walking meditation, then more sitting practice. At 8 pm, there is a Q & A around any practice questions and a dharma talk or conversation. There is no requirement to attend the whole session. You can stay for as little or as long as you like. Wear comfortable clothing for sitting cross-legged. Cushions are provided or you may sit in pews in the Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome. Come join us. Discover this timeless practice that develops compassion and insight. Deepen your practice in a group environment.
Shambhala is a vision of society in which all people are able to connect with their own basic awakened nature and to extend themselves with clarity, compassion and courage to others.
Come meet us:FREE Drop-in Meditation
St Andrew's United Church
1044 St. Georges Avenue
British Columbia, Canada
Mondays at 7 pm.
We are closed for all major holidays that fall on a Monday. In 2014, these are:
|Feb 10||BC Family Day|
|April 14||Building renovations|
|April 21||Easter Monday|
|May 19||Victoria Day|
|June 30||Canada Day|
|Aug. 4||BC Civic Holiday|
|Sept 1||Labor Day|
|Oct 13||Thanksgiving Day|
|Nov 10||Remembrance Day|
Christmas / New Year's:
We will be closed on Monday, December 22 and 29, resuming on Monday, January 5.
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