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.

Meditation Instruction

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.

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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 Vision

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.

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FREE Drop-in Meditation

St Andrew's United Church
1044 St. Georges Avenue
North Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada

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Mondays at 7 pm.

Christmas / New Year's 2015

We will be closed on Monday, December 14, 21 and 28, resuming on Monday, January 4.

2016 Holiday Closures

We are closed for all major holidays that fall on a Monday. In 2016, these are:

Feb 8 BC Family Day
Mar 28 Easter Monday
May 23 Victoria Day
Jul 4 Canada Day weekend
Aug 1 BC Civic Holiday
Sep 5 Labour Day
Oct 10 Thanksgiving Day
Nov 14 Remembrance Day weekend

Christmas / New Year's 2016

We will be closed on Monday, December 12, 19 and 26, resuming on Monday, January 3.

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