Ongoing Offerings

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Our center offers a rich array of ongoing offerings that are always available to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.

Open Public Programs

Sunday Community Practice- Every Sunday 9:00 am-Noon

Every Sunday morning Shambhala St. Petersburg offers a period of extended sitting and walking meditation.  Participants are welcome to come and go at any time during the morning. At 11:00 am we will be offering informal meditation instruction. Following community practice at noon the center will host a causal “soup and salad social” that will be held in the community room. All are welcome to enjoy some great food and company!

Meet One-on-One with a Meditation Instructor- Every Sunday 10am-11am

Every Sunday morning from 10am-11am there is an opportunity to meet with one of our meditation instructors to ask questions and discuss your practice and path. Whether you are brand new to the center or have been practicing for years it can be helpful to talk about your meditation practice or path with an instructor. There is a sign up sheet in the hallway outside of the meditation hall.

Pema Chodron Study Group- Every Monday 7:00 pm-8:30

Come join us as our community gathers to share and discuss videos, book readings and podcasts from Pema Chodron. Whether you are new to Shambhala or have been a part of the sangha for years, this will be a great opportunity for all of us to explore and deepen our understanding of the beautiful teachings offered by Pema Chodron. Come to one class or come to all of them, we would just love to see you there! This is a free offering. $5-$10 donation suggested.

Tuesday Evening Contemplations- Every Tuesday 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Come join us on Tuesday night as we practice sitting meditation and contemplation. Contemplation is a way to incorporate the dharma into our being. We do this by reading a line or two and then meditating on it, letting it sink into our body. The evening will consist of meditation with instruction, contemplations chosen by Dapon Will Ryken, followed by great conversation about what came up as you sat with the contemplation. This is a free offering. $5 donation suggested.

Heart of Recovery- Every Thursday 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

This meditation and discussion group brings together Shambhala Buddhist meditation practice with the Twelve Steps recovery programs.  Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addictions and recovery to our personal paths as warriors, bodhisattvas, and meditation practitioners. Open to all Buddhist practitioners, 12 Step practitioners, and individuals interested in exploring the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction and addictive behaviors.

Learn to Meditate- First Sunday of Every Month 10:00 am-Noon

In this 2 hour introductory class you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness or “peaceful abiding” meditation practice. Your teacher will give you detailed instruction and guided meditation so that you will have the tools necessary for a daily practice.

Ideal for beginners or students wanting to refresh their meditation technique, participants will practice together and have time for discussion and questions.

Suggested Donation is a minimum of $15. The book we will be using during this course is titled “Turning the Mind into an Ally”by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. If you would like a copy of this book we are offering the book and class for $25.

Click here to check our calendar to register for the next Learn to Meditate!

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana- On or near the full moon of each month

This is an opportunity for the members of our community to come together and practice the Shambhala Sadhana. The emphasis is on collective group practice, gathering and celebrating society regardless of levels on the path. The aspiration is for a consistent, celebratory, and profound community experience in which new and seasoned warriors are all practicing and in conversation together. The only requirement is to be a member to attend. You are a member when you say your are a member.

Advanced Practices

Refuge Practice- Third Sunday of the Month 9:30-11:00 am

An opportunity for those who have taken refuge to practice together as a group.

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