The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is a vibrant, welcoming and supportive community dedicated to recognising and revealing the innate goodness within us all.
Shambhala presents the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Tibet through accessible, modern and dynamic teachings. The teachings and practices uncover the compassion, clarity, joy and goodness within ourselves and each other, and connect us to the natural world.
We offer free meditation instruction for beginners and support for experienced practitioners with a range of meditation sessions, courses and retreats. You are warmly invited to join us!
Programs for 2019
Contentment in Everyday Life
A partnership with the Cancer Care Centre
Being held over five consecutive Thursday’s commencing 5 September
Contentment in Everyday Life is a five-week meditation course offering experiential training in contentment and exploration of the obstacles or challenges to experiencing simplicity and nowness. It is based on the premise that we often look for satisfaction outside of ourselves. But, when we get what we want, it’s not enough and we’re off chasing the next thing that might bring us happiness. As we’ll explore in this class, true contentment is always right here, right now — if we could just learn to relax and tune into it.
Through talks, guided meditation, contemplation, and discussion, we gain understanding of unconditional contentment, and we learn to develop gentleness, precision, appreciation, and steadiness. Practicing these qualities in our lives leads to contentment and everyday awake action. Together, we’ll gain understanding into how painful conditions and emotions keep us trapped in habitual patterns, rather than open us to our inherent goodness.
This program is open to everyone, there are no prerequisites. Introductory meditation instruction will be provided.
Class 1: Introducing Contentment: “Friendly to Oneself”
Class 2: Contemplating Contentment: “Nowness”
Class 3: Suffering & The Four Noble Truths: “Meeting Suffering with Gentleness”
Class 4: Working with Emotions & Buddhist Psychology
Class 5: The Confidence of Contentment
Cost: The program cost is $85 ($60 for Cancer Care Centre members).
If this cost is a barrier to attending, please email the coordinator:
David Edwards, [email protected]
Please register by contacting the Cancer Care Centre
ph: 8272 2411.
If you have any questions about the program please email the assistant director:
Rebecca Chapman, [email protected]
Open House is now offered twice per month
(first and third Monday of the month)
Start and finish times remain the same (7:00 to 9:00 pm)
Open House is also available via Zoom (similar to Skype). If you would like to join us online you can log-in using Zoom software. Click on the link below at around 6.45, install the software and join us online at 7.00 pm.
Zoom Link for Open House: https://zoom.us/j/671305477
Diary dates for Open House:
1 & 15 July, 5 & 19 August,
2 & 16 September, 7 & 21 October,
4 & 18 November, 2 & 16 December
Saturday meditation is now offered on the last
Saturday of the month
Start and finish times remain the same: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (including a shared lunch). You are welcome to attend for the whole day or arrive and leave at any time.
Diary dates for Saturday mediation:
27 July, 31 August,
28 September, 26 October,
Both offerings are open to the general public. They provide a wonderful opportunity for experienced and new meditators to share the meditation space with others, engage with the Buddhist wisdom teachings of the Shambhala lineage and enjoy each other’s good company. Individual meditation instruction is available.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
“Cultivating sanity in times of uncertainty and change”
Summer 2020 Meditation Retreat
with Acharya Dale Asrael
3 – 18 January 2020
Shambhala Australia is pleased to announce a two-week retreat to be offered in beautiful country Victoria near Euroa.
A two-week retreat – called a half-dathün, (dathün is Tibetan for “moon session”) – is an in-depth introduction to and deepening of the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Doing this practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns.
Half-dathün’s also explore the Shambhala principle of basic goodness — that we are all, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey whereby we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.
The 2020 retreat follows two previous summer retreats in 2018 and 2019. Our venue is in beautiful hill country in central Victoria. Accommodation is comfortable, and the food is tasty and nourishing.
There will be options to attend the first week as well as the full two weeks.
More information and registration is available HERE.
Information on allegations against the Sakyong
In response to serious allegations of sexual misconduct and clerical abuse by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (Shambhala’s Halifax-based leader), Shambhala International has taken a number of steps. An Interim Board of Directors has been appointed by the Transition Task Force to oversee fiduciary and legal responsibilities and a Process Team is now organised to look at a new approach to community leadership in Shambhala. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has stepped aside from teaching and administrative duties. More detailed information including frequently asked questions and regular updates are available from websites hosted by the Interim Board (https://board.shambhala.org/) and the Process Team (https://shambhala-process-team.org/) We will continue to post email updates we receive and point of other information and resources, please follow the link… Continue
“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.” Chögyam Trungpa