Uplift your heart and mind through meditation
The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is a vibrant, welcoming and supportive community dedicated to recognising and revealing the innate goodness within us all.
We are part of a global community, led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 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 regular meditation sessions, courses and retreats. You are warmly invited to join us! See Upcoming Programs and Regular Events highlighted on this page.
Open House is now available via Zoom
The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion
For the first time, the Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is offering The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion. This seven-session program will use pre-recorded talks by Acharya Judith Lief, a personal student of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Her talks guide us through the traditional mahayana teachings as taught by Chögyam Trungpa, the Tibetan Buddhist master who was largely responsible for making these teachings accessible and relevant for Western audiences. Adelaide resident shastri Loretta Geuenich will facilitate the program, which will include meditation instruction, contemplation and discussion.
To learn more about this course, please see Judy Lief‘s video.
Each session in this program is a stand-alone teaching, so it is not necessary for you to commit to each session. The teachings will take the place of our regular afternoon nyinthun sittings. We will continue to offer regular half-nyinthuns in the mornings of this program.
Lesson 1 Saturday 19 May
Beginning Genuinely—The Hinayana Foundation
In the first lesson we’ll review the basics of the hinayana path—including the four noble truths and the notion of taking refuge. We’ll also learn how the concepts of shila (discipline), samadhi (practice), and prajna (view/insight) apply to this path.
Lesson 2 Saturday 16 June
Lightning Flashing in the Sky—The Discovery of Bodhichitta
In this lesson, we’ll define bodhichitta—both relative and absolute, or ultimate. What inspires bodhichitta in our daily lives? How do we experience glimpses of openness? We’ll start to grapple with the concept of basic goodness. We’ll also contemplate how joy plays a part in the path of the bodhisattva, even though we are relating directly with suffering all the time.
Lesson 3 Saturday 21 July
Opening the Heart—Working with the Four Limitless Ones
In this week’s lesson, we’ll describe the four limitless ones and contemplate offering them to the six realms. We’ll aspire to offer the four limitless one’s in everyday life, and gently notice our limitations in doing so. We’ll also explore the difference between the four brahmaviharas and the four limitless ones.
Lesson 4 Saturday 18 August
Prajnaparamita—The Mother of All the Buddhas
What is emptiness, and what keeps us from experiencing it in our everyday lives? What is Madhyamika, or the Middle Way? This week we’ll explore these questions as we also learn about two-fold egolessness, the differences between relative and ultimate truth, and how we trap ourselves in relative reality.
Lesson 5 Saturday 15 September
Engaging with the World—Paramita Practice
In this lesson we’ll define the paramitas (or ‘techniques of non-grasping’) and learn to practice deliberate compassion by working with aspiration and intention. You’ll learn the difference between ‘idiot’ compassion and genuine compassion. Together, we’ll explore the ideal of the bodhisattva as one who dives directly into challenging situations.
Lesson 6 Saturday 20 October
Fifty-Nine Reminders to Wake Up—Mind Training and the Practice of Lojong
In this lesson, we’ll practice tonglen—or sending and taking. We’ll use the lojong slogans of Atisha as reminders of how to train the mind. We’ll also consider some benchmarks for whether or not our practice is working.
Lesson 7 Saturday 17 November
A Map of the Journey—Paths and Bhumis
In this final lesson, we’ll reflect on the direction the mahayana path is taking us. We’ll also define the five paths of accumulation, unification, seeing, meditation, and no more learning.
What’s on at other Shambhala Groups around Australia
Shambhala Level One with Margaret Hughes and Charlotte Brookes
Friday 18 May 6.30 – 9.00pm Saturday 19 May – Sunday 20 May 8.30am – 4.00pm
We usually associate happiness with fleeting moments of satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, but the Shambhala teachings and the meditation practice they are based on, can lead us to a deeper and more enduring happiness. This is the path we set out to explore in Level 1 as mindfulness practice begins to open us to the depth and dimension of the present moment, where we learn to appreciate who and what we really are.
This weekend includes sitting and walking meditation instruction and practice, talks by Shambhala teachers Shastri Loretta Geuenich and Charlotte Brookes, one-on-one and group meditation discussions, and opportunities to socialize and make new friends with fellow participants. Open to all! For more information and to register click here.
“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.” Chögyam Trungpa
Shambhala New York City Podcasts
The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is part of a world-wide network of Shambhala Groups and Centers including Shambhala New York City (https://ny.shambhala.org/) which has been offering New Yorkers the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation for over 40 years. We would like to share with you some of these very entertaining and enlightening talks from their Open House Program featuring senior Shambhala teachers.
Shanté Smalls: The Gift of Kindness
What happens when we unwrap the gift of non-aggression and kindness, both for ourselves and for other people?
Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls began her formal Buddhist journey at 16. After studying and practicing with different sanghas, and lots of non-practicing and non-studying, Shanté happened upon the teachings of Ani Acharya Pema Chödron and the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She’s been a Shambhala student since 2006. In her working life, Shanté is a scholar, artist, and writer. Her teaching, research, and writing focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms.
Ethan Nichtern: Sustaining a Meditation Practice
Why is it so challenging to sustain a meditation practice? Shastri Ethan Nichtern offers some real hints for getting your meditation practice going this year.
Shastri Ethan Nicthern is a lifelong member of the Shambhala community, and Senior Teacher in Residence for the Shambhala NYC community.His latest book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships, was released in September 2017 from FSG Books. His prior book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path made several major lists of the Best Books of 2015.
Elizabeth Reid: Gathering Strength from the Richness of the Phenomenal World
What does it mean to engage fully with our world? Shastri Elizabeth Reid discusses the power of meditation to open us up to our senses, and to engage with the richness of the phenomenal world.
Elizabeth Reid is a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, having been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now the current Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. With a background in theater and dance and an ongoing relationship with photography, she is endlessly intrigued by the interplay between meditation and the arts. Passionate about bringing more body awareness to students in their practice and lives, she offers Alexander Technique based exercises in her teaching. She has a private practice in NYC as a Nationally Certified Alexander Technique Teacher.
David Perrin: Freedom of Speech
We are inundated by various forms of speech. And oftentimes – between family, social media, and other challenging aspects – we can feel trapped by its demands. How do we find true freedom through speech?
David Perrin is a teacher and meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition. David has held various posts in Shambhala Governance and Leadership at the Center. Trained in the disciplines of dharma art, as well as creative arts therapy, David has collaborated with youth and adults across a variety of therapeutic, recreational, and educational settings. With over twenty-five years experience working in the third sector he has served in various governance, administrative, and field posts ranging from direct-service to social change philanthropy. David lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
Filomena Leonardi: Mindful Holidays – The Gift of Presence
The Holidays: a season of joy, gratitude, family and friends… and anxiety, sadness, chaos and conflict. Filomena Leonardi helps us unpack this contradiction, and investigates the role of mindfulness in helping us navigate the holidays.
Filomena Leonardi has been a student in the Shambhala tradition since 2009. Filomena is a partner at the global consulting firm, Spencer Stuart, where she regularly advises executives on talent management and leadership development considerations. Originally born and raised in Italy, Filomena has lived in several places, including London and Sydney. She has made New York City her ‘home’ for over 10 years. In her (limited!) spare time, Filomena is an enthusiastic ceramics artist at Greenwich House Pottery, and considers clay and the wheel her very first mindfulness teachers.
Natalie Baker: The Lost Art of Good Conversation
Natalie Baker draws from the new book, “The Lost Art of Good Conversation” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a basis for exploring how to communicate mindfully and how to avoid the pitfalls of communicating from negative emotions.
Natalie Baker, founder of Buddhist Psychotherapy NY & Neurofeedback NY, is a licensed psychotherapist and certified neurofeedback trainer in New York. She has been a student and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism and Shambhala Buddhism since the 90s.