Getting started

We welcome anyone who is new to meditation or anyone who would like to continue their meditation practice in a community based on meditation, wakefulness, inclusion and kindness.

Meditation is a practice that anyone can do

Meditation is based on the radical idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous and confused, but rather calm, creative and clear. Practising regularly provides a way to settle into this natural state more often.

At the Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group, we begin by training in shamatha or mindfulness meditation. This foundational technique allows you to tune into the present moment, at home, at work or wherever you go in your day-to-day life. There are a range of resources within this website to support you to begin and sustain a meditation practice, but the most effective support for many people is regular group practice.

Open House

Please join us every Monday night from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Open House where we offer an opportunity to get acquainted with shamatha/mindfulness meditation and meet members of our community.

Open House includes several sessions of sitting meditation separated by walking meditation. On the first Monday of the month, our shastri, Loretta Geuenich, offers a dharma talk and discussion. Other Monday night sessions will include a short reading or teaching video and discussion led by senior students.

There are traditional meditation cushions as well as chairs available to be used in any way you need. Adelaide Shambhala Group is dedicated to supporting everyone in their meditation practice.

Meditation instruction is available free of charge at 7:00pm.

Full-day program (Nyinthun)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit in meditation for a day, or even a half day? Nyinthun provides that opportunity.

Every third Saturday we have an all-day meditation session. Nyinthun, or ‘day of practice’, is a way for people living in the world with families and jobs to have an ongoing spiritual path that deepens over time. It is a great way to learn meditation or to strengthen and energise your practice.

The day begins and ends with a short set of traditional group chants in English which you can join in with if you wish. There are then periods of sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation, gentle stretching exercises and group discussion. We share lunch.

Nyinthun is open to all, regardless of your experience level or tradition. Basic meditation instruction is available for those new to Shambhala. There is no cost to practitioners but donations are most .

Way of Shambhala

We also offer a graduated path of study called the Way of Shambhala that will help you establish a regular meditation practice and study Shambhala Buddhist teachings.

The Way of Shambhala is a complete introduction to the foundations of Shambhala Buddhism. This series of weekend contemplative workshops and weeknight classes provides an experiential overview of meditation practice, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism. The program is open to everyone.

Program dates will be announced through email, our Facebook page and this website.