Ashe Mahamudra 150Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Join us for a free Open House to meditate, connect with community, and develop mindful-awareness & compassion:

oakland-fundraiserOakland Shambhala Fundraiser and Anniversary Gathering with Acharya Alan Schwartz & Kelsey Blackwell

Saturday, April 22 | 7 to 10 p.m. | Temescal Art Center

Join Acharya Alan Schwartz and Oakland Coordinator Kelsey Blackwell for an open-hearted community discussion on societal injustice and our own personal struggles to secure happiness as we position ourselves in “tribes” determined by political party, faith, class, race gender, and so on to create a sense of safety and a feeling of “belonging.”  Is it possible to cultivate lasting change?

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weekend-mudraConfidence Beyond Concept: A Weekend of Mudra Space Awareness with Greg Heffron

April 22 and 23 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Mindfulness” doesn’t mean anything without embodiment. What are we mindful of? The Buddha’s first ‘foundation’ for mindfulness was our body. The unique Shambhala discipline of Mudra Space Awareness challenges us to see that even ‘highly trained’ people aren’t often willing to relate in a raw way with sensory experience. Instead of relating to our actual body, we tend towards what Chogyam Trungpa called “psychosomatic body” — where we think about our bodily experience, rather than actually feeling embodied. This process is one of the main ways we disconnect from experience and lose our innate confidence. This workshop will introduce Mudra to those not familiar, and deepen it for those that are. Note that Mudra Space Awareness is entirely distinct from Maitri Space Awareness. The two disciplines are not directly connected in their practice or presentation. More about Mudra Space Awareness can be found here.

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