Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles Sit-a-thon
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Goal $1,000.00

$1,300.00Raised

Hi everyone,

Thanks for visiting! As some of you may know, I have been meditating at the Shambhala Center of LA for the last 10 years and it has changed my life.  People come to meditation for many different reasons, from seeking a little peace of mind in daily life to the big kahuna of refining the mind to the point of enlightenment. Shambhala, as I have learned, provides the space, path, and skillful means for both and everything in between.

As someone who has been a seeker all her life, I started meditating because of great unhappiness and feeling like I had lost my way in life.  As my teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has said, “We tend to approach the general experiences of happiness and suffering in a dualistic manner: Something “‘out there” made me happy or sad.  In reality, they are generated by the mind. Therefore, how we handle our own mind is essential.”  In working with my mind through meditation, I came to see how I am responsible for my own state of mind. Making friends with my own mind, emotions, and fears has enabled me to harm less, and help more. It has allowed me to be more appreciative and joyful, a little less fearful and self-centered (and I think family and friends have definitely appreciated it!).

The ground of all this has been the Shambhala teachings on Basic Goodness as our fundamental human nature, which have not only helped me relate with my own feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy, but helped me to see how so many other beings feel the same inadequacy.  Again, as Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has said, “When we feel inadequate, we consume the world around us rapaciously.”  So many of our social, political, environmental problems stem from this fundamental doubt about our own basic worthiness. Now, more than ever in this time of great speed, aggression, and confusion, it seems to me that we need to get back to the basics of who we are as human beings (are we fundamentally flawed, or are we fundamentally good, wise, and kind?). I have learned that while one can have pithy intellectual discussions about this, it is through meditation that our basic goodness can be experienced, nourished, and sustained with confidence.  

At our Shambhala centers, we offer free meditation instruction to any and everyone who walks through our doors.  Besides meditation, Shambhala also provides profound teachings and guidance on how we can integrate wisdom, fearlessness, joy, and contentment in our daily lives without having to go meditate in a cave for 30 years or having to be other than who we already are. All this is so that we can be of benefit to society. At our core, we humans are social creatures who care about each other.  Society is our future. There is no other way. At our Shambhala centers, staffed largely by brave, dedicated volunteers, we not only have classes and free meditation sittings, but we have activities and classes for families and children, we teach meditation in LA county jails, we host Heart of Recovery groups, Healing Circles, Young Meditators Groups, and People of Color Meditation groups, and more.   

The Shambhala centers and groups in the Southern California area have just been united and designated as a region. As the incoming Regional Director, I look forward to working with everyone in the coming months and years to grow our presence in Southern California so that we can serve our local communities, be of help to all beings, and create enlightened society right here in Southern California. On January 22, our local centers will be hosting a sit-a-thon to raise money for our continued growth and I will be doing or sitting my part, as it were.

If you can help support us with a (tax deductible) donation today, I and many others would greatly appreciate it!!!!   Even if you can’t give today, feel free to leave a joke or smile, if you will, or just drop by for a spot of meditation if you’re in the area. I promise you, Shambhala is good people. Funny, talented, smart, wise(ass), and some of the bravest, most open-hearted people you’ll find anywhere. Come experience for yourself!

Thanks ever so much!!  

With love and appreciation,

Sharon

 

 

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Comments

  • Marcy (about 3 months ago)

    For Sharon the essence of generosity and wisdom!

    $50.00
  • Marilyn (about 4 months ago)

    With love and gratitude. ????

    $50.00
  • Anonymous (about 4 months ago)

    Happy sitting!

    $210.00
  • Jill C (about 4 months ago)

    Thank you! ??

    $10.00
  • Birthe (about 4 months ago)

    sending much love

    $20.00
  • FRED (about 4 months ago)

    I can't be there, but I support you!

    $10.00
  • Stephanie (about 4 months ago)

    Happy to support you Sharon!!

    $30.00
  • Tina (about 4 months ago)

    So proud of you, Sharon!

    $50.00
  • Julia (about 4 months ago)

    Yay!

    $45.00
  • Bobbie (about 4 months ago)

    Thank you for teaching me about joy.

    $15.00
  • Renee (about 4 months ago)

    You go, girl !

    $10.00
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What: Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles Sit-a-thon
When: Sunday January 22, 2017 at 09:00 AM

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