Led by Barbara Hirschfeld
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 am to 3:30 p.m
(complimentary coffee and tea at 8:30 am)
PLEASE NOTE: This retreat is happening at Open Sky Retreat Space in Sebastopol, not in San Rafael.
Please join us for a day of meditation, beginning with guided instruction and inspirational readings. Take advantage of this opportunity to deepen your practice. There will also be time for discussion, and we will end with tea and time to hang out at Open Sky. Please click here for more details and to register.
Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation
Shambhala Vision tells us that we can experience a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings. Located in the Heart of Marin County in Northern California, Tamalpais Shambhala is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In addition to free meditation instruction, offered at each of our public sitting practices, our center offers public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices.
Please join us for our First-Tuesday Open House Dharma Talks! On the first Tuesday of each month our regular open house will feature a special guest Shambhala teacher.
Tamalpais Shambhala offers many programs and practice opportunities such as day long retreats, weekend retreats, classes and community practice sessions including Open House every Tuesday Night, First Tuesday Dharma Talks, Third Tuesday Pema Nights and Second and Last Sunday sitting. Please click below or check out our offerings to the right of this page.
In Taoism there’s a famous saying that goes, “The Tao that can be spoken is not the ultimate Tao.” Another way you could say that, although I’ve never seen it translated this way, is, “As soon as you begin to believe in something, then you can no longer see anything else.” The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.
Holding on to beliefs limits our experience of life. That doesn’t mean that beliefs or ideas or thinking is a problem; the stubborn attitude of having to have things be a particular way, grasping on to our beliefs and thoughts, all these cause the problems. To put it simply, using your belief system this way creates a situation in which you choose to be blind instead of being able to see, to be deaf instead of being able to hear, to be dead rather than alive, asleep rather than awake.
From Awakening Loving Kindness by Pema Chödrön.