Learn to Meditate
February 15–17, 2013
Many of us are slaves to our minds. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds? Meditation practice allows us to find peace within ourselves while developing a strong, flexible mind.
Our Learn to Meditate retreats offer accessible meditation practice techniques as well as a perspective on how they work. We will draw from Turning the Mind Into an Ally, the best-selling book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as we explore this question together in a contemplative environment. You will receive a copy of this book at the retreat.
Greg Smith, a well known sangha artist and thangka painter, has lived and painted at Shambhala Mountain Center for many years. He has been a student of meditation since 1976, first with Chögyam Trungpa and later with his son Sakyong Mipham. Greg has taught meditation and Buddhist studies since 1982.
Financial aid is available for this program.