Learn to Meditate with Greg Smith

Greg Smith and Linda Fitch

October 1–3, 2010

Tuition $125 + 2 nights

During this retreat, we will receive practical instructions for living in an awakened way through peaceful abiding meditation, which connects us with our mind’s inherent stability, clarity, and strength. The program will also include basic grounding in the principles of meditation, as well as contemplative techniques to gain insight into the state of our minds and the state of our lives.

We will draw from Turning the Mind into an Ally, the best-selling book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. 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?

Also offered December 3rd to 5th.

Greg Smith

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.

Linda Fitch

Linda Fitch is the executive director of The Four Winds Society and Dean of the Light Body School. A passionate teacher, she works at the level of the soul, looking at the larger mythic patterns that shape how we perceive the world. Her latest project and DVD, Dying Consciously, is a non-profit service dedicated to bringing dignity back to the dying process. Her workshops are highly sought-after around the world.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.