Ongoing Offerings

Our center offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.


Monday Nights:  Practice, Study and Sangha: An Informal Gathering

A Monday evening social gathering, meditation practice, and study/discussion for meditation practitioners at all levels.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – light snacks and social time
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – meditation practice
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – dharma readings and discussion

The “dharma-readings-and-discussion” provides an opportunity to make connections between the teachings and the practice of meditation in everyday life.

Dharma selections, distributed at each session, are read aloud for contemplation through collective listening. Selections are excerpted from books, for example by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Ani Pema Chodron.

Each Monday evening provides a fresh start to reconnect with motivations and aspirations for practice and study, among the company of fellow practitioners.

There is no fee to attend, but a donation of $2-$5 is suggested.


Sit n’ Stitch

Every Tuesday:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Please join us for an informal gathering for meditation practitioners at all levels and stitching at all levels!

Brief periods of sitting will be interspersed with readings from dharma art books (such as Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s True Perception) and creative time. Crafts of all kinds are encouraged, such as knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, etc.

Some beginning instruction available.
Come for all or part of the time and enjoy community with other practitioners!

Questions? Contact Sonia at sonia.f.roberts[AT]gmail[DOT]com


Study Group: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

This group will engage in ongoing study of the The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, starting with Volume 1, The Path of Individual Liberation.

The group is open to all. There are no prerequisites. Every meeting of the group will be led on a rotating basis by an emerging teacher from the Philadelphia Shambhala Community, supported by the sangha’s senior teachers.

Participants will be expected to have read and contemplated the text in preparation for attending the meeting.

While regular attendance will be invaluable for integrating these teachings, for most people, it will be impossible to attend every session. Please make sure to register in order to receive information about upcoming readings. For more details about the program, and to register, please visit the program page.

An optional donation of $5 or $10 may be made online or in person.
For questions please contact: Edwin Rupert at edwinrupert@gmail.com


People of Color Group

Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

The People of Color Group is a biweekly public meditation, reading, and discussion group for folks who identify as people of color and who would like an opportunity to contemplate and have facilitated discussion from that perspective. Please join us for social time with tea, then meditation, group reading and discussion.

We will be reading Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, then contemplating and discussing the passage, in the context of our lives and practice from the perspective of being a person of color. No need to buy the book, we will read it together when we meet.

No previous meditation experience is necessary as meditation instruction will be provided.

This is a FREE program. Suggested donation is $5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please visit the program page for more details and to register online for planning and communication purposes. Your registration information will be kept confidential!

For questions please contact Hariprasad, Program Coordinator at peopleofcolorgroup@gmail.com


Inclusivity Group

Open to all as a monthly gathering.

You can start up and join in at any time. Here we will explore and discuss readings on mindful, inclusive communication and practice. We consider themes of inclusivity, diversity and intersectionality in the context of the Shambhala tradition. The group holds the Sakyong’s teachings on “enlightened society,” and “basic goodness,” as primary motivating ideals.

Before each scheduled meeting, a few free, online articles will be circulated via email page link. This short reading is recommended before attendance (but not required). We will discuss the articles, and their possible linkages to our own experiences and practices, within and outside the Center. A few copies will be shared around the circle when we meet.

Suggested donation is $5; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please visit the program page for more details and to register online for planning and communication purposes. Your registration information will be kept confidential!
For questions please contact Quinn Pellerito at quinnpellerito[AT]gmail[DOT]com.


Heart of Recovery

Meets weekly on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM.

$5 suggested donation.

“Sobriety is finding a new way of living that involves engagement where there was withdrawal; generosity where there was self-centeredness; community where there was isolation; joy where there was bitterness; trust where there was cynicism.”
– Kevin Griffin, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

Open to meditation practitioners from all traditions and to Twelve Step practitioners from all programs.

A weekly support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the wisdom of recovery. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addiction and recovery to our personal path as warriors, bodhisattvas, and meditators through readings, contemplations, and sharing.

For questions, please e-mail Mark.

Each week we:

  • Meditate with others who are in recovery or exploring recovery
  • Offer contemplations or readings which inspire our recovery and support our practices
  • Share our personal experience, strength and courage
  • Integrate the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to recover

 


Find how to get to our Shambhala Center here.

 

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