Welcome to Dartmouth!
Welcome to the Dartmouth Shambhala Meditation Group, a friendly community that welcomes both beginner and experienced meditators alike to join us for meditation and learning.
This fall, we are expanding our programs to offer more options for both new and experienced practitioners. We will continue to focus on providing rich teachings and an uplifting environment for meditation in support of making Enlightened Society possible.
If you are new to meditation, we invite you to attend our new Introduction to Meditation, where you can receive individual or group meditation instruction. Join us the third Sunday of every month from 10:45 a.m. to noon. We’ll start out with tea, cookies and conversation, and will begin guided meditation at 11 a.m. Part way through our sitting meditation session, we’ll take a break for walking meditation before returning to sitting. Please consider joining us afterward for a community potluck lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Families are welcome. We look forward to meeting you!
Tuesday evenings are Community Practice Nights, held from 7 to 9 p.m. Meditators of all levels are invited to deepen their practice through meditation, contemplation and discussion. Community Practice programs are often offered as a series of talks on a specific theme. When this is the case, we require participants to register and commit for the full series of talks. If you are unable to make all the talks, you can request audio copies of missed sessions. All are welcome for the group sitting portion of the night.
If you are seeking a more concentrated period of practice, we invite you to attend our new Half-Nyinthun (half-day of sitting), which will take place the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. We will have a tea break from 10:45 to 11 a.m., after which we invite you to stay and continue sitting for group guided meditation from 11 a.m. to noon (Introduction to Meditation). We hope you and your family will also join us for our community potluck lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
Continuing throughout the year we offer diverse programs and special practice and study events offered by visiting teachers. See our calendar page for what is happening.
We warmly invite you to explore inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.
“Enlightened society is not a utopia, but a place where we are brave enough to see— and be—just who we are, surrendering our fantasies of something better. When we do that, the discovery of our own goodness on this planet becomes an exercise in appreciation and wonderment. Slowing down to self-reflect and feel our worthiness, and to feel confidence in it, creates space. Then we have the actual intelligence to know which way to go.”
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The Shambhala Principle