The foundation of Buddhist meditation is shamatha, a meditation that develops stable awareness which serves as the essential underpinning of all other meditation practices. Ordinarily, our minds are busy and distracted by a constantly appearing stream of disconnected thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and emotions. These obscure the nature of mind, which is the nature of wisdom and compassion. Through this method of directly observing the mind, we enhance our ability to remain with awareness, thus allowing the natural wellbeing within to emerge.
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lama Eric Triebelhorn provides brief instruction to the practice of shamatha at the beginning of each session in the morning and evening. After a one-hour session and a 10-minute break, Lama Eric leads a teaching or question-and-answer period with participants.
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lama Eric provides detailed instructions for the practice of shamatha on alternating first Sundays from 9:00am to 12:30pm. The morning features several sessions of guided meditation, a period for questions and discussion, and a closing recitation of an aspiration prayer. All are welcome.
Half-Day Sessions in even-numbered months cover Chenrezi practice; learn more about Chenrezi here.
7:00 am – 7:45 am
An experienced KCC practitioner leads group shamatha meditation daily at this time, providing very brief instructions.