Shamatha Meditation

The foundation of Buddhist meditation is shamatha, a meditation that develops stable awareness which serves as the essential underpinning of all other meditation practices.

Shamatha MeditationOrdinarily, 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.

2024 Shamatha Meditation


Next Shamatha Meditation



9:00 am – 11:00 am (Hybrid)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Zoom only)

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.

Full-Day Sessions

Alternating First Sundays (odd-numbered months)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lama Eric provides detailed instructions for the practice of shamatha on alternating first Sundays from 9:00am to 3:00 pm. The morning features several sessions of guided meditation and a period for questions and discussion. All are welcome.

All-Day Sessions in even-numbered months cover Chenrezi practice.

Morning Meditation

Monday through Saturday
7:00 am – 7:45 am

An experienced KCC practitioner leads group shamatha meditation daily at this time, providing very brief instructions.

Assorted Prayers

This a collection of recitations that are chanted at KCC practices and events.

Refuge and Bodhichitta, Four Immeasurables, Dedication, Aspirations for Mahamudra

Vajradhara Lineage Prayer (Singing version in English)

Calling the Guru from Afar

Bokar Rinpoche Guru Yoga


Audio: Vajradhara Lineage Prayer


Aspiration Prayers

It is traditional to recite aspiration prayers after one’s Dharma practice. These give direction to the merit of our actions. Of course, we can make personal aspirations according to our wishes, but it is also considered very beneficial to make the very same wishes that past masters have made and accomplished.

Aspirations for Mahamudra

Prayer for Excellent Conduct

Padmasambhava’s Prayer for the Teaching to Flourish

The Eight Aspirations of a Great Being

Khuyngpo Naljor’s Sealed Dedication

Dedication from The Way of the Bodhisattva

Niguma’s Aspiration Prayer of the Sealed Word