Umdze Training (Westside)

with Sheryl Beard & John Beard

June 23rd (2018)

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  • $20.00 Program Price
  • $25.00 Patron Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

At all public meditation sessions at the Shambhala Center you'll notice that there's always someone sitting in the front of room to ring the gong, lead the chants and let you know when to walk and when to sit, so that you don't have to keep looking at your watch, or your phone, to time yourself. The person who does that is called the Umdze. The Umdze's gentle presence is essential to every public meditation session that we offer. If you would like to explore what it's like to be in that seat next to the gong, please attend the upcoming Umdze training session.

This training is open to anyone with a regular meditation practice who wishes to learn more about Shambhala chants, shrine room symbolism and protocol, and other aspects of leading group meditation practice. Come and learn how to set and maintain the environment to support and encourage group sitting, including how to set up the shrine, play the gong, and lead the chants.

While there are some prerequisites to serve as an umdze*, anyone with a regular meditation practice is invited to attend the training session. Attendance does not obligate you to serve.

*Minimum requirements to serve as an umdze are as follows:
- Shambhala membership
- A strong personal practice
- Completion of Shambhala Training Level V OR Completion of a Weekthun

Don't let this list of requirements or the suggested donation keep you from attending - all are welcome to attend the training session.

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

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Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers a rich array of ongoing meditation programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →