Winter Weekthün - Transforming Our World: Practicing the Six Paramitas (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Marcia Henry-Fink

December 26th—January 1st

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  • $475 Program Price
  • $575 Patron Price
  • Register for individual days: Enter the correct amount below ($80/day)
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

This meditation retreat is open to all. There are no practice or program prerequisites.

The Sanskrit word paramita means to cross over to the other shore. It also means perfect realization, or reaching beyond limitation. The paramitas -- generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation and wisdom -- are the very essence of our true nature. However they are often obscured by fear and other habitual tendencies. We can dissolve these obstacles through practice, contemplation, and social engagement to re-awaken these qualities and to help others.

A Weekthün is an intensive weeklong group meditation retreat under the guidance of a senior teacher in the Shambhala/Buddhist lineage. Designed for both newcomers and experienced students, this retreat will offer sitting and walking meditation, individual interviews, talks, and experiential exercises. An important aspect of this retreat will be contemplations and discussions of how to bring these heart practices into our chaotic life to help others and transform society. 

You are encouraged to participate for the entire week, but you are also welcome to attend for one or more days. Partial day attendance will not be permitted. Please register in advance.  A minimum number of participants are needed for this program to go forward. 

Attending the full retreat meets the Weekthün requirement for Enlightened Society Assembly and Warrior Assembly. Vajrayana practitioners are welcome to participate and will have a separate space for practice and study sessions.

Full Weekthün: 9am-8:45pm includes light breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner  (Program price: $475, Patron price: $575)  

Daily participation: 9am-6:00pm (evening sitting optional) includes light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea (Program price: $80/day, Patron price: $100/day).  Please indicate in the Comment field when you register which days you will be attending and plan to pay at the door.  

About the teacher:

Shastri Marcy Henry-Fink

Shastri Marcy Henry-Fink has been a student of the Shambhala/Buddhist teachings since 1977. She has taught meditation for over 30 years in city meditation centers, retreat centers and colleges. As a member of the Los Angeles Buddhist and Interfaith Councils she has worked with the diverse religious communities in the region. Trained in both the sciences and the arts, she has been a stress management consultant and is currently exploring how to bring mindfulness/awareness and Shambhalian principles into the workplace.


Please note: Practitioners who are seeking Weekthün credit for Enlightened Society Assembly and/or Shambhala Guide Training must attend the full program, including dinner and the evening practice session.  Attendance is required through 8:45 pm to receive credit.

8:30 AM: Light breakfast, coffee & tea

9:00 AM: Opening Chants, Daily Opening Remarks, Group Practice

10:00 AM: Practice Session 

12:00 PM: Movement

12:30 PM: Lunch Provided

1:30 PM: ROTA work tasks, On your own: Rest, Walk

2:00 PM: Practice Session, Meditation Instruction

4:00 PM: Tea

4:30 PM: Practice Session, Talk or Contemplative Exercise

5:45 PM: Closing Chants (All together)

6:00 PM: End of Day (for those not seeking Weekthün credit)
6:30 PM: Dinner (for those staying on)

7:30 PM: Evening Practice Session

8:45 PM: Evening Close  

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.

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