Establishing and Practicing Mindfulness: A One-Day Meditation Retreat [Online]

with Debra Dysart & Laura Landau

January 8th (2022)

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  • $35 Program Price
  • $50 Patron Price

It's a new year and what better way to refresh yourself than to sit down and take a few hours to re-connect to your mind and your heart. If you are new to meditation, the teachings on establishing mindfulness may be of benefit to you. If you are a more seasoned meditator, you can deepen your practice during our exploration of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This discourse of the Buddha, called the Satipatthana Sutra, is the basis of everything we have come to know as meditation. In this mini retreat, we will be focusing on the first two Foundations: Mindfulness of Body and Mindfulness of Feeling. We will have another meditation day in the future to continue studying the last two Foundations: Mindfulness of Effort and Mindfulness of Mind. 

In addition to talks on these traditional Buddhist teachings on mindfulness, this mini retreat day will include group meditation instruction, periods of sitting and walking meditation practice, contemplative movement, and group discussion. There will be a half hour break for lunch from 11:30 - 12. 

Come join us if you are interested in rebooting your meditation practice. We are looking forward to sitting, walking, practicing and zooming with you in the new year! 

About the teachers:

Debra Dysart has been a student and practitioner in Shambhala ever since she found Pema Chödrön’s Wisdom of No Escape in a bookstore in 1997.  She is a Shambhala Art teacher, meditation instructor, leads contemplative writing workshops, and has served as Director of Education and Center Co-Director of Los Angeles Shambhala.  Debra is happy to be back singing again with the Verdi Chorus after an 18-month pandemic pause and is a member of their board of directors.

Laura Landau has taught classes in the Way of Shambhala series, Buddhist classes, Shambhala Art, co-directed the children’s program and for 4 years facilitated Friday morning meditation.  She was a script reader, had a brief stint as a writer/producer, has a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology and worked as a poetry therapist. Currently, she is hard at work having fun with the grandkids.

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 us at 323-963-3001 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 (when available) 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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