Service As Practice

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Service as practice is where the committed meditator recognizes the three-fold path of;

  1. Working to perfect the “view” of the mind of meditation,
  2. Mixing that view with the formal practice of meditation and,
  3. Manifesting the sanity that arises from that, into our conduct in everyday life.


Synchronizing “formal meditation” practice with “post-mediation” experience is perhaps the best way to observe our progress as warriors on the Shambhala path.  Ordinarily, we do our formal practice of meditation, whether alone at home, or with a group at a Shambhala Center, and then we leave the meditation and enter a period known as Post Meditation, and that continues until next we gather ourselves for our formal meditation practice.  It is during the post meditation experience that the spontaneous glimpses of our awakened mind, caused by shamatha techniques and practices, occur, These occurrences are generally in the midst of our work environments, family situations or random social events, where we experience glimpses of the view of the mind of meditation.

Helping to staff a dharma program is a highly charged everyday life experience because it combines certain attitudes and views that stimulate the path of awakening for meditators on a spiritual path. Being on staff of a Shambhala event or program involves us in;

  1. Practicing mindfulness by being mindful of all the details that are related to our job,
  2. Being aware of the larger picture so that we can be resourceful in performing our duties,
  3. Practicing compassion by being willing to do a service that greatly benefits fellow meditators and,
  4. Experiencing confidence that emerges from the genuine generosity that you extend outwards to people simply because you wish them happiness.


When you practice awake service in this way, you help to establish a container of basic goodness by infusing the program, or event, with your own appreciation of awakened heart – all within a dharmic situation where people teach, people listen, people reflect and people enjoy each other.