Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Shambhala to present series on mindfulness

We are a culture driven by finding pleasure in life and trying to avoid painful circumstances. Yet, what makes people lastingly happy is as elusive as ever.

The Juneau Shambhala Center is presenting four evening classes and a Saturday workshop investigating the practice of mindfulness. The classes will cover the classic Buddhist teachings on the "Four Foundations of Mindfulness," beginning on Oct.16, at 6:30 p.m. with a talk on the first foundation: "Mindfulness of Body."

A daylong workshop, "Coming Home to the Body," follows on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is available to those who would like to learn more about how stress is stored in the body and how the practice of meditation may alleviate or at least lessen that stress. It will be a day of meditation instruction and detailed mindfulness practice. Teachings by Pema Chodron on "learning to stay" with emotion and Tara Brach's book, "Radical Acceptance," will be woven into the workshop.

The public is invited to attend either or both of these programs on mindfulness meditation. Contact the Juneau Shambhala Center at 586-6987.

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