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Shamata: Tibetan Style

Like the rest of the world, we’ve shifted the way we do things in order to navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 crisis. When physical distancing became the norm to keep us all safe, we started brainstorming how best to support our community during these new times. We shifted our retreats online and launched virtual learning groups. Lama Tsomo suggested we make online courses from online retreat materials, basically a shorter version of what a weekend retreat entails.

With the recordings and teachings from our online Shamata retreats with Khen Rinpoche, we built a short, approximately 15-hour online Shamata course. These teachings and practice sessions with Khen Rinpoche, translated by Justin Kirkwood, are just a few clicks away: “Shamata: Tibetan Style.” You can split up the course and do it whenever suits you.

Shamata—or Calm Abiding – is a foundational Buddhist practice and can be useful for all types of meditators at any point on their journey. It can be a good starting point for beginners, or a comforting home base for experienced practitioners. You could also take this course as a way to prepare for a weekend retreat. And let’s be real: Life feels heavy some days, and sometimes it just does a heart good to see and hear Khen Rinpoche teach. He is often remembered by students for his smile and contagious laughter. If you need a boost, tuning into a chapter may lift your spirits. We encourage you to try the course and send questions and feedback to info@namchak.org.

We would love to hear how the course went for you! For more information on our upcoming online offerings, follow this link.

Published on Oct 01 11 : 51 am