Sep 07 2022

Intro to Buddhist Meditation with Justin Kirkwood

In-person in Missoula, MT and online via Zoom

About this event

From the moment we wake up until we fall asleep, our minds are working. How familiar are we with what’s actually happening in our minds? And how attached are we to the stories that our minds create? When our minds are unexamined, we are likely to experience stress, anxiety, emotional pain and so forth. When we familiarize ourselves with the happenings of our minds, we can uncover and rest in the peaceful state that is always available to us.

In this four-part series, we will cultivate habits of seeing and relating to our own inner and outer worlds in a new way that bring us comfort and ease. We will discuss various types of meditation and their roles on the Buddhist path while focusing on the practice of Calm Abiding or Shamata.

Calm Abiding serves as the foundation for all other practices. It is a technique used to develop our power of attention and bring our thoughts to a peaceful state. Then we practice resting the mind in that state which feels like a vacation for our often scattered and distracted minds. Calm Abiding serves as the stable ground from which we can move into practices such as Vipassana (Special Insight) meditations on selflessness and emptiness.

Given the cumulative nature of the content, attendance at all four sessions is mandatory.

What participants can expect:

    • In-depth instructions and discussions on preparing to meditate
    • Shamata practice sessions
    • Ideas and advice about integrating meditation into daily life


Please note Mountain Daylight Savings Time

  • Wednesday, September 7, from 5:30-7pm MDT (click HERE to view in your time zone)
  • Wednesday, September 14, from 5:30-7pm MDT (click HERE to view in your time zone)
  • Wednesday, September 21, from 5:30-7pm MDT (click HERE to view in your time zone)
  • Wednesday, September 28, from 5:30-7pm MDT (click HERE to view in your time zone)

Location: In-person or online ( Zoom link sent upon registration)

The Abode*
1826 River Road (at the end of Hunton Lane)
Missoula, MT

*In-person space limited. The Abode is located on the third floor inside a family home. Access is via stairs.

Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Please note: Confirmation emails from Eventbrite often end up in spam/promotions tab. Please check there if you do not see the confirmation email with the Zoom info.

We will be recording this session and will provide access to it after the event. If you do not feel comfortable being recorded, we understand. You can turn your camera off, ask your question in the chat, and/or ask Namchak staff to ask your question for you.

Tuition: Our intention is to make this workshop financially accessible to all, so we offer a tiered fee structure. Please choose whichever level works best for you.

If program costs present a financial barrier or you are interested in a stipend to offset the cost of childcare, please contact [email protected]