Mindfulness-awareness meditation is the foundation of all our activity and practice at the Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Center. Originating with Shakyamuni Buddha, passed from teacher to student over 2,500 years, meditation is still fresh and useful today. It begins with the understanding that every human being has at the very ground of their being, basic goodness and wisdom. This natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world is the innate wakefulness of human beings.
Meditation is the means for awakening, strengthening and stabilizing this energy so that it can be brought into everyday life as compassion, insight and a sense of humor.
“Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our mind?”
Turning the Mind into an Ally
Click the Community Practice link on the left for our regular meditation schedule.