Karen d

Name: Karen de LunaKaren-d

Your Vocation and/or Hobbies: artist

Years Meditation: 13

How has meditation been of benefit to you? Meditation has helped me train my mind. Instead of being at the mercy of my thoughts, I can recognize when they are running away from me and come back to the present moment.

How has Seattle Shambhala been of benefit to you? At the Seattle Shambhala Center, I have learned many valuable lessons and made a few deep and heartfelt connections.

What’s your favorite activity, open house night, holiday or other center program? and why? I like programs that involve a lot of sitting meditation because that is the kind of calm and community missing from my life on a day to day basis.

What was your first experience at Shambhala like? My first experiences with Shambhala were attending weekday evening dharma talks in NYC. Afterwards there was always tea and cookies, but I was too shy to stay and chat. I always donated $5 for the talk and left immediately after the talk.