Your Vocation and/or Hobbies: I’ve been a teacher, therapist, and Peace Corps Volunteer. I’m an artist, a gardener, a volunteer, and a world traveler. I’m currently retired, enjoying the gift of unobligated time.
Years Meditation: on & off for 20 + yrs
How has meditation been of benefit to you? I began meditation practice more than 20 years ago, studying mostly on my own – and briefly in Thailand, India, Nepal as well as the US. My practice has been sporadic but beneficial.
With a busy life and wandering mind, meditation practice offers me perspective – a relief from attachment and the sense of urgency. It centers me. I am learning to apply what I learn on the cushion to situations in my everyday life.
How has Seattle Shambhala been of benefit to you? I discovered Seattle Shambhala two years ago. The first class I took was “Joy in Everyday Life”. I found much value learning the practical applications of meditation. The associated readings were very beneficial.
Until Seattle Shambhala, I had not been a regular sangha member. My books were my teachers. Now, for the first time in my personal practice, I enjoy being a member of the Shambhala community. My practice has become more consistent since I’ve joined this sangha.
What’s your favorite activity, open house night, holiday or other center program? and why? I enjoy the Thursday evening open house gatherings that include sitting and walking meditation as well as teachings. Social time afterward is a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks. Special holiday celebrations are always a joy, and offer a chance to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism. I find great satisfaction volunteering with Shambhala’s community service program, Awake in Action – and I enjoy volunteering at the center as needed.
What was your first experience at Shambhala like? My first experience was the “Joy in Everyday Life” class. I loved it! The instructor was knowledgeable & personable, the readings beneficial, and the class was well structured. I enjoyed interacting with the other students. It inspired me to take the whole series of “Everyday Life” classes – and the meditation training, Levels I – V. I’m moving slowly through the training, but my practice has been more consistent than ever before.