Host and Umdze Training

June 2nd

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    Join us on June 2nd after the Sunday morning meditation for a training for Open House volunteers.

    In order to follow the path of Dharma, it is necessary to practice, and the main practice for us is sitting meditation. The umdze (timekeeper) takes a seat at the front of the room and creates a container for practicing the dharma; thus being an umdze is a critical part of the foundation of what we do at the Shambhala Center.

    Hosts are the public face of Shambhala. They hold space for the community by creating a container of openness and friendliness, with a special focus on newcomers. Hosting is an opportunity to extend your practice by practicing awareness, openness and compassion, and maintaining a balance between “not too tight” and “not too loose.”

    In this training, you will learn the skills needed to step in as a host or umdze during open houses and programs. This will include an overall view of both roles as well practical skills such as how to open the shrines, open and close the meditation session, give announcements, and lead chants.

    After taking this class you can volunteer for host and umdze duty during our regularly scheduled sitting practices or lead sessions during practice weekends and other occasions.


    Prerequisites: Volunteers should have a stable and committed meditation practice.  It is recommended that those who attend be members of the Center but this is not strictly required.

    Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

    Questions? Contact Annica Holder at [email protected]