Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation helps settle the mind and bring forth its natural qualities of spaciousness, clarity, and attentiveness.
Practiced for thousands of years, Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation [Shamatha-Vipashyana] is a way to train our minds to remain calm no matter what arises in our lives. It allows us to relax into our inherent goodness.
It is a practice anyone can do.
The practice of meditation is found within many traditions throughout the world. Instruction in this practice at St. Andrew's United Church is offered by Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Instructors and follows the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of oral transmission that is part of an unbroken lineage dating back 2,500 years.
Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation practice is the foundation of all practice within the Shambhala Buddhist community.
St. Andrew's United Church & the North Shore Meditation Group were co-sponsors of this free drop-in meditation group practice. The North Shore Meditation Group was started by authorized Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Instructors in order to offer Mindfulness-Awareness meditation group practice on the North Shore.
Paul Belserene: I was first introduced to meditation in 1974 but it wasn't until 1996 that I truly began practicing diligently. I have been teaching since 2002 and as a resident of West Vancouver am happy to offer opportunities to practice here on the North Shore.
Jennifer Rodrigues: A practitioner within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1993, I was inspired to initiate this endeavour to offer group meditation on the North Shore so that people who live here could participate in meditation practice close to their home. As a teacher and Meditation Instructor since 2000, it is wonderful to see this group flourish and to have the opportunity to sit and meditate together.
Greg Sutton: I began meditating with the North Shore Meditation Group in 2014; and for the past two years, have enjoyed helping with setup and being the Umdze [time keeper] when needed. I feel I am more peaceful and positive since meditating regularly, and I encourage you to come join us and find out for yourself.
On the rare occasions when the meditation Instructors are not available, the Umdze [Time keeper] is present to ensure continuity of group practice.
For more info on our practice and
the dates of those Mondays we are closed [holiday weekends],
We no longer meet on the North Shore, but you can drop in to the Vancouver Centre for meditation, by donation, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Monday noon, Thursday mornings, and Sunday mornings
Suite 208, 256 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 3K9, Canada (about two blocks east of Cambie)