The Unbound Space of Nowness: A Holiday, Community Practice Retreat

with Acharya Melissa Moore & Shastri Charlene Leung

December 26th—January 1st (2013)

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  • $350 Program Price

Do something radical this holiday season…practice meditation! Be ultimately friendly with yourself! Relax and let go of seasonal stress.

The Unbound Space of Nowness is a community practice retreat which invites everyone to relax into the gentleness of the present moment, the only moment we have to access the magic of space. The magic of space is that it's naturally unbound; unbound by worry, unbound by commitment and unbound by concepts all together. That is the gift of meditation practice, an opportunity to discover the potency of the present moment.

Join us for a week of community practice this holiday season, a time to be friendly toward ourselves in a season that can be fraught with stress. The week devotes space and time to meditation, body awareness, talks, personal interviews and discussion. Awaken to the goodness, freshness and wisdom of the season–which is our birthright.

A community practice environment for all levels where all levels of practitioners join together as a community. Shamatha, ngondro, Shambhala Sadhana, Werma & Scorpion Seal, Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara as well. Everyday will begin and end together, and each practice track has a focus of study and discussion.

Please consider coming to all or part of the retreat; however we ask that you commit to attending a full day.

New Year Celebration
On January 31 we will celebrate the New Year with a Sadhana of Mahamudra and a party. The retreat ends on January 1, New Years with a half day of practice starting at 10 AM and ending at 4 PM.

The Weekthun
Full participation in this retreat fulfills one week of the Dathun practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. This sitting meditation intensive includes approximately 8 hours of daily silent meditation, Dharma talks and practice instructions, including two meetings with a meditation instructor (for those attending the full week).

This retreat fulfills Vajrayana individual an group practice requirements, but not land center requirements. 

Price Sliding Scale
     Full Week: $350 to $500 (Earlybird discount $325 if you register by December 1)
     Per Day: $60 to $80

Please note that anything you can pay over the minimum program amount will go into a scholarship fund for participants who cannot afford the full fee. Your generosity is tremendously appreciated.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For financial aid or work-study, please contact Mery: volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org. 

Daily Schedule
     8:30-9:00       Morning tea
     9:00-12:00     Morning session (Chants, meditation practice in various cohorts)
     12:00-12:30    Body Awareness
     12:30-2:00      Contemplative Lunch
     2:00-3:30       Afternoon practice session I
     3:30-4:00       Tea break
     4:00-5:30       Talk or Discussioni Group
     5:30-6:00       Evening Protector chants, and closing if end of day
     6:00-7:00       Dinner
     7:00-8:30       Evening session on the 27th, 29th and 31st 





Program Pricing
In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a pay what you can afford policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can.

For those who can offer more than the program price, your generosity in offering to be a Program Patron helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

For those who cannot afford the full price, please enter the amount that you are able to pay.

We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

Work Study
We depend on volunteers to make all of our programs happen. If you are interested in offering your support in this way, please contact We would be very grateful.

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