ROCKLAND – On Sunday, April 12, Christopher St. John of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center will give a free talk and class entitled Why Meditate? The class will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Dancing Elephant studio located at 16 School Street in downtown Rockland. The talk is free and open to the public, with donations gratefully appreciated to support the scholarship fund at the studio. Tea and snacks will be served.
In this two-hour session, Christopher will explore the most common reasons people have undertaken meditation practice both historically and in our place and time. There will be a discussion about the meditation student’s paradox: one needs to have a clear motivation to take his or her seat and at the same time, one needs to drop expectations of the practice. After a brief exploration of these topics, Christopher will provide an introduction to seated and walking meditation. There will be time to practice together and reflect on the experience.
This free talk will be followed by a five-week meditation series based on the book Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior. The series, facilitated by local Shambhala practitioners Rachel Nixon and Julie Head, begins Sunday, April 19 and runs each Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through May 17. The class is by donation, and registration is required.
Christopher St. John has been meditating in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1982, and he has been Resident Director of Training at the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center since 1995. Rachel Nixon has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2001. She completed a ten-day silent retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts in 2010 and completed Training Levels I-V at the Shambhala Center in Brunswick in 2014. Julie Head has been taking classes and trainings at the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center since 2011.
The Dancing Elephant is a community-based yoga studio located at 16 School Street in downtown Rockland. The studio offers yoga, meditation, art, dance, and Qi Gong classes for all ages and levels, as well as special workshops, retreats, and evening events. Scholarships and work trade are available. For more information about the talk, the five-week series, or other upcoming programs, visit www.rocklandyoga.com or contact Rachel Nixon at 594-1694.