Half Nynthun

February 8th

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    Room: Large meditation hall
    This will be an opportunity to practice for a longer period than our normal open meditation sessions.  From 1:30 to 4:30 Saturday afternoon we will be practicing meditation, sitting and walking, without interruption.  If you need or desire meditation instruction, please come early; instruction will begin at 1:00 pm.  If you do not wish to join us for the whole three hours, please enter and leave the meditation hall only during walking meditation.

    Nyinthun: A Day of Peaceful Abiding

    August 30, 2014 by Jeffrey Slayton

    In Shambhala, a nyinthun is a day-long meditation session. Nyin is Tibetan for “day”, and thun means “session” of formal meditation. Why meditate for a whole day?

    In, Turning the Mind into an Ally, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche writes, “To meet our basic goodness, we meditate. Through peaceful abiding, we learn to rest fearlessly in our natural state. We see what an enlightened being sees…”

    So, do we really have to meditate for a whole day(!) to meet our basic goodness? No, we don’t. But learning to “rest fearlessly in our natural state” is another matter. That takes dedicated practice because for most of our lives we are “practicing” avoidance of that kind of resting. Or, maybe that’s a bit presumptuous? Let’s see, the Sakyong goes on to say, “We experience basic goodness when we relax deeply into how things are, without wanting to change them.” Does that sound like a good description of your daily experience? If so, perhaps nyinthuns aren’t for you, but it would still be nice for you to show up and support the rest of us.

    This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.