Rays from the Great Eastern Sun
Hello & welcome, Level contact Shelley on Sunday practice due to a pro-
817-4486. gramme & a retreat being held
We had a very successful visit
from Acharya David Hope and We have Sunday morning sit- at the Centre.
his wife Chris. Congratula- ting 14 March led by Rodger. Next Sunday sitting after that
tions to the group that com- will be on 25 April led by
pleted the Sacred Path pro- We have nyinthun (whole day
practice) at the Centre on Camille.
gramme “Golden Key”. David
& Chris are now teaching in 21 March led by Shelley & Notice our new sign?
Helen. If you would like to
Australia where Shambhala Big big thank you to Ros David
groups seem to be growing come for just part of the day
that’s fine. In the morning we & Barry Coates for their
rapidly. have a contemplation practice generosity!.
As you can see we have sched- using a slogan. This stimulates
uled another Shambhala lively discussion and is a great
Training Level One, so that we way to get to know your fel- Yours in the vision of the
have a larger group to go low sangha and to share in- Great Eastern Sun.
through to Level Two. If you sights. Jude Bennett (Co-Director)
would like to help staff this
From 28 March-18 April no
Windhorse Level One “Drala” to be held
“The Art of Being Human” 21/23 May 2010
Discovering basic goodness in
Director: Henry Chapin
ourselves and in our world.
26/28 March 2010
Friday 7 pm Director: Jesse Miller
Sat & Sun 8.30 am—5.30 pm If you would like to attend
Cost $150 + cost of texts 30 April/2 May 2010
(includes breakfast) a programme, but have
Friday 7 pm financial difficulties, please
Pre-requisite: Great Eastern Sun Sat & Sun 8.30 am-5.30 pm contact Shelley on 817-
Cost $150 (includes breakfast)
Open House - Tuesdays 7 pm (all welcome) SUNDAY PRACTICE
Open House talks by 10 am Opening Chants
Contemplate a slogan
Discussion in a circle
End with sitting practice
11 May at 12.00 noon.
“We approach our
18 May meditation seat as if it
were a throne” All welcome!!!
LEVEL ONE “The Art of Being Human”
An introduction to Shambhala Meditation. Open to all.
The experience of well-being is one that we all seek constantly, yet
still find elusive. Its qualities of openness and humour are so famil-
iar, but the more we look for them the more distant they seem to
become. Why should something so ordinary be so difficult to find?
One reason this experience seems so fleeting is that as soon as we
try to capture it we enter into a struggle. The struggle creates frus-
tration and depression. We may even begin to wonder whether life
is worthwhile at all.
Actually, well being is not discovered through any kind of search. It
Director: Jesse is already present in our lives and needs only to be unfolded, not ac-
Miller quired. What is needed is not another game plan but access to the
well-being that is already ours.
30 April/2 May
Shambhala Training reawakens the natural intelligence that we
already possess and allows us to delight in the rich, simple process
of being alive. Meditation practice returns mind and body to their
natural, dignified state. Instead of struggling against a manufac-
tured version of ourselves, we can rediscover the undiluted confi-
dence that has always been there and is our basic nature.
The programme consists of meditation practice, talks by the pro-
gramme director, personal interviews and discussions with other
participants. It progresses through five levels, each providing a
foundation of practice and experience for the next.
Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8.30 am—5.30 pm
(Includes breakfast both days)
Please pre-register: $50 deposit into Ac No12 3015 0605321-02 and advise Dirk
firstname.lastname@example.org (phone 837-7096) or send cheque to Dirk Leh-
mann, (Treasurer) 10 Valron Road, Te Atatu South, Auckland 1008.
Any queries phone Shelley on 817-4486 or em email@example.com
Great Eastern Sun “make-up” programme will be held at the Centre:
20/21 March 2010
If you have already attended this programme, but would like to repeat, please contact
Co-ordinator Dennis Henton for details, phone 445-1162.
May the Goodness of the Great Eastern Sun Be Victorious Page 3
WERMA / NGONDRO RETREAT 3—18 APRIL 2010
The Werma Sadhana is The retreat will be an
When we see the world
key for understanding excellent preparatory
with the eyes and heart
and manifesting the vi- program for those inter-
of the Rigden, a new life
sion of the Kingdom of ested in attending the
unfolds– a life filled with
Shambhala. natural wonder, joy, car- Scorpion Seal Assembly
When we see the world
ing exertion and con- in the future.
with the eyes and heart
of the Rigden, we can tentment.
tune into the kingdom of Pre-requisite: Open to
The focus of this retreat
awareness on the spot. participants who have
will be on intensive prac-
The fruition of the magi- previously received the
tice and study of The
cal practice of the Roar of the Werma sad-
Roar of the Werma sad-
Werma Sadhana reveals
hana. hana practice.
itself in our ordinary
BOTH PROGRAMMES DIRECTED BY
NGONDRO This increases personal This retreat is an excellent
windhorse and invigorates opportunity for Shambhala
RETREAT the windhorse of the Vajrayana Seminary gradu-
group, giving power and ates to deepen their un-
The Shambhala Ngondro potency to the vision of derstanding and establish
is meant to be accom- their practice with the
plished in a group practice support of experienced
environment to galvanise The schedule for this re- ngondro practitioners.
those warriors and foster treat will include six to
friendship, camaraderie eight hours of daily prac-
and celebration, thus mix- tice in addition to time for
ing practice with life. study, talks and celebra-
NOTICE FOR TANTRIKA’S:
Werma Feast Practice— Sunday 14 March 2 pm cancelled—to be
re-scheduled after the retreat.
Way of Shambhala
Directors: Meditation in Daily Life: Set of 5 evening classes.
Jesse Miller Meditation in daily life provides an opportunity to deepen
the experience and understanding of meditation for new
Helen Bennett students, with special attention on practical suggestions
for establishing a sitting practice in the midst of our
speedy society. Each evening class allows for open dis-
cussion of the challenges that students are facing in their practice.
Further, this series of classes offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened so-
ciety by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and can ex-
pand to impact our whole society. This view is based upon the teachings of meditation in
“Turning the Mind into an Ally” and Shambhala: “The Sacred Path of the Warrior”.
Thursday evening: 22 April, 29 April, 6 May,13 May, 20 May.
Time: 7—9 p.m.
SADHANA OF MAHAMUDRA
Tuesday 16, 30 March 9 pm, Friday 14, 28 May 7 pm.
This Sadhana was written on 6 September 1968 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Taktsang in
Bhutan, where about eleven hundred years ago, Guru Rinpoche meditated. This is a Buddhist
NOTICE FOR ALL MEMBERS: The Sakyong requests photo’s of all members + please note:
date scheduled for Database training.
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their photographs on the Shambhala Database. This allows the Sakyong, even while on retreat, to be
connected with students from anywhere in the world. A current portrait-type photo showing your face, with
good head and shoulders, would be most helpful.
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DATABASE TRAINING DATE: 27 March 2010
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hala Meditation Centre or make a donation, please contact Dirk
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SHAMBHALA “And Then We Die”
MEDITATON CENTRE An excerpt from “Turning the Mind into an Ally” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
We spend most of our time avoiding death, not thinking about it. When we do, it gives
3 SCARBOROUGH us the shivers. We might feel slightly surprised, knocked off balance. We’re afraid of
death, partly because we don’t know what will happen, partly because we’re afraid of
the pain we might feel when it happens. When we peek into the door of death by con-
templating it, its meaning begins to penetrate us. Contemplating death gives us strength
http://auckland.shambhala. because it liberates our fear. So we contemplate the meaning of these words: “Death is
SHAMBHALA.ORG my friend, my truest of friends, for it is always waiting for me.”
All around us life and death are performing a dance that brings texture to our existence.
Death is our friend because it gives us life. Death defines life. If we didn’t have death,
Marian Bond, Wellington. we might not appreciate life. In every moment of our life, death is waiting for us. We’re
going to die. We don’t know when we’re going to die; we don’t know how we’re going
COUNCIL to die. Everyone we know is going to die-our parents, our friends, our children, our
MEMBERS: pets, people we like, people we don’t like, kings and queens, heads of state, movie stars,
rock stars, rich people, poor people. All have the same fate. This body will be a corpse.
Jude Bennett Without being morbid about it, whenever death presents itself we can contemplate it.
Ph 627-9807 We can discuss it with our friends. If we come close to being hit by a bus, if we hurt
email@example.com ourselves in a car accident, if we get sick, we can ponder the permeable membrane be-
tween our life and our death. When someone close to us dies, we can look into death,
Rodger Pool (also Rusung) question death, and let it transform us. “What is death about? Why is this happening?”
Different traditions explain death in different ways. But when we experience the reality
Shambhala School of of death, it touches our life. It presents us with a deep mystery. Most of the time we
Buddhist Studies might rather not investigate it. When we’re directly under its influence, we can be open
Dennis Henton to it, try to understand it.
Ph 445-1162 When I heard that my father was gravely ill, it just wouldn’t sink in that he was probably
going to die. He was a great meditation master and Buddhist teacher. After the
Chinese invaded Tibet, he escaped on foot, leading three hundred people over the
mountains into India. He spent many years of his life planting the flower of dharma on
the rock of North America. He was a master warrior. If anyone could elude death, it
Treasurer seemed like it would be him. His death would leave a huge hole in my life as well as the
Dirk Lehmann lives of many others.
Ph. 837-7096 I was standing right next to him in the moment when he finally died. The space became
very powerful and strong, almost luminous. There were no thoughts occurring. For
Open House Co-ordinator days it was like that, as if reality had shifted. My whole life I had heard about death, had
Paul Turvey 963-7354 seen people who were dying and people who had died. But my father’s death struck me
in a different way. His mortality made me realize my own mortality. It made me realize
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Membership my attitude. For many months I thought about how I was going to live the rest of my
life. I realized that death is real. I mustn’t waste time I became much more dedicated to
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Vijay Mahantesh want everything. The fact of death puts a limit on what we can have, what we can do.
We don’t need to think about death all the time, but to ponder it, to contemplate it,
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openly once we’ve related with death. It makes our love more powerful.