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Intro to Meditation
5:30 PM (America/Denver)
Intro to Meditation Description:
From the moment we wake up until we fall asleep, our minds are working. How familiar are we with what’s actually happening in our minds? And how attached are we to the stories that our minds create? When our minds are unexamined, we are likely to experience stress, anxiety, emotional pain and so forth. When we familiarize ourselves with the happenings of our minds, we can uncover and rest in the peaceful state that is always available to us.

In this four-part series, we will cultivate habits of seeing and relating to our own inner and outer worlds in a new way that bring us comfort and ease. We will discuss various types of meditation and their roles on the Buddhist path while focusing on the practice of Calm Abiding or Shamata.

Calm Abiding serves as the foundation for all other practices. It is a technique used to develop our power of attention and bring our thoughts to a peaceful state. Then we practice resting the mind in that state which feels like a vacation for our often scattered and distracted minds. Calm Abiding serves as the stable ground from which we can move into practices such as Vipassana (Special Insight) meditations on selflessness and emptiness.

Given the cumulative nature of the content, attendance at all four sessions is highly encouraged.

What participants can expect:

- In-depth instructions and discussions on preparing to meditate
- Shamata practice sessions
- Ideas and advice about integrating meditation into daily life


Location: In-person in Missoula or online (Address and Zoom link sent upon registration)

*In-person space limited.

Please note Mountain Standard Time

Wednesday, February 8, from 5:30-7pm MST
Wednesday, February 15, from 5:30-7pm MST
Wednesday, February 22, from 5:30-7pm MST
Wednesday, March 1, from 5:30-7pm MST

About Justin Kirkwood

Justin has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over twenty years and has been working as a Tibetan translator and interpreter for more than ten. He lived in India for eight years, studying and practicing with many great teachers and spent three of those years as a monk, studying Buddhist philosophy in a Tibetan monastic seminary. He now works at the Namchak Foundation as a translator of texts, as Namchak Khen Rinpoche’s interpreter, and as a meditation teacher.

About Namchak

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreats, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be-established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana.
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Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Namchak
Address: 250 Station Dr Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: N/A

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