Wednesday Open House Online

April 1st—August 26th

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    Wednesday Night Open House

    Join us online Wednesday evenings for open meditation and a dharma talk. All are welcome, regardless of experience and free of charge! Thursday night is a gathering for newcomers and long time practitioners to experience a variety of what our community has to offer.

    Please help us hold a strong container by being mindful of the timing of your arrival as well as the decorum you bring to the online experience. Treat this virtual environment as sacred space. 

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    6:20 - 6:30 pm.  Arrival for those who want meditation instruction   and are less familiar with Zoom

    6:30 - 7:00  Meditation Instruction (no late arrivals, please)

    7:00 - 7:10  Transition - Arrrival of those coming for meditation

    7:10 - 7:40   Meditation Practice

    7:40 - 8:15   Dharma Talk and Discussion:  During the first four week we will explore the teachings on The Four Immeasurables

    The Four Immeasurables are four interrelated aspirations for the happiness and wellbeing of all sentient beings. The Buddha taught them as a loving kindness practice that can be done at any time. They are an important aspect of Shambhala Buddhist practice, where we consider all living beings as belonging to each other in a world community. They are:

    May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
    May they be free of suffering and the root of suffering.
    May they not be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering.
    May they dwell in the great equanimity free from passion, aggression, and prejudice.

    In this series of open house presentations, we will explore each aspiration in turn, always returning to the second aspiration as a way to meet the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    This set of aspirations point to the greater meaning of enlightened society.

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    Victoria Shambhala is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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     Every week on Wed, until May 6, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)

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    Your computer, tablet, and/or phone will need a camera and built-in microphone to participate. 

    If you prefer, you can also dial in by phone with the information below. Dial in participants will only receive audio and only be able to broadcast audio. 

    New to Zoom? For a quicker entry to the program, download the free software here. If you do not have the software you will be asked to download it when you click the link to join above. It’s best to download and test Zoom before the session. You do not need to download any software to dial in by phone. Feel free to join online at 6:15 to get a brief Zoom orientation. It’s okay to not know!

    Technical Advice and Decorum Notes: 

    • In order to create smoother virtual arrivals, your camera and audio will be turned off when you enter Zoom. Once you are settled, you can turn your camera on. During the discussion, we ask that you stay muted until you’d like to speak. 
    • If possible, get and use a headset with headphones + microphone (this is helpful, but not required).
    • If you are using your smartphone or similar device, use reliable wifi rather than your data plan (unless data is more reliable for you).
    • Use video and plan to be seen by others (not just audio) – if possible. If you have weak wifi/data, turning video off will help. 
    • Put your screen/camera at eye level so you can sit up straight and not hunch over.
    • Treat the call as you would the shrine room: for example, plan not to get up and get water during the instruction and practice.
    • If you are able, sit in a room where you can close the door; if that’s not possible, please ask those in your home to give you space for the duration of the session.
    • Be open to the possibility of intimacy and community at a distance!


    Questions? Reach out to us at [email protected] for technical assistance or program questions.