Sunday Community Gathering with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 9th

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  • $10 Suggested Donation
Room: Main Shrine Room

Community Gathering with
Shastri Janet Solyntjes

Radical Compassion:
Exchanging oneself for other as everyday practice

The vision of Shambhala is inclusive and includes many practices and teachings on basic human qualities such as kindness, compassion, and bravery.  One of the most powerful practices, and shifts we can make in our everyday life, is to take on the pain and suffering of others and give away our goodness and love. Radical compassion implies a fundamental shift of attitude — an exchange of me for you — in an unbiased and comprehensive way.  

 In this community gathering we will be discussing the innate source of compassion, the habits that obscure our open-heartedness, and the practice of tonglen (taking and sending).

 "The tonglen practice is a method for connecting with suffering—ours and that which is all around us—everywhere we go. It is a method for overcoming fear of suffering and for dissolving the tightness of our heart. Primarily it is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in all of us, no matter how cruel or cold we might seem to be.”  Pema Chodron

Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher (Shastri) in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and has offered mindfulness courses at Naropa University, Omega Institute, Hollyhock, Shambhala Mountain Center, and in corporate and non-profit workplaces. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she is a Certified MBSR Teacher and faculty member of The Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. Janet leads MBSR courses in Colorado and offers mindfulness seminars and retreats in the U.S. and internationally. She is the co-founder of Boulder-based The Center for Courageous Living  and is a teaching faculty member of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

You're warmly invited to join us!  There is no charge however donations are cheerfully accepted.  Suggested optional donation is $10, students $5.