Tuesday Open House

Drop in on any Tuesday night for meditation practice and instruction. Tuesday night programs are free, and the talks are aimed at beginning meditators.

Open House Schedule
Meditation 7:00 – 7:45 pm
Tea and snacks 7:45 - 8:00 pm
Open House Talk 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Open House Talks

December 2– So What is Shambhala, Anyway?
Our open house discussion on the first Tuesday of each month is an opportunity to ask questions and hear from the Center Director and others about various aspects of the Shambhala Buddhist path and the Milwaukee Center – its activities and opportunities. Discussions may begin with a seed selected from Shambhala texts such as the “The Shambhala Principle” or “Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior,” or from current or upcoming events of the community. This month’s theme: Shambhala Celebrates Children’s Day. Please feel warmly invited!
With Leslie Shippee

December 9 – First Thought, Best Thought
Our meditation practice opens the door for us to perceive things directly as they are – fresh and unstained by the clouds of hope and fear, likes and dislikes, opinions and interpretations. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche used the phrase “first thought, best thought” to refer to this moment of fresh perception, before the colorful and coloring clouds of judgment and personal interpretation take over. This moment can be a guide as we go about our daily business, leading us into creativity and celebration. It takes daring and trust to catch first thought. But when we do so, each occurrence in our lives can be very fresh, very direct and a doorway into wakefulness.
With Debbie Zarate

December 16 – The Trap of Spiritual Materialism and How to Avoid It
A discussion of Chogyam Trungpa's early teachings on the Three Lords of Materialism, or three ways that ego distorts our noblest aspirations.
With Steven Shippee

December 23 – Meditation for the Creative Mind
Drawing on the recently released book "Place Your Thoughts Here, Meditation for the Creative Mind" by Steven L Saitzyk, a leading teacher in Shambhala Art, this talk explores meditation and meditative sensensibility as a ground for artistic expressions.
With Napa Chayaworakul