Balancing Body, Awakening Mind: A Meditation and Yoga Workshop
De West & Gary Allen
March 28 from 9am – 5 pm
Shambhala Training Hall
The great Tibetan master, Tashi Namgyal, once spent two days training new students in physical posture without teaching them how to meditate, but developing the proper posture by itself brought about the experience of peaceful abiding. In this workshop, through sitting instruction and yoga practice, we’ll look carefully at how to get into an ideal meditation posture, helping people to work with their individual stuckness and knots to find a balanced, relaxed sitting form. This foundation will enable us to let go into our natural wakefulness of mind and explore its immediacy and brilliance.
Gary Allen has practiced meditation for more than forty years. He’s taught meditation programs around the United States, in Canada, and in South Korea. He is the Education Director of the Mindfulness Peace Project that does programming for prisoners and veterans. He’s taught Buddhism to prison inmates since 1990. He conducts mindfulness programs for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. He’s authored secular mindfulness books for inmates (Discovering Sanity) and for veterans (Warrior’s Heart). He has two degrees in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, and has published four books of poetry. He’s been working for the past 15 years on a four volume book on Indian tantric master Tilopa and the origination and practice of Vajrayana.