Join Shastri Marilyn Moore for group practice and a discussion of how we might stay open to the turmoil, pain and sadness of the past months while still finding ways to acknowledge and even celebrate the arrival of a new year. 2020 has been filled to the brim with so much grief and loss that it can be challenging to simply carry on from day to day. Is it possible to create ceremonies of Basic Goodness that allow us to smile while not denying our tender heart of sadness? We might consider the beautiful instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche that seem meant specifically for these times: “Hold the sadness and pain of samsara in your heart and at the same time the power and vision of the Great Eastern Sun. Then the warrior can make a proper cup of tea.” Or, this New Year’s Eve, it might mean making a proper cup of eggnog.
About the Teacher
Marilyn Moore (Southern California) is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been active in the Shambhala community since 1997. She served as Center Director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center and for five years taught meditation at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, California. Her appointment as a Shastri in 2016 included a special commitment to developing a Shambhala community in Orange County. Marilyn has a special interest in all topics related to death and dying and co-facilitates a monthly on-line gathering called “Before I Die.” This group evolved out of a workshop she helped to organize that focused on practical preparations for death. In 2011, Marilyn retired from a position working in an art gallery for almost thirty years. Pre-pandemic, she fully enjoyed the time that gave her to teach, to travel and to stay in touch with three grown children who do not live nearby. Now that teaching and staying in touch have become part of our virtual world, she has a heightened appreciation for the technology that is allowing us to maintain a much-needed sense of connection, community and basic sanity.
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