Join us for a Sunday Gathering “Second Sunday” Maitri Bhavana Practice led by Mathias Pongracz, as a way for our worldwide community to come together to practice for the wellbeing of others each month. “Maitri Bhavana Second Sunday” includes a brief talk, a discussion period, and Maitri Bhavana practice. Maitri Bhavana is a regularly scheduled mahayana practice for the seriously ill, or for major global turmoil and disasters. It contains tonglen practice and may be done by anyone. If you would like to add the name of someone who is seriously ill to the maitri bhavana list so people can do practice for their wellbeing, please click here (https://shambhala.org/maitri-bhavana/). You can also add the name of a current world event where there is turmoil, strife, and disaster and we will practice for those affected.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Acharya Mathias Pongracz was born to Hungarian parents in Africa, where he passed his childhood with 6 other siblings. After some years in Belgium he settled in Austria, where he studied political science and interpreting. For 20 years he worked as television journalist for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) where he was formerly the East European Correspondent. Acharya Pongracz joined Shambhala in 1983 and attended seminary with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1984 and again in 1985. When the Saykong (then Sawang) taught his first 3 month seminary at SMC in 1992 he asked Mathias Pongracz to serve on the Seminary teachers faculty. Mathias also studied closely with Kobun Chino Roshi, with whom he sat many sesshins from 1992 until his parinirvana in 2002. Acharya Pongracz is the former director of Shambhala Training in Vienna and the father of one daughter. From 2006 until spring 2012 Acharya Mathias Pongracz was resident teacher at Dechen Chöling, the European Land Center of Shambhala Europe in France. He introduced the MBSR program in France at a time when it was unknown there. A few years ago he started a Shambhala group in Hungary (Budapest). He is currently based in Vienna, and teaches in French, Hungarian, and German, traveling to Shambhala Centers in Eastern Europe, France and other countries. He also teaches programs on Mindfulness Stress Reduction, Qi Gong, and the art of hosting.
ABOUT SUNDAY GATHERINGS
Please join us every Sunday for an online gathering of the Shambhala community worldwide. This online space is a place where we can practice meditation together, hear dharma teachings from a featured guest teacher, learn more about the activities of incredible people in our sangha, engage in discussion – and connect with one another, our community, and our hearts.
Sunday Gatherings are presented in English and are live every week at:
North America: 12:00pm PST, 1:00pm MST, 2:00pm CET, 3:00pm EST/CLT, 4:00pm Atlantic
International: 5:00pm Brazil, 8:00 pm GMT / 9:00pm CET/SAST, 6:00am +1 AEST, 8:00am +1NZST
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