Shambhala Sunday Gathering—Impermanence is Certain: Suffering is Optional

Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024 (15:00 -16:00)

Sunday Gatherings are LIVE every week at 3:00 p.m. ET

Donations are welcome!

Buddhist teachings say that impermanence is one of the three marks of existence–meaning it is a law of the universe that things are always changing - not staying the same. It is obvious and logical to us all. We witness the seasons turning, the body growing and aging, the universe exchanging matter and energy continuously. Yet when it comes to our daily lives, for some reason, we have bought the idea that things should stay the same.

The teachings also say that the inability/unwillingness to embrace this truth of impermanence is the cause of our suffering. When change occurs in our experience whether expected or unexpected, we often resist. Sometimes we even generate opinions, judgements and resulting emotions to justify our resistance. This tendency to want things to stay the same, to hold on to things as they are, is counter to the natural flow of life. This is suffering.

How do we live our lives in such a way as to release our resistance and join the flow of continual change? How does meditation support this aspiration? In this Sunday Gathering we will explore this together using meditation, dharma talks, discussion, and exercises designed to explore personal experiences. Please join us. 

About Kim

Kim Kelso began studying and practicing meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition in 1980 and began teaching in 1992. She has been a member of the Kootenay, Vancouver and Victoria Shambhala Centers in British Columbia, Canada and now a member in Phoenix, AZ. She was formerly a shastri and has taught extensively in Phoenix, Tucson, and Albuquerque. She has been a Scorpion Seal student since 2009 and completed SSA8. She finds the Buddhist teachings to be profound, and particularly refreshing, unbiased, and practical. She is especially inspired by the vision of Shambhala with its foundation of Basic Goodness, its path of warriorship and its notion of Enlightened Society. She has taught the full Way of Shambhala extensively. She is particularly inspired by the bodhisattva path of awakened heart and has often taught the lojong slogans and Buddhist studies curricula. Recently she has developed and taught curricula particularly suited to our times such as a weekend prajnaparamita class, a 5 week course on “Working with Change and Uncertainty” and weekend and weekthun curricula with the theme “Chaos, Compassion and Confidence.” She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and an MA in Adult Education, Leadership and Organizational Change. In 2008, she retired from a career in social work to move to Arizona to care for her mother who recently passed on at the age of 102. She is married and lives in Yarnell. AZ where she leads a thriving weekly meditation group.