The Art of Being Human: Weekend Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Kim Kelso

January 4th—January 6th

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  • $120 Patrons
  • $100 General Public
  • $60 Members
Room: Main Shrine Room

The Art of Being Human is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life.

This first Shambhala Training Weekend presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. By training in meditation, we learn to remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

We'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

Shastri Kim Kelso

Kim began studying and practicing meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition in 1980 and began teaching in 1992. She has been a member of the Nelson, Vancouver and Victoria Shambhala Centers in British Columbia, Canada. She served as a co-director of the Victoria Shambhala Center. In 2008, she retired from a career in social work to come to Yarnell, Arizona to care for her mother, Barbara, who is still with us at 99 years. Kim is currently a member of the Phoenix Shambhala Center. In March 2015 she was appointed by our leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, to be a mentor and senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition (a Shastri)  for Phoenix and Tucson. 

Shambhala values social activism, she and her mom started Recycling in Yarnell and Kim helped to start up and lead the Yarnell Community Garden Project, and a thriving weekly meditation group there.