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May 15
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Running with the Mind of Meditation Program a Success!

Instructors Brandon Jellison, Nick Trautz, and Timaree Bierle-Dodds (L-R)

Preparing my introductions of the Running Meditation instructors at last Saturday’s Running with the Mind of Meditation program at the Cambridge Tennis Club, I suddenly realized what an unbelievable team we have here in Boston. It’s not that this wasn’t already clear to me after seeing the group’s diligent preparation for this event over the past several months, but as I gathered the instructors’ “credentials” together I was suddenly floored.

Naturally, it was no surprise that the program was a great success. Twenty-eight people attended and were introduced to the principles of running meditation as presented in Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book,Running with the Mind of Meditation. Nick Trautz introduced the principles of mindfulness and meditation practice, Timaree Bierle-Dodds gave sitting meditation instruction, and Brandon Jellison talked about posture and led a round of shamatha yoga practice. We took a warm, sunny afternoon run along the Charles River and afterward discussed our

Brandon gives posture instruction

experience of the practice. Mr. Trautz closed the program by leaving the group with the image of windhorse, which was depicted on the running team’s Boston Shambhala Center shirts.

Nick is a former professional cross-country skier and coach, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Tibetan Buddhist studies, has run seven marathons, and served as a continuity Kusung (sort of like a personal assistant) for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Brandon is a professional massage therapist, body worker and health coach, and is about to run his third marathon. Timaree is a registered nurse and skillfully brings the instructions to those interested in applying them to walking and jogging. All three of them have been practicing meditation for around fifteen years. And Jim Egan, who helped with the event but hasn’t formally done the instructor training, has run twenty-five marathons and has been practicing meditation for thirty-five years. You know you have a solid team when the guy not serving as a lead instructor has run twenty-five marathons and practicing for thirty-five years!

A number of people expressed interest in an ongoing running meditation group based out of the Shambhala Center, and the team is raring to go!

The group prepares to run with the mind of meditation

Heading to the Charles River for the run

From: Wake up Boston!

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