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Dec 12

Virtual Cushion – A Resource for Meditators Around the Globe

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Photo Credit Dan Horak

This week’s Featured Centres: Prague, Czech Republic + Sky Lake Lodge

View the full Virtual Cushion calendar for December here.  All are welcome at any session.

*Does your Centre or Group offer virtual sessions that you’d like to have featured?

Email Camren at [email protected] to have your sessions featured.*

By Camren Von Davis

Welcome back to Virtual Cushion – a space for open meditation sessions and meditation instruction happening throughout Shambhala’s global community. The goal of Virtual Cushion is to offer a space where meditators at any level can see and tune into sessions and instructions happening around the world. Since the last story, there have been many new sessions added, and more are added daily. You, your friends – anyone – are invited to attend any sessions in this calendar, as they are open to everyone – new and seasoned meditators alike.

This week’s story is about the Central European sangha called Strength of Heart that is being hosted from the Prague (Praha) Shambhala Centre.  The retreat will feature talks and practice guided by the beloved and entertaining Acharya Mathias Pongracz, who will be teaching virtually from Vienna, with a particular focus on mindfulness-awareness meditation as well as White Tara practice.

I had the opportunity to talk with Acharya Pongracz and the Centre Rusung & Coordinator for the Strength of Heart retreat, Alice Buehler last week. It is always such a joy to connect with these two, and the conversation was delightful. Prague, Vienna and Central European meditators have been actively getting together virtually since early in the pandemic, doing the Pandemic Practices and chants that were shared with the sangha from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue…

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