WELCOME to the Shambhala Meditation Group of
We are thrilled to be open to the public at
Calle Larga 11.43 at Miguel Ullauri, across from
Mercado 10 de Agosto
First floor, up one flight.
Every Sunday at 10.30 EC time.
For meditation instructions, please come at 10.00,
and also see below.
For general information,
contact us on
[email protected] or
This program is open to everyone, with or without experience in meditation. Usually we do some chanting in English and Spanish, using texts from the Shambhala tradition. There may also be a reading. Then we practice sitting meditation, followed by walking meditation, followed by another period of sitting meditation. After the program, all are invited to have lunch together in a nearby restaurant.
BOOK STUDY is back in person and on ZOOM!
Join us every Tuesday at 3.30 pm Cuenca time (EST). Paper copies of the current book are available in Cuenca until June 16; they are also available electronically and from most booksellers. Contact [email protected] for details
The present book is The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Meditation Instructions – scroll down
Celebrating Isabelle and Keith!
Thanks a million for many months of hosting in your beautiful apartment during pandemic times.
Le Petit Jardin, Dec. 4, 2022
Start with an attitude of friendliness and loving kindness toward yourself. Then, if you’re able, take an upright posture, on a cushion on the floor or in a chair, with the spinal column vertical. Notice your body sensations and be aware of any feelings that arise (such as anxiety, tiredness, anger, passion, boredom, indifference, etc.). Begin to completely identify with your natural breathing, in and out, maintaining some awareness of your body/posture. When thoughts or emotions arise, taking you away from the present moment, you simply notice them, without any judgement. Simply label the thought/emotion as “thinking” and return to awareness of your body breathing. Sitting meditation is a practice of simply being, touching into your awareness of that being, and letting go without trying to attain anything.
For walking meditation, take the same approach, except place attention on your feet as they touch the earth, and your legs moving through space. Join the hands at waist level and walk at a speed only slightly slower than normal (see photo).
Traditionally it’s believed that merit is accrued by meditating. In Shambhala, we dedicate this merit to the benefit of all beings, using the closing text below. Feel free to use it, or any other of your choosing:
“May basic goodness dawn;
May the confidence of goodness be eternal;
May that goodness be all-victorious;
May that goodness bring profound, brilliant glory.”
“By this merit may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrong-doing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings.”
Links for instructions:
Meditation instructions are available free online with Senior Teacher Donna Williams at
Pema Chodron Guided Meditation —
Shambhala International follows the tradition of Pema Chödrön and our founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. See About Shambhala above for more information.
When in-person meetings resume, cushions and chairs will be provided and an umdze (leader) will guide the program. For meditation instructions before your first visit, you’re invited to watch Shastri Donna Williams’s at < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBTOqyUtX-0 >
or Ani Pema Chödron’s instructions at
< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmthYcJ2FCA >
Photos from past Cuenca Shambhala activities
Enlightened Society + Basic Goodness = A Really Good Time Together
SOME PAST EVENTS
Workshops in Shambhala Buddhist Practice, Levels 1 and 2 with
Senior Teacher Tom Adducci of Shambhala International
February and March, 2019
A free public talk by Shastri Donna Williams from SHAMBHALA INTERNATIONAL
Using mindfulness and the environment to help us appreciate each moment of our lives.
Workshops in Shambhala Buddhist Practice
Taught by Shastri Donna Williams from Shambhala International.
Three separate levels on three weekends: Feb. 8, Feb. 16, March 2.