What The Buddha Taught ... and how it applies today

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Shastri David Stone

January 19th—January 20th

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  • $75 Program Price
  • $50 Member Price
  • Pay What You Can Afford
Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.

Join us for a weekend of meditation, talks and discussion focusing on the historical foundations of Buddhism and the origins of the Shambhala tradition. 

Open to all.  No prior experience with Buddhism or Buddhist studies is necessary. Meditation instruction will be provided as needed.

Day One (Saturday) – The Early Teachings:  The Buddha’s fundamental insights into human existence became the foundation for generations of practitioners of the Buddhist path, and a source of inspiration for many others, up to the present day.  How are the Buddha’s earliest teachings still relevant in 21st century America?  Take a day to focus on the very first instructions from the Buddha, known as the Four Noble Truths.

Day Two (Sunday) – Lineage and History of Shambhala Buddhism:  From the earliest teachings of Buddha, to the Shambhala Buddhism of today, learn the history of the teachers and teachings that make up the Shambhala tradition. We will explore how the notion of creating an enlightened society fulfills the Buddhist vision of benefiting others.

Please stay tuned for a follow-up gathering,  The Four Noble Truths, Four Study Sessions, starting the week of January 28th, 2019.  Four two-hour sessions will be offered over the course of about 8 weeks, in multiple locations:  at the West Loop Center, at sites in Evanston and Hyde Park; and online via Zoom.  Please stay tuned for details about locations and dates.  The program will explore in greater depth the Four Noble Truths and their application to our lives, with readings from renowned Buddhist teachers of the past and present, along with meditation and discussion.  The program will be open to all - no prior experience with meditation or Buddhist studies necessary.  Meditation instruction will be available.


We hope you can join us for the entire weekend. Each day is also available as a separate class for those who cannot or choose not to attend both days.

Full weekend: $75 or $50 for Shambhala members.

One day only: Please choose the "PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD" option. Suggested tuition for one day is $42 or $25 for Shambhala members. Please note which day you will attend in the comments field.