Sahaja – The Practice of Natural Contemplation
Saturday, Sep 21, 2024
4160 SE Division St.
With Shambhavi Sarasvati
Natural contemplation means resting totally fresh and uncontrived in effortless enjoyment of living presence. ~Shambhavi
What is Sahaja?
Sahaja, or natural contemplation, is non-conceptual, open-eyed meditation with minimal form. In other traditions, similar practices are called Trekchö (Dzogchen), Mahamudra (Kagyu), and Shikantaza (Zen).
Sahaja has no purpose other than the enjoyment of Reality without alteration.
If you are an experienced practitioner of mindfulness, shamatha, or vipassana meditation, Sahaja is the next step.
What you will receive
- An understanding of the different styles of meditation and what meditation is and is not
- Pointing out instructions for entering the state of natural contemplation
- An opportunity to learn and practice natural contemplation
You must have an already-established, consistent meditation practice.
Current students: Please talk to Shambhavi if you think you may be ready to begin Sahaja practice.
September 21, from 10am to noon Pacific.
HOW TO ATTEND Sahaja – The Practice of Natural Contemplation
You can join this teaching via two-way Zoom livestream or in person in Portland, Oregon. For livestream attendance, you’ll receive the zoom link via email after you complete your registration.
For in person attendance, please click on the link below for details about any COVID safety regulations currently in effect.
About the teacher
Shambhavi emphasizes the more explicitly devotional teachings and practices of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen and direct knowing through encounters with the wisdom of the heart. She is also known for making complex teachings about the nature of the self and reality understandable, practical, and always relatable to everyday experience. Her teachings are grounded in her more than thirty-five years of daily personal practice and personal retreats.
“Generosity is a fountain of living light at the heart of creation. Having opened your heart and recognized its identity with the heart of the divine, you want to be here giving and giving throughout your natural lifetime. This is the essence of realization.” ~Shambhavi
You can read more about Shambhavi’s background, training and publications here.
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