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Open House Talk: Dharma and Darwin


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Join us for our Tuesday Community Open House! Every Tuesday, we offer a friendly introduction to meditation practice, Shambhala Buddhist teachings and our community.

On Tuesday, April 10th, join us for a special Open House talk on "Dharma and Darwin," given by David Parker, one of our senior teachers.

In Shambhala, we hold the view that we are basically good. We have everything we need to be kind and helpful, but our good nature is covered over by fear, aggression, and habitual patterns of self-protection. Our tradition teaches that our afflictive emotions and habitual patterns are so strong because we have practiced them through many former lifetimes, but we could also see them as faculties that allowed our ancestors to survive and reproduce in an unbroken line that goes back billions of years to the origins of life. If these emotions and patterns are natural to us, does that mean that they cannot be tamed?

David Parker is a teacher and meditation instructor at the Center. He has retired from his job as a biology professor and researcher at OHSU.

Free event. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday Open House schedule:
7:00 PM: Beginning meditation instruction (for those who would like it)

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Meditation practice (for those who have already received instruction or have their own meditation practice)

8:00 PM: Dharma talk and discussion, led by a senior teacher

8:30 PM: Tea and social time