I have been a practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism for the last two years. My practice has developed slowly overtime. First, my main focus was stabilizing the mind, practicing Śamatha and encountering the insights that accompany it. I slowly added awareness of the subtle body and its imprints to my practice, understanding that which needed to be healed. Overtime, however, my practice has centered around the nature of mind teachings, in particular on Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya and the teaching "na duḥkha samudaya nirodha marga".
The most touching and simple intuition has been discovering a vaster form of compassion: the kind that comes from seeing through the illusion of our separateness. My daily prayer is that any insight from my practice is always directional, geared towards supporting others.
I used to work as a cultural operator for many years. But, after a profound intimate crisis, I found myself drawn to volunteering and undertaking Buddhist practice. It soon became clear to me that I had an earnest yearning to engage in spiritual and emotional care of myself and others. All along my new path, I've never made much money - only just enough to cover the most basic living expenses. I do my best to live simply. Though I'm grateful for what I do have (enough for a roof over my head, for practice!) currently retreats are unaffordable for me without the generosity of others.
It’s my great hope one day I might be able to fund the retreats of others, but for now - I am asking for your assistance to deepen my practice, attending this Shambhala retreat.
Acharya Daniele Bollini and Giovanna Lucchini
My hope is to spend 10 days in retreat to dive more deeply into the BHAVACHAKRA teachings I am enjoying every day of my life.
At the beginning and end of each day, I also plan to sing the Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya.
When I am on Shambhala retreat, I'll follow a meditation schedule of 8 hours per day. With great joy I’ll offer the benefits of my practice to the freedom and deep happiness of all sentient beings. My special dedication goes to all those who have greatly suffered, because of the pandemic.
If you can, thank you so much for your donation!
$200 - Lodging for 4-night retreat
$150 - Cost of Travel