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"Fresh Start Mondays" at Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Minneapolis Shambhala Center
Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Beginning Monday, October 5, 2009, the Shambhala Meditation Center in North Minneapolis will offer weekly programs where visitors can learn about meditation, find support for ongoing practice, or simply start each week with mindfulness and awareness.    

These "Fresh Start Mondays" are for newcomers to meditation as well experienced practitioners.  The gatherings follow a format including:  guided meditation instruction and practice; a brief dharma talk; discussion; and a closing practice.  Scheduled topics for dharma talks through December are:

Introduction - Oct. 5
Why meditate? - Oct. 12
Peaceful abiding - Oct. 19
Mindfulness and awareness - Oct. 26
The Virtues of Boredom - Nov. 2
How to Gather a Scattered the Mind - Nov. 9
Laziness - Nov. 16
No session - Thanksgiving week
Forgetting the Instructions - Nov. 30
Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose - Dec. 7
Nine Stages of Training the Mind Dec. 14


2931 Grand Street NE, Minneapolis 55418

For more information:

Call (612) 331-7737 or visit

Guiding personnel: 

Tom Adducci, Teacher

A student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Tom was one of the founding members of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis and is an authorized teacher and meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.  Tom lives in Minneapolis with his daughter and her dog and works as an independent human resources consultant.

Kimberley Lueck, Assistant Teacher/Coordinator

Kimberley is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has been studying and practicing Shambhala Buddhadharma since 1995. She is an authorized meditation instructor and an ordained Shambhala Buddhist minister.  Her primary work is as tantric Buddhist housewife and mother of four.

Mark Lueck, Gatekeeper and Greeter

Mark Lueck has served in many roles at the Minneapolis Shambhala Center, including Center Co-Director. He currently serves as main teacher for the Shambhala Children’s program. He is an economist by day and family man 24/7.

In peaceful abiding, we ground our minds in the present moment.  We place our mind on the breath and practice keeping it there. We notice when thoughts and emotions distract us, and train in continually returning our mind to the breath. This is how we shift our allegiance from the bewildered state of mind that causes its own suffering to the mind that is stable, clear, and strong.

- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, founding teacher of the Shambhala lineage and author of Turning the Mind Into and Ally.