Meditation & Buddhism in the Dorchester Meditation Group

If you are interested in learning about meditation and live near  Dorchester, Weymouth or Yeovil then why not consider popping along and joining us for a session.

Shambhala Buddhism is an international community of practitioners of meditation founded by the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now under the guidance of his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

The Dorchester Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Group offers weekly instruction and on-going guidance in the practice of sitting meditation in a group format. We act as a link to other centres and retreat facilities offering further in-depth opportunities for practice and study allowing people to further explore the path of meditation and how it relates to their life. We also have a small library of books on the subjects of meditation, Buddhism and Shambhala that are loaned out to regular attenders free of charge.

Weekly Meditation Evenings.

Please feel free to just come or you can ask for more information at the contacts below.

Tuesdays between 7:30pm and 9:00pm at the The Friend’s Meeting House, 8 Holloway Road, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LF.

Contact:  Colin Tracy 

Tel: 01305 889476        email: [email protected]

Please note there is a suggested donation of £6 to help cover rent and costs.

Also, if your have your own meditation cushion, stool or base mat please feel free to bring it as we have a limited number of cushions at this time. We have plenty of chairs should you wish to sit on one.

We are a satellite group of the Bristol and South West UK Shambhala Group.

Forthcoming Schedule

Joy in Everyday Life

An evening meditation course over 5 weeks. Tuesdays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th February and March 5th 2019  7.15 for 7.30 start, finish 9.30                                  All Welcome           £60     £40 concessions           To Book: Colin Tracy: [email protected]        01305 889476

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in Basic Goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. The Mahayana teachings on compassion can become the inspiration for a life of bravery and freedom from doubt.

Joy in Everyday Life is one of the main introductions to meditation that we offer and we highly recommend it for anyone interested in meditation, Buddhism or Shambhala. It is suitable for complete beginners and can also provide fresh inspiration for those who may already have some experience of meditation within their own spiritual traditions.

The course will be taught by Colin Tracy.     Colin has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2000 and founded the Dorchester Shambhala Meditation Group. Having worked as a psychotherapist for 15 years he now works as a photographer.


The Art of Being Human  –  with Acharya David Hope

March 2nd – 3rd 2019    9.30 for 10.00 am start

To Register: Click on link on right hand side

Body, Mind, Spirit Centre, Alington Road, Dorchester, Dorset

Open to all!

We usually associate happiness with fleeting moments of satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, but the Shambhala teachings and the meditation practice they are based on can lead us to a deeper and more enduring happiness. This is the path we set out to explore in this weekend as mindfulness practice begins to open us to the depth and dimension of the present moment where we learn to appreciate who and what we really are.

The Shambhala Training Level 1 introductory weekend explores and deepens the basic technique of mindfulness meditation. By settling our minds we begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters. We experience the power and fulfillment of resting in the present and begin to make friends with ourselves.

Feedback from recent courses

“Loved the talks, and everyone was so open to each other’s opinions and experiences”

“Having done retreats before I consider this venue and organisation excellent and will definitely come again”
“I got all the answers I came for and am excited about my practice”

“Impressive support by staff and volunteers – very professional”

About this Programme

Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again (aka The Art of Being Human) is the first weekend retreat in Shambhala Training. This mindfulness meditation retreat weekend presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake.

Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher and a group of experienced meditation instructors, we’ll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing a mindset of wakefulness to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more.

About Weekend I

Shambhala Training Weekend I is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice. Our senior teacher will incorporate teachings on awake living into meditation instruction and informative talks. Students leave with the tools they need to bring a mindfulness meditation practice into their daily lives.

Shambhala Training Weekend I includes:

    • Guided meditation practice

    • Mindfulness meditation talks

    • Optional one-to-one meditation instruction

  • Concluding Sunday reception

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves and we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.

The weekend will be led by David Hope:

David Hope has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for the past 30 years.  He helped establish the London Shambhala Centre in the early 1980’s.  He set up Shambhala Training in Britain and organised its programmes there for many years.  Since then he has taught widely in Europe and other countries worldwide, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  He has been involved with Dechen Chöling, our residential practice centre in France since its beginnings in 1995, as one of the first co-directors, and in many other ways.  In 2005 he was appointed an Acharya (a senior teacher) for the Shambhala community.  He now lives on the south coast of Hampshire with his wife, Chris de Block.

Cost: £100  (early bird price £80 if deposit paid before February 22nd 2019)

To Register: click on link in right hand column under The Art of Being Human


Day Retreats

The dates for Day Retreats in 2019 will be announced shortly.