Meditation Group starting August 2022

Hello Dear Readers,

I am starting an every-other-week meditation group in August – on Thursday, August the 25th to be exact.

The plan is to do a basic Tibetan Buddhist practice most weeks. Although this will depend on the experience level of practitioners who join. We may also do other meditations – somatic body scans, embodiment exercises, 5 element body-oriented meditations, etc.

It will be Thursday evenings at 7 – 8:30 pm (Eastern US time). Every other Thursdays starting August 25th. This will be online, unless there is a lot of interest from here in the Charlottesville area. Let me know if you are interested.

To Register: you can email me a mkirbymoore [at] protonmail [dot] com

Suggested donation of $25 / class. But really pay what you can.

About me – Kirby Moore

I have been practicing meditation since 2002, when I first met a Zen teacher in a philosophy class and got my first preliminary meditation instructions. The first couple years were not very productive as I was attempting to go it alone (without regular contact with a teacher).

In 2005, I was very fortunate to meet Tibetan Buddhist teachers and Lamas. I first began with Bon lamas – Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in Charlottesville, Va. Then, in 2006, when I attended the Tibetan Meditation Center (TMC) in Frederick, Md (Drikung Kagyu lineage), I felt like I had come home. I have been working with these masters and heart teachers ever since – these include Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Drupon Thinley Ningpo, Khenpo Tsultrim, Khenpo Choepel, Garchen Rinpoche, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and other incredible lineage holders. In addition, I have taken teachings from Nyingma lamas as well.

From 2006 – 2013, I went up to TMC in Md at least four times / year. In the spring, there were 10 – 14 days of teachings given at Spring Retreat. Then I would go up for long weekend practice (deity yoga or meditation) retreats twice a year and usually attend Winter Retreat. You can find many posts on this blog about teachings / retreats I attended – especially if you go back and check out the older posts from 2009 – 2013.

I was very fortunate to attend and then to practice the Tibetan language with Geshe Jampel Thardo in Charlottesville. He was a hidden master – manifesting signs of accomplishment at the time of his death in late 2008. I was so blessed to get to spend time with him. He strongly encouraged me to learn (and master) the Tibetan language. I’m not at that level yet, but I love practicing this beautiful language.

I have also attended meditation retreats in Charlottesville and at Virginia Beach – doing a 10-day retreat nearly every year since 2007. These were dynamic retreats where every day: we would do Zapchen Somatics for an hour or two, we would do several hours of Shamatha calm abiding meditation, Qigong, 8 verses for training the mind (or the 37 Bodhisattva practices), metta – loving kindness practice, and a group dream exploration practice in the evenings.

In addition, I completed my first 90-day meditation retreat in Charlottesville in 2020. And I have also done Advanced Somatic Retreats in Zapchen Somatics with Julie Henderson and with her senior students. Zapchen Somatics is a brilliant series of fun and playful exercises designed to sneakily get people to come down out of their heads and into their bodies – and to move toward well-being.

Not to overwhelm you with information about the teachings I have received… I have also studied nervous system repair, the polyvagal theory and trauma resolution extensively. I am certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and I have started a modality entitled Trauma Informed Astrology – where I teach students around the world a dynamic blend of somatic embodiment exercises, tools for nervous system repair and seeing the nervous system through the lens of the Western astrology chart.

Just so we are clear, I am not a lama. I am not even a meditation teacher per se (according to the strict Tantric definitions). But I am very happy to share what little I know.

I hope you will join us.

Published by Kirby Moore

Kirby Moore is a healing facilitator based in the beautiful rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia. He does sessions in-person and long distance via Skype and Zoom, working with Spiritual Astrology, Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Birth Process Work. His healing work is informed by fifteen years of meditation and Qigong practice. He works with client's intentions and deepest longings to attain clear, tangible results. Contact him for more info at (email): kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com

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