Gatekeeper Training

with Gary Vu

December 10th

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    The Gatekeeper serves as a gentle but unequivocal boundary between the meditation hall and the outside. The presence of the gatekeeper elicits mindful decorum and conduct and serves to protect the practice environment.

    Serving as a gatekeeper is a generous way to support the sangha of fellow meditators while also deepening your own practice. Gatekeeping helps makes group public meditation practice at our center possible.

    Open to all who have received basic meditation instruction. Once you have completed the training, you may sign-up and try it out yourself!

    Please register if you plan to attend.

    Contact Gary with any questions at [email protected]


    Wondering why people choose to serve as gatekeeper and what it’s like? Here’s what some members had to say:

    Why do you serve as a gatekeeper or timer, and what’s it like?

    “Holding the space as gatekeeper is humbling and gratifying. Any opportunity to give in this way is a celebration for all of us on the journey!” Paula B.

    “The reason I serve as gatekeeper is because I value and appreciate the Burlington Shambhala Center’s open generosity of offering public sits most days of the week. This availability is what opened the doors of meditation to me and provided me the access to experience and discover the immeasurable benefits of sitting practice. Being a gatekeeper is another way of committing to one’s own practice and to the life of our sangha.” Sharon K.

    “I like to greet people. I also enjoy protecting the container so other people meditating can be assured of safety and tranquility. I can still meditate as gatekeeper yet I feel as though I’m ‘involved in the action’ and of benefit to the sangha. It’s good for everyone to have a place to ‘settle’ before joining the other practitioners who may be in blissful samadhi. Also, I like to see if I can open and close the door without making any sound at all.” Eric H.

    “It can be stressful since it is a heightened sense of awareness since you are maintaining the container for others as well as doing your own practice. It is a profound practice in itself to watch one’s mind while being mindful of the care of others.” Joyce O.

    “It’s a wonderful way to work with fear and fearlessness.” Yannick C.