Rockland Shambhala will launch a five-week study group “Standing at the Edge” at 16 School St. Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Rachel Nixon and Cynthia Trone will lead the series. The class, which is open to everyone, including individuals new to meditation, is free, with donations accepted. Preregistration is requested.

With curiosity and gentleness, participants will explore the edge states identified by author Joan Halifax— altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, engagement, and compassion. The study group is interactive and experiential, with a combination of meditation, dialogue, discussion, and readings.

Nixon was first introduced to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings in 1999 through Pema Chodron's writings. Over the years, she has trained at Shambhala Centers in Maine, Vermont, Colorado, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Trone earned her master’s degree in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in 2017. She travelled to Tibet in 2016 to better understand the oppression and culture of Tibetan Buddhism, and in 2017, she attended the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra teachings in Bodhgaya, India.

For more information or to register: contact or 594-1694.