We are pleased to announce the videocast of the teaching on Sat 18 May 2019 by Ven Kunsang Choephel on ‘Shamatha Meditation’ at the International Buddhist Academy, in Kathmandu. The Ven Kunsang Choephel is becoming widely appreciated for the clarity and approachability of his introductory teachings on key topics. Registration for the webcast of the teaching on May 18th is now open at www.gompaservices.com. Registration and viewing will be available until June 10th, 2019. The Sanskrit word Shamatha (calm abiding) refers to a state of mind which is characterised by the stabilisation of attention on an internal object of observation, conjoined with the calming of external distractions to the mind. Shamatha is an essential basis for training one’s mind in the generation of Vipashyana (penetrative insight), a true, analytical insight into the more profound aspects of the chosen object, such as its emptiness or its ultimate nature. These two methods of meditation, Shamatha (calm abiding) and Vipashyana (penetrative insight), are the meditative foundations for attaining a profound realisation of the ultimate nature of mind and phenomena. The teaching will be recorded live and be available to view by the end of the day (Nepal time). The webcast will then remain available for you to view at any time of your choosing until June 10th. The Gompa Services registration fee for the webcast is £4.00 or free for Gompa member-supporters. At the time you register you will also have the option to make a voluntary offering in support of the International Buddhist Academy. To register, please go to www.gompaservices.com and sign in to your Gompa account and select Special Events / See details of all events and webcasts; then select the event (from the list in date order, or by selecting International Buddhist Academy from the monastery /nunnery list). If you do not have a Gompa account, you can create a free account by selecting Sign in / New to Gompa at www.gompaservices.com.