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Meditation at the Thai Temple

  • Mar 28, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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We’ll be joining the monks for their daily, evening meditation at the Thai Buddhist temple. The evening will start with the monks chanting for half an hour. English translations of the chants are available. Then there will be about half an hour of sitting meditation and possibly walking meditation. The monks will provide some explanation for the meditation if you don’t have any experience with meditating. You don't need to bring anything except an open mind.

We basically have a personal invitation to join them since a few of the monks used to be students in one of my ESL classes. They openly invited me to join them at their meditations and festivals at the temple. I have already been to one of their festivals which included a meditation, and I really enjoyed it! They were happy to talk with me again when I contacted them about letting our group join them for the regular evening meditation.

Please arrive at 5:45, so that we can get settled, and so we don’t have people coming in after the meditation has started. You can use either the double doors at the front entrance, which should be open, or you can ring the buzzer at the side entrance. Then one of the monks will escort us up to the meditation room.

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  • Tina

    I just joined this group, and I wish I had known about this event! Do you think you will do this again?

    April 9, 2013

    • Jennifer Z

      Probably at some point since it was a popular event, but there are so many other wonderful things to do in the area that we're focusing on continuing the trip around the world right now.

      April 9, 2013

  • Rhea

    Thank you, Jennifer, for arranging this! It was an amazing and eye-opening event, I learned so much. What a great group!

    March 29, 2013

  • Trung

    Great and very unusual event! Thank you Jennifer. I feel like turning into a monk now.

    I uploaded 5 photos, including a group one. I also have a video of the monks chanting (and 1 of us falling asleep). Unfortunately, a few people left before the group photoshoot and didn't make it on it. So if it's you, let me know and I'll photoshop you in hugging the golden Buddha statue :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Gianna

    Jennifer,

    Thanks for setting this up. I really enjoyed it!:)

    March 29, 2013

  • Gabriela

    Interesting experience, thank you Jennifer

    March 28, 2013

  • Tiara

    Wonderful! Thank you Jennifer!

    March 28, 2013

  • ZJD

    Peaceful and informative

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I got confirmed from the wait list at the last minute and couldn't make it. Hope you guys had a good time!

    March 28, 2013

    • Jennifer Z

      You were confirmed last night. As I mentioned in the email I sent out last weekend, even if you're on the wait list, it's your repsonsiblity to keep your status up to date.

      March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I'll try to do better.

      1 · March 28, 2013

  • Kate

    I'm sad I can't make this one. Life dealt me a blow this evening and I need to handle that. I do hope the monks allow the group another visit--this was such a cool idea, Jennifer--and I hope to participate next time.

    March 27, 2013

  • Winston W.

    Due to fever and heavy cough, my wife will not allow me out. I do not want to interfer with meditation by the monks with a cough

    March 27, 2013

  • Jeanne

    someone else enjoy, cannot make the event

    March 27, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    Another reminder:
    If you're on the wait list, make sure to keep your RSVP up to date as well, to make any changes go smoother. Thanks!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No chance of getting off the waitlist, but this sounds great. Maybe if we're lucky, they'll invite the group back.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Amy

    I'll be working next week. :(

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like great experience, any dress requirements?

    March 15, 2013

    • Jennifer Z

      No dress requirements, but I would wear something that you can sit in comfortably. I will probably wear something like yoga pants.

      1 · March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I lived down the street from this temple for a year. Great place!

    March 14, 2013

  • ZJD

    How cool- I am really interested in this event!

    March 14, 2013

  • Amy

    Meditation really helps me sleep at night. Totally a difference.

    March 13, 2013

  • Gabriela

    I've never tried meditation and think it will be an enriching and good experience.

    March 13, 2013

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