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Insight Meditation Class

What: This is an open ongoing mindfulness meditation group for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

While the forms of meditation we practice are rooted in Buddhist teachings, the study and practice of mindfulness and insight meditation is applicable to anyone from any background or religion, and all are welcome.

These teachings are available to all. Although a $5-$10 donation is suggested, donations are not required for attendance.

Each class will include: guided meditation, instruction, opportunities to practice, and time for discussion, questions and answers.

When and where: We meet every Tuesday from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD, 21042, room 406. Please arrive early to settle into your seats - we start right at 7:30 p.m.

We practice Insight Meditation, a style of meditation that helps the mind attain deeper levels of calm concentration through sustained attention on the breath, then combines this with the crucial aspect of insight through contemplation of the mind and body and all of their changing and impermanent senses, emotions and thoughts. Insight Meditation trains us to live more fully in the present moment, enables us to experience life from a greater stillness, and aids us in relating to both ourselves and others with increased clarity, compassion, calmness and creativity, and less fear, anxiety and stress.

Along with these and a long list of other psychological benefits, meditation has also been shown to reduce stress hormones in the body, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, alleviate depression and boost the immune system.


Stan Eisenstein, a high school teacher who has been meditating for 25 years and has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004. Stan is a mentor with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and is enrolled in the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, a two-year certification program with senior Insight teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, and Pat Coffey. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Anne Gould: Anne has been practicing Insight Meditation for seven years. She has participated in a number of silent residential retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW) and the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA. Anne is currently a member of the Mindfulness Teaching Training Institute program being conducted by IMCW. Her spiritual homes are Unitarian Universalism and Buddhism. Anne was married in South Korea in 1977 while in the Peace Corps. She has one son. She retired in 2008 from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Parking (see map below):

If coming to the school from the South (Route 108) side of Centennial Lane, make a left into the bus loop just as you reach the school. Immediately on your left is a drive to a parking lot on the south/left side of the school. Park in this lot and follow the signs to room 406.

If coming to the school from the North (Route 40) side of Centennial Lane, make a right into the bus loop just as you finish passing the school. Immediately on your left is a drive to a parking lot on the south/left side of the school. Park in this lot and follow the signs to room 406.


1. There are plenty of chairs, but if you prefer to sit on the floor, which is carpeted, please bring a hard pillow or zafu, since, when meditating, it is recommended that your hips be higher than your knees. If you have never tried sitting on the floor during meditation, it is highly recommended that you try the chair first, then practice sitting on the floor at home until you are comfortable.

2. If you have any back issues, please bring a pillow or cushion to place behind you.

3. The chairs are hard, so you may wish to bring a cushion with you to sit on.

4. Please remember to turn off your cell phones before entering the room.

5. Please try not to wear any perfume to the sit, as it can be quite distracting to others. Also, with respect to those who may be allergic, we do not use incense.

6. The group is not recommended for those under age 13.


Please feel free to contact Stan Eisenstein at [masked] if you have any questions.

Tentative Class and Workshop Schedule Through December 31:

8/27   Mindfulness and Meditation   Stan Eisenstein

         Potluck Dinner (6 p.m.)

9/3    School is not available -   No Class

9/10  Generating Self-kindness (heart practice)   Anne Gould

9/17  Mindfulness of the body   Anne Gould

9/24  Mindfulness of thoughts and emotions   Stan Eisenstein

10/1  Metta – Kindness (heart practice)    Mark Lindley

        Potluck Dinner (6 p.m.)

10/8  1st Noble Truth   Jerry Hartman

10/15  2nd Noble Truth   Stan Eisenstein

10/19  Workshop: Insight Out Loud    Stan Eisenstein

            Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

10/22  RAIN technique (part 1)   Anne Gould

10/29  RAIN issues (part 2)   Stan Eisenstein

          Potluck Dinner (6 p.m.)

11/5   Karuna – Compassion (heart practice)    Anne Gould 

         Intro to Insight Meditation 1: How to Meditate; Mindfulness of the Body         (6:30 p.m.)

11/12  Impermanence    Stan Eisenstein 

          Intro to Insight Meditation 2: Mindfulness of Thoughts and Emotions           (6:30 p.m.)

11/16  Workshop: A Day of Heart Practices  Anne Gould and Stan Eisenstein

           Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

11/19  No Self    Mark Lindley

          Intro to Insight Meditation 3: The 1st and 2nd Noble Truths (6:30 p.m.)

11/26  Gratitude    Anne Gould 

         Intro to Insight Meditation 4: RAIN (6:30 p.m.)

12/3  Forgiveness (heart practice)   Stan Eisenstein 

         Potluck Dinner (6 p.m.)

12/10  Right Speech    Anne Gould

12/17  The Refuges      Stan Eisenstein 

12/24  School is not available -   No Class

12/31  School is not available -   No Class

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  • Jim B.

    a lot of good information! (grist for the mill)

    October 16, 2013

  • Barb

    Great points brought up, reminding me of ideas I have read about previously that were helpful. Also love Stan's humor thrown in here and there. :)

    October 15, 2013

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