The primary role of this group is to provide meditation training, support, and community to anyone who is interested in using these methods for their own spiritual journey.  This group is NOT teacher/personality focused, is NOT lineage/tradition focused - its role is to support YOU in your own path, and does so via teaching meditation and offering guidance and support.  Anyone is welcome, from any background. Buddhism is referenced here due to the instructors's background, but you do not need to be Buddhist to attend, this is for everyone.

We meet at Mayu Sanctuary on S. Pearl St., just blocks away from Park Burger, Sushi Den, and Stella's Coffee.  The Louisiana light rail station is a ten minute walk away.

Joining the community comes with a 14 day trial period, after that time, members are asked to contribute $25/month.  We meet on Thursday evenings and periodically on Sunday mornings (see calendar).  Please read the following orientation details:

- Everyone who attends must join the meetup page before arriving.
- We lock the doors at start time, please arrive a few minutes early to get settled.
- Please do not come under the influence of drugs or alcohol., or smelling of smoke or perfume.
- Sean is available for questions after each class.
- It is important to check the calendar before showing up so you know what is happening on a particular evening.
- There is a limited number of cushions available at Mayu, chairs are also provided.  You are welcome to bring your own cushion.

About the two meditation styles used here:

For the sitting practice, we follow the meditation instructions given by the Buddha as recorded in the Satipatthana Sutta, the foundations of mindfulness.  The practice instructions are simple yet profound when followed properly. Beyond having it's own quality of relaxation, it develops insight into how the mind functions, how we create our own pain, and how to release ourselves from that pain on a moment-by-moment basis and as a life-long development of understanding, inner peace, and loving-kindness.  There is no requirement for anyone to be Buddhist to attend, and no traditional forms or external rituals are used.  We simply work directly with the body, mind, heart, and awareness.

In terms of the body-based meditations, you may find examples here. These are used to enhance our sensitivity to the whole body on the physical, emotional, and energetic level so that we can identify and release tension, as well as allow the flow and release of trapped/unresolved experiences that restrict our own awareness and development.

Study resources:

The following four texts are recommended, and self-study guides will be provided to anyone who asks (ask Sean in person when you attend): 
1. Moving Dhamma Vol 1 by Bhante Vimalaramsi (this text goes in-depth into the specific sitting meditation instructions which we use here). 
2. Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein 
3. Dipa Ma: The life and legacy of a Buddhist master, by Amy Schmidt (this is for both education and inspiration, great for anyone developing meditation in the midst of job, family, and modern living). 
4. Old Path White Clouds - Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, by Thich Nhat Hahn


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Upcoming Meetups

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:30 PM

    Potluck, Talk by Sean about changing format in October, socializing

    4 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, September 3, 2015 7:30 PM

    No gathering tonight - on break through September, see October calendar

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:30 PM

    Study-group for the book "Touching Enlightenment".

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 7:30 PM

    No gathering tonight - on break through September, see October calendar

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:30 PM

    Study group for the book "Touching Enlightenment"

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    2 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, October 8, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:00 AM

    Sunday morning Meditation and group discussion (read details for location)

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 10:00 AM

    Sunday morning Meditation and group discussion (read details for location)

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Thursday, December 17, 2015 7:30 PM

    Thursday Guided Meditation, Q&A and Group Discussion

    1 Meditators attending
  • Sunday, December 20, 2015 10:00 AM

    Sunday morning Meditation and group discussion (read details for location)

    1 Meditators attending
 

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Founded Sep 15, 2008

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