This Week: Peace in Our Hearts - Peace in Our World
This series of talks will focus on Buddhist Teachings about peace and violence. This series will culminate in our participation in the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend.
Please join us for our weekly class and Meditation Service in the San Mateo room of Christ Church Cathedral at 35 Chestnut Street in downtown Springfield. Click for directions.
The evening starts at 6:30 PM with a lesson/discussion led by Jenn (Shingaku), an ordained Tendai Buddhist priest and the leader of our Sangha. After the discussion, at 7PM, we perform the Daily Service to create a sacred space and to practice a form of mindfulness that will enable greater focus for the rest of the evening.
Following the brief service, we engage in two 24 minute meditation periods. The first is "just sitting" - letting thoughts arise and fall away without grasping onto or being swept away by them. We then stand for a few minutes to relax the legs. The second meditation period could be a guided visualization, a contemplation, chanting, loving-kindness meditation, or a walking meditation.
We are a small sangha that has been meeting regularly for the last three years. Please consider joining us this Thursday evening! Here's some links to learn more:
• Nagado Buddhist Sangha website
• Tendai Buddhist Institute