Once the Buddha had decided to share his teachings with the rest of the World, he never instructed anyone to accept those teachings blindly. Instead he encouraged students to test his findings for themselves in order to develop their own unique experience of the practice. Our community attempts to practice with that same spirit of openness and respect.
You are cordially invited to join us as we sit and walk in meditation, practicing simply for the sake of practice. All levels of practitioners are welcome so, regardless of whether you're embarking on or continuing your journey inward, we would be most honored by your presence. This is a non-denominational group. However, even though many of us do not have a label for our spirituality, we do practice methods which have been handed down by the Buddha. Nevertheless, no matter what faith you follow, it is our intention to make sure that all attendees feel comfortable and at ease.
The intention of this group is to help its members in connecting with their own unique meditation practices by creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for internal exploration. We envision this group being an interactive community as we share and learn together from the combined insights of all who attend. The eventual development of our collective awareness should also help us to better assist one another on our respective paths. Ideally we must remember that, despite our wishes to the contrary, growth happens at its own natural pace. Thus it will be quite important to be gentle with ourselves, cultivate mindfulness and be supportive of our fellow practitioners in order to nurture this intention in a beneficial way.
Event details vary from sitting to sitting and will be posted on each individual event page. Generally, we will practice these forms of meditation: Samatha (Tranquility / Calming the mind through one pointedness / Concentration), Vipassana (Clear seeing / Insight / Mindfulness), Metta (Loving-Kindness) and Tonglen (Compassion).
A voluntary donation of $1.00 to help offset expenses would be most appreciated but is by no means expected. As causes and conditions permit, we look forward to sharing energy and insights with all who choose to be present.
With Metta, Mark Z