Open Awareness Meditation Group Meetup

(Please note: many of the friends who attend regularly are not Meetup members, so there are always more people attending that it says on the Meetup site.)

About This Meditation Meetup

We sit in silence for around 45 minutes, followed by discussion for around 30 minutes or so. The silent sitting is interspersed with some meditation instruction, perhaps a brief reading, a little simple inquiry, exploration or movement. Sitting posture is relaxed, either on a meditation cushion or a bench. It's not a rigid practice- move whenever you need to!

We meet every Monday night, 7:30 pm at the Cambridge Friends Meeting House. The Friends Meeting House is located at 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138 You can find a very good map here: http://www.fmcquaker....

Parking is available after 6:00 in the loop off of Brattle St. that leads to the Friend's House, and there is a small lot in back of the Friend's House for those with limited mobility. After that, parking is a little tricky in Cambridge (lots of "resident only" signs), but you will find available parking on Mount Auburn St. near Friend's House and on Brattle St. as you head away from Harvard Square.

Coming by the T is a great option, with the Friend's House being a lovely 15 minute walk out of Harvard Square.

If you find you are running late, come anyway! The format is very relaxed and open— anyone interested in contemplative practice is welcome!

 

About Open Awareness Meditation Group

At the heart of these meditation sessions is the silent exploration of what we refer to as Open Awareness. We all know what it means to feel closed, limited, vulnerable, or separate. What is it like to allow ourselves to return to our natural condition of openness, presence, non-separateness and ease? This is what we explore in our meetings.

We have been meeting for over a decade, and those who lead the meditations have known each other and been practicing together for many years. They have all deeply explored a variety of traditions— for some it has been the Tibetan Buddhist practices of Dzogchen or Mahamudra, for others it has been the Indian traditions of Yoga, or Advaita, or what is currently referred to as Nonduality (some popular examples of this are Francis Lucille, Rupert Spira, Eckhart Tolle and Adyashanti). 

However all of these traditions ultimately point to the same truth, the truth of our basic awareness or presence which is beyond any tradition, practice or teaching. This is the presence we share, and the presence we are, beyond words. This is what we explore in our meetings.

This group is unique in that there is no specific guiding teacher, lama, or guru. We all meet as equals to question, share, and inspire each other to explore the Open Awareness we most deeply are. The meetings are suitable for newcomers as well as experienced meditators, and all are very welcome.

 

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  • Paul K.

    The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection.
    The water has no mind to receive their image.

    1 · September 4

    • David Z.

      Yes, water, geese and reflections
      are indistinguishable—
      look wherever you like for the mind,
      it will never be found.

      September 4

  • Paul K.

    Dave and Carol, thanks for your thoughts about how to cultivate real spaciousness and open-ness. Your comments on how to see\witness our inner conflicted- dialogue and the resultant negativity only serves to block our awareness.

    August 26

    • Carol

      Thanks, Paul. I'm glad you can be with us to share in this exploration.

      August 26

  • Paul K.

    This was my second visit to the group, and I had questions about how to skillfully engage with restlessness. Any thoughts?

    August 19

    • David Z.

      Hi Paul... you raise an important question. This is a deep topic, too deep to gloss over here. I would love to chat with you about this next Monday... it's really a key theme in the meditative process.

      August 19

    • Paul K.

      Thanks

      August 20

  • Paul K.

    Thanks for your comments, sorry about the name mixup.

    August 5

  • Paul K.

    This was my first time ever participating in a meditation group, and I have a strong aversion to talking in front of groups, but I wanted to thank Elizabeth for the guided teaching, it helped me become content and still within myself during the group sit. I especially liked her explanation of a very subtle and difficult subject of being aware of those 'little gaps' of awareness that open up. And also David, thanks for your guidance on how to de-clutch while doing a rather ordinary thing like 'when walking' how to bring the insights and clarity from meditation into daily walking. Also, I didn't dare ask, but I find a major distraction to my spiritual meditation or training is 'people pleasing'. Maybe you could lend your insight on this in a session?

    August 5

    • Carol

      Thanks so much, Paul, for your post - it's so good to hear what people respond to. Kathleen (not Elizabeth, but who's counting) has a great way of coming right to the essence of the matter. Look forward to seeing you again,

      August 5

    • David Z.

      Yes, I agree with Carol, great to hear from you Paul. And I know what you mean about 'people pleasing'... that weird over-concern for 'others' that can overtake us... that is a very rich avenue to explore! Yes, let's go into that sometime…

      August 5

  • Taline S.

    Hi guys, I know you were talking about TaiChi yesterday. Just wanted to let you know that there are free community Taichi classes at 9:30am thursdays on the DCR Fiedler Field. Read about it on a flyer, so don't know if it's any good.....just FYI (Available 8/1-9/11)

    July 22

  • Carol

    shared silence...lovely

    July 22

  • David Z.

    A very cool night, inside and out...

    July 21

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