We meet on Wednesdays starting at 7:00 p.m. Our meetings generally last 1:15 - 1:30 depending upon the length of our discussion. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation 1025 Mt. Vernon Highway, N.W. Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA 30327 Our Meetings are held in the Chalice House - the building to the left of the main church building. Our weekly meetings include a group sitting meditation followed by a recorded dharma talk and discussion. All are welcome to our meetings. Our group is comprised of members with varying degrees of experience. More experienced meditators are available to provide instruction. We also have handouts available. For those who would like to sit on the floor, we now have a variety of cushions, mats and benches on hand.
We do not charge admission for participation in our group. In the spirit of dana (the Buddhist concept of generosity) a basket is placed on a table and members may donate to defray the cost of space rental for our meetings. Donations are welcome, but never expected.
What is Insight Meditation? Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives. The Buddha first taught insight meditation over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism.