Theravada Buddhism is the oldest of the Buddhist religions. We are a Theravada Buddhist group--sort of, see below--that offers a morning of silent sitting and walking meditation, usually on the fourth Sunday of each month, at the home of one of our founders, Walter. The founding members are experienced meditators, each with over 25 years of meditation experience. In the US, the best known Buddhist religions are Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan. The differences between them, particularly between Theravada and the other two, can be quite dramatic. Theravada Buddhism’s “Pali Canon” contains the most reliable record of what the historical Buddha taught. There is also a meditation tradition with Buddhist roots called vipassana or insight meditation (or sometimes even simply mindfulness meditation). This covers a wide range of practices and can be quite eclectic, often drawing not just on the teachings of different Buddhist religions, but on the teachings of non-Buddhist religions as well. But typically, the focus of vipassana is to develop a modest measure of concentration and to thereafter work on insight into the processes of the mind. Commonly, in vipassana concentration and insight are seen as separate. The historical Buddha did not usually make this distinction between concentration and insight practice, and rather saw them as two sides of once coin. The most common instruction given in the Pali Canon is to do “jhana practice,” i.e. to develop high levels of concentration. It takes insight to develop these states, and so concentration and insight are developed together. That said, many find vipassana practice very helpful. One of the founding members is a student of the Thai forest tradition which adheres quite closely to the Pali Canon and its focus on jhana practice, other members fall more within the vipassana tradition, and some fall in between. Practitioners in, or persons with an interest in, any of the mentioned traditions are welcome as long as they are able to follow our schedule of silent sitting and walking meditation. There are two sitting periods of from 45 minutes to an hour, and one walking period in between typically last 30 minutes. Due to space limitations, the maximum number of attendees is 20 and normally will be accepted in the order of RSVPs. We start around 9 am with bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea and an opportunity to socialize, then move into silence and our meditation practice at 9:45 am, usually ending around 12:15 pm. You may between 9 am and 9:45 am or between 10:45 am and 11:15 am. During the first sitting period we will hear a 10-20 minute talk by Ajaan Thanissaro, an American Theravada monk who trained in the Thai forest tradition under the guidance of Ajaan Funag (a highly respected Thai ajaan, i.e. teacher) for many years. Ajaan Thanissaro is the abbot of the Metta Forest Monastery northeast of San Diego. See watmetta.org. Books on Theravada Buddhism will also be available without charge. Digital books are also available at dhammatalks.org. While we are oriented more toward experienced practitioners, beginners are also welcome. They will be given meditation instruction and may stay for the first sitting and walking periods. As we practice in Walter’s home in Phoenix, MD, we need to gently screen attendees. In order to attend, you must be recommended by an existing participant, or have spoken to Wlater or Lee in person or on the phone. Please contact Walter or Lee initially by email at, respectively, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for attending. We do have a “Dana Basket” for donations to cover our expenses, but there is no recommended donation or any pressure to donate.