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Taoist meditation: Mindfulness while NOT sitting

  • Mar 10, 2013 · 3:15 PM
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Many of us raised with or even tangentially exposed to Christian and Buddhist concepts of prayer and meditation would have you believe that contemplation only occurs with eyes closed, sitting or kneeling in place.  Yoga, Native American ritual, and some schools of Buddhism developed the idea of a moving meditation, but the movements are usually choreographed and improvisation is discouraged.

Taoism, of course, has some schools that copied Buddhism and have rituals with prostrations and/or silent, sitting meditation, but the philosophical school of Taoism eschews ritual and attempts to bring mindfulness to everyday actions, like grocery shopping, riding the subway, waiting at a crosswalk, paying bills, or just looking up at the moon.  Philosophical Taoists look at each of these ordinary events as an opportunity to meditate.  The first two I developed were a dishwashing meditation and a red-light meditation, and Thich Nhat Hahn taught a phone-answering meditation I have yet to master.

So in this 90 minutes, we will discuss how to make everyday actions into meditations.  Questions are welcomed, and you may wear whatever clothing you prefer.  This is a repeat of the event from February 24.

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  • Mark S.

    After the surprise of 20 people not showing up, we had a great session with some great insights.

    3 · March 10, 2013

    • Kam

      Selfishly speaking ? SO Great!

      March 11, 2013

  • Kam

    really you guys? 30 RSVP yes, a waiting list, and it's a group of five of us? Mark was really good, you missed a good thing; I hope you're more responsible in the future!

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Jeff

    Mark is a fantastic organizer, and since I went to the first session last month, I thought I should give someone on the waiting list a chance to attend and benefit from his insights and expertise in this area

    March 9, 2013

  • Mark S.

    It looks like demand for this material is pretty high. Would folks be open to paying a bit to allow for a bigger rented venue? Any suggestions of lecture halls or theaters or rehearsal spaces that are inexpensive would help.

    February 18, 2013

    • Henry W.

      You have already scheduled a second session as this is a new event- it is overflowing but a larger group would be less intimate. I would say do it twice or 3X that should be right.

      February 18, 2013

    • Mark S.

      I'm not sure intimacy is required. Are you?

      February 20, 2013

  • susie k.

    not certain if guest can come or not

    January 28, 2013

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