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Tower Meditation Sangha Pages

The Tower Meditation Sangha

Background and Practice Essentials

The Tower Meditation Sangha is a community of people who are committed to learning about and practicing Buddhist mindfulness meditation. The Sangha takes its name from its weekly meeting place, Fresno’s Tower District, an area where Fresno’s diverse peoples and cultures come together. In keeping with the Tower District’s vibrant diversity, we welcome everyone regardless of tradition or experience.

The Sangha’s mission is to bring people together to meditate, reflect in a group setting on their meditation experiences, and to discuss Buddhist teachings. Practicing together regularly strengthens both individuals and the community: our vision is to support one another as we develop wisdom and loving-kindness and create peace in our hearts and the world.

The Sangha meets weekly on Monday nights year-round. Typically, the group sits in meditation for half an hour, does walking meditation for 15 minutes, and then discusses Buddhist teachings or the nuances of meditation practice. The session ends with a healing circle that builds the habit of goodwill (metta) toward all beings. The first Monday of each month is devoted to a silent practice of two sitting-meditation and two walking-meditation periods.

The essential practice of the group is breath meditation with a focus on mindful attention to the body, the quality of physical sensations that arise in the body, and the mind-states and thought patterns that occur. Our practice is informed mainly by two Buddhist traditions: Zen and Vipassana/Insight. These two traditions both focus on how regular meditation practice can help practitioners be more mindful and awake, more alive in the present moment, and more proactive in reducing suffering for ourselves and for the world.

The Sangha has a monthly Dharma Discussion Group for dedicated practitioners, hosts two day-long retreats a year (one in the fall and one in the spring), and has recently begun a program for children.

The Sangha’s leader is Kenshin Karuna (Renee Potik), who has been a Buddhist practitioner in the Vietnamese Mahayana Zen tradition for the past 30 years and in the Vipassana/Insight tradition for the past 10. She has taken Sramenerika and Boddhisatva vows and has taught meditation classes for many years under the guidance of Rev. Shinzen Young and Venerable Rev. Karuna Dharma. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner interested in creating a healthier and more peaceful world.

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About Tower Meditation Sangha March 10, 2014 2:35 PM David L.

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