Through Insight Meditation we learn to clearly see the truth of our experience and to free ourselves from old patterns of reactivity and suffering. Mindfulness is the basic practice of Insight Meditation. With systematic instructions in both sitting and walking meditation, the emphasis will be on establishing mindfulness in both stillness and movement in order to deepen and sustain awareness in daily life. Participants will practice Noble Silence, limiting speaking to only what is necessary. There will be times for questions and discussion, as well as dharma talks, as a way to support your understanding of the practice. This is an excellent opportunity for those new to meditation and also ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to deepen their meditation.
Carla Brennan M.Ed., is a Vipassana teacher at Bloom of Present Insight Meditation Sangha of Santa Cruz & San Lorenzo Valley that has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1975 in the Zen, Vipassana, and Tibetan traditions. Her many teachers include Zen Master Sueng Sahn, Jack Kornfield, and Lama Surya Das. Carla is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center visiting teacher. She is a former psychotherapist. Carla is also an artist and craftsperson; she creates pastel paintings, photographs and makes beaded jewelry. If you are interested in seeing her creative work go to: www.stonesandbones.etsy.com or www.artists.com.
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The New Orleans Vegetarian Meetup group will meet at least once a month to enjoy a vegetarian meal either at a restaurant, an outdoor venue, or a member's home. The group will promote the health and ethical benefits of a vegetarian life-style and host an annual New Orleans Veggie Fest.