What we're about

Free meditation/chanting from genuine Buddhist Monks from S.E. Asia (Burma/Myanmar) who were refugee's granted political asylum, and are now living here in Akron. Perhaps locals may be interested in learning centuries old techniques in the Theravada Tradition, the identical way the teachings have been handed down directly from teacher to student for 1,000's of years (this is the most early, simplest and purest form, all other sects came later, i.e.; Tibetan, Zen, etc.) I've found that a lot of the area's spiritual aspirants, to those merely curious--don't know there is a Buddhist Monastery around town or that the Monks are here for all sentient beings as well. If you want the real thing, then this is for you. The photos tell a story as to what goes on here, when viewing photo albums, please click on the right arrow key as the slideshow does not show the captions.

We will meet once or twice a week. No prior experience is necessary. Newcomers can come a little early to learn how, it's easy. You'll find the Monks are very compassionate, easy to approach, warm and open. They love sharing their knowledge of Buddhism and growth along the spiritual path more than anything! There are lotsa positive health benefits concerning meditation listed on the web. Even the Dalai Lama still "practices" meditation! This is a wonderful opportunity for N.E. Ohioans to be able to participate in the authentic path leading to great insight, wisdom and enlightenment. "The journey of a 1,000 miles begins right under one's two feet"

Upcoming events (5+)

SUNDAY Theravada meditation practice session, instruction, DHARMA TALK with Monk

Akron Mon Buddhist Temple & Monastery

Open to anyone of interest in practicing meditation with at least one Monk, maybe more. As has been done the very same for thousands of years. Adults only please. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. with a meet and greet with the Monks for those who wish to come early and get acquainted--with them and the Temple. I will give formal introduction to Monks and instruction on proper way to enter Temple when you arrive, like how to kowtow--as done in all Temples in Burma, Laos, Thailand, etc. Also worthy of mention, it is not appropriate for women to give welcoming/farewell hugs or even handshakes, as the Monks have taken a vow to not touch women (along with hundreds of other vows) If you come early when doors open, you may favor listing to Dharma talks after a few people arrive before we officially start at 8:00. A brief introduction to meditation by a senior Monk will be given at 8:15, or so and a 1/2 hour of meditation begins afterwards. I wouldn't recommend strong fragrances or wearing fancy dress clothes, or work clothes either. Cleanliness and comfort are paramount, like going to any church social gathering. Shoes are to be removed once entering the building. Please silence your cell phones also. Restrooms are in the basement at the bottom of the steps. Merely find a comfortable position sitting on the floor, somewhere in front the Shrine. We sit on the floor in a lotus position facing front toward the shrine. You are welcome to bring a soft padded cushion if you want to sit on. Please refrain from leaning on objects against the wall. The upholstered chairs are not for lay peoples use and are reserved for Monks only please (unless you have a handicap or medical condition, then it's okay) Please note; It is considered disrespectful to point your feet toward the shrine, feel free to stretch anytime, but let your feet point toward the side or back walls, okay. During practice, please keep movement/noise to a minimum as to not distract others. This is about being still and quiet time. Their tradition (and in Asia) is that anyone can earn merit by a simple gift of a bokay, or a small offering of fruit, or bottled water. Donations of cash is also accepted (place in a white envelope) but it is not necessary and no disgrace to just come as you are, even empty handed. Please place your offering at the feet of any Monk when being introduced--while making a bowing gesture. If uncomfortable, the doors are always open just as wide to go out, as they were to come in. Once the bell rings to conclude practice, you needn't worry about jumping up and leaving right away, you may continue your practice for a few minutes or simply stretch or say hello, chat with your neighbor. If any questions arise afterwards, we will allow an extra fifteen minutes after meditation is finished to discuss meditation practice, the Dharma (the teachings) and/or the Sangha (the community) etc. There is plenty of parking, we're willing to escort anyone to your vehicles. Please RSVP, you may bring spouse or 1 guest--but only if you are there as an escort. Also, if you are late, come back another day. Please do not interrupt our session and be considerate of other peoples meditation practice without unnecessary distractions. There is such a thing as proper Temple etiquette. Thank you! If you would like more information about Theravada Buddhism, the Monks or Burma there is much info on the web. Ajahn Brahm on youtube covers basics and many topics. There's also a few interesting documentaries concerning the revolutions, why the Monks came to America. There is good reason why they have fled their homeland and it is not a pretty picture. Please feel free to contact me for private visits, home blessings, daily meditation practice during others days of the week, etc. Or, if you are interested in working on deepening your study in the Theravada Tradition and/or mediation practice sessions, provided you have been to a few Meetups in the past.

TUESDAY DHARMA STUDY followed by 1/2 hour chanting & 1/2 hour meditation w/Monks

Akron Mon Buddhist Temple & Monastery

Starting at 7:30 p.m. Open to anyone of interest in learning meditation and deepening your study of the Theravada tradition of Buddhism (Theravada is the earliest and most purest--simplest form or sect) for an hour or so--over coffee or tea. We will meet in the basement. But first, we will say hello to any Monks present and I will show new members how to enter properly and kowtow, same as done as all Temples in Asia. Then ask if you would like a Hajumm (enchanted bracelet from a Monk) if you'd like. Our study will focus on Dharma (the teachings) and will be whatever the group finds of mutual beneficial interest or we can follow a progressive itinerary. I will lead this class, plus we can also expect guest Monks to drop in at times. From meditation instruction and basic concepts of Buddhism, to the history, fundamentals and precepts. Always welcoming new aspirants, wanting to hear your ideas, and better plan to offer a more "in-depth" comprehensive look at our basic practice techniques, to facing challenges. Really, there is so much ancient wisdom that Buddhism affords us on our path of liberation and enlightenment to discover. All in a relaxed friendly open atmosphere. Please raise your hand if you'd like to comment or have a question. You must RSVP to attend--to protect the best interest of the Monks, the Temple and lay community, known as the Sangha. Then afterwards, beginning at 9:00 we'll be "sitting in" while many Monks chant in unison for 1/2 hour, then as soon as they finish chanting, we'll be joining them in a meditation session for another 1/2 hour immediately following. The Monks always sit up on the elevated shrine area, we sit below them on the lower floor. Feel free to bring a cushion, you can relax, move around a little, and get comfortable while the Monks chant--or sit meditation and merely enjoy the "vibes" during this time. Please assume a meditative position once chanting has concluded. This is ancient traditional practice in all of Asia--for evening get togethers between the Monks and the lay community as the day winds down toward sunset. Often there are longtime Sangha members present. Your welcome to come early for the Dharma study session or come later at a little before 9:00 for the chant and meditation, but it's recommended to do both. I wouldn't recommend strong fragrances or wearing fancy dress clothes, tank tops, tight fitting items or work clothes either. Cleanliness and comfort are paramount, like going to any church social gathering. Shoes are to be removed once entering the building. Please silence your cell phones also. Restrooms are at the bottom of the stairs. There is always plenty of bottled water around if your thirsty. Adults only please. In Buddhists culture, the tradition is that anyone can earn merit by a simple gift of flowers or fresh fruit. Donations of cash is also accepted (place in a white envelope) but it is not necessary and no disgrace to just come as you are, even empty handed. Place your offering at the feet of any Monk after entering while making a bowing gesture. If uncomfortable, the doors are always open just as wide to go out, as they were to come in. Once the bell rings to conclude practice at 9:00, you needn't worry about jumping up and leaving right away, you may continue for a few minutes, simply stretch, chat with your neighbor or a Monk. If any questions arise afterwards, we'll allow fifteen minutes after meditation is over for open discussion. Then bid farewell, as Monks have their own routines. So we need to respect their space and quiet time--not carry on when it's time for us to go. There's plenty of parking, we're willing to escort anyone to your vehicles. Do not interrupt our sessions if you are late, come back another day. There is such a thing as proper Temple etiquette. Your to be commended for having the courage to come this far, taking the next step is definitely in your best interest. The journey of a thousand miles begins under ones own feet.

SUNDAY Theravada meditation practice session, instruction, DHARMA TALK with Monk

Akron Mon Buddhist Temple & Monastery

Open to anyone of interest in practicing meditation with at least one Monk, maybe more. As has been done the very same for thousands of years. Adults only please. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. with a meet and greet with the Monks for those who wish to come early and get acquainted--with them and the Temple. I will give formal introduction to Monks and instruction on proper way to enter Temple when you arrive, like how to kowtow--as done in all Temples in Burma, Laos, Thailand, etc. Also worthy of mention, it is not appropriate for women to give welcoming/farewell hugs or even handshakes, as the Monks have taken a vow to not touch women (along with hundreds of other vows) If you come early when doors open, you may favor listing to Dharma talks after a few people arrive before we officially start at 8:00. A brief introduction to meditation by a senior Monk will be given at 8:15, or so and a 1/2 hour of meditation begins afterwards. I wouldn't recommend strong fragrances or wearing fancy dress clothes, or work clothes either. Cleanliness and comfort are paramount, like going to any church social gathering. Shoes are to be removed once entering the building. Please silence your cell phones also. Restrooms are in the basement at the bottom of the steps. Merely find a comfortable position sitting on the floor, somewhere in front the Shrine. We sit on the floor in a lotus position facing front toward the shrine. You are welcome to bring a soft padded cushion if you want to sit on. Please refrain from leaning on objects against the wall. The upholstered chairs are not for lay peoples use and are reserved for Monks only please (unless you have a handicap or medical condition, then it's okay) Please note; It is considered disrespectful to point your feet toward the shrine, feel free to stretch anytime, but let your feet point toward the side or back walls, okay. During practice, please keep movement/noise to a minimum as to not distract others. This is about being still and quiet time. Their tradition (and in Asia) is that anyone can earn merit by a simple gift of a bokay, or a small offering of fruit, or bottled water. Donations of cash is also accepted (place in a white envelope) but it is not necessary and no disgrace to just come as you are, even empty handed. Please place your offering at the feet of any Monk when being introduced--while making a bowing gesture. If uncomfortable, the doors are always open just as wide to go out, as they were to come in. Once the bell rings to conclude practice, you needn't worry about jumping up and leaving right away, you may continue your practice for a few minutes or simply stretch or say hello, chat with your neighbor. If any questions arise afterwards, we will allow an extra fifteen minutes after meditation is finished to discuss meditation practice, the Dharma (the teachings) and/or the Sangha (the community) etc. There is plenty of parking, we're willing to escort anyone to your vehicles. Please RSVP, you may bring spouse and up to 2 high school age children and/or 1 guest--but only if you are there as an escort. Also, if you are late, come back another day. Please do not interrupt our session and be considerate of other peoples meditation practice without unnecessary distractions. There is such a thing as proper Temple etiquette. Thank you! If you would like more information about Theravada Buddhism, the Monks or Burma there is much info on the web. Ajahn Brahm on youtube covers basics and many topics. There's also a few interesting documentaries concerning the revolutions, why the Monks came to America. There is good reason why they have fled their homeland and it is not a pretty picture. Please feel free to contact me for private visits, home blessings, daily meditation practice during others days of the week, etc. Or, if you are interested in working on deepening your study in the Theravada Tradition and/or mediation practice sessions, provided you have been to a few Meetups in the past.

TUESDAY DHARMA STUDY followed by 1/2 hour chanting & 1/2 hour meditation w/Monks

Akron Mon Buddhist Temple & Monastery

Starting at 7:30 p.m. Open to anyone of interest in learning meditation and deepening your study of the Theravada tradition of Buddhism (Theravada is the earliest and most purest--simplest form or sect) for an hour or so--over coffee or tea. We will meet in the basement. But first, we will say hello to any Monks present and I will show new members how to enter properly and kowtow, same as done as all Temples in Asia. Then ask if you would like a Hajumm (enchanted bracelet from a Monk) if you'd like. Our study will focus on Dharma (the teachings) and will be whatever the group finds of mutual beneficial interest or we can follow a progressive itinerary. I will lead this class, plus we can also expect guest Monks to drop in at times. From meditation instruction and basic concepts of Buddhism, to the history, fundamentals and precepts. Always welcoming new aspirants, wanting to hear your ideas, and better plan to offer a more "in-depth" comprehensive look at our basic practice techniques, to facing challenges. Really, there is so much ancient wisdom that Buddhism affords us on our path of liberation and enlightenment to discover. All in a relaxed friendly open atmosphere. Please raise your hand if you'd like to comment or have a question. You must RSVP to attend--to protect the best interest of the Monks, the Temple and lay community, known as the Sangha. Then afterwards, beginning at 9:00 we'll be "sitting in" while many Monks chant in unison for 1/2 hour, then as soon as they finish chanting, we'll be joining them in a meditation session for another 1/2 hour immediately following. The Monks always sit up on the elevated shrine area, we sit below them on the lower floor. Feel free to bring a cushion, you can relax, move around a little, and get comfortable while the Monks chant--or sit meditation and merely enjoy the "vibes" during this time. Please assume a meditative position once chanting has concluded. This is ancient traditional practice in all of Asia--for evening get togethers between the Monks and the lay community as the day winds down toward sunset. Often there are longtime Sangha members present. Your welcome to come early for the Dharma study session or come later at a little before 9:00 for the chant and meditation, but it's recommended to do both. I wouldn't recommend strong fragrances or wearing fancy dress clothes, tank tops, tight fitting items or work clothes either. Cleanliness and comfort are paramount, like going to any church social gathering. Shoes are to be removed once entering the building. Please silence your cell phones also. Restrooms are at the bottom of the stairs. There is always plenty of bottled water around if your thirsty. Adults only please. In Buddhists culture, the tradition is that anyone can earn merit by a simple gift of flowers or fresh fruit. Donations of cash is also accepted (place in a white envelope) but it is not necessary and no disgrace to just come as you are, even empty handed. Place your offering at the feet of any Monk after entering while making a bowing gesture. If uncomfortable, the doors are always open just as wide to go out, as they were to come in. Once the bell rings to conclude practice at 9:00, you needn't worry about jumping up and leaving right away, you may continue for a few minutes, simply stretch, chat with your neighbor or a Monk. If any questions arise afterwards, we'll allow fifteen minutes after meditation is over for open discussion. Then bid farewell, as Monks have their own routines. So we need to respect their space and quiet time--not carry on when it's time for us to go. There's plenty of parking, we're willing to escort anyone to your vehicles. Do not interrupt our sessions if you are late, come back another day. There is such a thing as proper Temple etiquette. Your to be commended for having the courage to come this far, taking the next step is definitely in your best interest. The journey of a thousand miles begins under ones own feet.

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