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Wednesdays with Tara Brach-Vipassana meditation guided meditation & dharma talk
The Wednesday night meditation class in Bethesda began in 1998 as a small group gathered around Tara Brach in the Fireside Room of River Road Unitarian Church. Since then IMCW's flagship class has grown to a class of about[masked] meeting weekly in the main sanctuary of the church. Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering. This class includes 1/2 hour of Vipassana meditation instruction and guided meditation followed by an hour-long dharma talk. This is a large gathering of approximately[masked] people. Beginners through advanced students are all welcome. There is no registration, but dana (donation) of about $10-15 is suggested to help us cover our expenses, and is gratefully received. Learn more about the Buddhist tradition of dana here. Find IMCW's weekly class calendar here. Orientation: Every Wednesday night before class, 7-7:30 p.m. Intro to Meditation: 1rst Wednesday of each month, 6:30-7:25 p.m. Discussion Group: Every Wednesday after class: 9:10-9:45 p.m. Calendar for more information and guest speakers each Wednesday: https://imcw.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/3445/e/drop-in-class-3-oct-2018 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting: Once/month upon request. (Email IMCW with requests.) I am attending some of these events- not hosting

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What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in accessing Buddhist Teaching offerings in Maryland and around the world. All skill levels and practitioners from any school are welcomed.
I started this group to share where other local Buddhist practitioners including myself meditate, practice, listen to teachings and can access resources, groups and teachers. I will share where I will be practicing and invite others to join me there. Looking forward to exploring the practice with everybody.

The aim of this group is to make Buddhist teachings more accessible, provide
support and encouragement to people who are new to Buddhism. The group is also open to anyone who would like to contribute.

The purpose of this group can be described in three beautiful Sanskrit words. 1) “Simran”derived from the word Smaran meaning Remembrance. Also translates to ‘Meditation’ – The verb Simar, which is derived from Simran means meditating. 2) “Satsang”means "gathering together for the truth" or, more simply, "being with the truth." Truth is what is real, what exists. 3) “Seva” means a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it. See link below to a youtube video (40mins mark) of dialogue between Deepak Chopra and Andrew Cohen, where they discuss the relevance of these words to our lives today.

Buddhism sees life as a process of constant change, and its practices aim to take advantage of this fact. It means that one can change for the better, which ultimately leads to happiness. The decisive factor in changing oneself is the mind. Buddhism has developed many methods for working on the mind. Most importantly, Buddhists practice meditation, which is a way of developing more positive states of mind that are characterised by calm, concentration, awareness, and emotions such as friendliness. Using the awareness developed in meditation, it is possible to have a fuller understanding of oneself, other people, and of life itself. Buddhists do not seek ‘evangelise’ or coerce other people to adopt their religion, but they do seek to make its teachings available to whoever is interested, and people are free to take.

A Five Minute Introduction to Buddhism: http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm

Basic Buddhist Teaching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Q1lrxQlMU

The Positive Effects of Meditation/Mindfulness. Summarising the scientific evidence:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/what-is-meditation-mindfulness-good-for/

How does Buddhism mesh with modern science? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIRmpQbebQk

Interview with Australian Buddhist nun, Robina Courtin:
http ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kr7F8AV26Y )://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kr7F8AV26Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kr7F8AV26Y)( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHGPypXyDUc )

Buddhism and Sects by Ajahn Brahm:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owq_ougaikU

Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ9UtuWfs3U

Norman Fischer, Jack Kornfield and Sylvia Wetzel at the Garrison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHGPypXyDUc

Joseph Goldstein - Buddhism The essential points:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgkBnMu_cdM

The Most Powerful Video on Spirituality and Happiness - Rare Eckhart Tolle Teaching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KopmSpe33Eg

Loving Awareness: A Conversation with Jack Kornfield & Eckhart Tolle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GAgj_xjZvY

Herbie Hancock: Buddhism and Creativity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSFMkJQKigk

Noah Levine on Buddhism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjhce63L0N4

Buddhist in America- Ryan Hayashi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej7vJasvLwg

Nueroscience Symposium - University of Zurich - with the Dalai Lama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay82wmkvFtg&list=PLD653677C00E2D1D7

Four Noble Truths: Buddha's Psychlogy of Freedom :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJvB9xKfX1U

Buddhist Teachings: The Noble Eightfold Path :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPk-pxhyYeg

Andrew Cohen & Deepak Chopra in New York City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-COAvUh6QJ4

Gather to discuss and explore Buddhist teachings, meditation, retreats and
make new friends. The intention is for this group to be a collective community and ideas or events are welcomed.

It is our intention to keep the cost of events to a minimum. i.e. this is not a group set up to generate funds. The cost of any organised events will be shared between attendees; however we will try to keep these costs to a minimum.

If any members have ideas or events they would like us to organise then please contact me.

Our Purpose-To provide the opportunity for people to develop wisdom and compassion.

Our Vision -To create a welcoming community in order to inspire active wisdom and compassion.

Our Values - Generosity, Refraining from causing harm to oneself and others, Patience, Tolerance, Forbearance, Acceptance, Endurance, Diligence, Find joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome, Enlightened quality of concentration and Enlightened quality of wisdom-awareness.

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