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Our Sunday Circle is a time for gratitude, meditation, song, prayer, reflection, and community-building. All are welcome to simply come as they are and join our circle...where they will find an inviting space for centering, exploration, and connection with other people on their spiritual journeys. Our Sunday Circle is a time and place where people come together in a sacred way and where various threads in our community are woven together into a greater whole. Some Details: In our Sunday Circles themes of personal spirituality, social and environmental justice, openness, and love are often encountered in story, song, or through talks. First Sundays of the month we celebrate an interfaith communion that is open to all. On the Second Sundays our service tends to be more focused on meditation and contemplation. Oftentimes a member of the community will share parts of their spiritual journey on the Third or Fourth Sundays. Rev. Dr. Ian Mevorach, co-founder and minister, often gives talks on a Bible passage or a text from another faith tradition; we also invite guest presenters from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Every week we include a time for each person to reflect and, if they choose, share their own inner truth, insights, and questions with the rest of the circle. Carolyn Waters, our music and arts director, leads our community in song that is soulful, joyful, and meaningful, and also coordinates an array of outstanding musical and artistic guests from within and beyond our community. Want to know more? Please feel free to ask! Children's Circle: At the same time as our Sunday Circle, we have a children's program called "Children's Circle" for children ages 3 and up. Parents and caregivers simply bring their children with them, register if it is their first time, and then during the gathering song at the beginning of the service the children head upstairs to their classrooms with our teachers. Please visit our website for more information; http://www.commonstreet.org/childrens-circle. Teens are encouraged to participate in the Sunday Circle itself, though it also sometimes works for them to find roles as "helpers" for the Children's Circle.
The Buddhist Study & Meditation Group meets every Monday night from 6 - 7pm at the Common Street Spiritual Center in Natick. Please use the School Street entrance. If you go to the top floor, we are down the hall on the left, in the meditation room. Cushions and floor seats are provided (chairs are available). Over the course of the year this group will be moving through a sequence of seven meditation practices which represent the full range of meditation practices presented in Tibetan Buddhism. These practices correspond roughly to the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. They are designed to lead practitioners to complete inner freedom. But you don’t need to be a Buddhist to train in them. Anyone can benefit from these profound practices. And while each of the seven practice builds upon the previous one, you don’t need to have attended the group from the beginning to join. You are welcome to drop in at any point, regardless of your level of experience with meditation. We will spend about a month or two on each of the seven practices, moving from the most basic practice to the highest form of meditation, known as “nonconceptual meditation.” Our weekly meetings will consist of a 20 minute meditation followed by a short discussion of the particular practice we are on. For a meditation manual, we will be using, “The Relaxed Mind“ by Dza Kilung Rinpoche to guide us. Photocopied handouts of the chapter we are on will be available at each meeting, so no need to buy the book, unless you want to, of course. photo credit: www.enjoythemomentrituals.com/the-history-of-laughing-buddha
Gather in the lobby of the Spiritual Center for a dialogue group based on The Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. Some members of the group have background in A Course in Miracles while others may be new to the perspective of living life from a perspective of love rather than fear. All are welcome!