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Knapsack is multiracial/cross-class group of folks dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation, we engage in a variety of group discussions to build community and awareness, and take action to disrupt the systems of racism in the U.S. and beyond. We support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. Before the pandemic, we regularly met at Common Street for Racial Justice Dialogues (RJD) on the first Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm. We still meet then, but now on Zoom. See those, and all of our meetings on Knapsack's Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/events/ Join us in Knapsack meetings (all on Zoom for now): weekly: - Overwhelmed as an Activist doing Anti-Racism Work? - Act 4 Change Taking Actions Together monthly: - book discussions - Act 4 Change Support Group - Facilitation Training/Support - EJI Chronology...a racial (in)justice history activity - Crafting Together for Racial Justice - Writing Out, Speaking Up - Talking to Kids About Race and Racism - Debrief on Knapsack Meetings - Disrupting White Supremacy Culture (discussing one of these: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/white-supremacy-culture-characteristics.html) - Knapsack 101 (discussing one section of our Group Culture: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/messages/boards/thread/52930676/0/#[masked]) See all upcoming meetings on our Meetup page (https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/events) , and please RSVP there if you can attend. More options are regularly added. We have a lot to learn, and we do it better together. All are welcome. “Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” by Angel Kyodo Williams NOTE: This post/announcement is just a way to share this info weekly with this meetup group. It is NOT a specific meeting. Go to Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group (https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/events/) to see all of our ongoing meetings with different dates and times. Join us and RSVP on the specific meeting you want to attend, thanks!
The Sunday Circle at Common Street Spiritual Center is a time for meditation, song, prayer, reflection, spiritual growth and community building. People of all spiritual paths are welcome in our circle! Every week we include a time for each person to reflect and, if they choose, share their insights and questions with each other. Want to know more? Please feel free to ask! Children's Circle: During the Sunday Circle, we have "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 after we gather as a community the children head upstairs to their classrooms (or sometimes outside) with our teachers.
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
Mindfulness is a practice of experiencing the present moment without judgment. We gather weekly for mindfulness meditation and group reflection, through which we are each cultivating a personal mindfulness practice that extends throughout our lives. For many of us, mindfulness is a healing and life-changing practice. We welcome you to join us in this supportive community. We meet weekly but you're welcome to come as often as you like. Please join us remotely through the following link during COVID 19 https://zoom.us/j/156257144