What we're about

Hi, welcome to our Meetup!

We are a not-for-profit organization, with the purpose of practicing meditation, and studying and discussing Buddhist teachings from diverse Buddhist traditions, in order to cultivate compassion, wisdom, a peaceful mind, and ethical living for the benefit of all individuals and communities.

We are a diverse group of practitioners and we welcome people from all walks of life to join us - of any religion or no religion, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, country of origin, socio-economic status, or practice experience from complete beginners to long-time meditators. Together, we benefit from learning from and with each other, and that learning experience is so much richer among diversity.

So, whether you are just curious about meditation or Buddhism, or if you are looking for a group of kindred spirit to practice, study and socialize together on a regular basis, you are most welcome to check us out.

While we use Chan/Zen ("Chan" is Chinese for "Zen") etiquette & approach during meditation - because that's what the current main facilitators are familiar with - we bring in teachings from all authentic Buddhist traditions during discussions to create a rich, diverse & open learning environment.

In addition to weekly gatherings, we also occasionally hold other special events as opportunities arise.

There is no cost to attend. However, donations in any amount would be very helpful and appreciated, to support our continual operation, so that we may sustain and grow - such as to cover our monthly rent, Meetup subscription fee, special events' costs, etc..

None of us receives any remuneration for our time and efforts - we do this simply out of a wish to benefit more people, as a way to pay forward what we ourselves have benefited, and for a chance to practice with fellow meditators.

Please join us - we would love to meet you!

Upcoming events (5+)

Meditation, Open Q&A & Snack Social

The Philip Nearing School of Wing Chun

On the 4th Saturday of each month, we have meditation, open Q&A and snack social. During casual Q&A, the floor is open for anyone to ask questions or share what they think would be helpful to others, related to meditation, daily practice, Dharma, Buddhism, etc. An opportunity for us to support each other in this Sangha (practice community). Meant to be a relaxed session, we will also get to know each other a bit more over some tasty vegan/vegetarian snacks! 6:15 PM: Door Opens - meditation instructions provided if needed 6:30 PM ~ 6:40 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind ~6:45 PM: Sitting Meditation ~7:20 PM: Open Q&A + Snack Social ~8:30 PM: Adjourn You may attend any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome at-the-door to support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and please note that shoes are not allowed on the meditation mat. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

Meditation + Dharma Discussion

The Philip Nearing School of Wing Chun

On the 1st and 2nd Saturdays of each month, we do some Dharma learning and discussion following meditation, with this schedule: 6:15 PM: Door Opens* - meditation instructions provided if needed 6:30 PM ~ 6:40 PM : Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind ~6:45 PM: Sitting Meditation ~7:20 PM: Dharma Learning & Discussion ~8:30 PM: Adjourn You may attend any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome at-the-door to support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and please note that shoes are not allowed on the meditation mat. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

Meditation + Dharma Discussion

The Philip Nearing School of Wing Chun

On the 1st and 2nd Saturdays of each month, we do some Dharma learning and discussion following meditation, with this schedule: 6:15 PM: Door Opens* - meditation instructions provided if needed 6:30 PM ~ 6:40 PM : Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind ~6:45 PM: Sitting Meditation ~7:20 PM: Dharma Learning & Discussion ~8:30 PM: Adjourn You may attend any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome at-the-door to support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and please note that shoes are not allowed on the meditation mat. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

Meditation Mini-Retreat

The Philip Nearing School of Wing Chun

On the 3rd Saturdays of each month, we do a mini-retreat with this schedule: 6:15 PM: Door Opens - meditation instructions provided as needed 6:30 PM ~ 6:50 PM: Slow Moving Meditation - to help settle our body & mind ~6:50 PM: Sitting Meditation ~7:20 PM: Walking Meditation (you may choose to continue sitting if you wish) ~7:40 PM: Sitting Meditation ~8:05 PM: Self-Massage ~8:15 PM: Adjourn You may attend any or all segments of the evening. Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome at-the-door to support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and please note that shoes are not allowed on the meditation mat. We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs - see calendar for details.

Past events (173)

Meditation Mini-Retreat

The Philip Nearing School of Wing Chun

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