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Welcome Meditators of All Schools & Experience Levels!

The purpose of this group, as the Buddha said, is to seek out "wise and beneficial friends" who support us and our Meditation practice. We are a group of beginning and advanced meditators, extending an open invitation to anyone seeking to develop a meditation practice that is an integral part of a caring/care-full relationship to oneself and the world.

All teachers agree: The key to a successful meditation practice is regular practice. The development of Wisdom through regular meditation practice can lead to a decrease of "suffering" as well as an increase in Inner Peace and Compassion for oneself and others. This group is open to people who realize the benefits of meditating together and want to make a dedicated effort to sustain a once-weekly sitting meditation (with instruction, as needed). Most weeks, a reading with brief discussion and mingling follows.

This group is open to all schools of thought, meditation formats and experience levels. People of any religious tradition—Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, agnostic or without label for their spirituality—are welcome. People of all ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation and country of origin are welcome! We strive to lead lives guided by ethical commitments as set forth by the eightfold path articulated in Buddhist tradition while recognizing our unity with those from all the great spiritual traditions of the World.

We are a peer-lead group with facilitation of the evenings rotating between six group members. We are fellow practitioners and accept no remuneration for our time. Our benefit is the opportunity to practice with others on the path!

Please join us! You are most welcome.

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Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 10/25 - Holy Trinity, Chicago

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

WE WILL RESUME OUR PRE-LOCKDOWN START TIME OF 7:15PM AT HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1218 ADDISON, CHICAGO.

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. It may be helpful in advance to know we will sit for an extended period in silence, so you'll need to be accustomed to that.

THIS MEETING WILL BE LIVE AT HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1218 ADDISON, CHICAGO. ENTER AT THE DOOR ON MAGNOLIA STREET (NOT AT THE FRONT DOOR). Note that neighborhood permit parking is required on all side streets. If you are driving, you'll want to park at a meter on Southport or acquire a 383 parking permit at the meditation site and return it to your car. There is limited parking behind Missio Dei Chicago, also by permit acquired at the meditation site. Parking permit costs are $1.

THIS INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19 OR CAN PRODUCE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT VALID FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 4.

We will begin with brief introductions, a sitting session, a standing or walking session, another sit and time for reflection/discussion/social interaction.

A NOTE ABOUT COVID SAFETY: This invitation is extended to all who have been fully vaccinated. We will be required to wear masks as mandated by the City of Chicago for indoor gatherings. If you do not wish to enjoy a hug or a handshake, there is no judgement, but please do make that known to those whom you encounter. Each person is responsible first for themselves and then to those whom you will sit with.

There is a free will donation of $1 to help cover the cost of room rental.

Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 11/1 - Holy Trinity, Chicago

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

WE WILL RESUME OUR PRE-LOCKDOWN START TIME OF 7:15PM AT HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1218 ADDISON, CHICAGO.

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. It may be helpful in advance to know we will sit for an extended period in silence, so you'll need to be accustomed to that.

THIS MEETING WILL BE LIVE AT HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1218 ADDISON, CHICAGO. ENTER AT THE DOOR ON MAGNOLIA STREET (NOT AT THE FRONT DOOR). Note that neighborhood permit parking is required on all side streets. If you are driving, you'll want to park at a meter on Southport or acquire a 383 parking permit at the meditation site and return it to your car. There is limited parking behind Missio Dei Chicago, also by permit acquired at the meditation site. Parking permit costs are $1.

THIS INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19 OR CAN PRODUCE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT VALID FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 4.

We will begin with brief introductions, a sitting session, a standing or walking session, another sit and time for reflection/discussion/social interaction.

A NOTE ABOUT COVID SAFETY: This invitation is extended to all who have been fully vaccinated. We will be required to wear masks as mandated by the City of Chicago for indoor gatherings. If you do not wish to enjoy a hug or a handshake, there is no judgement, but please do make that known to those whom you encounter. Each person is responsible first for themselves and then to those whom you will sit with.

There is a free will donation of $1 to help cover the cost of room rental.

Sangha Support Group Bi-weekly Zoom Meeting (Online or by phone)

***An ongoing offering from the Sister Sangha.

NEW DAY AND TIME!

We hope you are able to join us as we continue to offer a space for members of our Sangha to clear out any pinned up energy and gain support without any judgment, criticism or fixing. A safe space for internal exploration where all are considered equal.

As we move through this unprecedented period it is normal to experience intense and oscillating emotions. We are all fortunate to have the example of the Buddha, his teachings of mindfulness (Dhamma or Dharma) and the support of a Sangha (meditation community) to help us acknowledge, honor and regulate these emotions in order to remain peaceful and balanced, even under the most challenging of circumstances.

However this is by no means an easy or perfect practice. We are all unique and process things in different ways. Many folks have not come to practice yet or posses different beliefs than we do which may complicate our feelings about this period even further. That's where compassion, gentleness and Loving-kindness / friendliness come in. When we are able to open ourselves and connect with these beneficial qualities it becomes far easier to determine our own path towards the Middle Way.

Our Format:
We will begin with a short ten to fifteen minute meditation followed by a spiritual reading from a variety of traditions. Then we will communicate mindfully, practicing deep listening and Loving speech supporting one another as best we can. We will divide our time equally amongst all participants who wish to speak. It is not mandatory that you speak. You are welcome to simply join as a show of support. On occasion we may pause after an intense sharing to allow that energy to settle and if time permits before offering our goodbyes.

**Please note: our ending time is not a hard stop. Often times these sharing's can be deeply emotional and we feel that it's very important to allow an adequate amount of time and space for that to come forth.

We will practice the following six guidelines to the best of our abilities when participating:

1) Welcoming ourselves as we are
2) Mindful communication (Deep Listening and Loving Speech)
3) No judgment, criticism or fixing of others
4) Allow space (For your truth and the truth of others to flow together, side by side. Turn to wonder if you notice any internal struggle with that, "what must this be like for them?")
5) Respect silence (Silence is a rare gift in our busy world. Allow time after speaking for internal reflection)
6) Trust the Sangha (All voices are valued equally and together we will co-create a safe space in which all participants can respectfully share)

This meeting is virtual - You can join via phone or audio/video online

To Join Zoom Meeting via computer, tablet or smartphone app (preferred):
https://zoom.us/j/6678474673?pwd=K0twNnl0aThJL0toV2pFNnpjS241Zz09

Meeting ID:[masked]
Zoom now requires a password for added security.
Password for WEB or SMARTPHONE APP: peace

To join BY PHONE (audio only) :
One tap mobile -
[masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (Chicago)
[masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (New York)
**PHONE ONLY numeric password if prompted:[masked]

To join manually by PHONE (audio only) :
Dial one of the numbers below, then enter the meeting ID and password when prompted.

Dial by your location:
[masked] US (Chicago)
[masked] US (New York)
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad8Pi8gEDX

Meeting ID:[masked]
**PHONE ONLY numeric password:[masked]

Dial *6 to mute or unmute.

** If joining online, the numeric password will not work. Please enter the password "peace" lower case without quotes: peace

If you have any questions about this particular sitting or our meditation community in general, please feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to sitting in practice and sharing energy in the present moment with all who choose to attend.

With Metta, Mark and David

Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 11/8 - Holy Trinity, Chicago

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

WE WILL RESUME OUR PRE-LOCKDOWN START TIME OF 7:15PM AT HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1218 ADDISON, CHICAGO.

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. It may be helpful in advance to know we will sit for an extended period in silence, so you'll need to be accustomed to that.

THIS MEETING WILL BE LIVE AT HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1218 ADDISON, CHICAGO. ENTER AT THE DOOR ON MAGNOLIA STREET (NOT AT THE FRONT DOOR). Note that neighborhood permit parking is required on all side streets. If you are driving, you'll want to park at a meter on Southport or acquire a 383 parking permit at the meditation site and return it to your car. There is limited parking behind Missio Dei Chicago, also by permit acquired at the meditation site. Parking permit costs are $1.

THIS INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19 OR CAN PRODUCE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT VALID FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 4.

We will begin with brief introductions, a sitting session, a standing or walking session, another sit and time for reflection/discussion/social interaction.

A NOTE ABOUT COVID SAFETY: This invitation is extended to all who have been fully vaccinated. We will be required to wear masks as mandated by the City of Chicago for indoor gatherings. If you do not wish to enjoy a hug or a handshake, there is no judgement, but please do make that known to those whom you encounter. Each person is responsible first for themselves and then to those whom you will sit with.

There is a free will donation of $1 to help cover the cost of room rental.

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