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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 - 3/25

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

$1.00

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. This group is great for people who have never meditated before and for those that have been meditating for years. The only prerequisite is a desire to meditate with others with a variety of experience levels in a supportive group setting. This group is open to all schools of thought and you are welcome regardless of your religious tradition—Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic. You are welcome if you have no label for your beliefs or do not wish to pursue anything other than a greater sense of peace, equanimity or physical health in your life. LOCATION: We meet at The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the second floor Passavant Room. Holy Trinity is conveniently located three blocks west of Chicago's Wrigley Field at 1218 West Addison Street. Please enter through the door on Magnolia Street. There are two doors; please use the door furthest north that says 3609 above it. SPECIAL NOTE: We must lock the door on Magnolia for security reasons after 7:25PM. If you arrive after that time, you will need to ring the doorbell and someone will come down to let you in. As a courtesy to our meditators, please try to arrive on time. PARKING: After 6:00 p.m. neighborhood permits (383) are needed. We have permits available thanks to meditators who live in the 383 neighborhood-parking zone. You can buy a permit for $1.00. We note when the Cubs play at home because parking is a bit more challenging on those evenings, but not impossible! PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Red Line Addison stop at Wrigley Field; walk west to the church. Brown Line Southport stop; walk north to Addison and east to the church. #9 Ashland/Addison bus stop; walk east to the church. #152 Addison/Racine bus stop is 1/4 block east and Addison/Lakewood stop is 1/2 block west of the church. #22 Clark/Addison bus stop is 2 blocks east of the church. FORMAT: • We begin the evening with a "centering" practice and a brief group introduction. • Next, the organizer goes over some brief instructions. • Then we begin two 15-minute meditation sessions. A bell will ring after the first 15-minutes and again at the end of 30-minutes. Usually, we do a 10-minute walking meditation which you can participate in as you are able. There will be a brief reading from a selected book and discussion until about 8:45. • The session typically lasts 90 minutes. SUGGESTED DONATION: The fee for each session is a $1 suggested donation to cover the meetup.com fee, parking permits and space costs. We are responsible to pay a generously reduced rent to Holy Trinity, our usual home for meditation. Please be mindful that heat, air conditioning, lights and janitorial services come with costs. When you can practice generosity for the gift we have been given, it is greatly appreciated.

Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 4/1

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

$1.00

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. This group is great for people who have never meditated before and for those that have been meditating for years. The only prerequisite is a desire to meditate with others with a variety of experience levels in a supportive group setting. This group is open to all schools of thought and you are welcome regardless of your religious tradition—Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic. You are welcome if you have no label for your beliefs or do not wish to pursue anything other than a greater sense of peace, equanimity or physical health in your life. LOCATION: We meet at The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the second floor Passavant Room. Holy Trinity is conveniently located three blocks west of Chicago's Wrigley Field at 1218 West Addison Street. Please enter through the door on Magnolia Street. There are two doors; please use the door furthest north that says 3609 above it. SPECIAL NOTE: We must lock the door on Magnolia for security reasons after 7:25PM. If you arrive after that time, you will need to ring the doorbell and someone will come down to let you in. As a courtesy to our meditators, please try to arrive on time. PARKING: After 6:00 p.m. neighborhood permits (383) are needed. We have permits available thanks to meditators who live in the 383 neighborhood-parking zone. You can buy a permit for $1.00. We note when the Cubs play at home because parking is a bit more challenging on those evenings, but not impossible! PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Red Line Addison stop at Wrigley Field; walk west to the church. Brown Line Southport stop; walk north to Addison and east to the church. #9 Ashland/Addison bus stop; walk east to the church. #152 Addison/Racine bus stop is 1/4 block east and Addison/Lakewood stop is 1/2 block west of the church. #22 Clark/Addison bus stop is 2 blocks east of the church. FORMAT: • We begin the evening with a "centering" practice and a brief group introduction. • Next, the organizer goes over some brief instructions. • Then we begin two 15-minute meditation sessions. A bell will ring after the first 15-minutes and again at the end of 30-minutes. Usually, we do a 10-minute walking meditation which you can participate in as you are able. There will be a brief reading from a selected book and discussion until about 8:45. • The session typically lasts 90 minutes. SUGGESTED DONATION: The fee for each session is a $1 suggested donation to cover the meetup.com fee, parking permits and space costs. We are responsible to pay a generously reduced rent to Holy Trinity, our usual home for meditation. Please be mindful that heat, air conditioning, lights and janitorial services come with costs. When you can practice generosity for the gift we have been given, it is greatly appreciated.

Breaking the Chains of the Past - Mindful Man - David Haskin and Hal Dessel

There is much in our past that we can recall fondly. However, without Mindfulness, parts of our past, such as how we were treated as children and the history of our families and communities, silently shape how we feel and automatically act in the present. Put differently, we often are unknowingly chained to our past in ways that cause us to suffer in the present. Please join us at the next Mindful Man overnight retreat in which we will explore how Mindfulness helps us shine the light of awareness both on the forces that shaped us and how those forces live on within us to this day. When we do that, can we begin to let go of the hurtful parts of the past that bind us. As always, we will explore our topic by practicing mindful meditation, movement and sharing in a caring, safe and supportive environment. This retreat is appropriate both for men who are new to Mindfulness and meditation and for experienced practitioners. Prices, food, lodging: Double rooms cost $140 per person and singles cost $175 for registrations received by March 6, 2019. Between March 7 and April 1, double rooms cost $150 and singles cost $185. Fees cover lodging, towels, bedding, the meeting room, and three vegetarian meals starting with Saturday dinner. All rooms have private baths. NOTE: If rooms at the retreat center are sold out, you can stay at a nearby motel and your retreat fees will be adjusted accordingly. Fees do NOT include compensation for the teachers. Following an ancient tradition, David and Hal offer these teachings freely and will gratefully accept dana, or a free-will offering, at the end of the retreat if you are able and if you find the teachings helpful. Times and dates: The retreat begins promptly at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Please arrive no later than 12:30 so you can get your room assignment and settle in before we begin. We will end our time together after lunch on Sunday, April 7. Comfort: Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If you use a meditation cushion or bench, please bring it. Chairs will be available for meditation. In addition, there will be free time to walk the beautiful grounds of the retreat center, so bring appropriate shoes or boots. Please note that much of this retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence. The facilitators: Hal Dessel, a meditator since 1964, is a psychotherapist in Milwaukee specializing in addictions and trauma recovery. Mindfulness and 12-Step spirituality are core to both his professional and personal life. David Haskin has practiced meditation since 1971 and is an ordained member of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's core practice community, the Order of Interbeing. He teaches Mindfulness widely, including to men's groups, prison inmates, and those in recovery. David and Hal are dear friends who have led retreats together for almost 30 years They are co-founders of Mindful Man. More information: Feel free to contact David ([masked]) with questions about the retreat or about the practice of Mindfulness. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.MINDFULMAN.ORG Registration flyers are available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15KrIf-vDx_pjW-VnByCpMzMzD4l03zJH/view?usp=sharing Please follow registration and payment procedure outlined there.

Peace is the Way - Eight Mindful Steps Toward Peace @ Techny Towers

Please note—you cannot RSVP for this event directly via this website on meetup. Click here for registration on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-is-the-way-eight-mindful-steps-toward-peace-tickets-52485420305 Be prepared to make your room selection, state your roommate preference (if you are selecting a double room), report your dietary restrictions, and make full payment with a debit or credit card. All are welcome to join in our first ever five day retreat co-sponsored by the Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group and the North Suburban Meditation Community. Sometimes we are at war with ourselves, sometimes we have conflicts with others and sometimes it feels like the world is tearing itself apart. In the face of conflict, we can feel angry, torn and disoriented we suffer. The Buddha gave us a clear path to peace in ourselves and the world: The Noble Eightfold Path. We hope you are able to attend our extended retreat as we explore this powerful path to peace. This meditation retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners, and, in keeping with tradition will be held in noble silence. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, teacher interviews, group discussion periods, guided Qigong practices, and mindful eating. Date, Time and Location: Wednesday, April 10, 3:00PM to Sunday, April 14 4:00PM. All sessions held at Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny, IL 60082 [masked]). **Please plan to arrive in time to be present for the opening session at 4PM. Parking: Techny Towers has a parking lot that will accommodate all residential and commuting participants at no cost. If you use a meditation cushion or bench, please bring it. Chairs will also be available for meditation. Presenters: David Haskin has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been a student of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1993. He was ordained into that teacher’s core practice community, the Order of Interbeing, in 2006. David has been particularly moved and motivated by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on engaging our practice of Mindfulness as we interact with others and with the world at large. He teaches Mindfulness widely, including to prison inmates, men’s groups, combat veterans and those in recovery from addictions. Janice Cittasubha Sheppard has been practicing meditation since 1995 and teaching meditation since 2002. She received training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader program and from the abbots of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery as a Lay Buddhist Minister in the Theravada Thai Forest lineage. She teaches introductory and continuing classes on meditation and leads a weekly meditation group for the Madison Insight Meditation Group. She leads Buddhist practice groups in Wisconsin prisons, and offers a year-long intensive program, Form and Freedom in Theravada Buddhism for individuals seeking deeper understanding of the Buddha’s discourses and meditation practice. Steven Spiro is an ordained Buddhist Chaplain in the American Zen Peacemaker Order with a concentration in Being With Dying. He’s been a Qigong teacher for twenty years, and is the originator of Breathing Earth Qigong, which he’s offered in a variety of retreat settings. He’s an artist, a grandfather, and a core member of SnowFlower, a Thich Nhat Hanh sangha in Madison, Wisconsin. Fees: • Single-occupancy room with private bath - $625 (early registration encouraged) • Double-occupancy room with semi-private bath - $575 (early registration encouraged) • Commuter (meals/retreat only) $295 (early registration encouraged) Fees cover dinner on Wednesday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, lodging, private or shared baths, towels and the meeting rooms. If you have dietary restrictions or roommate requests please make those known when you register on Eventbrite. **Special note: We have planned for vegetarian meals to be served both for lunch and dinner but, per Techny policy, breakfast is always served along with meat options to accommodate other retreats that may be present. We support that each retreatant's choice for their morning meal will be based on their own value system. Fees cover retreat costs but do NOT include compensation for the teacher. Following an ancient tradition, David, Jan and Steven offer these teachings freely and will gratefully accept dana, or a free-will offering, at the end of the retreat if you are able and if you find the teachings helpful. For more information feel free to contact either: Mark Zelkowitz, Organizer, North Suburban Meditation Community ([masked] or[masked]) OR, Stephen Starr, Organizer, Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group ([masked] or[masked]) A limited number of scholarships are available. If you are interested in obtaining one or contributing toward additional scholarships, please contact Mark or Steve. We would be honored by your presence.

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Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 3/18

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

$1.00

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