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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.

Upcoming events (5)

Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 8/10 - ONLINE

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE or by telephone via zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89213010006?pwd=ZG9wMFh0d1dZMzBLeWVRbHRjVWprZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,290221# US (Chicago) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,290221# US (Germantown) Dial by your location [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (Germantown) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (San Jose) Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdaAWwNNP When you click on the hyperlink in the email, a piece of software from zoom.us will be installed on your computer after you consent (if it is not already). This is a known source and is safe to install. I'll encourage you to turn your video camera on for an enhanced experience of "being with" other people, but it is optional. If you dial in on your cell phone, you'll be directed to key in the meeting ID number. You can join via voice after that. NOTE: THE ZOOM MEETING WILL BE LOCKED AT 7:15PM. We will follow our usual format with brief introductions, a sitting session, a standing or walking session, another sit and time for reflection/discussion. I'll encourage patience with the zoom technology. It is quite simple, but all things on computers can present issues depending on your level of familiarity. If something does not function properly, please stay and sit! You will know there is a group sitting with you in spirit. You can trouble shoot later. Please try to minimize any noise in the room where you are sitting during the meditation sessions. The host will mute all participants during meditation. During times for sharing, you can unmute yourself by clicking the microphone icon in the lower left corner of your interface OR hover over your image and select "unmute."

Weekly Sangha Support Zoom Meeting (online or by phone)

***An offering from the sister Sangha. Please join us for something new. As we move through this unprecedented period it is normal to experience intense and oscilating 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 under the most challenging of circumstances. However this is by no means a perfect practice. We are all unique and process things in different ways. Many folks have not come to practice yet or may believe differently than we do which may complicate our feelings about this crisis even further. That's where compassion, gentleness and Loving-kindness come in. This Meetup is designed with the intention of providing a space for those in the Sangha to express whatever they wish without judgment, criticism or fixing. A safe space to clear energy or for taking a moment to simply stop and investigate how all of this is impacting you. Format: We will begin with introductions followed by a short a ten minute meditation. 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. We will close with a five minute silent meditation to let the speaking energy settle before offering goodbyes. We will practice the following six guidelines to the best of our abilities when participating: 1) Welcome yourself as you 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 create a safe space in which all participants can 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

Outdoor Practice and Support @ St. James the Less with live Zoom feed by NSMC

***PLEASE NOTE: All attending in person will honor social distancing protocols and masks will be required in order to participate (Although they will not need to be worn at all times). We are limiting the number of on-site attendees to twenty total so please be considerate of others and update your RSVP promptly if your ability to attend changes. If the weather does not cooperate we will only meet via Zoom. FYI: Those who will be meeting outdoors should bring a chair to sit on. If you prefer to utilize a meditation bench or cushion you may also wish to bring a blanket or beach towel to place underneath it on the grass. Applying bug spray in advance is highly recommended. TIME: Our meeting time will be 6:30 pm so please arrive as close to 6:30 pm as possible. We will begin our meditation promptly at 6:40 pm. This meetup should end by approximately 8:15 pm. LOCATION: The Episcopal Church of St. James the Less is located at 550 Sunset Ridge Road in Northfield, IL near the intersection of Willow & Sunset Ridge (NW corner). Ample parking is available. We will be meeting outside around the Labyrinth. If you need some additional help finding us, please feel free to contact the event host prior to the closing of RSVP's. ZOOM INFO: Those joining us on Zoom can utilize any of the following methods in order to attend: 1.) Direct link: https://zoom.us/j/6678474673?pwd=K0twNnl0aThJL0toV2pFNnpjS241Zz09 2.) Via computer, tablet or smartphone app (preferred). Sign in to your personal account then enter the meeting ID & password: Meeting ID:[masked] Password for WEB or SMARTPHONE APP: peace 3.) BY PHONE (audio only). Dial one of the numbers below, then enter the meeting ID and numeric password when prompted: One tap mobile - [masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (Chicago) [masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (New York) Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad8Pi8gEDX Enter Meeting ID:[masked] **PHONE ONLY password:[masked] Dial *6 to mute or unmute. GENERAL FORMAT: Those new to meditation and mindfulness practice are encouraged to arrive early for some brief instruction and practice from 6:30 - 6:40pm. At 6:40pm, once everyone has arrived, we will begin with either a body scan, gratitude or Metta (Loving Friendliness / Kindness) practice in order to center. On occasion we will perform several basic mindful movement exercises (yoga or qigong) and partake in a period of walking meditation (both are optional) before we begin our formal practice which is described as follows: During our first fifteen minute sitting period we will practice Samatha (Tranquility / Calming the mind and body through one-pointedness). We will primarily use Anapanasati (Mindfulness of the breath) in order to accomplish this. The remainder of the first period will be held in noble silence. During our second twenty five minute sitting period there will be a Vipassana (Clear seeing / Insight) exercise offered for contemplation. When we finish there will be time for introductions, sharing and questions during our mindful communication period. Finally a reading or audio presentation will sometimes be offered to assist with learning more about the practice for those who would like to participate. TODAY'S EVENT HOST: Tony has had a daily mindfulness meditation practice for nearly 4 years and has experienced overwhelming benefits from the practice. In the past year, he has added qigong (think slow movements with focus on the flow of energy in the body) as a physical compliment to his sitting practice. Tony has found a true passion in championing and coordinating meditation in his community and workplace and is honored to be part of the North Shore Meditation Community. COST: A voluntary donation to help offset expenses would be most appreciated but is by no means expected. If you have any questions about this particular sitting or our meditation community in general, please feel free to contact us. With Metta, Mark and Tony

Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 8/17 - ONLINE

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE or by telephone via zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89213010006?pwd=ZG9wMFh0d1dZMzBLeWVRbHRjVWprZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,290221# US (Chicago) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,290221# US (Germantown) Dial by your location [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (Germantown) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (San Jose) Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdaAWwNNP When you click on the hyperlink in the email, a piece of software from zoom.us will be installed on your computer after you consent (if it is not already). This is a known source and is safe to install. I'll encourage you to turn your video camera on for an enhanced experience of "being with" other people, but it is optional. If you dial in on your cell phone, you'll be directed to key in the meeting ID number. You can join via voice after that. NOTE: THE ZOOM MEETING WILL BE LOCKED AT 7:15PM. We will follow our usual format with brief introductions, a sitting session, a standing or walking session, another sit and time for reflection/discussion. I'll encourage patience with the zoom technology. It is quite simple, but all things on computers can present issues depending on your level of familiarity. If something does not function properly, please stay and sit! You will know there is a group sitting with you in spirit. You can trouble shoot later. Please try to minimize any noise in the room where you are sitting during the meditation sessions. The host will mute all participants during meditation. During times for sharing, you can unmute yourself by clicking the microphone icon in the lower left corner of your interface OR hover over your image and select "unmute."

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