What we're about

This group is sponsored by Dharma Refuge. Dharma Refuge is a community of people dedicated to walking the path of wakefulness through a deep exploration of Buddhist wisdom and the conditions of life, just as we find them. We practice self-reflection, inquiry, mindfulness, meditation and the cultivation of Bodhichitta—the wish to be awakened in order to benefit all living beings. We study and practice under the guidance of local teacher and spiritual director Sue Kochan and root teacher Anam Thubten, whose lineage and vision inspired the founding of our community. Our practices, classes and retreats welcome everyone into a safe, non-dogmatic sacred space to explore the teachings of the Buddha and to experience the refuge within, our own awakened nature. Everyone is welcome to join us for a weekly practice, introductory class, public talk, urban retreat. All that's required is your wise and open heart. :-)

Upcoming events (5+)

Meditation & Bodhisattvas Everywhere Dharma Talk

1124 Culver Rd

Meditation, tea and inspiring talks offered by senior Dharma Refuge meditation practitioners. In our ongoing Bodhisattvas Everywhere Series (https://www.dharmarefuge.com/bodhisattvaseverywhere.html), Sue invites established practitioners of the Buddhadharma to share their personal experiences as modern-day practitioners of this ancient wisdom tradition. These talks are intended to deepen our personal and collective wisdom and our joy in walking the path, accompanied by the supporting fellowship of sangha. Everyone is welcome, no previous meditation experience is required. See our full calendar of events. (https://www.dharmarefuge.com/calendarlisting.html) Visit our FAQ page if you're considering attending the first time and have questions. (http://www.dharmarefuge.com/dr-faqs.html) IMPORTANT: The doors at the church are locked to the public when a session is in progress. Please plan to arrive between 6:30 - 7:00 or 7:45 - 8:00. During the week Golden Fox Restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch. On Wednesday nights we can also use their parking lot for additional parking.

Saturday Morning Meditation

Covenant United Methodist Church

A morning of silence to begin your weekend. Everyone is welcome, no experience required. We offer two consecutive sittings, 40 minutes each with a ten minute break. Our first sitting begins at 10:00 AM and includes a brief opening chants and meditation guidance. Please arrive between 9:30-10:00 AM for the first sitting or during the break from 10:40-10:50 AM for the second sitting. See our full calendar of events: http://www.dharmarefuge.com/calendarlisting.html See our FAQ page if you are considering coming for the first time and have questions: http://www.dharmarefuge.com/dr-faqs.html IMPORTANT: The doors at the church are locked to the public during all meditation sessions. Please plan to arrive between the time windows mentioned above.

Silent Meditation & Chanting

Covenant United Methodist Church

Join us for a special evening of sitting and chanting. Guided silent meditation practice will be followed by chanting meditation. Closing the evening with tea. Chanting mantras is a form of meditative practice. Mantra means mind protection: Our mind is protected from its own discursive and distracted thinking and protected from negativity when we concentrate on an object such as the breath, the body, a visualization, or in the case of mantra, a sound. Chanting is a beautiful and often devotional practice. As we learn to fully engage this powerful, embodied form of practice, it naturally activates positive states of mind and body. See our full calendar of events. (https://www.dharmarefuge.com/calendarlisting.html) Visit our FAQ page if you're considering attending the first time and have questions. (https://www.dharmarefuge.com/dr-faqs.html) IMPORTANT: The doors at the church are locked to the public when a session is in progress. Please plan to arrive between 6:30 - 7:00. During the week Golden Fox Restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch. On Wednesday nights we can also use their parking lot for additional parking.

Meditation Practice Lab : Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation Practice

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Learn Buddhist Meditation fundamentals, popularized as Mindfulness, in a relaxed and interactive environment that emphasizes alternating periods of instruction, practice and Q&R (question and response). Our Practice Labs are designed to take meditation from concept and theory into direct, lived experience. Instruction naturally emerges through practice and participant questions. We’re all trying to understand how meditation can help us relax with our busy minds, our anxious bodies and an unreliable world. Join us in the simple and honest act of observing the way things are—our doorway to insight, ease, and a deep contentment with life as we find it. Labs will focus on establishing concentration to calm the mind. Instruction will be informed by neuroscience, vipassana, compassion and mindful self-compassion practices. Advance registration is required and donations encouraged. Learn more and register: https://www.dharmarefuge.com/meditation-practice-labs.html Please try to arrive around 1:30 pm to register and settle in.

Past events (359)

Saturday Morning Meditation

Covenant United Methodist Church

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