What we're about
Welcome to our Buddhist Meditation Group in English. We meet weekly on Saturday mornings at the An Lac Temple in Indianapolis. The address is 5249 E. 30th Indianapolis, IN 46218. The An Lac Sangha has been around many years but their temple building is very new and just seeing it is an event in itself.
Come and discover the Dharma through the practice of skillful meditation. The meditations are in the Vietnamese Zen tradition. If you'd like more information on this tradition, the books Peace is Every Step and The Miracle of Mindfulness, both authored by Thich Nat Hanh are a wonderful introduction to this subject. You also may find information on meditation by clicking on the links to our sponsors on the right side of the home page.
For attending the meditation session, there are a few points that must be made. We do not enter the temple through the front door. We enter through the backdoor, this is also where the shoe racks are located. Unless medically necessary, we do remove our shoes before entering the assembly hall. Wear loose fitting clothing. Shoulders and legs are to be covered. Exercise clothing or yoga clothing is NOT permitted. Short skirts and dresses are also prohibited in the Buddha Hall If you show up in them, you will be asked to either change or to attend a session at another time. This is to show courtesy and respect for the community that allows our group to use the assembly hall.
All are welcome, so come share activities and friends!!!!!!
Our meditations are led by Quang Phap, otherwise known to the group as Viet. He has been attending An Lac Temple for the past five years and chose to carry the torch left by our founder, Walt Bush. To attend our meetings, just meet us outside the temple at 9:45 am on Saturday mornings. If you are new to our meeting, we will explain the simple etiquette that is observed inside the temple.
Here is a link to a map and driving directions to the Temple: http://www.meetup.com/IndyBMG/venue/ ?...;...
Parking is available behind the temple. If coming from 30th Street, turn on Hawthorne, follow it to the first right you can take, which is 27th Street, and follow 27th down to the T intersection, and make another right. Follow that street all the way down and you'll see the back of the temple and the parking lot for members of the community.
Sitting cushions are provided.
Our practice consists of sitting meditation, a walking meditation, and a question and answer period (approximately 1 & 1/2 hours). In times past, we ate lunch together, but due to a drop in attendance, we no longer practice eating a mindful meal together.
NOTE: Although there is no cost for these meetings and donations are not required or expected, they are greatly appreciated if you choose to make them. Donation boxes are in the front and rear of the Buddha Hall.
Any questions? Just use the "email me" link under my picture on the left and I'll answer as soon as possible. Viet