Whether you are new to sitting meditation or have practiced for years, you're welcome to join us for sitting meditation every Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 am.
If you're new to sitting meditation, rest assured that you will be provided guidance and instruction in getting started. If you are already familiar with sitting meditation, welcome! You will be gently encouraged, over time, to explore a very body-centered (or, better, soma-centered) approach. The particular approach we have in mind to offer is the MOSI (pronounced moh-zee) approach -- which draws a lot of its inspiration from author and teacher Will Johnson, but also from other approaches which emphasize aligned posture, bodily sensation, and breathing awareness, etc. This is a very somatic (bodily focussed) approach to meditation.
While a few minutes of talk about practice may occur before we get started in actual silent practice, we will endeavor to keep this talk to a bare minimum -- as in no more than 5-6 minutes before we begin. Those wanting more instruction time and guidance (Q & A style) are welcome to talk with me (James) and I'll gladly help in small groups or individually at another time and location. We can even get together after session at the very nearby Teahouse on Canyon Road for talk about practice. I'd like that! I will also occasionally write out guidance sheets which I will gladly offer at no cost. You can bring these home and read them at your leisure. We also have some of Will Johnson's books which we'd be happy to loan to those interested.
MOSI sitting meditation draws much inspiration from Buddhism, but isn't Buddhist, per se. If you are Buddhist, you'll appreciate the benefits of a more sophisticated exploration of posture and breathing awareness (etc.) than is usually on offer. If you are not Buddhist, you may appreciate MOSI's very personalized, open inquiry approach to meditation -- in which one needn't adopt a religion or a philosophy to engage in the deepening process of intimacy which is meditation.
Intimacy? Yes, an ever-deepening open inquiry into being (presence) through grounding in this moment, bodily experience and presence. That's meditation; and that's MOSI.
Plenty of free off-street parking is available at The Studio. Chairs and cushions are provided (Zafus, zabutons). Bring your own sitting equipment if you prefer.
No fee. Voluntary, anonymous basket donations are welcome. Recommended donation range? $5 -$10 No one will every be turned away for lack of funds.
Why so early? We want to welcome the 9-5 working folks.