One Meditation Place A place for meditation, obviously, but meditation free of buzzwords and religious trappings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What sort of meditation group is this? Is this mindfulness, Zen, Buddhism, TM, centering prayer, a kind of yoga, Advaita Vedanta, or something else equally difficult to pronounce?
A: “I think, eh, no, I mean, eh, yes But it’s all wrong That is I think I disagree…
“Nothing is real And nothing to get hung about” Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever
Q: That’s all well and good, but how will the meetings actually work? A: Anyone can meditate; no special skill or aptitude is required. The evening begins with everyone arriving on time. If you are a beginner, we will take a few minutes to talk to you about posture and what to do with your mind during sitting meditation. Others can do a little stretching while this goes on. Then we will sit for 11 minutes. (Is that a magic number? No, there is no magic here. The duration could change.) Then for 15 minutes or so we talk about meditation practice and drink tea (because we are civilized — but there is also water, soda, and nothing). Then we disperse.
Q: What are the results? Will 11 minutes make me a better person? A: I doubt it, but 11 minutes at a time might. The point of meeting is to spur you to meditate when we are not meeting. And to talk through problems that occur in your own practice. It is a “practice.” You have to do it to get better at it. So practice daily and the better person part will take care of itself.
Q: What if I can’t spare 11 minutes a day? A: Really. 11 minutes.
Q: When and where? A: I am thinking every other Thursday at 6:30. My office rooms. I have space for about 10 people. You can sit on a chair or the floor. I have a couple of extra mats and cushions.
Q: Should I bring anything? A: You can bring your cushion if you have meditated before. Otherwise, just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm (curiosity is more important).
Q: Who are you? A: That is a fantastic existential question; I would like to know too. I meditated for 17 years in a Zen tradition. Do I have an affinity for that method? No. My affinity or inclination is for doing nothing at all. That is why I started this group. It’s easier and more enjoyable to be part of a group working toward the same goal. Note that I am not a Zen master, sage, guru, or teacher. I am just the organizer of this meetup and can offer guidance to beginners.
Send suggestions directly to email@example.com.