What we're about

The Sandy Springs Insight Meditation Group is for people interested in learning about and practicing Insight (Vipassana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipassana)) Meditation. We are not a teacher-led group but instead a group of practitioners who meet for group meditations and discussion of our practice. Teachers who practice in the Insight or Vipassana tradition include Sharon Salzburg, Joseph Goldstein, Gil Fronsdal, and Jack Kornfield.

We held our first meeting on October 1st, 2009, and continue to meet on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation (http://nwuuc.org/) in Sandy Springs.

Please visit us on our website at www.sandyspringsinsightmeditation.org (http://www.sandyspringsinsightmeditation.org/) where you can learn more about our group. If you have any questions or comments, e-mail info@sandyspringsinsightmeditation.org .

Our group also maintains a discussion board on the online social network for the Insight Meditation Center (http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/) in Redwood City, Calif. Please feel free to join in by creating a profile on the site (http://insightmeditationcenter.ning.com/group/sandyspringsinsightmeditationgroup).

Upcoming events (5+)

Group Meditation & Discussion

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation

We meet on Wednesdays starting at 7:00 p.m. Our meetings generally last 1.5 hours. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1025 Mt. Vernon Highway, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327. Our Meetings are held in the Chalice House - the building to the left of the main church building. (See below for more detailed info on driving directions.) Our weekly meetings include a group sitting meditation starting at 7 p.m. (it's fine to come on in if you're a bit late). Following our meditation we will listen to a recorded dharma talk and have a discussion. All are welcome to our meetings. Our group is comprised of members with varying degrees of experience. More experienced meditators are available to provide instructions and we also have handouts available. For those who would like to sit on the floor, we have cushions, mats and benches on hand. We do not charge admission. In the spirit of dana (the Buddhist concept of generosity) a basket is placed on a table and members may donate to defray the cost of space rental for our meetings. Donations are welcome, but never expected. What is Insight Meditation? Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives. The Buddha first taught insight meditation over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. DIRECTIONS: If you're using a GPS, it's important to use "1025 Mt. Vernon Hwy NW Sandy Springs, GA 30327." If you use NE on accident, you'll end up getting lost. Coming from the west on I-285 Use Exit 22, Northside Drive. From the off ramp, turn right onto Northside drive and go up the hill. Turn left onto Mt. Vernon Highway where it T’s in from the left, then go about half a mile and you will see the church sign on the left. Coming from the east on I-285 Use Exit 22, Northside Drive. Stay on the ramp and go to the second light. Turn left onto Northside Drive, cross I-285, and go up the hill. Turn left onto Mt. Vernon Highway where it T’s in from the left, then go about half a mile and you will see the church sign on the left. Coming from Roswell Road Take Mt. Vernon Highway west, southwest, past the Waffle House, the water tower and the cemetery. After you have crossed over 285 and gone through two lights look for our sign on the right.

Follow-Up: Emptiness Study Group

Dick's House

On Sunday, January 27, at 10 a.m., we will have a follow-up session on the “Emptiness” study group at Dick’s home. Specifically we will discuss Guy Armstrong’s talk: “Emptiness: A Practical Introduction for Meditators” (https://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/79/talk/40551/). We will go on as long as people wish to. Attendees should listen to the talk before the meeting. Previous attendance at the study group is not required, but some understanding of the Buddhist concept of emptiness would be very helpful.

Group Meditation & Discussion

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation

We meet on Wednesdays starting at 7:00 p.m. Our meetings generally last 1.5 hours. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1025 Mt. Vernon Highway, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327. Our Meetings are held in the Chalice House - the building to the left of the main church building. (See below for more detailed info on driving directions.) Our weekly meetings include a group sitting meditation starting at 7 p.m. (it's fine to come on in if you're a bit late). Following our meditation we will listen to a recorded dharma talk and have a discussion. All are welcome to our meetings. Our group is comprised of members with varying degrees of experience. More experienced meditators are available to provide instructions and we also have handouts available. For those who would like to sit on the floor, we have cushions, mats and benches on hand. We do not charge admission. In the spirit of dana (the Buddhist concept of generosity) a basket is placed on a table and members may donate to defray the cost of space rental for our meetings. Donations are welcome, but never expected. What is Insight Meditation? Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives. The Buddha first taught insight meditation over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. DIRECTIONS: If you're using a GPS, it's important to use "1025 Mt. Vernon Hwy NW Sandy Springs, GA 30327." If you use NE on accident, you'll end up getting lost. Coming from the west on I-285 Use Exit 22, Northside Drive. From the off ramp, turn right onto Northside drive and go up the hill. Turn left onto Mt. Vernon Highway where it T’s in from the left, then go about half a mile and you will see the church sign on the left. Coming from the east on I-285 Use Exit 22, Northside Drive. Stay on the ramp and go to the second light. Turn left onto Northside Drive, cross I-285, and go up the hill. Turn left onto Mt. Vernon Highway where it T’s in from the left, then go about half a mile and you will see the church sign on the left. Coming from Roswell Road Take Mt. Vernon Highway west, southwest, past the Waffle House, the water tower and the cemetery. After you have crossed over 285 and gone through two lights look for our sign on the right.

February Half Day Retreat Hosted by Mark & Veletta

Mark & Veletta's

Half Day Retreat A period of intensive insight meditation practice has a long history of helping individuals foster wisdom, compassion, equanimity, loving kindness and joy. A retreat with others may also energize and deepen mindfulness, as well as help to strengthen a sense of sangha (community of spiritual friends). With these things in mind, we would like to, whenever possible, provide a free monthly half day meditation retreat for those wishing to deepen their mindfulness practice. The location is a private residence in an ideal setting for meditation and a great place to enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia mountains. All you need to bring is the willingness to unplug from your hectic life for a few hours. Meditation cushions and chairs are provided. There is no cost for this retreat. Directions to the retreat site and meeting agenda are below. Bio: Mark is an authorized Insight Meditation teacher, who began his meditation practice more than 40 years ago with insight meditation teachers Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield. His primary teacher has been Joseph Goldstein, and he has studied more recently with guiding senior insight teachers Rodney Smith and Narayan Liebenson. His primary teaching emphasis is practical Essential Buddhism and how mindfulness in all aspects of daily life can provide an opportunity for awakening. He has studied with numerous other teachers primarily in the Theravada tradition, but also in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He has done 3 three-month silent retreats and dozens of other retreats mostly at the Insight Meditation Society, the Forest Refuge, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is an organizer/facilitator at the Sandy Springs Insight Meditation Group, is a Guiding Insight Meditation teacher at the Roswell Insight Meditation Community and the Half Day retreat, and leads silent retreats in Georgia. He is also an ordained Presbyterian deacon and has a doctorate in Psychology. NOTE: If you are on the waiting list, please call or email us to be sure of space availability! If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please cancel your RSVP so that others may attend.* Schedule: 09:30-10:00 - Meet and Greet 10:00 – 10:10 - Welcome/Instructions 10:10 – 10:40 - Sitting 10:40 – 11:00 - Walking 11:00 – 11:30 - Sitting 11:30 – 11:50 - Walking 11:50 – 12:20 - Sitting 12:20 – 12:40 - Walking 12:40 – 1:10 - Sitting 1:10 – 1:30 - Walking 1:30 – 2:00 - Sitting 2:00 – 3:00 - Vegetarian Lunch *If you have questions or to check on space availability, please call Mark and Veletta at[masked] or email at [masked]. Also, please RSVP on either Sandy Springs or Roswell Insight, not both. Thanks!

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Group Meditation & Discussion

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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