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40-minute breath or sound meditation

Join us for a mindfulness of breath or ambient sound meditation (your choice). We'll do a longer meditation this time--40 minutes. If you find the meditation to be too long for you, feel free to get up quietly and go into the hall.

After the meditation, we'll have a discussion.

Then, if there is interest, we'll go out for a bite to eat in Harvard Square.  


Also, fyi, Pat provided this link to meditation researcher Willoughby Britton discussing the recent big US government-sponsored study on the effectiveness of meditation.

http://www.tricycle.com/blog/meditation-nation


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  • David M.

    Regarding the Tricycle article: Nice one; I am sorry I did not read it in advance of the session. It was interesting to see this side of Willoughby Britton, and what she says is fairly convincing. She is in a good position to speak authoritatively about this. I attended a talk at Brown a few years ago given by their Contemplative Studies Initiative http://www.brown.edu/academics/contemplative-studies/ . She was present at that talk, and in the after-discussion she mentioned (I don't recall exactly) either that they had, or they were considering, a halfway house to provide supportive lodging for students returning from intensive stints in Asian meditative monasteries. The article gives some hints of why supportive lodging might be needed after, say, a year long retreat in a Thai monastery.

    May 2, 2014

    • David M.

      Wow, there is a lot of interesting material on CheetahHouse.org and its linked resources. I'm wondering if we could get Dr. Britton as a Sunday speaker at the Humanist Hub...

      May 3, 2014

    • Jennifer

      Extremely useful material, thanks!

      May 7, 2014

  • David M.

    Further regarding the Tricycle article.

    I was struck by the following: "I’m seeing people who came to meditation through MBSR or who are not Buddhist but are meditating “to be happy.” They are following their breath or doing a mantra. And then they eradicate their sense of self. They freak out. That is a pretty common experience in my study."

    So, it can be a high stakes game when played at the advanced levels. Actually, this squares generally with what my Sri Lankan roommate, who came from a family with some priestly/monkish members, said in 1976 about the seriousness of undertaking meditative practices. He had opted for a different, non-meditative path in life (acquiring in USA a PhD in geophysical engineering, to undertake dam/waterworks projects in Sri Lanka). In his view, meditation was not something to be trifled with, at least not at an intensive level.

    May 2, 2014

  • Patricia

    100% effective in fostering mindfulness. In fact, 137.5% effective!

    3 · April 29, 2014

  • Bill R.

    Not going to be able to make it after all - got some stuff to take care of. See you all next week...

    April 28, 2014

  • Patricia

    On the link that Rick posted above--you can read it as a follow-up to the meta-study that Rick had already posted under the "Resources" section of this website.

    April 27, 2014

  • Patricia

    I'll be there--maybe a bit late.

    April 27, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Great article, thanks for sharing, Pat. I won't be able to make it this week; I have a work-related conference to attend Tuesday night.

    April 27, 2014

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