What we're about

We are a peer lead group all about Buddhist practice, discussion and inquiry. An open door for Buddhists of all lineages, as well as all who are interested in the teachings of the Buddha.

The principles the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago have led to happier lives for countless human beings, and apply today more than ever to reduce stress and uncertainties, and to provide peace and mental stability. We believe all beings are the same in their desire to be happy and not to suffer needlessly. Buddhism teaches that the mind is the cause of most of our problems, but can eliminate them, as well, through study and meditation.

We invite beginners and experienced Buddhist practitioners to join us in a relaxed atmosphere - with no obligation whatsoever. We only seek happiness, understanding, and compassion for ourselves and for others.

We begin our meetings at 6:30 pm with a 30 minute meditation followed by a dharma talk and group discussion until 8: 00. Please arrive on time. Because of county-imposed security regulations, we must lock the entrance door when our meeting begins.

We recommend that newcomers examine the 4 Noble Truths and the 8-fold Noble Path of the Buddha before attending one of our presentations and discussions, or attend one of our 'Introduction to Buddhism' meetings when announced on this website - and we invite those who are not familiar with meditation to post on our discussion page a request for brief instruction from one of our experienced practitioners, usually before the beginning of a meeting.

Finally, to remain a member you must attend a meeting or visit our Meetup web page at least every 7 months.

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Mindfulness Meditation -Temporary suspended due to Covid19 pandemic

Children's Services Council of Martin County

NEW! We are now starting our meetings with listening to a 10-15 minute audio meditation course by a renown meditation teacher like Joseph Goldstein. These lessons included a 10 minute guided meditation. We currently are listening to Joseph’s courses from Dan Harris 10% Happier app. The app has many courses and teachers which we will use going forward. These short instructions will be followed by a 30 minute silent sitting and 20 minute walking meditations in noble silence. At the end of meditation you will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions. If you are new to meditation and need basic instructions contact me through this website ( see Members section, find me Fred Walker and click on send message) ‘to make arrangements to meet me early prior to one of our meetings. Send me your contact information and I’ll get back to you. We are a small group of dedicated meditators that practice sitting and walking mindfulness meditation in a very nice and very quiet atmosphere. Meditating in a group is said to help add energy and motivation to our practice. Mindfulness Meditation Practice Sitting group meets every Monday night and starts at 6:30 sharp. Our goal is to have a quiet, uninterrupted meeting so please arrive 5-10 minutes early so you don't disturb the meditation by coming in late. If you are running late by all means join us, but please come in very quietly and find a seat and meditate. We have plenty of seats and your welcome to bring your own cushions if you prefer to sit on the floor. Bring a sweater or shawl as it is on the cold side in this building. 🎆🎇 Finally, before you leave for the meeting check our Meetup site to make sure the meeting has not be canceled due to unforeseen reason. The emphasis in meditation is on the word "practice." It's a lifelong journey, a process of learning to come back to your clear, unobstructed experience. "We can become wiser and more compassionate and live more fulfilling lives by refusing to be who we have tended to be in the past. But we must also relax, accepting things as they are in the present, as we strive to change ourselves." Sam Harris, author of "Waking Up" Your generosity in providing a donation or Dana for the support of the Buddhist Study and Meditation Group is gratefully accepted and encouraged. The teachings are free. est. Oct. 26, 2015

Was Buddhism a Precursor to Christianity?

Online event

It is widely held that several philosophies/religions got their start during the axial age. Buddhism is one of them. Christianity came a little later. We will explore pre-axial vs axial existence and compare Christianity with its predecessor, Buddhism. Comparisons are based on the Bible and "Buddha" by Karen Armstrong, a former Catholic nun.

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This is your link to our virtual donation basket. This basket usually sits beside our golden Buddha on the table. Your continued support will assist us in keeping up with obligations such as Meetup fees, rent, insurance and other sangha-related expenses. Donations are accepted using debit cards, credit cards or Paypal. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AHKY6QWFD4DNU&source=url

Mindfulness Meditation -Temporary suspended due to Covid19 pandemic

Children's Services Council of Martin County

NEW! We are now starting our meetings with listening to a 10-15 minute audio meditation course by a renown meditation teacher like Joseph Goldstein. These lessons included a 10 minute guided meditation. We currently are listening to Joseph’s courses from Dan Harris 10% Happier app. The app has many courses and teachers which we will use going forward. These short instructions will be followed by a 30 minute silent sitting and 20 minute walking meditations in noble silence. At the end of meditation you will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions. If you are new to meditation and need basic instructions contact me through this website ( see Members section, find me Fred Walker and click on send message) ‘to make arrangements to meet me early prior to one of our meetings. Send me your contact information and I’ll get back to you. We are a small group of dedicated meditators that practice sitting and walking mindfulness meditation in a very nice and very quiet atmosphere. Meditating in a group is said to help add energy and motivation to our practice. Mindfulness Meditation Practice Sitting group meets every Monday night and starts at 6:30 sharp. Our goal is to have a quiet, uninterrupted meeting so please arrive 5-10 minutes early so you don't disturb the meditation by coming in late. If you are running late by all means join us, but please come in very quietly and find a seat and meditate. We have plenty of seats and your welcome to bring your own cushions if you prefer to sit on the floor. Bring a sweater or shawl as it is on the cold side in this building. 🎆🎇 Finally, before you leave for the meeting check our Meetup site to make sure the meeting has not be canceled due to unforeseen reason. The emphasis in meditation is on the word "practice." It's a lifelong journey, a process of learning to come back to your clear, unobstructed experience. "We can become wiser and more compassionate and live more fulfilling lives by refusing to be who we have tended to be in the past. But we must also relax, accepting things as they are in the present, as we strive to change ourselves." Sam Harris, author of "Waking Up" Your generosity in providing a donation or Dana for the support of the Buddhist Study and Meditation Group is gratefully accepted and encouraged. The teachings are free. est. Oct. 26, 2015

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