What we're about

"The purpose of life is to be happy," says the Dalai Lama. Some people think this is a selfish attitude, but in Buddhism, everyone deserves to be happy, including ourselves. Also, unless we are happy we can't really help others much.

According to Buddhism, the mind is both the cause of and the solution to most of our problems. Fortunately, through meditation, an ethical life, and the development of wisdom, we can train ourselves to be more peaceful and compassionate. We can enjoy the kind of happiness that isn't contingent on outside circumstances. Working with others is considered to be a very important part of that process, so we gather together for meditation, discussion, and to enjoy each others company.

Beginners, those with some experience, and people who are just curious are all welcome to attend our meetings. Many people, including those committed to other faiths, atheists, and agnostics, find the open-mindedness and practicality of Buddhism helpful in their daily lives.

In this group there is no hidden agenda, no pressure to believe or do anything. You don't even need to join the group to come to meetings. Buddha never pushed his way on anyone. He merely offered it to others, suggesting they check it out for themselves. That's what we're inviting you to do.

Even when people began following his teaching, Buddha advised them to "take no refuge outside yourselves," and to use their reason and experience as guides, not relying on the scriptures or teachers, including himself. He also warned against trusting their ego-mind, their small self, and encouraged them to access their higher mind, their "true self", instead.

Buddha believed that meditation was an especially effective way to do this.

Feel free to contact me for any questions you may have about meditation, Buddhism or this group.

Jim Patteson

(772-559-3551 or pattesonjames@hotmail.com Note the spelling of my last name).

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Buddhist Meditation and Study Group Meeting Online (Zoom)

The meeting starts with 10 minutes of silent meditation. If you already have a meditation practice, please do that. If not, one option would be to focus on your breathing. Some people silently count their in-breaths and out-breaths. For example, count 1 as you inhale, 2 as you exhale, etc., up to 10, and then start over. At some point if you feel focused, you can stop the counting and just be aware of whatever happens in your field of experience (inner and outer) without judgement, analysis or commentary. For the next hour we study and discuss some aspect of the Buddhist teachings, applying them to our everyday lives. We finish the meeting with 20 minutes of guided meditation using Thich Nhat Hanh's book "The Blooming of a Lotus." For more information text or call Kathy Patteson at[masked] or Jim Patteson at[masked]. Be sure and RSVP as the zoom link will only be available to those who do. To RSVP implies no obligation. We recite several chants during the meeting (see below). To avoid a chaotic cacophony, everyone will be muted except Jim and Kathy, who will be leading the chants. Everyone will be muted during the meditations as well. CHANTS (RECITATIONS) After the first meditation: THE FIVE REMEMBERENCES I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old. I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape ill-health. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand. After the discussion, before the 2nd meditation THE BODHISATTVA VOW Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them. Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to put an end to them. The Dharmas are boundless, I vow to master them. The Buddha's Way is unsurpassable, I vow to attain it. After the second meditation: All the Karma ever created by me, born of old through greed, anger and self-delusion, I now make full repentance of it. May all beings be peaceful and light in their body and in their mind. May all beings be safe and free from accidents. May all beings be free from anger, unwholesome states of mind, fear and worries. May all beings know how to look at themselves with the eyes of understanding & compassion. May all beings be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in themselves. May all beings learn how to nourish themselves with joy each day. May all beings be able to live fresh, solid and free. May all beings not fall into the state of indifference or be caught in the extremes of attachment or aversion.

Meetings held at 6 P.M. every Tuesday

Center For Spiritual Care

The Buddhist Meditation Tuesday night group will meet at 6 p.m. Center for Spiritual Care. [masked]th Street. Thanks, Vance E. Doescher

Buddhist Meditation and Study Group Meeting Online (Zoom)

The meeting starts with 10 minutes of silent meditation. If you already have a meditation practice, please do that. If not, one option would be to focus on your breathing. Some people silently count their in-breaths and out-breaths. For example, count 1 as you inhale, 2 as you exhale, etc., up to 10, and then start over. At some point if you feel focused, you can stop the counting and just be aware of whatever happens in your field of experience (inner and outer) without judgement, analysis or commentary. For the next hour we study and discuss some aspect of the Buddhist teachings, applying them to our everyday lives. We finish the meeting with 20 minutes of guided meditation using Thich Nhat Hanh's book "The Blooming of a Lotus." For more information text or call Kathy Patteson at[masked] or Jim Patteson at[masked]. Be sure and RSVP as the zoom link will only be available to those who do. To RSVP implies no obligation. We recite several chants during the meeting (see below). To avoid a chaotic cacophony, everyone will be muted except Jim and Kathy, who will be leading the chants. Everyone will be muted during the meditations as well. CHANTS (RECITATIONS) After the first meditation: THE FIVE REMEMBERENCES I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old. I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape ill-health. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand. After the discussion, before the 2nd meditation THE BODHISATTVA VOW Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them. Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to put an end to them. The Dharmas are boundless, I vow to master them. The Buddha's Way is unsurpassable, I vow to attain it. After the second meditation: All the Karma ever created by me, born of old through greed, anger and self-delusion, I now make full repentance of it. May all beings be peaceful and light in their body and in their mind. May all beings be safe and free from accidents. May all beings be free from anger, unwholesome states of mind, fear and worries. May all beings know how to look at themselves with the eyes of understanding & compassion. May all beings be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in themselves. May all beings learn how to nourish themselves with joy each day. May all beings be able to live fresh, solid and free. May all beings not fall into the state of indifference or be caught in the extremes of attachment or aversion.

Meetings held at 6 P.M. every Tuesday

Center For Spiritual Care

The Buddhist Meditation Tuesday night group will meet at 6 p.m. Center for Spiritual Care. [masked]th Street. Thanks, Vance E. Doescher

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Meetings held at 6 P.M. every Tuesday

Center For Spiritual Care

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