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A PATH OF PEACE (https://apathofpeace.org/)

Transforming Our Daily Lives through Meditation Practice and Reflections on the Deep Wisdom of Buddhism

We come from all walks of life, to the practice meditation together; enriched and deepened by presentations and discussion of the Buddha’s teachings; and supported by group fellowship.

​​​We practice to improve the quality and richness of our daily lives; to calm and awaken the mind, to help make the world a better place for ourselves and those around us - to walk the path of peace.

​We are not at all about dogma or religiosity. We are not recruiting anyone for anything. While certainly inspired by the Buddha and his teachings, our programs sometimes use material from other traditions. You might say, “We are about the message, not the messenger”.

We offer instruction and practice sittings in three types of meditation:

· Concentration (samatha) – to develop a mind that is calm, focused, steady and clear-seeing

· Insight (vipassana) – to develop a mind that sees and accepts life as it is – finding peace with its fundamental characteristic of impermanence – free from the distortions of greed, hatred and delusion

· Loving-kindness (metta) – to develop a mind infused with the radiant quality of an open heart, responsive to the authentic needs of both self and others

​​We have been holding these sessions, along with day retreats, for almost three years. Our two teachers have decades of practice and seventeen years of combined teaching experience. We invite you to join us, and to let your interests help grow and shape our activities.

https://apathofpeace.org/location

We meet at Unity of Austin, 5501 West Highway 290, Austin TX 78735; on the South 290 access road about a mile West of the MOPAC and 290 intersection. Click HERE to display a map and more location info. We hope our new location proves convenient for everyone in Austin, Sunset Valley, Dripping Springs and the like.

Our initial programming is all offered on Saturday mornings:

• 9:30 AM – Sitting and Walking Meditation – We begin with a 40 minute meditation sitting, followed by 20 minutes of walking meditation.

• 10:30 AM – An hour of varied programming, typically a dharma talk and group discussion or a book study discussion.

• 11:30 AM – free-form fellowship and, if you wish, a second, optional meditation sitting.

Need an introduction to meditation? We will be HAPPY (really!) to meet at 9:00 AM whenever anyone contacts us to request it. This will let us welcome newcomers, to discuss what we offer and let you tell us what you hope to get from attending. This can also be a great time more experienced meditators to discuss individual practice questions, or meet with Resa or Jon to discuss whatever is on your mind. Again, this will be "on request". Otherwise, we start at 9:30 AM.​

Check out Our Website (https://apathofpeace.org/) especially the Resources page. This provides links to instructions for various types of meditation, articles, and other items likely to be helpful to your practice.

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Meditation and Dharma Talk: "To Be Determined!"

Unity Church of Austin

Hah! Got you! No, "To Be Determined" doesn't mean we haven't picked a topic for today's talk yet. On the contrary, we have a rich topic indeed: DETERMINATION itself! That is, Jon will talking about about - and enjoying your discussion of aspects of - "Right Effort"! What are the different forms and qualities of Right Effort? What is the ideal intensity of effort for us to apply? How hard should we "push" and how fiercely should we "bear down"? And here's a good one: How is "Letting Go" an integral aspect of Right Effort? This should offer an interesting counterpoint to Resa's recent talks on "Letting Go!" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: our regular program beings at at 9:30 AM, BUT will be HAPPY (really!) to meet at 9:00 AM whenever anyone contacts us to request it. This will be a great way for newcomers to get to meet us and discuss what we offer and what you hope to get from attending. It can also be a great time for you more experienced meditators to discuss individual practice questions, or meet with Resa or Jon to discuss whatever is on your mind. Again, this will be "on request". Otherwise, we start at 9:30 AM. HERE'S OUR SCHEDULE: 9:30 AM – Sitting and Walking Meditation – We begin with a 40 minute meditation sitting, followed by 20 minutes of walking meditation. 10:30 AM – Dharma Talk and Discussion OR (on alternating weeks) book discussion 11:20 AM - Brief meditation and Closing Benediction 11:30 AM to Noon - tea, coffee and fellowship -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IMPORTANT: We have a few meditation cushions, especiually for our newcomers - but if you have your own "sitting gear" - cushion, padded mat, bench and the like - please bring these with you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For background on our group, its mission and leaders (and directions!), please click on the "A Path of Peace - Meditation and Mindfulness" link at the top left of this page.

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