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Most of us live unconsciously trapped in our mental narratives.  It can be very freeing to take a step back through meditation.  We are a Theravada Buddhist meditation group which meets on the first Saturday of each month at 7 pm. The meditation lasts one hour. During about the first 15 minutes, we will listen to a Dhamma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, an American monk and the abbot of the Metta Forest Monastery in California. Theravada Buddhism is the oldest of the Buddhist religions and the one most geared to the teachings of the historical Buddha.  More particularly, we are students of the Thai Forest Tradition.  The most common instruction the Buddha gave was to do "jhana practice," i.e. to learn to concentrate the mind.  Concentrating the mind, among other things, helps quiet--and break our identification with--our narratives. Sometimes you will hear teachers say to first do concentration practice and then do "insight" practice, but the Buddha never made that distinction. Indeed, as you learn to concentrate them mind, you necessarily have to develop insight and discernment. It is not necessary that you be a Theravada Buddhist to participate, but you do need to be able to maintain silence during the meditation period. Meditation instruction is provided for those who desire it as well as free books. After the meditation there will be an opportunity for conversation, tea, and  potluck snacks.  There is no charge. While we have a donation basket, there is no pressure to make a donation. Since we meet at the home of one of the organizers, a gentle screening takes place before he gives you his address. Contact the organizers in this regard. The two organizers, Walter and Lee, each have over 25 years of meditation experience.

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