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Do you love to read books on spiritual and natural phenomena? Feel drawn toward authors and topics who empower and inspire you to live a life of authenticity built on kindness and compassion? Do you get excited over some of the ideas and approaches you've read about but don't have someone with your same level of enthusiasm to share it with? Then this book group may be for you. We will meet bi-monthly to discuss selected chapters and create the opportunity to learn from, support, and encourage each other. This is a space designed for you to continue down the path of self-discovery and wisdom among like-minded individuals. We are presently reading Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching and discussing the meaning of his insights. The Tao Te Ching is the most influential Taoist text. Taoism is a philosophy of harmony with nature by employing principles like acceptance, simplicity, compassion, relying on experience, wu wei, and living in the moment. The basic ethics and virtues of Taoism emphasize the Three Jewels: • Compassion • Moderation • Humility that can also be referred to as kindness, simplicity or modesty. There are several translations of this tome – feel free to bring your own selection. Different versions of the Tao are available online for free. Participants can drop into this ongoing meetup series at any time; no previous exposure to the subject is required. We look forward to exploring these topics together.
Before there was darkness or light or the universe itself, there was stillness. Beyond time, space, and form—beyond birth and death—it continues. And this is who you are in your most essential nature. With Touching the Eternal, Eckhart Tolle invites us to awaken to the truths that transcend words. Reminding us not to “mistake the map for the territory,” Eckhart shares his hallmark pointers is 6 lessons: • The Renunciation of Thought • Death and Dying: The Greatest Portal • The Power of Not Knowing • Addiction to Suffering • Spiritual Practice and Patterns of Resistance • The Last Delusion In these lessons, Eckhart discusses the connection between surrender and compulsive thinking, as well as the practice of inner observation to work with egoic resistance. “The eternal stillness that preceded the Big Bang exists within you—it’s never gone away… our task is to move from an absurdly limited sense of self into the spaciousness of the eternal Self.” Touching the Eternal is a recorded retreat to help you catch what Eckhart calls “the evolutionary impulse,” and realize the depths of freedom, wisdom, and peace that can be accessed within.
This meditation sitting is open to all . Please join us. Baltimore Insight Meditation (http://www.baltimoreinsightmeditation.com)
This is a circle of friends coming together to learn from the Pre-sectarian Buddhist teachings and finding out what we can extract from them to benefit us on the path. Our approach we call Applied Buddhism. Buddhism without the dogma, rituals and metaphysical interpretations. Shingyo is based on the Heart Sutra (http://plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-new-heart-sutra-translation/) and the question, "How can we practice the teachings of the Buddha in our day to day lives?" We find there are many varieties of Buddhist teachings (sects) but we look for the similarities of those teachings (Basic or Original Buddhism). Presently we are reading and sharing insights from Sharon Salzberg’s text, "Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness". Each week we will read several short sections from the book and pause for discussion. We also read from modern Buddhist teachers such as Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, and others. Here, one may find discussions, resources for practice, general guidance and tools for observing the mind. People of all faiths and practices are warmly welcomed. The only request is that we come together in the name of peace, for the benefit of all beings.