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WOODSTOCK INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP

MEETING SCHEDULE AND OUTLINE

We meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. (except major holidays), 1105 Parkside Lane, Woodstock GA (look for the purple YOGA sign in the shopping center behind the Starbucks and Smoothie King). The meetings last 60-90 minutes. We are a member-led group focused on developing our mindfulness, compassion and insight meditation practice. Our approach is rooted in traditional Buddhist practice, but we borrow from other wisdom traditions as well. In short, our approach is simple and practical, not doctrinal.

At each meeting, we meditate for about 20 minutes, then have a short dharma talk or reading, followed by open discussion.

Some of our members have long experience and have studied with leading dharma teachers, while others are brand-new. All are welcome.

There are no dues, but we accept small donations to cover the costs of our rent and materials. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and remove your shoes before entering the sitting area. Meditation mats (and chairs) are provided or you can bring your own. Please try to come on time because we begin our meeting with meditation. And, we ask that you remain mindful and respectful. Namaste.

The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

1. The truth of dukkha: Traditionally translated as “life is suffering,” the first noble truth is probably better put as “life is often out of balance and unsatisfying.”

2. The causes of dukkha: Dukkha is caused by our ignorance of the fundamental characteristics of our existence, our lives in the world. Everything changes, is impermanent. Everything is interconnected, nothing exists by itself in a vacuum. But, failing to realize these facts, we cling to false conceptions of ourselves, others, situations and the world generally. We become attached to what pleases us and try to avoid that which does not. We do not see that good, bad or indifferent, “this too shall pass.” That is the principal cause of our unhappiness.

3. An end to dukkha: We can be happy. It is as simple (notice that we didn’t say easy) as accepting the world as it exists and not as we want it to be. This does not mean that we have a lackadaisical or despairing “whatever” attitude about life. To the contrary, we believe we can affect positive change in ourselves and the world.

4. How to end dukkha: The Eightfold Path

The Eightfold Path

1. Skillful (traditionally, “Right”) Understanding

2. Skillful Thinking

3. Skillful Speech

4. Skillful Action

5. Skillful Livelihood

6. Skillful Effort

7. Skillful Mindfulness

8. Skillful Concentration

Suggested Reading

Introductory reading

Why Meditate, Matthieu Ricard

Awakening the Buddha Within, Lama Surya Das

Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana

More advanced reading

Happiness, Matthieu Ricard

The Wise Heart, Jack Kornfield

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Bhante Gunaratana

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Bhante Gunaratana

Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein

Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor

A Gradual Awakening, Stephen Levine

Beyond Religion, H.H. The Dalai Lama

Contacts/More Information

Forrest Nation................................................................................... 770-856-8323

Becky Costa...................................................................................... 770-653-9024

John Williamson................................................................................. 678-358-9317

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Continuing our study of Metta

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We are currently studying metta (or, lovingkindness) practice and meditation. Our primary text is Sharon Salzberg's Lovingkindness. We are a member-led group practicing mindfulness and insight meditation. At each meeting, we sit for 20 minutes or so, and have a short dharma talk or reading followed by open discussion.

Meditation and Dharma Discussion

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We are a member-led group practicing mindfulness and insight meditation. At each meeting, we sit for 20 minutes or so, and have a short dharma talk or reading followed by open discussion.

Meditation and Dharma Discussion

Needs a location

We are a member-led group practicing mindfulness and insight meditation. At each meeting, we sit for 20 minutes or so, and have a short dharma talk or reading followed by open discussion.

Meditation and Dharma Discussion

Needs a location

We are a member-led group practicing mindfulness and insight meditation. At each meeting, we sit for 20 minutes or so, and have a short dharma talk or reading followed by open discussion.

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The Meaning Of Metta

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