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The meditations and other events are mostly free.
Meditation : We have regular Meditation Meetups where we teach and practice a guided Vipassana (buddhist) meditation. The format we follow is to notice the body, notice the breath, send kind thought/feelings to others.
At all locations we have extra floor cushions, and, chairs and couches to sit on
All groups are good for beginners. If you do not meditate yet and would like to practice before you come you can do this: Sit in a chair quietly and comfortably and keep your spine straight and back muscles relaxed. Close your eyes and start to notice your breathing. Feel your stomach as it rises and falls with each breath. Keep noticing your stomach rising and falling until you notice yourself thinking. This thinking will be taking your attention away from your stomach. Calmly identify what type of thought it is by saying to yourself something like: "worry" or "fantasy" or "planning" or "fear" or "doubt" or "joy" or "sorrow" or "anger" etc. Then gently let the thought go and return to the sensation of breathing in your stomach. Keep doing this and over time lengthen the amount of time you meditate in this way. The main goals for this type of meditation are to develop the ability to: 1) concentrate (in this case on your breath); 2) notice your thinking, and 3) gently let thoughts go. Being still with a quiet peaceful mind is not the goal. A quiet peaceful mind is more of a side effect that will come with time (and then leave again :). After all, we are humans and not the perfect little creatures that we keep hoping for.
In a nutshell, Buddha’s Three R’s of meditation are:
Recognize, Release and Return.
BUT to really master them…
find a teacher!

Upcoming events (5)

Sunday Evening -Mindfulness Meditation in Encinitas

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In addition to this meetup event we have a facebook group for communications between members of the Sangha. Ask to join and we will let you in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270865290908212/ MEDITATE ONLINE WITH US. Starting on March 22, 2020 we will no longer be gathering at Larry and Myriam's home. Instead we will be using Zoom to be together without actually being together. Everything else stays the same. You can sign in starting at 7:00PM and we will meditate for approx. 45 minutes starting at 7:15. We offer a Semi-Guided Mindful Meditation ( Body Scan, Breath Following, Metta Closing). We will still have discussion period after the meditation and conclude the evening between 8:30 and 9:00. To participate you will have to go to zoom.org and sign up. Once you are signed up you can click on the "join a meeting" tab and then enter the Meeting ID:[masked]. Or use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/339633119 We are a warm and friendly non-denominational group (even though this is a Buddhist style meditation). Larry has been meditating for over 40 years and has been teaching meditation both locally and internationally for over 25 years. The group is open to beginning as well as experienced meditators. A brief meditation instruction will be given to beginners prior to the meditation period. For most of us it is often difficult to meditate on our own and it is nice feeling the support of the group. If you have any questions about either the meditation group or how to connect up with us please don't hesitate to contact me. We look forward to your adding your spiritual energy to the group. Larry

Monday - Guided Mindful Meditation - Body Awareness, Focus on Breath, Metta

WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING THE MEDITATION ONLINE. In addition to this meetup event we have a facebook group for communications between members of the Sangha. Ask to join and we will let you in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270865290908212/ For the duration of the "social distancing" situation we will be meeting via Zoom.us. Everything else will be the same as usual. You can join us online starting at 7:15pm by either: 1. By clicking below: https://zoom.us/j/814966041 2. Going to zoom.us and clicking on join a meeting using Meeting ID:[masked] See the information below to see what goes on in our group meetup. We meet at my home for Meditation instruction (if needed), a Semi Guided Mindful Meditation ( Body Awareness, Concentration on Breath and Development of Loving Kindness ) and then tea and discussion afterwards. We are a warm and friendly non-denominational group (even though this is a Buddhist style meditation). We normally get 8 - 15 meditators with an equal mix of male/female (many do not RSVP). We gather starting at 7:15, Meditation starts at 7:30 I have been meditating for many years in Zen, Vipassana, and other traditions. This meditation group has been meeting at my home for over 15 years. The meditations are guided by Larry Baker, a Vipassana teacher. This meditation is geared towards beginners and those who would like to experience guided meditations. We meditate for 45 minutes. There are no rules or strict guidelines. Contact me with any questions. Namaste, Steve

Sunday Evening -Mindfulness Meditation in Encinitas

Location visible to members

In addition to this meetup event we have a facebook group for communications between members of the Sangha. Ask to join and we will let you in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270865290908212/ MEDITATE ONLINE WITH US. Starting on March 22, 2020 we will no longer be gathering at Larry and Myriam's home. Instead we will be using Zoom to be together without actually being together. Everything else stays the same. You can sign in starting at 7:00PM and we will meditate for approx. 45 minutes starting at 7:15. We offer a Semi-Guided Mindful Meditation ( Body Scan, Breath Following, Metta Closing). We will still have discussion period after the meditation and conclude the evening between 8:30 and 9:00. To participate you will have to go to zoom.org and sign up. Once you are signed up you can click on the "join a meeting" tab and then enter the Meeting ID:[masked]. Or use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/339633119 We are a warm and friendly non-denominational group (even though this is a Buddhist style meditation). Larry has been meditating for over 40 years and has been teaching meditation both locally and internationally for over 25 years. The group is open to beginning as well as experienced meditators. A brief meditation instruction will be given to beginners prior to the meditation period. For most of us it is often difficult to meditate on our own and it is nice feeling the support of the group. If you have any questions about either the meditation group or how to connect up with us please don't hesitate to contact me. We look forward to your adding your spiritual energy to the group. Larry

Monday - Guided Mindful Meditation - Body Awareness, Focus on Breath, Metta

WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING THE MEDITATION ONLINE. In addition to this meetup event we have a facebook group for communications between members of the Sangha. Ask to join and we will let you in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270865290908212/ For the duration of the "social distancing" situation we will be meeting via Zoom.us. Everything else will be the same as usual. You can join us online starting at 7:15pm by either: 1. By clicking below: https://zoom.us/j/814966041 2. Going to zoom.us and clicking on join a meeting using Meeting ID:[masked] See the information below to see what goes on in our group meetup. We meet at my home for Meditation instruction (if needed), a Semi Guided Mindful Meditation ( Body Awareness, Concentration on Breath and Development of Loving Kindness ) and then tea and discussion afterwards. We are a warm and friendly non-denominational group (even though this is a Buddhist style meditation). We normally get 8 - 15 meditators with an equal mix of male/female (many do not RSVP). We gather starting at 7:15, Meditation starts at 7:30 I have been meditating for many years in Zen, Vipassana, and other traditions. This meditation group has been meeting at my home for over 15 years. The meditations are guided by Larry Baker, a Vipassana teacher. This meditation is geared towards beginners and those who would like to experience guided meditations. We meditate for 45 minutes. There are no rules or strict guidelines. Contact me with any questions. Namaste, Steve

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