What we're about
Welcome to the Meditation Center of Alabama. Take a break and give yourself the ultimate gift of peace and happiness. Meditation is like a delicious fruit. No matter how we try to describe it, the full benefits can only be felt through one's own practice. The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step.
Who are we? We are the Meditation Center of Alabama and we meet 3 times a week. Founded by Sivaporn Nimityongskul, also known as Lar, the Meditation Center of AL has been open for over 5 years and has taught over 600 people how to find peace and happiness from within.
Who should join? Anyone interested in learning how to meditate or experienced meditators who would like to to develop their personal practice through weekly sangha meetings. Even though we may know how to meditate ,or be aware of the benefits, we need constant encouragement in a group of like minded people to keep up our practice.
Mondays 6-7pm, Wednesdays 5:30-7pm, Thursdays 6-7:30pm
What should I expect?
Monday Sangha Sessions consist of 30 min dharma talks by Thich Nhat Hanh and 30 min silent meditations. Alternate weeks are 1 hr silent meditations.
Wednesday and Thursday night classes consists of a 15 min stretch followed by tea. Our group then uses Skype to connect to an experienced Middle Way instructors from all around the world. Our instructors are Buddhist monks or laypeople trained directly by the Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand. They have about 10 years of meditation practice and 5 yrs of teaching experience. Each one has dedicated their lives to the practice of inner peace and the wish to spread it to others. We then meditate together (45 min on Wed, 1 hr on Thurs) and listen to a short dharma talk. Afterwards we have a meet and greet vegetarian buffet at Bangkok Thai Cuisine. Beginners are encouraged to come 15 minutes early on Wednesday. Experienced students are encouraged to come anytime.
What technique do we use? The middle way meditation, or Dhammakaya technique, was rediscovered by the late abbot Luang Phor Sodh Candasaro in 1917. The Middle way is known for its ease and simplicity. We place the mind at the center of the body. Relaxingly and comfortably, utilizing a visualization object or mantra to capture our 'monkey minds.' With practice one achieves inner peace and stillness and gains the brightness and wisdom from within.
Where are we? 3821 Airport Blvd, Mobile AL 36608. Same shopping center as Bangkok Thai Cuisine.
How much does it cost? We accept any and all donations. All donations are graciously received and the money is used with utmost appreciation and respect.