What we're about
This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays every month for a half-hour of sitting meditation followed by discussion. Discussion leaders are volunteers from the group, and your participation is free of charge. Most of us sit on chairs and the room does not have meditation cushions, but feel free to bring a cushion if that's your preference.
Our inspiration comes from secular writings (e.g. author Jon Kabat-Zinn), Buddhist philosophy (e.g. Zen and Theravadan traditions, author Stephen Batchelor), and other sources both ancient and modern. Our main goals are to deepen our understanding and to support each others’ practice of meditation and other forms of mindfulness. We dwell on the practical, not on the metaphysical, sharing ideas on what works for us in our daily lives. We strive to make this a welcoming group for everyone from complete beginners to experienced meditators.
This group is affiliated with Jefferson Unitarian Church (http://jeffersonunitarian.org/) (JUC), and grew out of a Buddhist fellowship (also called sangha) started by JUC members many years ago. We decided to broaden the scope of the group and advertise on Meet-up to be more visible to the greater community. We have experienced the life-changing power of mindfulness (http://www.ted.com/talks/andy_puddicombe_all_it_takes_is_10_mindful_minutes) and meditation. We know that it is difficult to sustain one’s practice, and that it helps when we support each other. Come join us!