Offering Mindfulness Meditation in the context of

the Buddha’s teachings in a welcoming community

Covid Protocols:  We are continung to meet online until we find it is safe to meet in person.  Join our mailing list to receive the latest instruction on accessing our events.

Sunday Teachings

Please join us for this weekly meeting and teaching. Everyone is welcome.

We’ll explore how we can apply Buddha’s ancient teachings to help us live our day-to-day lives more skillfully. There will be time for meditation, a dharma (teaching) talk by one of our regular or guest teachers, and time for your comments and questions.

Cost: Donation basis, there is no charge to participate. Our center and teachers are supported by your generosity. Please give from your ability and heart.

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Sundays in October

Join us on Sundays in October as we unravel the complexities of one of the most profound teachings in Buddhism, Paticcasamuppada or dependent origination.

The Principle of Dependent Origination states that all dharmas (phenomena) arise in dependence upon other dharmas: “if this exists, that exists; if this ceases to exist, that also ceases to exist”. The basic principle is that all things (dharmas, phenomena, principles) arise in dependence upon other things.

Dependent origination can be contrasted with the classic Western concept of causation in which an action by one thing is said to cause a change in another thing. Dependent origination instead views the change as being caused by many factors, not just one or even a few.

The importance of a full understanding of the workings of causality is that it leads to the breaking of the bonds of karma and an end to the cycle of rebirth.

Join us online for these regular events…

Meditation as Refuge

6:30 – 8 pm

Meditation as Refuge extends a weekly invitation to everyone who would like to explore meditation as a support for their spiritual development. The intention is to focus on realizing our innate capacity for care, compassion and mutual respect.

Just Sit

5:30 – 6:15 pm

Join friends and sangha member for a silent 45 minute peer-led sit. Everyone is welcome!

 

Weekly Metta Meditation with Ian Challis and Friends

4:30 – 5:15 pm

 

When the Buddha’s followers felt anxious and afraid, he taught them the practice of metta or lovingkindness meditation. Metta is a form of practice that helps us touch deeply into our own hearts, uncover the energies of kindness and compassion, and share these energies for the benefit of all beings.

If you would like to explore this powerful practice, please join Ian Challis and friends online.  These 45 minute meetings will be practice- focused, with most of the time spent in meditation. If you are new to the practice, great! We will learn by doing.  After practice there will be time for questions and sharing.

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October Book Club Meeting

Braiding Sweetgrass

By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book Club Discussion: October 13, 2021@ 6:30 – 8 pm

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

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Other Teacher Events

Online Retreat

  November 2-9, 2021
Self Retreat:  November 9-14

Arinna Weisman

Leslie Booker

Ian Challis

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