What to expect

    • Wednesday evening practice begins at 7 p.m.

We begin with an Opening Recitation and ceremonial passing of candles, incense, and flowers around the circle. This is followed by a Responsive Invocation

We sit in meditation for 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation & a reading of the Metta Sutta.

After a brief tea break, we participate in a peer-led Dharma discussion, ending promptly at 8:30 p.m.

Meditation instruction is available upon request. 
If possible, contact us ahead of time at DavisMeditation@gmail.com & plan to come about 15 minutes early.

For information on upcoming discussion topics, see the Discussion Topics page.
All of the standard evening's readings are available below.



Opening Recitation
Reverence to the Buddha, the Fully-Awakened One.
Reverence to the Dhamma, the well-spoken teaching of the Buddha.
Reverence to the Sangha, the community of the Awakened One.

With brightly shining light, gloom is abolished;
I learn from the Awakened One, light of all worlds, who dispels darkness.

With this sweet incense, blended with fine ingredients, isolation is abolished;
I come to a community of seekers of insight informed by the dhamma of the Buddha.

With these flowers, colorful and fragrant, fear is abolished;
As with every living thing that blooms and fades, so must this body undergo decay.

Responsive Invocation
May I be well. May I be happy and peaceful. May no harm come to me.
May I be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. 
May I be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May my teachers and benefactors be well. May they be happy and peaceful. 
May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. 
May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May my family and friends be well. May they be happy and peaceful. 
May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. 
May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May my acquaintances, neighbors & strangers be well. May they be happy and peaceful. 
May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. 
May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May those who wish me harm be well. May they be happy and peaceful. 
May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. 
May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May all sentient beings be well. May we be happy and peaceful. 
May no harm come to us. May we be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. 
May we be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May all sentient beings be happy and well.

Metta Sutta
This is what should be done by those who are skilled in goodness and who know the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright, straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited, contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing that the wise would later reprove.

Wishing in gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be, whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium short or small,
The seen and the unseen, those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.




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Jo Crescent,
Aug 26, 2012, 4:03 PM
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