When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, with meditation at 7pm and discussion at 7:30pm

102-112 South Second Street
Geneva, IL

Group Facilitators: Lisa Gades and Eric Bodwell

This group is for members and friends interested in exploring meditation techniques and learning more about Buddhism.

What are the main ideas in Buddhist philosophy?
What are the differences between Theravada, Mahayana, and Zen Buddhism?
How has meditation enriched my spiritual practice?
And, how do I deal with my racing thoughts while trying to meditate?!?!

These are just a few of the topics that have come up for discussion as we examine Buddhism both from an intellectual and a personal point of view. 

We typically meditate for 20-30 minutes, then spend 30-40 minutes discussing a book that the group has chosen. 

Participants are welcome to join us for meditation, discussion, or both.

Our Current Book: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris

Our Next Book(s): 
    The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh
    The Engaged Spiritual Life by Donald Rothberg
    The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

"Off the Cushion"

Periodically, we identify an "off the cushion" practice on which to focus day-to-day.  The purpose is to facilitate the application of our practice to our daily lives.  Archives are located here.

The first practice (courtesy Maureen) is on joy.  See chapter 6 of The Places that Scare You,  on the Four Limitless Qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Acknowledge where you feel joy in your life.  The group spent a few minutes discussing this, including the observation that sometimes "joy" seems like a pretty high bar, but we liked the fact that Pema Chödrön describes the cultivation of these qualities as "aspirational."  

The second practice (courtesy David) in on loving-kindness practice. Practice including a "difficult person" in your loving-kindness meditation.  This is something recommended by many teachers and writers.  Some of us have already tried it, and some of us haven't.  We can learn something interesting about ourselves by observing what happens when we include a difficult person.  Pema Chödrön suggests that "This practice is like a workout that stretches the heart beyond its current capabilities."