When: Wednesdays, with meditation at 7pm and discussion at 7:30pm
4th Sundays, meditation at 11:15am
Group Facilitators: Lisa Gades and Eric Bodwell
This group is for members and friends interested in exploring meditation techniques and learning more about Buddhism.
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: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Our Next Book(s): TBD
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.
The current practice stems from a realization that just as my thoughts are "merely thoughts" which don't have to bother me or define me, the thoughts that others might have about me are also "merely thoughts." Their thoughts don't have to bother me, define me, affect my self esteem, or discourage me from taking necessary action, even if others may not agree with me.
While we continue to apply the Eightfold Path and approach other people with skillful speech and action (being kind, patient, and compassionate), the realization that we don't have to worry so much about what other people think (just as we don't worry so much about our own thoughts) can be freeing.
Throughout your daily life, be mindful particularly of whether/how you may be speculating about the thoughts of others. Are you allowing worry about what others may think of you to cause you suffering or to limit you in some way?