Monday is better with meditation! Join Quynh every week to develop and sustain a meditation practice in community, in harmony with yourself and the world around you.
Previously we introduced the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of meditation - specifically what does meditation do for us and the reasons we come to meditation. We learned of our inner abode - the 4 Brahmavihara - and experienced cultivating the immeasurable capacity of our heart/mind through meditation. We then explored the benefits of regular meditation in the way we face life - from our day-to-day stresses to our most difficult of challenges.
This year will see us delving into the ‘how’ of meditation, including the Buddhist tradition of vipassana also known as mindfulness or insight meditation. We will focus on how meditation helps us to see things clearly - to separate our thoughts and feelings from what we see and hear, to see through or clarify our perceptions, to gain insight into the nature of our experienced reality.
We will continue to cultivate kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), joy (mudita), and peace (upekkha) with mindfulness so we may continue to understand meditation as the practice of self-love, emotional intelligence and mental resilience, all of which point to our true nature.
Please join us as we continue our practice of cultivating a boundless heart through mindful meditation.
Our meditation offerings are offered by donation in support of Sirimangalo Int'l (see below).
Join us live or watch the recordings available to view at your convenience.
*No video required to join. Feel free to simply call in.
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Meeting ID: 815 1851 7754
The word “meditation” comes from the same linguistic base as the word “medicine”...the purpose of meditation is not to bring about a temporary state of peace or calm, but rather to return the mind suffering from worries, stresses and artificial conditioning back to a natural state of genuine and lasting peace and well-being.-- Yuttadhammo Bikkhu
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Meditation offers us a way to look deeply into ourselves to understand our habits or patterns of behavior and transform them with the energy of mindfulness.
Mindfulness meditation helps us to break the cycle of guilt and shame. By taking the time to notice and pay close attention to our habits, we learn to accept ourselves as we are - including our so-called bad habits. By noticing and paying attention to the way we see things, the way we feel, think, and act, we see our patterns of behavior more clearly. We can then separate who we really are from our habits and let go of all that is not true.
Letting go is the cultivation of peace (upekkha). Learn to transform your habitual thoughts and behaviors stemming from fear, stress, and doubt with kind, compassionate patience and joy.
A New Series begins with a practice on How Meditation Helps with New Year's Resolutions: Take Notice.
Quynh introduces "Letting Go" as an element of daily life and an attitude of natural peace and wisdom.
Laurene introduces yoga nidra. Remain fully alert while letting go into the deep relaxation state of yogic sleep.
Let Go of Fear by Surrendering to the Present Moment: I have arrived, I am home. by Thich Nhat Hanh
Four Ways to Let Go: Stop clinging to all that is keeping you from living and enjoying life!
To let go is to ground oneself in the present moment. And to be in the present moment is how we come to accept things as they are, which is the cultivation of metta or loving kindness.
If the practice of letting go is coming to rest in stillness, then acceptance is the practice of deep listening.
Meditation is acceptance of the very life within us and around us. Meditating with embodied loving awareness is the act of giving attention to ourselves, of deeply caring for ourselves and accepting ourselves just as we are.
Meditation helps us to understand our connections to the past to heal ourselves today and transform our future. By honoring our ancestors - familial, cultural, spiritual - we can heal the wounds of yesteryear and free ourselves from the burdens of our history and worries about an uncertain tomorrow. If peace begins with letting go, then healing begins with acceptance.
Calling on the Divine Wisdom of Saraswati at the start of each day for Acceptance, Loving-kindness, and Peace.
Acceptance is Deep Listening - Meditating with Embodied Awareness is Giving Attention to Ourselves.
Quynh introduces the Medicine Buddha Mantra to connect to and heal our relationships with our ancestors.
Om Namah Shivaya - Experience the Unknown Boundlessness Beyond Self, Accepting What We're Not.
We think that having control means being in control of our thoughts and feelings. This often leads to the misunderstanding that we ought not have any unpleasant thoughts or feelings, which becomes a habit of avoidance and intolerance of any kind of painful or difficult expression.
Developing self-control is ultimately the cultivation of compassion (karuna). It means taking care of our painful or difficult feelings, which is how we show ourselves love and compassion. By letting go of our preconceived notions about which feelings we ought to have, we come to accept and be with our feelings, which is the only way we can have any control over not getting caught up in them or letting them overwhelm us.
Meditation teaches us that what we feel is not wrong and conditions our hearts to become more open and capable of holding painful feelings with loving awareness so that we do not become closed-off to human suffering, which is the basis of loving compassion.
Taking Care of Pain by Cultivating Self-Control with Compassion: Mindfulness of Feelings
Quynh Introduces the Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Tonglen - Taking in Pain, Sending out Love
If We Are One, Why Do We Need Boundaries? Mindfulness of Thoughts and Emotions
Developing and Controling the Breath: Sama Vritti Pranayama
In thinking of freedom, we often turn to the question of free will. The spiritual teachings show us the way we can choose not to get caught up in our thoughts and emotions and go against our habitual reactions of fear, hatred, and despair. With mindful loving awareness, we gain the freedom to enjoy life.
By cultivating appreciative joy (mudita) through meditation, we learn the path of true freedom - nirvana - the unbounded state of being. True freedom is the power to make meaning of our lives, to give up old ways of thinking, to bring about a new relationship with ourselves and one another that allows for moving forward in a positive direction.
True freedom is the abilty to be fully engaged with everything we do without the need to bind our happiness to the outcome of our efforts. True freedom is the heart that meets everyone we encounter with love, compassion, joy, and peace without the need to qualify our feelings for them.
Freedom to Enjoy: Mindfulness of Drinking Coffee or Tea as a Practice of Cultivating Appreciative Joy
Freedom from Guilt: Quynh Introduces Ho'oponopono and the Aloha Spirit as a Practice of Gratitude
Amor Fati: Radical Acceptance and the Love of One's Fate - A Stoic and Buddhist Contemplation
Non-Attachment: Seeing The Path of True Freedom - A Vipassana Practice
Monthly Midweek Evening Meditation
Come Meet and Join our Sangha (Meditation Community)
Tea and water along with a variety of props (blankets, bolsters,etc.) will be available. You are welcome to bring your own items to help you achieve your desired level of comfort.
Wednesdays 7:00PM - 8:00PM
July 27, August 24, and September 21
Location: Williamsport, PA