New to Meditation

Insight (Vipassana) Meditation is based on the teachings of the Buddha and persons with a broad-range of philosophies and religions have found Insight Meditation to be helpful in both increasing their wisdom and opening their heart.

​​Vipassana is a Pali word meaning "to see clearly". In this practice, we focus our attention on the breath to help calm and collect the mind so insights can arise. 

​​These insights let us see clearly how suffering is created in the world and how we can reduce this suffering both for ourselves and for others. Also, there are now a number of proven benefits to meditation such as: ​​​​​​​​
  • a greater sense of peace
  • experiencing life more vividly and authentically​​​​​
  • a greater understanding of oneself
  • an appreciation of the mind-body relationship
  • deepened awareness of one's capacity for happiness, compassion and freedom.
For those new to meditation or to Insight Meditation, we offer instructions at 7:00 PM each Wednesday prior to our 7:30 PM meditation. Our community includes meditators of all levels.

​​Click here for meditation instructions. You may also want to look at our Resources page for recommended readings and audio talks.

Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation
​​cultivates the natural capacity for an open heart and a deepening of connection with all beings. We start by sending loving-kindness to ourselves and then sending it out to others. 

​​We silently repeat phases such as:  May I be safe and protected. 
May you be healthy and strong. 
​May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be free. Loving-kindness meditation is a powerful tool for opening our hearts and off-setting feelings of anger and aversion.​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mindfulness​​ is a moment-to-moment awareness that allows for the development of clarity, compassion, and joy making it possible to live a life of happiness and freedom.

​​Our insight meditation practice trains our minds to be mindful of each breath, each moment.  This strengthens our ability to practice mindfulness in our day-to-day lives, being fully open and present to our experiences and to each other.



​​​​"My friends, it is through the
​establishment of ​the lovely clarity of mindfulness t​hat
​you can let go of ​grasping after past and future,
​overcome attachment ​and grief, abandon all clinging and anxiety,
​and awaken an unshakable freedom of ​heart, here, now."

​​~ The Buddha
​you are
​is ​the entry

​​- Kabir