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:
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.
- 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.
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 that
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
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