Weekly Meditation

We meet every Thursday at 7pm, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day or very large snow storms. We come together to enjoy our togetherness, to support our practice through the collective energy. Because facilitation rotates, each week is slightly different. To get a full understanding of our Sangha, we recommend attending several meetings. In Buddhist lingo we say that the Sangha is a Jewel because it facilitates our practice.

Generally we start the evening with sitting meditation, which may be silent or guided, followed by a period of sharing, or study, where we share our understanding, joys, successes and questions about the practice of mindfulness and learn from each other.

We usually close the evening with a “dedication of merit,” offering love, joy, compassion and equanimity to all beings. Dedicating the merit is a Buddhist practice recognizing that we practice being peace, joy and understanding for ourselves and for the world. In this way, we see that my joy is your joy, my peace is your peace – there is no separation except as a strongly ingrained misperception of separation in our minds. We then enjoy the spaciousness of three sounds of the bell to close the meeting.

Our time together is generally one hour, stretching up to an additional half hour at times. Participants are welcome to leave prior to closing if necessary.

At each meeting there is a Dana (free-will offering) bowl. You are invited to give (or not) as you please. We save these funds and give to South Church (our host), The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, a school in India, and a local homeless organization.

You are always welcome to ask questions about the practice.

Thank you for attending our Sangha

The Four Immeasurables

May all beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May we be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May we not be separated from the great happiness that is devoid of suffering.
May we dwell in the great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.