We face such a big task, so naturally we sit down for awhile.
–Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi
Weekly Sitting Meditations. The core of our householder practice is our weekly Sunday morning meditation and dharma talk. Sitting meditation begins Sundays at 9:30 AM and lasts for 40 minutes; this is frequently a Guided Meditation. Carolyn Atkinson, our Head Teacher, gives a Dharma Talk on the first Sunday of each month. This is followed by a discussion of the dharma talk.
On the second and third Sundays of the month, sitting meditation is followed discussions, Way Seeking Mind talks, or other presentations. After the meditation on the fourth Sunday of the month, there is generally a private meeting for the Dedicated Practitioners. Please note that this schedule may vary.
Weekly meetings provide our sangha with opportunities for regular meditation practice, as well as talks and discussions which apply Buddhist principles to our everyday lives.
Please arrive at least five minutes prior to all sitting meditation sessions to allow seating. Note to first time guests: in addition to zafu pillows we have some kneeling benches and regular chairs available for your use.
Daily sitting meditation. The zendo is also open for meditation Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:00 noon. Sitting meditation is 45 minutes long, with opening and closing bells. No Dharma Talk is given. Guided metta meditations occur on the first and third Fridays of each month.
Daily meditation opportunities extend the everyday intent of our meditation practice. The meditations are led by volunteers (called doans) within the sangha, who are all experienced meditators and who have received training designed specifically for this task.
Introduction to meditation. Basic instruction is offered on the first Sunday of the month at 8:45 AM. Experienced practitioners explain forms, suggest some comfortable ways to sit, and describe basic meditation methods.
Metta – the practice of lovingkindness. We offer a guided meditation on the first and third Fridays of each month starting at 12:00 noon for 45 minutes. The aim of this concentration practice is to foster mental habits of warmth and kindness towards ourselves and others.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings.
–the Buddha’s words on Lovingkindness (the Metta Sutra)