This group is composed of long-time practitioners.
We start right at 6:45pm with a 40-minute meditation, unless we have someone new (beginners are warmly welcomed); in that case we spend time talking in general about meditation from an insight meditation perspective and then offer instructions, with another practice discussion following. We also recommend beginners check out our 5:30 group “Beginners’ Mind.”
On the first Monday meeting of the month we recite and discuss the Buddhist precepts (guidelines for ethical behavior) and talk about how our meditation and mindfulness practices are going, so this is an especially good night to begin meeting with us. Other Mondays we offer a talk or reading on the Buddha’s teachings and then discuss how we can apply them to our lives so that we may gain in wisdom, compassion and happiness. Starting at the end of 2018 we are reading aloud from The Breakthrough, by Ajahn Amaro, and discussing. It can be downloaded from https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books/the-breakthrough/ or a paper copy may be requested by contacting Sanghapala Foundation, 16201 Redwood Valley, CA 95370 (phone 707-485-1630)
We end each evening with a guided loving-kindness meditation.
There is no charge; though traditionally we offer a donation to cover costs. There is no need to register. We do not meet on major holidays or in inclement weather.
New Location beginning December 4, 2017:
Unity of the Sierra
1933 California Street (*at Fairview)
*Please note: Approaching from the east on Fairview take the first left after Roop St. onto Idaho St., the first right onto Industrial Park, and the right at T intersection onto California. The building will be on your right. Unity is on the south end.
6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (except major holidays or during inclement weather)