Our Meditation Practices consist of:
Prayers and Sadhana Practice
We participate in several group meditation practices that involve chanting (in Tibetan), visualization, repetition of mantras, and prayers. Few of us are able to read and speak Tibetan, but we have a transliteration that makes it very easy to follow along and participate. There is also an English translation so that you can follow along with the meaning of the words. The purpose of these practices is to develop compassion and wisdom. Practice is held from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. every Sunday.
Sitting meditation, which is sometimes referred to as “calm abiding” meditation, is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 noon on Sundays. Its technical name is shinay or shamata. In this practice, the meditator sits quietly in a comfortable position and follows the breath while calming the mind. This practice is fundamental to all levels of study and practice. It helps us to develop greater focus and calmness of mind for effectively practicing the Dharma. Instruction is readily available with advance notice. Our group practices are open to beginners. For more details, visit this introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Refuge is not required to participate in these practices.
Weekly Practice Schedule
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Chenrezig and Amitabha Sadhanas
This practice is open to all and visitors and beginners are welcome!
Please note: On the second Sunday of every month we practice Medicine Buddha instead of Chenrezig and Amitabha. This practice is also open to the public. And, as an experiment beginning in 2019, on the fourth Sunday of every month we will conduct our traditional Chenrezig, Amitabha, and Sitting meditation practice in English instead of Tibetan.
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Sitting Meditation
11:45 a.m. – A Chance to Chat