Services/ Community Meditation
Thursday Evenings: 7:00-8:00 Introductory Program with mindfulness teachings, instructions, and answers to your questions.
Meditation is a straightforward practice that has benefits for health, well-being, and peace of mind. Mindfulness meditation is supported by years of scientific research showing that it improves social and emotional intelligence while reducing stress.
Sitting together as a group has a long history within the Buddhist traditions spanning back over 2500 years to the time of the Buddha. This community of people who meditate together is called the sangha and it’s one of the longest continuous human institutions.
The Exquisite Mind Studio is dedicated to a secular form of meditation practice. It does not follow a particular form of Buddhism, but is grounded in the teachings and practices of the Buddha that are universal and psychological in nature. We seek the Buddha within and set aside rituals and beliefs.
The Studio sangha has regular weekly sittings and monthly day-long meditation retreats
Open (free), drop-in Meditation, Exquisite Mind Studio: Tuesday through Friday at Noon.
The Thursday evening introductory program consists of mindfulness instruction for beginners, reminders on practice for experienced practitioners, and opportunity for discussion of practice. There will be readings, practical mindfulness instruction, sitting and walking practice, and opportunities for discussion. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.
Monthly retreats on the second Saturday of each month are for experienced meditators. It is recommended that you have come to the Thursday evening program and sat on other days to prepare for the longer sittings. The Saturday afternoon retreats consist of an extended period of sitting and walking meditation with opportunities for discussion afterward.
Our goal is to maintain a center of wakefulness in the midst of the city and improve our lives through the wisdom of the Buddha’s teaching. Exquisite Mind is a non-sectarian, non-religious form of Buddhist practice. Guidelines for practice:
-- Please do not wear any heavily scented products like perfume or cologne
-- Please be respectful to others by arriving on time
-- While it is okay to move during meditation, please do so mindful of those around you.
All these programs are offered free of charge. This is an ancient custom. The Buddha did not charge for his teachings. In other Buddhist contexts, donations are accepted and people are expected to give according to what they can afford. This is called dana (or generosity practice) The Studio does not accept monetary donations.
If the meditations are beneficial to you and you wish to express your gratitude and generosity, you are invited to do the following:
• Read my blog, Mindfulness Matters. I get a small amount of money for each page view. If everyone checks the blog daily, this will help to offset the costs of running the Studio.
• If you haven't already purchased a copy of my book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, please do so. If you already have a copy, buy copies for friends and family.
• Next summer or fall you will have the opportunity to buy my forthcoming book, Mindfulness A-Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now
• Register for my workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (22-24 February 2013)
• Plan to attend to week long workshop at Kripalu Center (4-9 August 2013)
• If you wish to make a financial contribution, you may donate to the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS).
“When we speak of “taking your seat” for meditation, we often imagine sitting down in the lotus position—but more broadly,... The body can sit down, and the mind must sit down too.”
—Arnie Kozak, from Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants
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