Saturday, June 5
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Unitarian/Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston VA 20190, downstairs
Just to elaborate a little more on the class description on the Center website, we’ll be doing two things in this class. First, we’ll have a short presentation on the 12 Links of Dependent Origination because we ran out of time to finish that in our last Discovering Buddhism class. The rest of the class will be a silent retreat with guided meditations. The primary source for the meditations is Ven Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Transformation and Healing: sutra on the four establishments of mindfulness. It contains a series of meditation exercises begining with developing awareness of the body, continuing to the feelings, mind and objects of mind. We’ll practice both sitting and walking meditation…perhaps incorporate some chanting.
This class is suitable for newcomers to meditation as well as for people who have some experience. By cultivating mindfulness we are able to observe our minds, control our feelings, control our actions, and thereby live in a way that doesn’t harm others. Renunciation develops from a deep understanding of how our minds work, and our role in perpetuating the sufferings of cyclic existence.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a cushion if you prefer sitting on the floor. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.