My friends, it is through the ​establishment of ​the lovely clarity of mindfulness t​hat ​you can let go of ​grasping after past and future, ​overcome attachment ​and grief, abandon all clinging and anxiety, ​and awaken an unshakable freedom of ​heart, here, now.”

The Buddha

New To Insight Meditation

Insight (Vipassana) Meditation is based on the teachings of the Buddha and people with a broad-range of philosophies and religions have found Insight Meditation to be helpful in both increasing their wisdom and opening their hearts.

​​Vipassana is a Pali word meaning “to see clearly.” In this practice, we focus our attention on the breath to help calm and collect the mind so insights can arise.

​​These insights let us see clearly how suffering is created in the world and how we can reduce this suffering both for ourselves and for others. Also, there are scientific studies that show meditation benefits such as: ​​​​​​​​

  • a greater sense of peace
  • experiencing life more vividly and authentically​​​​​
  • a greater understanding of oneself
  • an appreciation of the mind-body relationship
  • deepened awareness of one’s capacity for happiness, compassion and freedom.

For those new to meditation or to Insight Meditation, we offer instructions at 7:00 PM each Wednesday prior to our 7:30 PM meditation. Our community includes meditators of all levels.

​​Click here for meditation instructions. You may also want to look here for recommended readings and audio talks.

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Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation ​​cultivates the natural capacity for an open heart and a deepening of connection with all beings. We start by sending loving-kindness to ourselves and then sending it out to others.

​​We silently repeat phases such as:  “May I be safe and protected. May you be healthy and strong. ​May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be free.”  Loving-kindness meditation is a powerful tool for opening our hearts and dispelling feelings of anger and aversion.​​​

Mindfulness

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mindfulness​​ is a moment-to-moment awareness that allows for the development of clarity, compassion, and joy making it possible to live a life of happiness and freedom.

​​Our insight meditation practice trains our minds to be mindful of each breath, each moment.  This strengthens our ability to practice mindfulness in our day-to-day lives, being fully open and present to our experiences and to each other.