Showing posts from May, 2013

Introduction to Meditation

Beginning a meditation practice can be an overwhelming experience, especially if the mind is flooded with questions. How can I fit one more thing into my already busy life? What do I do when I sit to meditate? Is this what meditation is supposed to feel like? Is this even worth my time?

A Beginner's Practice Group is meant to provide you with the encouragement and accountability that helps you establish a regular meditation practice. Whether you're completely new to meditation or are looking to deepen your commitment, you're welcome to join us on the second and fourth Mondays of June - September 2013 (8 meetings, 7 pm to 8:30 pm) as we explore the how and why of starting a meditation practice.

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by phone at: 417-893-0305

Wesak Ceremony at Missouri Buddhist Meditation Center in St. Louis

Our friend Steve Berkwitz has informed us that he will be giving a talk at the Missouri Buddhist Meditation Center in St. Louis on Sat. May 25th.  The Center is led by a Sri Lankan bhikkhu, Ven. Pannarama.  It is located at 7102 N. Hanley Rd. in St. Louis. 

Here is a schedule of events for Wesak Day:

6.15-7:15 am — Taking Eight Precepts and Buddha Puja

7:15-8:00 — Morning Dana

8:00-9:00 — Meditation

9:00-10:00 — Jataka Story Sermon

10:00-10:45 — Talk by Prof. Steve Berkwitz

10:45-11:30 — Buddha Puja

11:30-12:30 pm — Late-morning Dana

12:30-1:00 — Break

1:00-3:00 — Dharma talk (Sinhala & English)

3:00-3:30 — Tea

3:30-4:00 — Loving-kindness Meditation

4:00-4:30 — Mindfulness Meditation

4:30-5:00 — Ending the Eight Precepts

5:00-6:30 — Devotional singing

Everyone is welcome to attend any of the activities on this special day.