No prior meditation experience is required for any of our practices and all are welcome.
Monday Meditations at 7pm
TWO LOCATIONS: 19 Fair Street in Guilford,Connecticiut and in Old Saybrook at 341 Boston Post Road, behind the Joint Effort gym.
- OPEN COMMUNITY SIT. This silent meditation is a completely non-denominational practice, open to anyone and everyone in the area who is interested in meditation. So please pass this on to anyone you think might like to come by. This is open to people who have never meditated before and are curious, as well as experienced practitioners. This meditation is called “calm abiding, or shamatha, and uses the breath as a focal point. As we sit for 40 minutes of silence, thoughts begin to subside and a sense of well being arises. (See more instructions here.)
- COMPASSION MEDITATION. On alternating Mondays in Guilford at the sangha center, and on every Monday in Old Saybrook, we do a guided meditation practice called tonglen, which develops greater compassion. (The gathering in Old Saybrook is at at 341 Boston Post Road, behind the Joint Effort gym.) We start by generating a feeling of compassion for someone we deeply love, and then slowly expand that natural compassion to include other people close to us, then to those who are suffering, to people we feel neutral towards, and even those who we might consider our enemies. This “giving and receiving” as we follow the breath, helps loosen our attachment to our own disturbing emotions. And by training in this perspective, we can completely change our outlook and transform our lives from the inside out. (See more instructions here.)
Thursday Meditations at 7pm
- WISDOM PRACTICE. In this meditation practice, we recite the Heart Sutra and meditate on its meaning. This classic, short sutra contains key Buddhist concepts regarding the true nature of phenomena, including the Four Noble Truths, the skandhas (senses), the cycle of interdependence, and the concept of emptiness: “Form is empty, emptiness is form; emptiness is not other than form, and form is not other than emptiness.”
1st Sunday Meditation and Potluck, 10am to 12:30pm
- MEDITATION & POT LUCK. On the first Sunday of each month we gather to meditate and to listen to an audio teaching – and then enjoy lunch. The potluck event is a nice way for newcomers to be introduced to basic meditation practice, learn a bit about Tibetan Buddhism, and meet the sangha. (Bring anything you enjoy making and eating.)
Live streaming events
- Khentrul Rinpoche gives periodic teachings streamed live from his retreat center in Arkansas. The sangha gathers to watch them together, but if you are out of town you can request a link to join us remotely. Please add your name to the mailing list to get announcements about these online events and dates.