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Meditation sessions and workshops are suitable for practitioners at all levels, including beginners, and both cushions and chairs are available for sitting. Regular practice sessions are generally held in Wenham every Saturday morning, from 9:30 to 10:45 AM, and every Wednesday evening, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM. First time visitors should contact michael@mahasatimeditation.org prior to attending a session in order to arrange an introduction to our practice. There is no formal charge to attend weekly meditation sessions or one-day workshops, though donations are gratefully accepted to help cover our costs.
Nov
17
Sat
Pre-Meditation Buddhist Chanting Practice @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 17 @ 9:15 am – 9:25 am

Each Saturday we are offering an optional short Buddhist recitation practice prior to our regular meditation session. This offering runs from 9:15 to 9:25, and is for those who wish to place their insight meditation practice within the context of a broader and more explicit Buddhist path. At the same time, it is not necessary for you to see yourself as an adherent of the Buddhist religion in order to participate in this pre-meditation practice. Drop in sometime and see if it feels helpful for you.

Family Program for Kids & Teens @ The Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Now your children can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness also. Sangha member, high school teacher, and mindfulness instructor, Jim Davis, will be starting a Family Program at our Wenham center beginning September 15. Meetings will be the first and third Saturdays of each month and run concurrently with our practice time, in a separate part of the building. The Family Program will involve teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents using a variety of activities and techniques, including our Mahasati method. Parents will have to remain on the property during the program, but they can choose to either practice in the meditation hall with the adults while their children are having fun together, or stay with the kids. If you’re kids are interested in attending the Program, or if you can volunteer, or if you know of a teenager who might be a good fit, please email Jim at: fynlis2016@gmail.com.

Way of Liberation Study Group @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The weekly Way of Liberation Study Group will begin Saturday, March 3, 11-12pm at the Center for Mindfulness Insight Mediation in Wenham. Immediately following morning meditation and talk.

Group facilitated format. All welcome!

Book: The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti, a 53-page book may be purchased or downloaded online for free at Adyashanti.org.

Description:
This study course guides you through an in-depth, transformational inquiry based on Adyashanti’s foundational book The Way of Liberation. It offers a series of recorded talks and dialogues (the 9 audio CD set has been purchased and will be available for our use), weekly readings, and written Q&A between Adyashanti and the original course participants.

With this self-guided course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to work with The Way of Liberation teachings as an integrated whole.
  • Tap into the power that underlies your unique process of transformation, guided by Adyashanti insight and experience.
  • Uncover the often overlooked aspects of spiritual life that can keep you stuck psychologically and spiritually.
  • Become grounded in the essential foundations that support you to not only realize your true nature, but also to live it.
  • Understand and experience the core practices that have the greatest impact on your unfolding realization.
  • Avoid aimless practices and fleeting realizations by seeing the larger context of your process of awakening and liberation.
  • Experience how deep and powerful it can be when you engage with inquiry and meditation correctly, within a clear context of understanding.

For more information contact the group facilitator: Peggy Stedman at: pegstedman@yahoo.com

Nov
21
Wed
Wednesday Morning Open Practice @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Two of our Members, Mark Adorney and Shea McInerney, are coordinating a period of open practice at the Meditation Center every Wednesday morning, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. There will not be any instruction during this time. This Open Practice period is being offered as an opportunity to take advantage of our peaceful space, and engage in silent practice on one’s own, while in the company of a few other likeminded practitioners. Please drop in and try it out.

Awakening Joy Book Group @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Book Group to begin Wednesday, March 7, 12-1 pm at the Center for Mindfulness Insight Meditation in Wenham. Weekly, drop in, reading and sharing format, bag lunch option. All welcome!

Book:     Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness by James Baraz

Description: Awakening Joy is more than just another book about happiness. More than simply offering suggested strategies to change our behavior, it uses time-tested practices to train the mind to learn new ways of thinking. The principles of the course are universal, although much of the material includes Buddhist philosophy drawn from the author’s thirty years as a Buddhist meditation teacher and spiritual counselor.

In these times of economic uncertainty Awakening Joy shows we can get through hard times and use our experience to keep the our heart open while moving from discouragement to well-being, regardless of the external circumstances. Genuine well-being is not expensive. True happiness is not about acquiring anything, but rather about opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you.

In this practical down-to-earth guide, readers will learn how to
• make happiness a habit by inclining your mind toward states that lead to well-being
• find joy, even during difficult times, and avoid the pitfalls that prevent you from achieving the contentment you seek
• cultivate effective practices for sustaining joyfulness, such as reclaiming your natural sense of wonder and finding joy in the midst of everyday experiences.

Each chapter of Awakening Joy consists of one of the steps in Baraz’s ten-step program and includes engaging exercises and practical advice to make happiness your natural default setting. For everyone from the cynic who is despondent over life’s many sorrows, to the harried commuter raging at freeway traffic, this book offers up a simple yet powerful message of hope grounded in the realization that joy already exists inside every one of us. Like a precious child, it only needs to be recognized, embraced, and nurtured in order to grow to its full potential.

For more Information contact the group facilitator: Peggy Stedman at: pegstedman@yahoo.com

Wednesday Evening Meditation Practice @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Please contact Michael@MahasatiMeditation.org before attending for the first time, in order to arrange an introduction to the practice.

Nov
22
Thu
MBSR Alumni Class @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

These classes are for individuals who have completed the 9-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. The bi-weekly sessions will include mindful stretching, short periods of sitting or walking meditation, and group discussion related to principles and practices covered in the 9-week MBSR workshop. This will be a great way to re-invigorate and support your ongoing mindfulness practice.

The classes will be led by John Stevens. John has been practicing meditation and yoga since the late 70’s. He spent 19 years as a Theravadan Buddhist monk, and taught daylong, weekend and ten-day retreats, and led summer camps for families. In 2000, John left monastic life, married, and returned to life as a layperson. He received training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from the UMass Center for Mindfulness, and is a registered yoga instructor. John is a delightful teacher and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the practice of mindfulness.

These are drop-in classes for MBSR alumni and will initially meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. There is a suggested donation of $15 per class.

Nov
24
Sat
Pre-Meditation Buddhist Chanting Practice @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 24 @ 9:15 am – 9:25 am

Each Saturday we are offering an optional short Buddhist recitation practice prior to our regular meditation session. This offering runs from 9:15 to 9:25, and is for those who wish to place their insight meditation practice within the context of a broader and more explicit Buddhist path. At the same time, it is not necessary for you to see yourself as an adherent of the Buddhist religion in order to participate in this pre-meditation practice. Drop in sometime and see if it feels helpful for you.

Way of Liberation Study Group @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The weekly Way of Liberation Study Group will begin Saturday, March 3, 11-12pm at the Center for Mindfulness Insight Mediation in Wenham. Immediately following morning meditation and talk.

Group facilitated format. All welcome!

Book: The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti, a 53-page book may be purchased or downloaded online for free at Adyashanti.org.

Description:
This study course guides you through an in-depth, transformational inquiry based on Adyashanti’s foundational book The Way of Liberation. It offers a series of recorded talks and dialogues (the 9 audio CD set has been purchased and will be available for our use), weekly readings, and written Q&A between Adyashanti and the original course participants.

With this self-guided course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to work with The Way of Liberation teachings as an integrated whole.
  • Tap into the power that underlies your unique process of transformation, guided by Adyashanti insight and experience.
  • Uncover the often overlooked aspects of spiritual life that can keep you stuck psychologically and spiritually.
  • Become grounded in the essential foundations that support you to not only realize your true nature, but also to live it.
  • Understand and experience the core practices that have the greatest impact on your unfolding realization.
  • Avoid aimless practices and fleeting realizations by seeing the larger context of your process of awakening and liberation.
  • Experience how deep and powerful it can be when you engage with inquiry and meditation correctly, within a clear context of understanding.

For more information contact the group facilitator: Peggy Stedman at: pegstedman@yahoo.com

Nov
28
Wed
Wednesday Morning Open Practice @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Nov 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Two of our Members, Mark Adorney and Shea McInerney, are coordinating a period of open practice at the Meditation Center every Wednesday morning, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. There will not be any instruction during this time. This Open Practice period is being offered as an opportunity to take advantage of our peaceful space, and engage in silent practice on one’s own, while in the company of a few other likeminded practitioners. Please drop in and try it out.