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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.
Jan
19
Sat
Pre-Meditation Buddhist Chanting Practice @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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.

Saturday Morning Meditation Practice & Dhamma Talk @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Adyashanti’s, Falling into Grace, Study Group @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The weekly, Falling into Grace, Study Group Takes Place, 11-12pm at the Center for Mindfulness Insight Mediation in Wenham. Immediately Following Morning Meditation Practice.

Group facilitated format. All welcome!

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

Jan
21
Mon
Mindful Yoga with John Stevens @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Mindful Yoga combines the practice of yoga with the practice of Mindfulness. The true purpose of yoga is to keep centered and balanced amidst the ups and downs of life´s challenges. To have a healthy body is as important as a healthy heart and mind

This cultivation of a mindful quality of awareness is the key to being present in all we do, both in yoga postures as well as extending into all aspects of our life, in work and in play. It always begins with a sense of connection to our own bodies, a compassion for ourselves, and when we encounter discomfort we practice to discover the means to overcome it. Every class will include gentle stretching with breathing exercises and meditation, and includes total relaxation either sitting or lying down.

The classes will be led by John Stevens. John has been practicing hatha yoga and insight meditation since the 1970´s. He completed his first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2008 in Vinyasa yoga, did a further 300 hour training in Sampoorna Yoga, and also a training in Yin Yoga.

He spent 19 years as a Theravadan Buddhist monk, in Thailand and then in the UK, during which time he led meditation classes, retreats and summer camps for families.

These are drop-in classes, every Monday in January (beginning April 16th). There is a suggested donation of $15 per class.

Jan
23
Wed
Wednesday Morning Open Practice @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 23 @ 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.

Practicing the Power of Now Book Group @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Read and Discuss Eckhart Tolle’s, Practicing the Power of Now

There are two meeting times if you are interested in this book: Wednesdays, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, and Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

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

Practicing the Power of Now Book Group @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Read and Discuss Eckhart Tolle’s, Practicing the Power of Now

There are two meeting times if you are interested in this book: Wednesdays, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, and Wednesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

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

Special Wednesday Evening Class and Practice with John Stevens @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

4 Talks on the Four Noble Truths, on Four Wednesday Evenings from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm:

January 9th 1st Noble Truth: The Noble Truth on Suffering

January 16th 2nd Noble Truth: The Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering

January 23rd 3rd Noble Truth: The Noble Truth on the Cessation of Suffering

January 30th 4th Noble Truth: The Noble Truth on the Path leading to the Cessation of Suffering

On four Wednesday evenings in January, John Stevens will be leading a four-week series on the Four Noble Truths. Each of the four sessions will combine meditation, a talk on the theme, and discussion.

The Four Noble Truths are a core pillar of understanding Buddhist practice of meditation. A useful text on this is a book titled The Four Noble Truths by Ajahn Sumedho which can be downloaded here, or a synopsis can be found here. Some free copies of this book will be available for distribution at the Wednesday night talks.

The classes will be led by John Stevens. John has been practicing meditation and yoga since the late 70’s. In the 80s and 90’s he spent 19 years as a Theravadan Buddhist monk in Thailand and England, 13 of which were living and training with Ajahn Sumedho at Amaravati Monastery. During that time he taught daylong, weekend and ten-day retreats, and led summer camps for families. Since John left monastic life, he continues to teach meditation, as well as yoga. John is a delightful teacher and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the practice of mindfulness.

Wednesday Evening Meditation Practice & Dhamma Talk @ Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation
Jan 23 @ 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.