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Weekly Group MeditationTuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (discussion until 7 pm

Two 20-minute meditations with basic instructions. Fine for both beginners and experienced. Main focus: developing mindfulness of body, feelings and thoughts; learning to observe inner and outer conditions without judgment; cultivating patience and compassion. Followed by discussion, with tea. OK to arrive late or leave early.

Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds.    Location: 20 Mesa Road


Saturday Group Meditation9:00-11:00am

Come start the weekend with awareness, light heartedness, and an inner smile for yourself and others, with Rick Knapp or Karen Recktenwald. Meditation (seated and sometimes with movement), discussion and readings.               Location: 20 Mesa Road

Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds.    Location: 20 Mesa Road


Book Discussion Group: 7:10-8:30 PM every other Tuesday following meditation – see event calendar

The book group selects a book, usually about some aspect or relationship to Buddhism. Chapters are targeted for each meeting and then discussed over tea and snacks. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no requirement to have read the book or attend every session (although it is helpful to do so). Each discussion is open and free flowing, welcoming all to take an active or nonactive role in the discussion.

Some recent book selections:

  • After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor
  • The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan
  • Opening the Eye of New Awareness by the Dalai Lama

Free (donations of tea and snacks are appreciated)            Location: 20 Mesa Road


First Monday Meditation: First Monday of every month, 5:30-7 pm   

Similar to Tuesday meditation but with some more traditional Buddhist practices, such as:

*Expressing gratitude for and imagining blessings from the historical Buddhist lineages of these teachings

*Visualizing all beings as the field of one’s compassionate commitment for developing Bodhimind, the intention to awaken all one’s capacities for helping to free beings from the mental habits that are the primary causes of suffering

*Practicing visualizing ourselves as purified, positively transformed and inspired by imagining healing lights emanating from images of Buddhas and bodhisattvas

Other additionsRecitation of traditional verses (in English) at beginning and end of each session to set intentions for our practice, including: Taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; acknowledging the force of both our negative and positive actions; Committing to developing Bodhimind (the altruistic aspiration to awaken); Optional prostrations, to express refuge; Occasional periods of mantra recitation              Location: 20 Mesa Road