This is a 4-week series beginning March 7, 2017, from 7-8:30 pm.
Vipassana, or insight meditation, is not about achieving any certain state, but rather is a training we undertake in which mindfulness of breathing, thoughts, feelings, and actions are being used to gain insight into the true nature of reality. Mindfulness is a path of self-transformation through direct experience; seeing how suffering is created in our minds, we find a path that leads to the end of suffering.
This series is a continuation of the principles and practices that deepen mindfulness practice given by Gil Fronsdal. Suggested participation requirement is a commitment to a daily meditation practice with some tracking of your meditation experience. Suggested prerequisite is an introductory course in mindfulness practice, an MBSR course, or some level of insight meditation experience. Homework materials (Word documents) for each week are also available for download.
We also welcome those with quite a lot of meditation experience. Even long-term practitioners can find themselves stuck in their meditation practice. Approaching each sitting with “beginner’s mind” is helpful at any level. And in essence, we’re always beginning: we’ve never sat NOW before.
Topics include Tuning In (noticing when we are or are not present), Tracking (directing and sustaining attention), Intentions, and Letting Go.
Additional resources for guided meditations will be provided.
Tuesday nights, weekly, beginning March 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. We begin each session with an optional sitting from 6:30 - 7:pm. Arriving anytime between 6:30 and 7pm is ok, please enter quietly.
First Unitarian Church, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92121, Room 323