For many clients, meditation can be an appropriate complement to therapy. Scientific studies in recent years have affirmed the value of meditation in achieving emotional health.
Each Saturday from 10 - 11 am, Insights hosts a mindfulness meditation group that encourages relaxation and the development of more mindful living. Newcomers and visitors are welcome.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS MEDITATION? Mindfulness meditation (also known as Insight meditation or Vipassana) is a 2,600 year-old practice which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. Mindfulness meditation is highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life. It is also a spiritual path which gradually dissolves barriers to the full development of wisdom and compassion.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS GROUP? This group is open to anyone interested in learning about and practicing mindfulness meditation. We will practice and study within the context of the Buddhist tradition, although this group is non-sectarian. You are welcome if you:
•want to use meditation as an adjunct to your own psychotherapy or 12-Step program
•are just curious about mindfulness meditation
•want to improve your ability to meditate
•want to practice meditation with others
•want to improve your stress management
•want to meditate as part of your spiritual life
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THIS GROUP? The format includes meditation instruction, meditation practice, talks and discussion of meditation-related topics.
WHAT DOES THIS GROUP COST? There is no cost for this group.
WHO IS FACILITATING THIS GROUP? Laurie Sanger is a 22-year Buddhist practitioner and student. He has studied on retreat with several prominent Buddhist teachers, including the Ven. Henepola Gunaratana, Ajhan Thanissaro, Andrew Olezdzki, Matthew Flickstein, Shinzen Young, and others. Laurie has taught several Buddhist meditation classes, including classes at Insights Therapy. Laurie is the author of An Introduction to 11th Step Meditation: Recovery and Insight.Most recently he presented the "Introduction to Buddhist Psychology" seminar at Insights Therapy.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER? Registration is not necessary. Newcomers and visitors are welcome.
Here is a list of some suggested books about meditation:
A Path With Heart, by Jack Kornfield
Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation, by Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith
Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path, by Ayya Khema
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Introduction to 11th Step Meditation: Recovery and Insight, by Laurence Sanger
Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, by Joseph Goldstein
Journey to the Center, by Matthew Flickstein
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, by Sharon Salzberg
Meditation for Beginners, by Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Mindfulness With Breathing: A Manual for Serious Beginners, by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation, by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation As Taught By S.N. Goenka,by William Hart
The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic, by Gil Fronsdal
The Experience of Insight,by Joseph Goldstein
The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, by Nyanaponika Thera
The Issue at Hand: Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice, by Gil Fronsdal