Dharma talk with Jon Waterman

 

Dharma Talk with Jon Waterman

Friday, January 31st, 2014

7:30 till 9pm

Jon Waterman, visiting from the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, DC, will present a Dharma talk followed by a discussion & refreshments.

The event will be held at St. Peter’s Church Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

The suggested dana is $10.

Half Day Mini-Retreat

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
9am to 12 noon

Led by an experienced member of the IMC community, this Saturday morning mini-retreat will combine sitting & walking meditation with a short Dharma talk and discussion.

The event will be held at St. Peters Parish Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

Suggested dana: $10

IF YOU ARE NEW TO MEDITATION and would like some instruction, please come at 8:30am.

Half Day Mini-Retreat

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
9am to 12 noon

Led by an experienced member of the IMC community, this Saturday morning mini-retreat will combine sitting & walking meditation with a short Dharma talk and discussion.

The event will be held at St. Peters Parish Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

Suggested dana: $10

IF YOU ARE NEW TO MEDITATION and would like some instruction, please come at 8:30am.

Half Day Retreat

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
9am to 12 noon

Led by an experienced member of the IMC community, this Saturday morning mini-retreat will combine sitting & walking meditation with a short Dharma talk and discussion.

The event will be held at St. Peters Parish Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

Suggested dana: $10

 

Half Day Mini-Retreat with Sue Greer

Sue Greer will return this December to offer a half day Mini Retreat focused on the practice of “Tonglen” on a Sat sometime this Dec of 2014 at a date yet to be announced. It is a great time of year to be focusing on compassion.

Intro to Meditation

 Friday, September 5th

 7pm till 9pm

Appropriate for beginners and those wanting to refresh their practice, this two hour workshop addresses what Insight meditation is and why we meditate. It will introduce you to techniques used in seated, standing, and walking meditation. Short practice sessions will be followed by discussion to help answer questions & share your thoughts about your experience. This is a great opportunity to feel the presence and benefits of meditating in a group.

 The event will be held at St. Peter’s Church Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

 The suggested dana is $10.

 

Half Day Mini-Retreat

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
9am to 12 noon

Led by an experienced member of the IMC community, this Saturday morning mini-retreat will combine sitting & walking meditation with a short Dharma talk and discussion.

The event will be held at St. Peters Parish Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

Suggested dana: $10

Weekend Retreat @ PMC on Oct 18 to 20 of 2013

Six members of our Sangha attended a weekend residential retreat offered by the Philadelphia Meditation Center in Bryn Mawr, PA, about a 3 hour drive for the group. Our members returned as “Happy Campers”, as they loved the teacher “Taraniya” who regularly teaches @ the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Our members reported that the retreat was both enriching & enjoyable & very well organized. Our Sangha is looking at returning to this event next year as a small group when she returns again which is likely to be Nov 14 to 16 of 2014.

Oct PMC retreat

 

Larissa Kitenko returns to teach May 2nd & May 3rd

We are pleased to announce that Larissa Kitenko is returning to teach a Friday evening Dharma Talk on May 2nd & a Saturday Full-Day Retreat on May 3rd. Friday night at St Peters Church Hall * Saturday at Lewes Senior Center. Fri evening is from 7:30 till 9:pm & Sat is from 9:am till 4pm. Larissa was hear to teach in Nov of 2013 & she was wonderful. The focus of her teaching will be “Living The Eightfold Path”. Suggested dana is $10 on Fri evening & $45 for Saturday.

To preregister for Saturday’s retreat: Carol Wzorek, 645-0669, cawzorek@yahoo.com

 

Intro to Meditation

 

Friday, February 28, 2014
7:00-9:00 pm

Appropriate for beginners and those wanting to refresh their practice, this two hour workshop addresses what Insight meditation is and why we meditate.

The event will be held at St. Peters Parish Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

Suggested dana: $10

Dharma Book Group | Monday, February 17

For our next meeting, February 17, we’ll read:

  • Bikkhu Bodhi: Chapter III – Right Intentions
  • Bhante G: Chapter 2 – Skillful Thinking
  • Kornfield: Chapter 2 – Right Attitude

A bit of a change regarding questions/quotes:

Each of us is asked to share at least one  question written on a piece of paper/notecard.  The question could be drawn from our suggested readings – or –  from information/quotes from other sources relevant to the part of the Eightfold Path we’re currently studying.  We’ll all put our notecards in a pile and select one at a time for discussion.

Any questions:  Carolyn Quinn/cquinn@quinnassoc.com/644-7650

April 7 Dharma Study Group Meeting (postponed from March 3 & 17)

Thanks for the thoughtful sharing regarding “right intention/thinking” at today’s book group. As is true of so much in life, it’s a more complicated topic than it seems on the surface …. one that takes much reading, reflection, and practice (both in meditation and in everyday life). It’s a joy to be on this journey of spiritual growth together!

For our next session, please do the following:

1. Continue your reading and reflection about right intention/skillful thinking in the two books: “The Noble Eightfold Path” and the “Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness”. To help focus our time together, let’s concentrate on these two sources, and not bring other outside material to our March 17 session.

2. PRACTICE OF RENUNCIATION DURING THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

CHANGE HABIT PATTERNS:

Examine various habits and simply change your routine. See what it’s like to drink green tea instead of black, to get up 15 minutes earlier than usual, to check email one time less each day, for example. CHOOSE SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND STICK WITH IT EACH DAY.

PRACTICE THE WISDOM OF “NO”:

When you recognize that some things are not skillful, not helpful, not leading to happiness, practice saying, “No thanks. I’ll pass.” You may ask yourself the question, “is this necessary?” or “is this helpful?” If the answer is “no,” you can practice letting it go. Do this in a loving and wise way — not with feelings of avoidance or repression.

WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO PRACTICE, OBSERVE THE PROCESS YOU GO THROUGH IN MAKING THE CHOICE, STAY PRESENT TO YOUR COMMITMENT, AND NOTICE THE IMPACT EACH DAY. WE’LL HAVE TIME TO REFLECT ON THIS EXPERIENCE ON MARCH 17.

Finally, attached is some information on “attachment,” as used in Buddhist thinking. I hope you find it useful.  Foregoing Attachment

Metta,
Carol
2/17/14

Half Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
9am to 12 noon

Led by an experienced member of the IMC community, Carlyle Hooff, this Saturday morning retreat will be devoted to sitting & walking meditation.

The event will be held at St. Peters Parish Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

Suggested dana: $10

May 2 & 3 with teacher Larissa Kitenko

Dharma Talk with Larissa Kitenko

Friday May 2nd, 2014
7:00 to 8:30pm

Larissa Kitenko, visiting from the Easton (Maryland) Meditation Group, will present a Dharma talk titled ”Living the Eight-fold Path” followed by a discussion & refreshments.

The event will be held at St. Peters Parish Hall, 2nd & Mulberry Streets, Lewes.

Suggested dana: $10

Day Long Retreat with Larissa Kitenko

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
9am till 4pm                                                                                                                                       

Larissa Kitenko, visiting from the Easton (Maryland) Meditation Group, will lead us in a full day retreat which will include: a Dharma talk titled “Living the Eight-fold Path,” sitting and walking meditation, & open discussion.

The retreat will be held at the Lewes Senior Center (please see Directions tab).

Suggested dana is $45.

To preregister: Carol Wzorek, 645-0669, cawzorek@yahoo.com

“How’s your meditation going?” | Monday, March 24 | Open discussion forum

Please join us:

Open discussion forum | 4th Monday of the month

Monday, March 24 | 5pm

Come Monday to ask questions; share experience, techniques; anything at all – around our meditation experience(s).

5pm – right after group meditation

Many of us found the discussion last month to be very useful.

Questions: cquinn@quinnassoc.com | 644.7650 | Carolyn Quinn

 

April 7 Dharma Study Group | Updated Message Regarding Next Meeting

Below, message from Carol regarding out next meeting.

April 7 Dharma Study Group

Since it will be a month and a half since we last met due to two snowstorms (a good reminder of our inability to control outcomes/results), I thought it might be useful to set the stage a bit for our next meeting on April 7.

1. Review: One of the things we’ll talk about briefly is our experience with practicing “renunciation” over the past few weeks: changing a habit/practicing the wisdom of “no”. This relates directly to the “LETTING GO” (pgs 58-65) section in Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. It’s a great chance to begin linking our meditation to our daily life experience. I hope everyone has a chance to try something…….the detailed instructions were sent out in an earlier email. The discussion questions here will be:

a. What was your experience/how did it go?

b. What did you learn?

2. Focus: Please be sure you’ve read pgs 65-81 in Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness and pgs 36-42 in the Noble Eightfold Path. We’ll be concentrating on the topics of loving-friendliness/good will and compassion/harmlessness for this session. In my experience, these are topics that seem straightforward and “obvious” intellectually—-yet, they are challenging and frequently forgotten in our everyday worlds. ……being faithful to them is truly skillful and wholesome, and a lifetime journey.

3. Questions: Please bring written questions on lovingkindness and compassion to the session. I have kept the ones from our last discussion, and additional questions would be great.

Looking forward to our time together.

Metta,

Carol