Mindfulness-Awareness Group

double dorjeThis weekly meditation group presents a traditional Buddhist map for how to walk the path of everyday life with courage, dignity and gentleness. We use contemporary Western psychological language to help elucidate the implicit meaning of the Buddhist teachings.  Meditation is the practice of walking the razor’s edge of not too tight and not too loose, involving the paradox of both having control over ourselves and simultaneously abandoning ourselves.  This is how we communicate with all aspects of our being.  Meditation suggests that it might be refreshing to approach our everyday life without armor, meeting the world’s nakedness with our own.

In the Buddhist tradition spiritual ‘warriorship’ begins by not being afraid of who we are, both on and off the meditation cushion. Meditation is how we cultivate warriorship by communicating with all aspects of ourselves.  It takes courage to be open to the unknown, to face our fears, to discover the deepest aspects of mind and body, and to let go of everything we’ve been holding onto in order to be authentic.

              This group will offer a supportive place to practice and will involve: 

  • The practice of Buddhist meditation
  • Dharma talks on the Buddhist path as a developmental journey, followed by discussion,
  • The practice of contemplation or deep listening from the heart,
  • Post meditation methods to help integrate the teachings.

Facilitator: Ira Rechtshaffer holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies and has been a Buddhist practitioner for approximately 40 years.  He practiced Zen Buddhism in Japan for four years, has been a practitioner of Tibetan or Vajrayana Buddhism since 1976, and has taught Buddhism in various seminaries, contemplative centers and graduate school programs.  He is a practicing psychotherapist, integrating Buddhist with Western psychology.

Location:  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin

Address: 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA 94903

For directions and a map go to www.uucmarin.com

Time: Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm

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