Meeting the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month

Next meeting: Saturday, December 14

The Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness - 900 Peeler St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
We meet on the lower level. Please come around to the back of the building. You may use the parking lot off of Hudson Ave. Click here for directions/map
Please be mindful in the lobby area as massages may be in progress in an adjoining room.

*You are welcome to come to any or all sessions*

Meditation: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
This is a time for us to meditate (sitting and walking meditation) and check in with each other (meditation is not guided). Please bring your own cushion if you have one, otherwise there are zafus (round cushions), back jacks, and chairs available. There will be no instruction offered during the regular sitting period. If you would like meditation instruction, please contact Kirk Lowis to schedule a session - email or call: 269.552.9899. No fee; donations are welcome.

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Book Study: 2:00pm-3:00pm
We are reading "The Great Path of Awakening" by Jamgon Kongtrul, a classic guide to Lojong. This is a practical guide that offers techniques for developing a truly compassionate heart in the midst of everyday life. We will also be referring to other commentaries on this subject by different authors, particularly "Training the Mind" by Chogyam Trungpa. There is no need to own the book.

From 3:00pm-4:00pm:
- The 2nd Saturday of the Month is Connection Time. This is a time for us to share and socialize. There may be a short reading from the Pocket Chogyam Trungpa book to connect to and share thoughts on.
- The 4th Saturday of the Month is Community Time. This is a time for business updates and decision-making. Everyone is welcome to stay for this.

meditationMeditation Instruction
Introduction to mindfulness awareness practice

Next date to be announced.

Please join us for an introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation instruction in the style of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Meditation instruction is free (donations welcome), but it is important to register. Please email or call: 269.552.9899.
Connection Time will follow from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Location: The Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness - 900 Peeler St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008

nyinthunNyinthun (all day meditation / discussion)

Next date to be announced.

Schedule for the day:
8:45am: Gather/set-up
9:00am: Morning chants - sitting and walking meditation
Noon-1:45pm (approx.): Lunch followed by reading/discussion
1:45-5:00pm: Afternoon session with closing chants
The schedule includes silent sitting and walking meditation, a brief reading from a meditation text and discussion after lunch, followed by more sitting and walking meditation. Bring your own cushion if you have one. You are welcome to join in all or part of the day. Location: The Center for Psychotheraphy and Wellness.

For an explanation of why extended meditation practice such as a nyinthun is important, see this 10-minute video of Chogyam Trungpa, given in Vermont in 1971:

Donations welcome!