Meeting the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month
Next meeting: Saturday, January 25
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.
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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: OselChogyal@gmail.com 269.552.9899. No fee; donations are welcome.
Book Study: 2:00pm-3:00pm
We are reading "Luminous Emptiness, Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead" by Francesca Freemantle. According to the Buddhist view, nothing is permanent or fixed. The entire world of our experience is constantly appearing and disappearing at every moment. Luminous Emptiness features in-depth explanations of the Tibetan Buddhist notions of death and rebirth, the meaning of the five energies and the five elements, and the mental and physical experience of dying. There is no need to own the book.
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: OselChogyal@gmail.com 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
Nyinthun (all day meditation / discussion)
Next date to be announced.
Schedule for the day:
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: