Learn To Meditate
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Meditation instruction, discussion and practice
Instructor: Kathleen, Erin, John or Sue
Cost: Free; donations are welcome
Please join us for Wednesday evenings. The format is informal with meditation instruction, meditation, and discussion. The discussion segment will be a time for questions and answers as well as teaching and dialogue on various topics pertinent to meditation. Whether you are a one-time visitor, an occasional participant or regularly attend these evenings, we hope you will find them helpful. There is no cost but donations are most welcomed.
Buddhist 12 Step Group (B 12)
The Buddhist 12 Step Study Group (B12) explores how Buddhism and 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous ( NA, etc), can benefit and nurture each other. Both practices begin with the acknowledgement of suffering, the realization that suffering arises from craving, and that there is a solution. The path of the 12 Steps and the Noble Eightfold Path travel through remarkably similar territory and have much to offer each other.
We meet every Saturday from 7:00-8:30 pm. Following a brief welcoming discussion and introduction period, there is a 20 minute guided meditation followed by a 30 minute discussion centered around a step. Kevin Griffin’s One Breath At A Time or other Buddhist 12 Step recovery books are used as a text. We close with a lovingkindness practice.
No dues or fees; no need to pre-register.
No meditation experience or particular faith or spiritual practice is required. Neither is membership in a twelve step program. We are simply people exploring the path out of the suffering brought about by craving and clinging in whatever form it arises.
For more info contact:
Insight Meditation Programs
Eight-month programs for practitioners of the Dharma – October 2018 to May 2019
For anyone wanting to go deeper in their spiritual practice, for those wanting the support to deepen and maintain their practice, for beginners and those already practicing who are committed to this path, these programs are being offered.
These programs require a commitment of daily practice and attendance a monthly gatherings. There will be assignments to do between sessions, suggested reading and writing, and contemplations. You will receive periodic emails with reminders and encouragement. Spreading out the teachings over 8 months will help them stick more than a basic 6 week course. The longer days also offer time for contemplation, meditation, and group discussion and support.
Basic Insight Meditation Course – For those new to the Dharma, and for those who want to renew, continue, and deepen in the basic teachings of the Buddha, this course is offered. Teachings include meditation instructions, a short history of Buddhism and why practice, basic teachings such as The Four Noble Truths which includes the Noble Eightfold Path, the three characteristics, the four Brahma Viharas. We will discuss living with intention, what is generosity, causality, insights, and one’s true nature. (Class size limited to 20 students.)
Second Saturday of the Month:
October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 20 (THIRD Sunday), and May 11
None except the commitment to practice and attend each session.
Continuing Insight Meditation Course – For those already familiar with the basic teachings, who wish to continue, and deepen in their practice, this course is offered. This course will go deeper into the teachings of the Buddha and include teachings from other spiritual masters such as Nisargardatta, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Eckhart Tolle, and Krishnamurti. The teachings of other masters are offered to deepen our understanding from various perspectives.(Class size limited to 16 students.)
First Saturday of the Month:
October 6, November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 18 (THIRD Saturday)
Must have been in one of Joan’s previous courses in the past 2 years
OR with permission. Send the application email below with your current practice and previous experience in Buddhism.
For either program:
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Location: Buddhist Dharma Center of Cincinnati, on Moline Ct. off Hamilton Ave. in Northside.
Lunch: Students provide the group vegetarian lunch. You will be asked to sign up at least once to bring a soup, salad, bread or desert.
Cost: $50 which covers rental of the monthly space only. Each gathering will have a basket where you may give Dana to Joan. Please bring a check for the $50 to the first session made out to Cincinnati Dharma Center. Don’t let finances stop you from signing up. Scholarships are available to cover the cost.
Please do not sign up if you are not really committed to attending each monthly session and doing the contemplations during the month. Sometimes something can come up where you might miss a month, but please consider this a rarity. Do your best to come every month.
Application for Insight Meditation Program
Application required because I want your acceptance of commitment to this program.
Program Name: ____________________________________________________________
Your Name: ________________________________________________________________
Previous Experience with Buddhism:
What would you like to get from this program?
Can you make all the gatherings, and will you make the commitment to a daily practice? Daily practice will be a commitment to at least 10 minutes (Basic Course) 20 minutes (Continuing Course) of meditation most days of the week to start, and eventually increasing the time /day.
If not, why?
What might keep you from meditating 10 or 20 minutes per day, every day?
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
Without even realizing it, we are constantly blown about by The Eight Worldly Winds: pleasure and pain, gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute. Using Buddhist teachings and the tools of insight meditation we will explore ways to maintain balance and equanimity in the midst of change and challenges. We will experiment with a variety of meditation techniques--no experience needed. Chairs and meditation cushions provided; wear comfortable clothing. No particular belief system is required or even desired--just a desire to experience the clarity and peace that meditation can bring.
Instructor: Sue Noble
Location: Dharma Center of Cincinnati,
4122B Hamilton Avenue (Entrance off Moline Ct)
Thursday nights; 7:00 pm-8:30pm 11/1, 11/8, 11/1 5,11/29
Scholarship assistance available:
To register: uc.edu/ce/commu