Heart of Meditation: Concentration and Insight
Learn to live in the present moment by developing a meditative practice of mindful awareness. This class offers an exploration of that process, emphasizing concentration and insight. Special attention will be given to mind states that can interrupt our progress. Learn how to work with sleepiness, worry, anger, desire, and doubt in order to deepen your practice all along the path. We provide chairs and meditation cushions; try to avoid eating for an hour before class. No particular belief system required--just a desire to find the clarity and peace that meditation can bring.
Sue Noble, a Board member of the Cincinnati Buddhist Dharma Center, has been practicing since 2010. She has more than 100 days of silent meditation retreat experience and is a co-leader of the Dharma Centers Beginner’s session.
Instructor: Sue Noble
Location: Dharma Center of Cincinnati
Thursdays, July 13–August 3, 4 weeks, 7–8:30 pm
Cost: $59; Registration required through UC's Communiversity:
To Register: https://www.uc.edu/content/dam/uc/ce/docs/Commu/Catalogs/Summer_17_Catalog.pdf (listed under Holistic Wellness)
Or call 513-556-6932-press 2, 8-5 Monday - Friday
Learn To Meditate
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Meditation instruction, discussion and practice
Instructor: Kathleen, Erin 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 is used as a text in addition to traditional recovery books. We close with a lovingkindness practice.
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.
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Sunday Morning Prostrations and Chanting
Prostrations begin at about 8:35 and chanting at about 8:50. You are welcome to come for any part of the session.
Prostrations: Prostration practice is an expression of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and expresses one's reverence and devotion to the Triple Gem. They are an outer gesture of surrender to the truth of Dharma.
Prostration practice is not a form of worship or self-denial. It is an act of letting-go, of release of clinging, of humility and confidence in and devotion to the Triple Gem. Prostration practice can purify the body, speech and heart-mind, and serve as a preparatory practice to meditation. The prostrations should be undertaken with the clear intention that they are for the benefit of all beings.
Chanting: Chanting is a practice of concentration and mindfulness, but also one of devotion and the expression and cultivation of one's own aspiration. By engaging the body more directly, it can lift our energy, focus our mind and serve as preparation for silent meditation. The chanting done in this program comes from the Mahayana tradition. It is offered as a preliminary practice to help people to gain a better understanding of the merits and virtues of Buddha, Sangha and Dharma, purify negative karma and open oneself to the wisdom of the teachings by reading sutras directly. In engaging wholeheartedly in the chanting, one can become more open minded, deepen one's aspiration to apply the Buddha's teaching in daily life and be more concentrated for sitting meditation. The chants performed are: The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels; The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas; and The King of Prayers.