Meditation

* Provides a sense of calm, peace, and balance
* Reduces pain and enhances the body’s immune system
* Improves blood circulation and slows the heart rate
* Reduces feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and confusion
* Helps reverse heart disease
* Increases energy!
* Reduces stress
* Helps control thoughts
Meditation is the practice of calming and focusing the mind, thus inducing relaxation, mental clarity, and mental spaciousness. Meditation is a tool that anyone can use to help reduce, stress, anxiety, and anger, and to even constructively help cope with physical challenges.

Along with the question What is Meditation?, one might also wonder, What benefits can be experienced by using meditation regularly?

There are many benefits that have been attributed to the regular practice of meditation. Physical benefits of meditation include decreasing blood pressure and improving lung function due to the increase in air flow that reaches the lungs. Those who meditate regularly also find that their resting heart rate is lower, which takes some of the stress off the heart. Chemicals in the body associated with stress are lowered as well, leading to less anxiety. Meditation also promotes youthful skin and a youthful appearance. Ultimately, though, the most important benefit of meditation is to bring about an enhanced state of mental well-being.

Guided, with Instruction

What a great way to start your week! Each class includes a guided meditation, a short talk on the basics of Buddhist thought, and discussion. No prior experience necessary. Drop-ins are welcome! For more information, please email Valerie at: valerie.roth2@gmail.com Cost: By donation.

Monday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Are you interested in learning about meditation, but don't know where to start? If so, this class is for you! Join Jeff in this open, secular class in which we will learn: What is meditation?
What are the benefits of meditation?
How do you do it?

Mondays at 5:30 - 6:00 pm
These classes are presented in series; attend one, some, or all of the classes in a particular series. Each class begins w/ a 20-25 minute guided meditation. A 20-25 minute talk follows. Topics of past series have been "Overcoming Stress," "Improving Relationships," "Perfecting Patience," and "Surrender . . . and Gain Control!" Donations are accepted, but no required or expected. No prior meditation experience is necessary . . . everyone is welcome!

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
Insight Meditation is a non-sectarian method to train one's mind/heart towards peace and happiness. It can also be the cornerstone for a transformative meditative spiritual path. Each of us will choose how much or how little we want to give or take from our spiritual lives. With Insight Meditation we train ourselves to directly observe all experiences without reaction, without judgement, without concept. A mind/heart without reaction allows us to rest into what is happening right now. A non-reactive mind is at peace, our deepest happiness.

Each class begins with a 45-minute meditation with instruction, followed by a short break. A 45-minute Dharma (w/ opportunity for questions and discussion) to follow.

Beginners and experienced students are welcome. Chairs available and/or bring your own cushions.

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

Non-guided, with Discussion

Meditations, teachings, and discussions in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. By donation.

Thursdays at 5:30 pm

Retreats

Retreats at Lotus Center →

The application of wholesome investigation, energy and concentration are basic to any of life’s successes. A meditation retreat offers us the rare opportunity to strengthen these qualities of heart/mind towards our cherished wishes for ourselves. When we apply these mental skills with Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation a meditative path opens to us. Retreat environments are unique and especially suited to strengthen the mind with wholesome focus and awareness. Once strengthened, we can take these mental skills wherever and whenever we need to focus our mind/hearts. Our need to focus arises again and again in our everyday world of jobs and relationships, etc. These skills are vital if we want the inner peace we all seek.

A clear and wholesomely-focused mind is a contented mind.

The beauty of a wholesomely-focused mind is that there is no difference if we apply it in our everyday lives or for our ‘spiritual’ meditation or yoga practices. When we apply focus and wholesome intention towards any activity, we deepen the development of various kinds of Wisdom.

Come and practice in this non-residential, non-sectarian, meditation retreat and further your development towards your own happiness. Vipassana meditation is practiced by spiritual seekers from every religion. No belief in Buddhism necessary.

The only belief necessary is ‘when we train the mind, the mind will be trained’.

Retreats at Lotus Center →
Meditations are free-of-charge. Donations are welcome and appreciated.