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If you were asked why waste time meditating daily?

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One of your answers, comes from the Buddha’s teaching of the 2 arrows. Mindfulness meditation trains the mind to eventually comprehend the “reality of living”, to the extend that we are better equipped to deal with daily unavoidable events with calmer demeanor.  Following are few resources for you, on this Sunday, to explore and enjoy.



During the last Thursday’s NW SMG meeting, we were studying Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book- “In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon”, we came across the Buddha’s teaching of the 2 arrows. There is this saying common nowadays, “Pain is unavoidable, Suffering is optional”.  In the Sallatha Sutta: The Arrow translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, you get the understand of the meaning behind of this popular saying.


How then, you might ask, mindfulness meditation can make a difference for me?  Following youtube video explains it in 7 minutes, the how.  And make sure you watch the video all  the way to the end, in order to …

Venerable Gavesi April/May 2019 Texas Schedule

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Venerable Gavesi was ordained by the late Sayadaw U Pandita in Myanmar in 2001. For over 20 years, Ven. Gavesi has been practising both Samatha and Vipassana bhāvanā under various teachers like Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw Nyanapurnik & Ven. Sujiva. He has led many retreats in Malaysia & overseas. He is currently the Spiritual Advisor of Peace House in Penang, Malaysia.

Listings of programs open to public.  To contact for questions and details, see bottom of following illustration.

Bhante Gavesi will be giving Dhamma talks in Jade Buddha Temple Houston, Austin and Brazos Buddhist Association/Brazos Insight Meditation Bryan/College Station. In addition leading a 10-day intensive Insight meditation at the American Bodhi Center. To register for the retreat, see link.

A list of his Dhamma talks are:
Awareness, Mindfulness, and Clear ComprehensionBreaking through the identification of self Compassion and Equanimity in difficult timesDealing with Guilt
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April 2019 Meditation Retreat

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10-Day Insight Meditation Retreat with Ven. Gavesi April 23, 2019English Dharma Group, Jade Buddha Temple will be hosting a 10-Day Vipassana meditation retreat at the American Bodhi Center (ABC, Hempstead TX) in April 2019 led by Venerable Gavesi. The first day of the retreat is Tuesday, April 23, 2019 and vegetarian meals are provided. Participants must attend the full 10 day retreat. A limited number of attendees will be accepted. Registration is required and is first come first served. Register here.  
Ven. Gavesi Bio

Ven. Gavesi was ordained in 2001 by the late Sayadaw U Pandita of Panditārama Forest Meditation Centre in Myanmar. For over 20 years, Ven. Gavesi has been practising both Samatha and Vipassana bhāvanā under various teachers such as Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw Nyanapurnik, and Ven. Sujiva.
Currently, Ven. Gavesi teaches Vipassana technique in Malaysia as well as overseas. He is presently the Spiritual Adviser to Peace House in Penang, Malaysia. 
Ven. Gavesi's Past Re…

Mindfulness Class: Get Ready for the Merry Seasons

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Introduction to Mindfulness for Urban LivingIn the October of 2018, the English Dharma Group (EDG) is offering an introductory meditation class. In this four-week class, participants receive instructions on Mindfulness Meditation with weekly group practice and daily self exercises at home.
Where: Jade Buddha TempleWhen: 4 Sundays 2018: 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4Time: 8:00 am group instructions & discussion | 9:00 am meditation practiceOrientation: 10/7/18 (to see if this is for you)Background: We live very busy and sometimes chaotic lives.  There are times we wish to slow down and smell the roses. In the past twenty years, a wealth of scientific and medical research studies and programs have explored the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation. It has found its way into the business world, schools, military, medical and others.
This EDG class is an introduction to the Fundamentals of Mindfulness with emphasis on “doing” more so then concepts. Consisting of four weekly sessions w…

10-Day Insight Meditation Retreat with Ven Gavesi

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Insight Meditation Retreat by Bhante Gavesi
A 10-Day Vapassana meditation retreat at the American Bodhi Center (ABC) in April 2018 lead by Venerable Gavesi.  First day of the retreat is Saturday, April 14, 2018 and vegetarian meals are provided.  We ONLY have a very limited number of seating, registration is required and is first come first served.

ABC is a 515 acre property situated in Northwest side of Houston.  It is has meditation, dinning and residential facilities. For a guided tour ABC Guided Tour.

Ven. Gavsei Bio
Ven. Gavesi was ordained in 2001 by the late Sayadaw U Pandita of Panditārama
Forest Meditation Centre in Myanmar.  For over 20 years, Ven. Gavesi has been practising both Samatha and Vipassana bhāvanā under various teachers such as Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw Nyanapurnik, and Ven. Sujiva.

Nowadays, Ven. Gavesi teaches Vipassana technique in Malaysia as well as overseas.  He is presently the Spiritual Adviser to Peace House in Penang.



Retreat Venue Due to limited faci…

Satellite Meditation Group- Houston Texas

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Satellite Meditation Group (SMG)Supporting the establishment of a stress-free and happier living
SMG is a non sectarian meditation group of mindfulness practices. We focus on supporting each other in developing wholesome habits.  The Visions of SMG is to support each other to: build wholesome habits,learn and strengthen mindfulness skills.



Locations:
We have 4 locations Northwest (NW), Southwest (SW), Katy and Inner Loop (IL).


PURPOSE
1. Meditating with a group helps to develop a habit
It's easy to find excuses not to meditate at home. Joining a meditation group can provide the necessary encouragement and motivation for developing a consistent practice and help reinforce your daily practice.

2. Learning
New meditators can learn a great deal from those who have a practice, while experienced meditators can learn a lot from guiding and helping beginners

3. Getting feedback
You might find that other members of your group can help clear up any confusion you may have about meditation, help you f…

Beginner's Meditation Class March 2017

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS FOR URBAN LIVING This is a four weeks program, participants will receive instructions on Mindfulness Meditation with weekly group practice and daily self exercises at home.This intend for the class is to help establish mindfulness in your life.
What: Introduction To Mindfulness For Urban LivingWhere: Jade Buddha Temple, 6969 Westbranch Drive, Houston, TX 77072-2163 U.S.AWhen: Four consecutive Sundays in March and April | 3/12 – 3/19 – 3/26 – 4/2Time: 8:00 am small group introduction and discussion | 9:00 am meditation practice in Kwan Yin HallOrientation: Sunday March 5 11:30 am (30 minutes, after EDG’s Dharma Talk); location to be announced.Background: We live very busy and sometimes chaotic lives and at times wish there was a way to slow down and smell the roses. In the past twenty years, a wealth of scientific and medical research studies and programs have explored the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation.  It has even found its way into the corporat…