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Monday, July 11, 2016

Intoduction to Mindfulness for Urban Living


If you know and may even have practice mindful meditation but feel may be you needed more.  This is might be for you if you are ready to commit to tryThe following story demonstrate the point that knowing and doing are two different thing. Meditation instruction is very simple yet it it is not easy.  This introduction to mindfulness meditation program for urban living is design to help you to get started.

Story of the "Simple Truth of the World"
A man seeking the ultimate wisdom of the world and search high and low for many years and to every corner of the world. And he is growing old.

Finally, when he was 80 years old, arrived at the door of the wise man then he asked: "What is the ultimate wisdom of the world?"

The answer comes from the wise man was "Do good and avoid evil."

Immediately, the old man responded angrily and shouted: "Why I searched high and low for a long time and every corner of the world for a wise word that even a child knows." So angry that he was about to strike the wise man.

The wise man then kindly look at the angry old man and said, "Yes, a child might know but not even an 80-year-old man can do."

 
Into to Mindfulness Meditation: In the month of August, the English Dharma Group is offering an introductory meditation class. In this four weeks class, participants receive detailed instructions on Insight Meditation with a chance to practice weekly as a group and daily at home.
  • What: Introduction To Mindfulness For Urban Living
  • Where: Jade Buddha Temple
  • When: Four consecutive Sundays in August | 8/7 - 8/14 - 8/21 - 8/28
  • Time: 8:30 am small group introduction and discussion 9:00 meditation practice
  • Kick-Off Meeting: Sunday July 31 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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 corporate business world.

The English Dharma Group’s class is an introduction to the Fundamentals of Mindfulness. Consisting of four weekly sessions, the class focuses on the Mahasi method of Mindfulness meditation for busy urban lives. It is intended for yogis who want to develop a regular and deep Mindfulness practice, learn how to work with obstacles and who are ready and willing to commit to the program.

To make the program effective, the number of participants is limited. There is no cost associated with program; donations are at your discretion.

Expectations and Schedule: To benefit from the program, all participants are expected to commit the entire class schedule and all requirements (no exceptions). Early morning activities will be either conducted at Jade Buddha Temple or via the internet. There will be an initial orientation meeting on July 31, 2016, from noon to 1:00 pm.
The four classes are conducted every Sunday in August, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Participants have daily mindfulness practices and are expected to keep a diary following a short check-list, provided by the instructor. Everyone is encouraged to actively contribute to the growth of the group. There is a minimum requirement of 5 participants to start the program. Everyone is expected to join the Sunday EDG meditation program from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Program Lead: Josten Ma facilitates and leads the program. His meditation practice evolved over more than 20 years, during which he participated in numerous retreats in the US and overseas, some lasting as long as 20 days. He has studied various popular meditation methods and as a result chose the Mahasi methods of the Vipassana meditation as a place to let his mind rest in meditation.


Goals:
  • Participants get to know the "How to" of mindfulness meditation
  • Learn the basics of Mindfulness Meditation (Mahasi Methods)
  • Develop Mindfulness habits
  • Develop 24 x 7 awareness in Urban living (yes, even during busy office hours)

Kick-Off Meeting July 31: During the kick-off meeting, the group will decide to either begin the class at Jade Buddha Temple early in the morning at 8:30 am or conference call the evening before. This is to provide added time for discussions, instructions, and explanations. The time spent exclusively with the group members and the instructor allows participants to share their experience, and discuss topics such the basic "how-to" of meditation; find right & wrong meditation objects; how to arouse Mindfulness; learn about sustaining mindfulness and dealing with obstructions.

Who should attend?
  • Anyone interested in gaining a deeper awareness of day to day busy urban living;

  • Anyone who would like to learn more about meditation practice in a small group setting.  
Registration: Prior registration via