Mini Practice Retreat [Sunday,Dec 1)
December 1 / 10:30 AM - December 1 / 1:30 PM
Mini Practice Retreat
Please join us on one Sunday of every month, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, for extended meditation practice. This is an opportunity to deepen your practice.
Open to all, the practice consists of periods of silent sitting meditation interspersed with brief periods of walking meditation. We begin the morning with opening chants. You can come for the entire morning or just part.
We will include the practice of Maitri Bhavana during the middle of the morning. Maitri Bhavana is a meditation on loving kindness practiced for those who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally or have recently died. It cultivates our compassion through taking on the sense of suffering of others. We have an opportunity to share our health with them and acknowledge our deep interconnectedness.
A list is posted on the bulletin board at the Center for any of us to add the names and illnesses of relatives and friends who are seriously ill, so they can be explicitly included in the practice. You should include someone because you feel a personal concern for their suffering, such as a relative dying of cancer or suffering from clinical depression. It would not be appropriate, for example, to include someone who has the flu or a sprained ankle.
You may also add them to the list by sending an email to
Be sure to include both the name of the individual as well as the illness. You can submit the same name(s) each month if you like, but we do not "carry over".
Afterwards, participants often have lunch together at a nearby restaurant.