|The Albuquerque sangha meets every Thursday evening, unless noted otherwise below. Everyone is welcome.|
|Where:||The monks at the Wat Buddhasothorn Temple generously allow us to meet in their meditation hall at 145 Madison NE. See directions.|
|Meditation:||If you are new, these meditation instructions may be helpful. Someone will probably offer to give instructions during the meditation.|
1) If you like to sit on the floor, bring a meditation cushion.
(The room is carpeted. There are plenty of chairs.)
2) If we have a visiting teacher or talk by a community dharma leader, please consider giving dana to the teacher. See Dana section below.
3) If you can, please bring a small optional donation for the sangha so that we may make a donation to the Wat and cover other expenses.
|Dana:||Dana is a Pali word meaning generosity. According to long tradition, our teachers do not charge anything to meet with us. Voluntary contributions to teachers are gratefully accepted at the Thursday sittings and also at individual practice discussions. If you'd like your teacher dana to be tax deductible, you can make the check payable to Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha and indicate the teacher's name in memo field. We hope that you'll be generous to our wonderful teachers. (For more about dana, here is an essay from the Cloud Mountain Retreat Center site: The Practice of Dana.)|
|Dinner:||If you'd like to socialize before the meetings, come for dinner at 5:00. See Thursday Night Dinners for locations.|
|Discussions:|| Individual practice discussions
are an opportunity to talk with a teacher in a one-on-one setting
about your practice or about other relevant issues in daily life
related to meditation practice or ethics. You can ask questions,
get advice about practice, and guidance about your overall path.
It is appropriate to offer Dana to the teacher for this opportunity.
Brian Lesage offers practice discussions when
he is here on Thursdays.
|Recordings:||Recordings of a number of the talks given on Thursday night are available on our dharma recordings page.|
What We'll Do After the Meditation|
The sangha will also meet on Thursdays not listed below. Additional dates will be filled in as activities are confirmed.
Details below might change at any time. Please check back close to the date to confirm.
|02/14/13:||Meditation followed by talk on Right Action with Ken Muņoz|
|02/21/13:||Extended meditation period (see info below*) followed by discussion facilitated by Community Dharma Leader Kathryn Turnipseed|
|02/28/13:||Meditation followed by talk on Acceptance with Fred Herman|
|03/07/13:||Meditation followed by talk on Precepts 2|
|03/14/13:||Meditation followed by talk on Precepts 3 with Elisa Ganade|
|03/21/13:||Extended meditation period (see info below*) followed by discussion facilitated by Community Dharma Leader Kathryn Turnipseed|
|03/28/13:||Meditation followed by talk with visiting teacher Brian Lesage.|
|04/04/13:||Meditation followed by talk on Precepts 5|
|04/11/13:||Meditation followed by talk with visiting teacher Brian Lesage|
|04/18/13:||Extended meditation period (see info below*) followed by discussion facilitated by Community Dharma Leader Kathryn Turnipseed|
|04/25/13:||Meditation followed by talk on Wholesome and Unwholesome States with Elisa Ganade|
|05/02/13:||Meditation followed by talk with visiting teacher Annie Nugent|
*Information about extended meditation periods listed above: We sit from 6:30 to 7:30. Instruction will be provided on making possible posture adjustments, mindfully standing for a time, or even quietly walking if sitting for the full hour proves overwhelming. Following the hour, we'll take a stretch break, then reassemble to reflect on our experience and share thoughts.
History: See Previous Thursday Night Activities.