43 Lebanon Street
(map and directions)
(directly adjacent to Hanover High School)
5:30 – 7:00 pm
The Monday Sit and Group Discussion
On Monday, January 8, Landon Hall will talk about her recent weekend at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies with Oren Sofer. His topic was Right Speech. Landon suggests you might be interested in one of his blog posts “The Practice of Mindful Communication”. Her presentation will be an excellent intro to Manny Mansbach’s half day study retreat Saturday, Jan 13. Info on our Retreats page.
A four-week focus on the hindrances of Restlessness and Worry will begin on January 15. Our investigation of the hindrance of Doubt will begin on February 12.
In the fall, we began an in-depth investigation of the Five Hindrances, the mind states that all of us have that hinder our ability to quiet our mind and see clearly. All three sits are following basically the same curriculum, described in detail here.
We meditate together for 35-40 minutes, followed by discussion. All levels, including beginners, are welcome. We’re ending each sit around 6:45, to allow time for one-on-one conversations.
As always, it is not necessary to be reading the suggested material to follow the teachings and to take part in the discussion.
Karen Summer leads this sit every week.
During the summer of ’17, the sangha focused on the Brahma-Viharas (Divine Abodes). One of the texts we used was Sharon Salzberg’s book: Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.
From the fall ’16 through spring, ’17, all 3 sits investigated the foundational Dharma teachings called The Eightfold Path, the fourth of the Four Noble Truths. Much of the material we used was from dharma teacher Gil Fronsdal’s excellent online program on this topic.
On March 20, 2017 there was a special presentation on the story of ordained women in the Buddhist Insight tradition and the current campaign for full ordination of Buddhist nuns. Doreen describes the program here in her March essay.
Between March and the end of August, 2016, the teachers focused their remarks on the Four Noble Truths, using Phillip Moffitt’s Dancing with Life and The Four Noble Truths by Aj Sumedho as background material. Download the pdf of Aj. Sumedho’s short book here: The_Four_Noble_Truths_-_Ajahn_Sumedho. In the recent past, we have also read and discussed Jack Kornfield’s Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are and Joanna Macy’s World As Lover, World As Self. We’ve talked about the Five Hindrances or “Torments of the Mind”. An excellent overview by Gil Fronsdal is here. The Hindrance Chart with Antidotes is here.
During the spring and summer of ’14, we read a very impactful Dharma book – Ajahn Sucitto’s Parami – Ways to Cross Life’s Floods. It can be read as an ebook, available here in several formats. It is not commercially available.
If you would like to read Parami on a Kindle, follow these steps: (1) Download the book in .mobi format, (2) Plug your Kindle into your computer with a USB cable, (3) open the ‘Kindle’ drive on My Computer (Windows) or Finder (Mac), (4) and then drag/drop or copy/paste the downloaded .mobi file from where you downloaded it to the ‘documents’ folder on your Kindle. Now, unplug your Kindle, and the book should appear.