43 Lebanon Street
(map and directions)
(directly adjacent to Hanover High School)
5:30 – 7:00 pm
The Monday Sit and Group Discussion
On the Memorial Day holiday, May 29th there will be an informal, drop-in sit. No planned program; the Friends building will be open for anyone who wants to sit during our usual time.
Sit leader schedule for June:
June 5 – Peg; 12th – Karen; 19th – Peg; 26th – Doreen
Check back here for Peg’s plans for June 5. We are coming to the end of our Eightfold Path study.
On March 20 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.
All 3 sits are investigating the foundational Dharma teachings called The Eightfold Path, the fourth of the Four Noble Truths. Much of the material we are using is from dharma teacher Gil Fronsdal’s online program on this topic. An overview and all suggested material is described on our website here. Gil’s short essays introduce each path factor and include the weekly reflections.
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.
Peg Meyer usually leads the first and third Mondays, Doreen Schweizer the fourth Mondays, and Karen Summer the second Mondays.
If you want to receive the weekly email specifically for the Monday sit, sign up a steno pad that’s usually put out every week. Emails are not shared with any other group and are sent out with recipient list suppressed.
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.