43 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH
(map and directions)
(directly adjacent to Hanover High School)
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Monday Sit and Group Discussion
September 17: Gina Sonne will lead the sit. The discussion will focus on Chapter 9 from Mindfulness in Plain English. Selected Quotes from the chapter and Bante G’s suggested metta phrases are here: Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch9 and Metta. Chapter 9
September 24, October 1 and 8: Landon Hall will lead.
Karen Summer, Valley Insight’s co-Guiding Teacher, will be on a 4-week, planned medical leave after joint surgery.
On July 2, we began using Mindfulness in Plain English, by Ven. Gunaratana as a resource for our ongoing practice and discussions about meditation. This is an excellent book for beginning and experienced meditators. The book is available as a free download here.
While Karen will supply “selected quotes” each week, she encourages you to read the entire chapter. “Bhante G”, as he is affectionately called, is famous for the clarity of his writing. Excerpted sentences from each chapter won’t have the subtlety or thorough descriptions that are conveyed by the whole text. The book was published in 2011, so used copies are readily available. Peg’s Tuesday sit and our Monday sit will discuss the same chapters each week.
Selected Quotes from the Introduction, Chapters 1 through 9 are here: Mindfulness in Plain English_Introduction, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch1, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch2, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch3, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch 4, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch5, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch 6, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch7, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch8, Mindful.PlainEnglish.Ch9, and Metta. Chapter 9.
You don’t have to be reading the book to participate in the discussion. All are welcome, whether you’re new to meditation or experienced.
We meditate together for 35-40 minutes, followed by discussion. We’re ending each sit around 6:50, 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.
On Monday, June 25, 2018 nationally-known dharma teacher Ruth King gave a dharma talk and book signing of her new book “Being Mindful of Race“. Her website with many dharma talks and articles is here. As a follow-up to her inspiring talk, Doreen and Peg are offering a 3-session book club to read her book. We will look at Part 2 and 3 at Doreen’s on Thursday, August 9 then Part 3 on September 13, both from 1:00-2:30 pm. Peg will facilitate a book club starting Wed, July 18, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Howe Library in Hanover. She will cover Part 2 the third Wed (same time) of August and part 3 the third Wed of September. Please contact Doreen or Peg if you intend to attend these groups.
In the fall, ’17 through February, ’18, we practiced with and studied the Five Hindrances, the mind states that all of us have that hinder our ability to quiet our mind and see clearly, described in detail here.
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.