GATHERING FOR REFUGE AND CLARITY
Starting on Monday, November 2nd at 7:30 am, VIMS will be offering a half-hour community time to be together and remember our connection to one another and to these teachings, which show us a way to have greater peace, ease, and openness in our hearts and minds––even in times of polarization and dissension––and even as we engage actively in working towards making the world better for all sentient beings.
As long as followers of the Way gather together and meet in harmony can they be expected to prosper and not decline. As long as followers of the Way care for the vulnerable among them can they be expected to prosper and not decline. As long as followers of the Way tend the sacred places in their environment can they be expected to prosper and not decline. –– Maha Parinirvana
Meetings will begin with silence. Then we will use the formal “Going for the Three Refuges” to speak/chant the intention to seek safety and support from
1) our connection to Buddha, as a symbol of our commitment towards being awake, wise and kind in thought, speech and action;
2) a trust and a willingness to try out the practices that Dharma teachings offer;
3) a confidence in one another as fellow practitioners and support––even in the solidarity of silence.
Then we will speak the Five Training Precepts together. You are free to take only those which you feel pertain to you and to the extent that you decide. Remember: these are not “commandments,” they are “mindfulness bells,” considerations which nourish wisdom and strengthen the possibility of appropriate, compassionate action. The Precepts are to refrain from
1) harming any living creature;
2) taking what is not freely given;
3) sexual or sensual misconduct;
4) harsh, incorrect, or intentionally polarizing speech;
5) drugs or alcohol which may cloud the mind and lead to carelessness.
In time, we plan to have a silent time that will be open for people to speak into––sharing their cares and concerns for themselves and other––thereby creating a space for contemplative holding.
We will be meeting daily every day of election week, which undoubtedly will be a time of intense emotions. You can come as many or as few times as you like. There is no need for a commitment or preregistration. After that, we will likely meet at least once weekly, on Mondays, or we may decide to hold the gathering daily for a while.
Zoom invitations will be sent out to all sitting group members as we come closer to November. If you are not on a sitting group list or for more information, please contact: email@example.com
Mindfully Facing Climate Change (A four-part series), April 16 & 30 and May 14 & 28 2020. We used Bhikkhu Analayo’s course material from the BCBS website for our discussion.
Judson Brewer Dharma Talk — A talk with Judson Brewer, February 29, 2020. Dharma Teacher and noted Psychiatrist Judson Brewer, an expert in the field of mindfulness-based habit change and a long-time practitioner, offered a dharma talk on
“The Factors of Awakening and Reward-Based Learning.”
Being Mindful of Race — A talk with Ruth King, June 25 2018
Senior Vipassana teacher Ruth King discussed her book Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out.
For a synopsis
Vesak Day (Buddha Day) May 29, 2018. We celebrated Vesak Day 2018 with a sit and potluck at St. Barnabas in Norwich.