Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Meditating with others is a beautiful way to reinforce your individual meditation practice. Moreover, the group shares in the mutually beneficial experience of support, encouragement, and sense of community.
The Vast Sky Sangha is a group of friends and acquaintances that gathers on a regular basis to meditate together. We come from diverse social and spiritual backgrounds, but share a common interest in the practice of mindfulness and meditation in daily living.
Though we have no particular religious affiliation we have borrowed from the Buddhist tradition in naming our group. It is our way of acknowledging the rich contribution the Buddhist tradition has brought to our understanding of human consciousness. “Sangha” is simply a Sanskrit word for community. “Vast Sky” symbolizes our consciousness as being expansive and still regardless of what clouds, winds, or storms might pass through.
Typical sessions start off with a reading selected by the facilitator. After the reading we gently enter into 20 minutes of sitting meditation, followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation, and conclude with a second 20 minute period of sitting meditation. Each time segment is marked by the soft invitation of a meditation bell. This pattern allows you to participate for the amount of time that best fits your schedule. Some like to stay for the entire hour, other choose to finish after the first 20 minutes.
All who are interested are welcome to be part of the meditation community. We welcome newcomers and offer meditation instruction and orientation for beginners. Please join us. We look forward to seeing you.