Our weekly meditation group is free and open to all. If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner and would like to deepen your practice, please join us as we explore the practice of meditation.
Tergar’s approach to meditation focuses on working with the challenges of day-to-day life to create a peaceful mind and open heart. Our meditation group includes short presentations on the basics of meditation practice, guided meditations, and group discussion. Feel free to drop in anytime!
Meeting time: Every Tuesday evening, 7:00 – 8:30pm
*Community Nights: the first Tuesday of each month includes a 60-minute teaching/practice session followed by a 30-minute social period with snacks provided.
~ What are we meditating on this month? ~
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 94-98; 137-141
March 10, 17, 24 ~ Meditating with Open Awareness in Daily Life
Daily life provides us with endless opportunities to “wake up.” Even activities that we normally associate with distraction and escapism, such as watching TV, can be transformed into deeply meaningful activities by using them as gateways to awareness. Eventually, we can learn to rest in meditative awareness throughout the day, regardless of where we are and what we are doing. We begin this process of awakening by simply resting the mind in open awareness, or bringing awareness to the breath, for short intervals as we go about our day.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 203-205 (apply this section specifically to resting in open awareness and meditating on the breath)
March 31, April 7 (Community Night), 14, 21 ~ Meditating with Open Awareness in Difficult Times
Challenging situations like illness, the loss of a job or a loved one, and problems at home or at work are often times when our emotions take over and we feel powerless to manage our inner lives. One way that we can learn to stay centered in the midst of emotional turmoil is to relax into open awareness. Instead of running from difficult situations or acting out, simply relax the mind and embrace the situation with the gentle touch of awareness.
Reading: Joyful Wisdom, pp. 265-270
Note: Community Night sessions are now usually held on the first Tuesday of each month featuring supplementary Joy of Living content chosen for each evening.
~ Teachings, Guided Meditations, and Other Resources ~
- An Introduction to Meditation, Part IV by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Guided Meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Mind Like Space by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Resting the Mind As It Is by Edwin Kelley
- Guided Meditation on Open Space and Awareness by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Guided Meditation on Open Awareness by Mingyur Rinpoche