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 – 8:00pm
*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? ~
In this series, we will explore the principle of basic goodness, the idea that all the peace, confidence, and other positive qualities that we seek are to be found in awareness itself. Below you will find more information on these topics, as well as suggested readings from Mingyur Rinpoche’s books, simple instructions for daily meditation practice, and links to related teachings and downloadable guided meditations.
April 28, May 4 (Community Night), 11 & 18 ~ Nurturing the Spark of Awareness
Meditation is a path of discovery. By giving ourselves the space to explore our hearts and minds, we gradually recognize that awareness itself is filled with all the qualities that we often feel are lacking in our lives. Recognizing the presence of compassion, inner peace, wisdom, and other positive qualities in each moment allows for the full expression of our basic goodness and its spontaneous manifestations of compassion and wisdom.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 46-53
May 25, June 1 (Community Night), 8 & 15 ~ Nurturing the spark of loving-kindness and compassion
Loving-kindness and compassion are rooted in the desire to be happy and free from suffering. Though they may not always be expressed in a skillful manner, these basic desires are present each and every moment. Once we recognize them in our own experience, we can nurture these qualities as manifestations of our basic goodness. In time, we can extend our impulse to be happy and free from suffering to all beings, who share these same desires.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 104-109
June 22 & 29, July 6 (Community Night) & 13 ~ Nurturing the Spark of Wisdom
Like a mother bird away from her nest, when we do not recognize our basic goodness we experience a sense perpetual homesickness, a subtle feeling that there is a source of true and lasting contentment that is just out of reach. Though we don’t always look for happiness in the right places, an inner compass lets us know when we are off-course. We can allow this insight to guide us back to our true nature, in which we discover an inner peace that does not depend on the outer circumstances of our lives.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 53-58
Sitting meditation practice
— Begin by resting in open awareness:
- Relax your mind and remain present.
- Don’t try to focus on anything in particular or control your mind, yet do not get lost in thoughts either.
- Leave all of the sense doors open, without trying to block any aspect of experience.
- When you feel the desire to move, or to react to a thought or feeling, notice that every impulse is an expression of your basic goodness, of your desire to find true and lasting happiness.
- You do not need to change or alter your experience in any way. Simply embrace each moment with spacious awareness.
— After a few minutes, bring your awareness to the impulses that arise in your body and mind:
— End your session by letting go and resting once again in open awareness.
Meditation in action
- When you wake up, form the intention to recognize your basic goodness throughout the day.
- Remind yourself of this intention as often as you can:
- When you remember this intention, notice the desire to be happy and free from suffering in whatever you are doing, and recognize that this desire is the manifestation of your basic goodness.
- Once you’ve recognized your basic goodness, let go and rest your mind in open awareness as you continue your activity.
– Pick moments to remind yourself throughout the day, such as during breaks, at meal times, or when you get up to do something.
– Place reminders, such as sticky notes or stickers, around your home and office in places where you will see them frequently.
~ 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