Classes, Programs and Workshops
The Meditation Practice of Mindful Presence
This class will delve deeper into the basic insight meditation instructions by looking at the power of being mindfully aware of the present moment. Learn to notice when we dwell in thoughts of the past or reach out to planning the future. We will explore ways to become more intimate with our thinking processes by staying present with what is arising in this moment. 4 classes
Instructors: Hugh Danville and Karen Mori, Still Mountain Meditation Center.
When: Tuesday, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, 4 classes: April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 15
Where: Pioneer High School Media Center
Registration: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed website: www.aareced.com class id # 1837.301
"The paramis are traditionally used to help explain why dharma/meditation practice seems to come more easily for some practitioners than for others. Maybe you have wondered about what might be impeding your own meditation practice and why perhaps it has become static and stale. It is very likely that some of the answers may lie in understanding of the paramis, and it is equally likely that fuller expression of one or more of the paramis, at least initially, is more important than any particular technical aspect of your mediation practice. Therefore, this is a critical area for our dhamma practice, especially since the paramis are practices that are done off the cushion in everyday life, and have deep resonance in everything we do as we fulfill our aspiration for freedom.
In this class, we will work directly from a text written by Ajahn Sucitto titled “Parami, Ways to Cross Life’s Floods”. In my opinion, this is a dharma book that can make all the difference in a practitioner’s life. It is freely available as an ebook on forestsangha.org as well as Sucitto’s blog and HolyBooks.com. We will also look for ways for creative play with the paramis, such as by reading and discussing some of the jataka tales and possibly other teaching stories that clarify and instruct regarding the energies of the paramis.
if you would like to register please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Instructor: David Lawson
When: Dates of this upcoming Winter/Spring session will be 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10 and 5/24 (8 meetings).
Where: Turner Senior Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
This class is intended for practitioners at all levels”.
Study Group: Still Mountain Buddhists for Racial Justice
The Still Mountain Buddhists for Racial Justice Study Group meets monthly. The group was formed to engage in ongoing self-education regarding racism, white privilege, and other forms of social inequity and oppression in our society. Without engaging in self-hatred or self-blame, we can look compassionately at the ways in which we have not received an adequate education about the nature and extent of racism and other forms of social oppression in our society, in our Buddhist sanghas, and in ourselves. We invite anyone in the sangha who is interested in such matters to join us. (A copy of the group's annual report (2/12/17) may be seen here.)
Contact: Jim Whiteside at firstname.lastname@example.org