Still Mountain Annual Community Meeting

December 13, 2020

Minutes

  • Vote on keeping the Sunday Sitting Zoom link on the website:  Yes
  • Vote to elect Lisa Zucker to the Board of Directors:  Unanimous Yes
  • Vote to elect Walter Tucker to the Board of Directors:  Unanimous Yes
  • Annual Board Report 2020:  Accomplishments, current status
  • 2020 Annual Teacher Council Report:  Activities during 2021, in process now

Summary of closing words from David Lawson, lead teacher:

  • Has watched Still Mountain grow from a pipe dream.
  • Sees a sense of sincerity in our approach to the practice.
  • Encourages letting go of any sense of entitlement in this culture.
  • Encouraged us to continue to support each other with forgiveness; we will make mistakes.
  • It is important to respect each other related to our tendency to make ourselves and others solid.

The new Board of Directors will convene on January 3 at the Annual Board of Directors Meeting to elect the new officers.

If you wish further information, please contact the Board of Directors at board@stillmountainmeditation.org

Tuesday Drop-in Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practices with Instruction

Please join our drop-in mindfulness-based meditation practices that is offered virtually via Zoom each Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. These sessions are designed for everyone from beginners to those who would like to deepen their already established practice. 

If you wish to receive class notes and group announcements, please register here
You can join with or without registering by clicking here password 388757. 

The sessions are offered by Turner Resource Senior Center  and is being led by Bilha Birman Rivlin. For any question please contact Bilha

SOCIALLY ENGAGED BUDDHISM DISCUSSION GROUP

​Please join our Zoom discussion group about socially engaged Buddhism, which “is a contemporary form of Buddhism that engages actively yet nonviolently with the social, economic, political…and ecological problems of society” (Sallie B. King, 2009). We will meet on 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30pm, September 22 through October 27. We will suggest readings, videos, and other resources to review between sessions, to be discussed together in the weekly meetings. This group is intended for anyone who wishes to learn about socially engaged Buddhism.
 
The discussion group will be facilitated by Jim Whiteside and Jackie Miller. If you would like to join us, please contact Jim to let us know of your interest and to send us your email address (so we can send you the Zoom invitations, resource links, etc.).

Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center Fall Retreat: The Threshold and Transitional States

Friday November 1st 5:00pm thru Sunday November 3rd 1pm 2019
DeSales Retreat Center 1124 Ventura Drive Brooklyn MI 49230
Retreat and Teachings offered on a *Dana Basis

About the Retreat
We move through transitional states every day of our lives, and sometimes intense transitions may last and may be disorienting.  These in-between states, however, are filled to the brim with potential and when recognized for what they are and approached with patience and curiosity can be life changing and a source for deep intuitive learning and creative expression.

When we enter the threshold, standing at the gate’s steps, between “this” and “that” we have entered a bardo state, as described in Buddhism, or a “liminal state” as known in modern psychology.  In this retreat, we will explore the capacity of each of us to rest in such states and thereby gain a surprising kind of freedom and new perspective on our lives. In essence, we learn to accept our experience and trust ourselves.

Teachings will be offered on the potential of transitional states, with much time for personal reflection and some limited discussion, all within a container of silence and meditation. 

*Cost: This retreat is offered freely with an opportunity for Dana to anyone who participates. Most of the financial support for Still Mountain Sponsored & Lead Retreats comes from donations participants offer at the end of the retreat. Their generosity is what allows others to participate in this and & future retreats. A refundable deposit is required to apply for a retreat. The deposit is refunded when one arrives at the retreat or if one cancels three weeks before the start of the retreat.