Meeting the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month
We will not be meeting on Saturday, November 25, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Our next meeting will be at the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts on Sunday, December 10, from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for a couple of special sessions of meditation instruction, open to the public. More details to follow as they become available.
Our regular session will resume on Saturday, December 23rd at the regular location:
The Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness - 900 Peeler St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
We meet on the lower level. Please come around to the back of the building. You may use the parking lot off of Hudson Ave.
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Please be mindful in the lobby area as massages may be in progress in an adjoining room.
*You are welcome to come to either or both sessions*
Meditation: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
This is a time for us to meditate (sitting and walking meditation) and check in with each other (meditation is not guided). Please bring your own cushion if you have one, otherwise there are zafus (round cushions), back jacks, and chairs available. There will be no instruction offered during the regular sitting period. If you would like meditation instruction, please contact Kirk Lowis to schedule a session - email or call: OselChogyal@gmail.com 269.552.9899. No fee; donations are welcome.
Book Study (Cafe Shambhala): 2:45pm-4:00pm
We are reading “The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out” by the 17th Karmapa. There is no need to own the book. Here is a link to a description of the book:
The Heart is Noble
Introduction to mindfulness awareness practice
Next date and time to be announced.
Please join us for an introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation instruction in the style of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Meditation instruction is free (donations welcome), but it is important to register. Please email or call: OselChogyal@gmail.com 269.552.9899.
Our regular book study will follow from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Location: The Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness - 900 Peeler St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Nyinthun (all day meditation / discussion)
Next date to be announced.
Tentative Schedule for the day:
8:30 am tea/coffee, 9:00 practice
Lunch: noon-1:45 (approx.) followed by reading/discussion
Afternoon session: 1:45-5:00
The schedule includes silent sitting and walking meditation, a brief reading from a meditation text and discussion after lunch, followed by more sitting and walking meditation. Bring your own cushion if you have one.
For an explanation of why extended meditation practice such as a nyinthun is important, see this 10-minute video of Chogyam Trungpa, given in Vermont in 1971:
A note on class fees: For weekly classes, the recommended fee, if you can afford it, would be $5-$10/class.
Time is precious; we encourage anyone who has time in their lives to attend programs whether they can pay right now or not. We trust that, when you are able, you will do what you can.