Join us for meditation every Monday from 7pm-8pm and Dharma Discussion 8pm-9pm at 65 North Main Street in Yardley, PA (Yardley Friends Meeting) – All are welcome!
After the meditation: many stay for hot tea and snacks followed by open discussion led by sangha board members (volunteers) from 8:15-9pm where we discuss various themes inspired by Buddhism. Everyone is welcome to participate.
First Monday of every month Basic meditation instruction and questions about the Sangha are answered these nights for the first 20 minutes of the service. All welcome!
Upcoming Special Events:
- Rebecca Li – Silent Illumination (TBD)
Upcoming Discussion Schedule:
- 04-02 Padmadharini: Practice of loving kindness or metta
- 04-09 Padmadharini: Working with Challenges
- 04-16 Padmadharini: Conclusion, and Deepening Your Meditation Practice
Overview of Padmadharini’s topics:
– What exactly is meditation, and what it is not
– Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) and loving kindness
as foundational practices
– What distinguishes samatha from vipassana
– Developing confidence in practice
– Working with the hindrances and their antidotes
– Understanding the dhyana factors
– Difference between attention and awareness
– Distinguishing sensations from conceptual overlay
* You have to be a member to lead service. (more about being a member) Thank You!
Recent Visiting Teachers:
Padmadharini – was ordained 12 years ago into the Triratna International Buddhist Community, before which she graduated from a multi-year intensive training in meditation, ethics and Buddhist teachings. Currently teaches Buddhist courses at Triratna-NYC and have been leading courses, workshops and retreats on Buddhism and mindfulness in the US and Europe for over 15 years. Click to see more information about her
Nikki Mirghafori – teaches Buddhist meditation and contemplation nationally. She was introduced to meditation in 1991 and to Theravada Buddhism in 2003 and has studied with various Western and Eastern teachers. She is a Spirit Rock authorized retreat teacher, a Stanford trained compassion cultivation instructor, and a UCLA certified mindfulness facilitator Click to see more information about her and her dharma teachings
Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam is Buddhist teacher from Tibet. He started at a very early age and earned a Master’s degree in advanced Buddhist philosophy in 1990. Upon graduation he also received a special award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He visits our sangha a few times a year – Click to see more information about his visits and dharma teachings
Chipamong Chowdhury is a scholar and teacher of Buddhist studies, and a socially engaged monastic. Bhante, as he is known, was born in Bangladesh and trained in the Theravada tradition in Mayanmar, Sri Lanka, and at Naropa and Toronto Universities.
Rebecca Li is scheduled to rejoin us again on October 9th, 2017.
Andre is a Zen teacher in the Five Mountain Zen Order. Andre joined us in 9/11/2017 for a dharma talk and meditation instructions. In July of 2016, Andre received Dharma Transmission from his teacher, Zen Master Wonji Dharma. See his bio and his writings at originalmindzen.com
- You do not need to be a member of the Sangha to join us in any of our events. However, a free membership is available to help deepen your commitment to meditation and the Sangha, as well as to have voting privileges in yearly elections, and more. Ask on a Monday evening for a membership form or see it online.
Sangha Support (Dana)*
The Sangha offers our weekly meetings, programs, and retreats through the volunteer efforts of members and the Board. We rely on your weekly donations to pay the rental fee for this space. Our teachers receive no payment for their instruction: in the tradition of dana (generosity) they are supported solely by your voluntary donations. May your generosity be a spontaneous expression of gratitude. We have a donation box on the lobby table with the order of service booklets. Your donations are tax deductible.
If you can’t attend our group meditation, you can find a group that practices sitting Meditation near you.
Volunteer to help the Sangha
Our Sangha would not be possible without the work of our volunteers. Ask one of the board members any time if you are interested in helping out. We need help with setup, cleanup, delivery of donations to the local food pantry and more.