Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesdays Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 2018  From 7 – 8:30 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church

4001 Speedway, Austin

Registration online here

Mindfulness Meditation, also known as insight or vipassana meditation, comes from the Buddhist tradition of Southeast Asia.  It aims to free the mind from distortions of self-centeredness, negativity and confusion.  Seeing life as a constantly changing process, we begin to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity.  This balanced awareness, grounded in the present moment, leads us to stillness and a growing understanding of the nature of life.  Out of this seeing emerges wisdom and compassion.

Students will be introduced to vipassana, concentration, and metta meditation and receive instruction on how to bring mindfulness into their daily life.  The class will include instruction, discussion, take home exercises, and guided meditation.

COURSE OUTLINE

Week One        Mindfulness of breath

Week Two        Mindfulness of the body

Week Three      Mindfulness of feeling

Week Four        Mindfulness of thinking

The class will be taught by Kathey Ferland, Sashi Kimball and Rick Pearson. All are long-time meditators in the vipassana tradition.  Kathey and Sashi have completed the Community Dharma Leader Program, sponsored by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

Cost for the series of classes is $25 (full scholarships are available).  Register in advance on the website here.  If you have questions, contact Kathey at katheyferland4ATgmail.com  or 512-565-3774.

 

 

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