Upcoming sessions and talks

Meditation with Mud Lotus Sangha at ILLIO Studio: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 8:00 am and every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. 13 E Tulane, Columbus, OH 43202

Facilitated drum circle for all levels at the All Live Center for Integrative WellnessEvery full moon evening, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Next session: March 31st. 5700 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015.

Talk on Buddhism and Veganism as a part of the Religion and Veganism Speaker Series put on the by the Columbus Veg Community. At the North Side LIbrary 1423 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43201. March 24th, 2-3:30 pm. Free event with free food.

Mud Lotus: Making Way

“All that is dear to me and everyone I love
are of the nature to change.” (Five Remembrances)

What is the nature of existence? For the next set of Mud Lotus Sunday sessions, we will explore and experiment with the short list of observations about reality that form the core of Buddhist philosophy: impermanence, no-self, interdependent arising, and karma. At the next session, Sara will lead meditation as an experiential reflection on the nature of impermanence, followed by a discussion.

Because of impermanence death is inevitable. Yet, also because of impermanence birth is possible. Observing the flow of joy and pain, stillness and motion, arising and letting go, we can come into contact with the only thing that stays constant in all this flux: the experience of being alive. When letting go of the past, we are making way for becoming.

Mud Lotus: Attention to Life

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    • Sunday, 12/10/2017 at 10 AM – 12 PM
      ILLIO, 13 E. Tulane, C-bus, Ohio, 43202

 

“Many of us, although alive, are not really alive, because we are not able to touch life in the present moment… When you wash your face in the morning, you might touch your eyes without being aware that you are touching them. You might be thinking about other things. But if you wash your face in mindfulness, aware that you have eyes that can see, that the water comes from distant sources to make washing your face possible, your washing will be much deeper… We do not need to die to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact we have to be fully alive.” (Thich Nhat Hanh, “Touching Peace,” 1992)

The 7th element of the Buddhist Eightfold Path is “Sati,” the practice of mindfulness. To be mindful is not to be full of thought, but rather to fully present in the experience of life in every moment. The practice of mindfulness is the practice of a non-judgmental awareness of experience as it unfolds. It is a continual “remembering” of the present. It is an “appointment” with life itself. This basic practice is the ground of all Buddhist philosophy.

Come join us this Sunday. Gather as a community of awareness, as an experiment in listening and feeling, and as a practice of being fully alive.

Mud Lotus meets for 2 hours every 2nd and 4th Sunday. We have brief introductions and a Dharma talk and then sit in meditation for two 20-minute periods (divided by walking meditation). We finish with listening and sharing with one another in Dharma discussion.

Mud Lotus is anchored by Sara and Seth to promote the values of stillness, belonging, and engagement. We believe meditation practice should be accessible to everyone, all bodies, body types, and abilities. Folks can stay 5 minutes or the whole time and adjust themselves in whatever way best supports their practice. We welcome folks of all religions, races, sexualities, and gender identities. Please let us know if there is something we can do to support your practice.

Mud Lotus also meets, for about one hour, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 8:00 am, at ILLIO, 13 E. Tulane, 43202.

A growing lotus

Mud Lotus is a community of mindfulness that Sara Provenzale and I began about a year and a half ago. Our first project was the creation of a “sangha”–a  group of people who gather regularly in a Buddhist style. As we practice it, a sangha should be a welcome and heart-opening space for meditation and self-development where there is no charge for participation. More recently, we’ve begun visiting a local prison to support the Buddhist community there. As our sangha is now well established, and we are each looking for ways to make a living doing the work we love, we are now talking about expanding what we offer to include a set of services and classes, for communities, adults, and teens. The Mud Lotus Sangha will always open to all on a donation basis. The other offerings under the larger Mud Lotus Project will be on a sliding scale with a requested price. Please contact me if you’re interested in learning more!