MEDITATION

In our meditation classes, you can expect a relaxing temperature-controlled space with cork floor and imported lanterns, candles and incense. Additionally, multiple meditation props will be provided including mats, bolsters, blankets, and eye pillows. Often, there will be a theme chosen for the practice, along with wisdom teachings.  Otherwise, there will be soft periods of silence lasting 5-10 minutes, depending on the accumulated experience of the practitioners.

Curious about the art and practice of meditation? Call or email us to schedule a free 45-minutes meditation introduction session with Bryan.

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FAQ WITH BRYAN

WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Although there are almost as many answers to the question as there are questioners, the definition I like the most is “the mental state of non-distraction”. In other words, focusing. For me, it is the simplest and most accurate way of understanding the practice from many different traditions. In just a few words, all of the confusing conditioning around the practice is removed. When working with both adults and children, we often repeat the definition to just initiate a reframing of the concept.

DO I NEED TO ASCRIBE TO A PARTICULAR SET OF BELIEFS IN ORDER TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION?
Absolutely not. I cannot emphasize enough that our practice simply involves us  seated in an easy and comfortable position and directing our attention to the breath, or a beautiful object like a candle flame or flower. Occasionally, we may recite a meaningful relaxing phrase or visualize a peaceful pastoral setting.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION?
As the name implies, “being mindful”. And, when we are mindful, we are more present – here and now. It is then that a sweet, subtle awareness starts to expand, minimizing the influence that all of the circumstances and situations that we simply can not control hold upon us.

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
As in the practice of Yoga, loose comfortable clothing. Something that you may feel comfortable while sitting in a relaxed, yet alert, position. Of course, one may lie down if they become tired, or just need a break from sitting.

WHY MINDFULNESS MEDITATION?
For me, it has been one of the most easily understood meditation practices that  I have studied and experienced over these past 30 years. It is both simple and direct – uncomplicated. Also, it seems to be readily accessible to a broad range of potentially interested practitioners.

 

“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible. Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.”

Shambhala Sun

DIAMOND WAY MEDITATION

Diamond Way Buddhism offers practical and effective methods to realize mind’s inherent richness for the benefit of all. With an accessible and modern style, it works with people’s confidence and desire, using every situation in life to develop fearlessness and joy. We always present a basic introduction for newcomers, and the meditations are guided in English.

 

OPEN HEART MEDITATION

In this experiential guided meditation series, we will discover more about our spiritual heart. This responsive practice is relevant for beginners and seasoned sitters alike. The nature of the heart goes hand in hand with simplicity, unconditional love and gratitude. Finding this within each of us is a commonly experienced in our meditation classes.

By learn how to strengthening  our heart, our connection to the True Source, participants report feeling much cleaner and lighter. As we repeat the Open Heart Meditation regularly the quality of our heart improves and the nice feeling from our heart develops and grows. As our heart opens and strengthens we feel healthier and happier in our daily life, and enjoy sharing this nice feeling with others.

Practiced by thousands of people around the world, Open Heart Meditation reminds us that the peace, calmness and happiness we so long for can be found within us. In this beautiful guided meditation, we can feel Love and Light pour into our spiritual heart so that it can cleanse, open and strengthen our heart and radiate freely from our heart. With practice, as our heart becomes stronger, we become more peaceful, joyful and able to follow our heart’s own inner guidance to be happier in our daily life.

“There are so many goods things about the heart. However, knowing and talking about the heart are not enough. We have to use our hearts properly to gain all of the benefits.”
~ Irmansyah Effendi

This class is part of a global non-profit organization (Padmacahaya International Institute for Inner Study) created for the purpose of educating and supporting individuals to realize and benefit from the experience that living a heart centered life is the key to being healthier, happier and to grow spiritually. http://www.padmacahaya.org/open-heart-meditation/

You can find out more about events in Durham at http://www.meetup.com/triangle_hearts/

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on Earth, beyond us all, beyond the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart.”
~ Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7 ~