4 Weeks Mindfulness Class | Jan 2018

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Introduction to Mindfulness for Urban Living

Join the English Dharma Group for an introductory meditation class. In this four weeks class, participants receive instructions on Mindfulness Awareness and Meditation with weekly group practice and daily self exercises at home.

  • What: Introduction To Mindfulness For Urban Living
  • Where: Jade Buddha Temple
  • When: January 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am small group introduction and discussion 9:00 meditation practice
  • Kick-Off Meeting:  January 2018 – exact date to be announced

Background:

We live very busy and sometimes chaotic lives and at times wish there was a way to slow down and smell the roses. In the past twenty years, a wealth of scientific and medical research studies and programs have explored the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation.  It has even found its way into the corporate business world.

The English Dharma Group’s class is an introduction to the Fundamentals of Mindfulness.  Consisting of four weekly sessions, the class focuses on the Mahasi method of Mindfulness meditation for busy urban lives.  It is intended for yogis who want to develop a regular and deep Mindfulness practice, learn how to work with obstacles and who are ready and willing to commit to the program.

To make the program effective, the number of participants is limited.  There is no cost associated with program; donations are at your discretion.

Expectations and Schedule:

To benefit from the program, all participants are expected to commit to class schedules and requirements. There will be an initial orientation meeting from noon to 1:00 pm on October 15, to discuss logistics, content, and expectations.

The four classes are conducted every Sunday from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Participants have daily mindfulness practices and are asked to keep a diary following a short check-list provided by the instructor. Everyone is encouraged to actively contribute to the growth of the group.  There is a minimum requirement of 5 participants to start the program.

Program Lead:

Josten Ma facilitates and leads the program with support from seasoned practitioners. His meditation practice evolved over more than 20 years, during which he participated in numerous retreats in the US and overseas, some lasting as long as 20 days. He has studied various popular meditation methods and as a result chose the Mahasi methods of the Vipassana meditation as a place to let his mind rest in meditation.

Goals:

  • Learn the basics of Mindfulness Meditation (Mahasi Methods)
  • Develop mindful habits
  • Develop 24 x 7 awareness in Urban living (even during busy office hours)

Kick-Off Meeting:

During the kick-off meeting, the group will decide to either begin the class at Jade Buddha Temple early in the morning at 8:30 am or conference call the evening before.  This is to provide added time for discussions, instructions, and explanations. The time spent exclusively with group members and the instructor allows participants to share their experience, and discuss topics such the basic “how-to” of meditation; find right & wrong meditation objects; how to arouse Mindfulness; learn about sustaining mindfulness and dealing with obstructions.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in gaining a deeper awareness of mindful day to day busy urban living;
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about meditation practice in a small group setting.

Registration:

Prior registration via one of the following: