Please join us every Monday from 7:30-8:30 beginning September 8, 2014 for meditation.
Jim Miller and Frances Kuzinski will be leading alternate Mondays.
DONATIONS are gratefully accepted.
Jim Miller has been practicing Vipassana or Insight Meditation for 17 years, primarily
through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. His guiding teacher is
Sally Armstrong of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council. In 2007 he completed the Dedicated
Practitioners Program, a 2-½ year program of intensive study and meditation practice at
Spirit Rock. His practice is most heavily influenced by the earliest teachings of the
Buddha as found in the Pali Canon and by what has come to be called secular or natural
Buddhism - understanding and practicing Buddhism without relying on supernatural or meta-
An Order-of-Interbeing member in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn, Frances Kuzinski has
led the Sea Island Sangha for over 10 years. Mindfulness practice can help bring awareness
to the present moment. Sitting, walking and breathing mindfully can transform our suffering
and bring peace, joy and liberation.
"The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace."
Thich Nhat Hahn
Thich Nhat Hahn or "Thay" meaning teacher, in this tradition we use
"Chanting from the Heart" Buddhist Ceremonies and Daily Practices as
a guide. Sitting and walking meditation. Readings from "Thay" as well
as other traditions. The teachings and practices are used to strengthen
mindfulness and to nourish wholesome seeds of love and understanding within.
Meditation in the Buddhist context is the cultivation of deep spiritual reflection or contemplation. It utilizes the development of concentration and mindfulness to gain insight into the nature of our minds and how the mind operates. Mindfulness is heightened awareness, which acknowledges what is happening. Mindfulness meditation is paying attention to what is happening in the present, as it is happening. The intended results of the meditation are the development of tranquility and insight. The Pali word for insight is vipassana, literally to “see clearly,” and the practice is sometimes referred to as vipassana meditation. The insights can include insights into our personal psychology, which can be used for stress reduction and to bring comfort and relief. But mindfulness practice also has the potential to lead to universal insights into the common nature of our minds, insights, which can lead to a lasting happiness, which transcends the mind.