Here are some meditation resources that I promised in my Hillcrest message on January 27. This message will be repeated at our South Bay campus on February 10.
There are several opportunities to learn and practice meditation on our two campuses.
First Church’s Buddhist Sangha meets every Monday from 7-8:30 pm and every Wednesday morning from 10 to noon, in Room 323 in the Welcome Center. (‘Sangha is a Buddhist term of a practice group)
The Open Heart Sangha practices meditation in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. It meets on Sunday afternoons in the Welcome Center from 4-6.
At our South Bay Campus there is a Meditation Class every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30
If you’d like to plunge right in in a big way, I will be offering a full weekend Spiritual Explorations Retreat at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside. This retreat will allow participants to experience meditation and prayer practices from various traditions. We will be observing silence during much of the retreat. We will end the retreat on Sunday morning in time to get back for worship.
Here are some books and other resources that will get you started:
· A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
· The Miracle Of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness In Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gurantana You can download this book for free. http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Av05nJKED0tkgK9jGOxal2ibvZx4?p=mindfulness+in+plain+english+download&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701-17
· Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg (If you liked the meditation we did together this morning)
· Five Good Minutes by Jeff Brantley If you want to start slow and easy. If you are struggling with anxiety Jeff also has a book on using meditation for that issue called Calm Your Anxious Mind.
Finally, if you want to to all or part of a meditation retreat at home, by phone, with a very good teacher, check out www.basicmindfulness.org
Posted on Thu, January 31, 2013
by Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Lead Minister