From Tuesday 31st March we will be changing our approach and using Zoom to provide led meditation sessions. This will be suitable both for experienced meditators and for beginners – so simply join the meeting and give it a try!
So how will it work?
1. You should download the Zoom app to your phone or computer and register with Zoom before you join us
2. We will post a link here and on our website before the meeting – to join all you will have to do is click on the link at 7:30pm! We will then guide the session.
3. On joining you will find your microphone is muted – please can you remain muted unless instructed, to avoid any distracting noises.
4. You are not obliged to have video switched on – we know some people don’t like it!
5. We will lead an introduction and a meditation lasting about 30-40 minutes. So try to find somewhere comfortable if you can, where you won’t be distracted.
6. On joining you will see an image of the Buddha. However, you certainly don’t have to be a Buddhist to join and get benefit from the meditation 🙂
Following the Government advice today it is sensible to cancel our Tuesday meditation session. Sorry for this, but it is clearly the right course of action. Let’s all meditate together anyway tomorrow, and we will try to get a virtual session organised as soon as possible to keep us going while things are as they are! Keep smiling 🙂
It is a very unsettling time for everyone, and meditation can be an important help in managing our worries.
With that in mind we will run our meditation drop in on Tuesday 17th March at Simpson Village Hall as normal (7:00pm). However, we will avoid shaking hands, and will space chairs and cushions out well as we have plenty of room in the hall. If you are experiencing any symptoms at all, or have just returned from an affected area can we ask you not to attend please.
We will be investigating using a tool for hosting video meetings to allow us to continue our meditation sessions if we are advised to stop all public gatherings. So watch this space for more information about that over coming weeks!
If Government advice should change over the next 48 hours and affect our plans we will let you know here.
Come along to Simpson Village Hall on Tuesday 3rd March at 7:00pm and join us for a group meditation (Beginners welcome!). The Buddha used the image of a lake as a guide for the state of the mind in meditation – We achieve Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment when the waters of our minds are still and crystal clear, like a lake on a windless day
Oh no – It’s that time of year again! Alas, we have a few Tuesday evenings coming up where we don’t have Simpson Village Hall booked – and the first of these is Tuesday 11th Feb. So sorry – NO MEDITATION ON TUESDAY. However the good news is that we’ll be back refreshed the following week on Tuesday 18th. 😀
Join us on Tuesday evenings as we meditate together. We run the group as a “Drop in”, so you don’t have to book – you simply turn up to Simpson Village Hall at 7:00pm. If you have been to the group before, and stopped coming along because you were busy or something else came up, don’t feel bad about coming back! We are here for when people want somewhere to meditate – no obligations. You will be welcome back.
We meditate together in the first half, have a tea break, and then have a look at a Buddhist topic in the second half. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to come along, and we won’t try to turn you into one (unless you like the idea!). Newcomers are welcome – we will help you to get started with meditation.
On this day retreat, through meditating, reflecting and discussion in groups, we will look at a text called The 37 Verses. The text, by a Tibetan teacher, is a condensed form of Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, or Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. A Bodhisattva is a being on the path to Enlightenment who practices awareness within a vision of growing and developing not just for his/her own sake but for everyone’s sake. The 37 verses asks us in down-to-earth terms to look at the conditions in our lives, our mental states and our views which may need transforming in a positive direction to being us closer to this inspiring vision.
Quaker Meeting House,1 Oakley Gardens, Milton Keynes MK15 9BH. Start 10am – Finish 4.3pm. Please bring vegetarian dish to share – a donation towards the cost of running the day is appreciated