Insight Meditation Sitting Group
led by Terry Magee & David Bornstein
931 N. 5th Ave, Tucson
The Insight Meditation Sitting Group meets every Thursday evening with the exception of holidays. This on-going class offers continuity of practice within the support of a community of like-minded people. The intention is to bring these valuable teachings of the Buddha into practical applications in our daily lives.
This drop-in class is open to those new to practice as well as those with an established mindfulness practice.
The evening includes a 30-minute sitting meditation, a dharma talk, and discussion or interactive exercises.
DANA - The teachings of the Buddha are a priceless gift which are offered freely. No one is turned away for inability to pay. We invite you to consider dana, generosity, as part of our practice together, and to give what you can to support this dharma service.
PARKING - Park in lot in back or along East side of 5th Ave, next to the park. Be mindful of Parking Permit requirements.
TOPIC: The Heavenly Abodes
How do we cultivate clear seeing, a balanced mind, and an open heart in challenging times? To meet life the Buddha offered the practices of the Brahma Viharas, often translated as The Heavenly Abodes or The Immeasurables, which includes Metta - loving friendliness, Karuna - compassion, Mudita - sympathetic joy, and Upekkha - equanimity.
We have been exploring lovingkindness and are currently beginning the exploration of compassion. Please join us. There are links below and downloads for metta and forgiveness phrases.
For those interested in learning more about the heart practice of forgiveness, below is a link to a Greater Good presentation called, "The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness," by Jack Kornfield that contains videos and articles.
Jack Kornfield is one of the leading teachers of Insight Meditation and the founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is an exceptional Dharma Teacher and a gifted story teller.
To download Forgiveness practice phrases click here.
Saint Francis and the Sow
~ Galway Kinnell
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing
If You Would Grow to Your Best Self
~ Daniel F. Mead
If you would grow to your best self
Be patient, not demanding
Accepting, not condemning
Nurturing, not withholding
Self-marveling, not belittling
Gently guiding, not pushing and punishing
For you are more sensitive than you know
Mankind is as tough as war yet delicate as flowers
We can endure agonies but we open fully only to warmth and light
And our need to grow is as fragile as a fragrance Dispersed by storms of will
To return only when those storms are still
So, accept, respect, attend your sensitivity
A flower cannot be opened with a hammer.
New to Meditation
David will be happy to meet with you before the Thursday night class from 5:45-6:15 for meditation instructions and to explore any questions that you may have about Insight Meditation.
To inquire about setting up a time to meet David before class simply fill out the form below indicating that you would like to receive some meditation instructions in the Message box.
We look forward to meeting you!