For Newcomers: An Explanation of Our Practice

Written by sangha member Robert Mosher
Thursday, 12 March 2009 

We meet together to learn how to use meditation to calm our inner thoughts and actions. We learn from each other how to live calmly in a world of stress, selfishness, and worry. Learning to help ourselves, frees us to better use our own religious and non-religious beliefs in helping others.

We read small sections from the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk. He focuses on controlling your breath to help control runaway thoughts and actions. Thich Nhat Hanh encourages people to become deeper in their own faith, as do we.

Buddha himself did not claim to be divine or supernatural. Buddhism is made up of many non-Buddhist elements, thoughts, teachings, and practices. Our meditation group, or Sangha in Buddhist terms, is made up of Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and non-believers. We do not all practice the same, anyone who joins us is free to and encouraged to practices within the teachings of their faith.

We meet in a beautiful Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, there are many statues, bells, and drums. For us, these statues are just reminders of the earthly people and the ideas they represent.

If you join us in meditation, we ask that you only do those things you are comfortable with. Please question us on what you do not understand or things that may upset you.

In General:
Christians
Muslims
Jewish
Yoga
Hindu
Atheist
Heavy Metal

The different authors and contributors of written works by others do not claim to be experts in anything. Nor do we claim any special knowledge or authority. The above comes from our personal experience, practice, and the heart.

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