Iron Lotus Meditation Group

This group meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Social Hall at UUCD.  A bell is rung at 7:00 to begin 30 minutes of silent meditation. At 7:30 we begin discussion on the Chapter we read during the week. The group chooses books through discussion and voting. A wide selection of modern Buddhism, Meditation and Mindfulness books have been used in the 14 years that the group has been meeting. At 8:25 the bell in rung again and a final 5 minutes of silence is observed. That ends the formal part of the meeting.

People involved range from those who have 20 plus years of experience to those who “just want to learn more or see what it is all about.”  Anyone with a sincere interest is welcome. It is understood that all of us have other commitments and people do miss sessions in order to attend to other needs. A few with various constraints on their time are only able to attend sporadically.  The form of meditation practiced in this group is identified as Vipassna, or Insight Meditation. It is used to observe one’s mind in order to learn how our emotions and thoughts are effecting our actions. Most known religions, as well as humanism, agnosticism, and atheism, have some form of ‘grounding’ oneself, and this is similiar. Modern Buddhism encourages the development of skills helpful for a person in their relationships as well as with the exploration of one’s inner journey.  During the discussion time we share our personal experiences with the ideas in the readings and support each other. Confidentiality is understood and agreed to as important.

Contac:  Bev Berntson, 218-724- 6126.  Leave a message if your call is not picked up so your call can be returned.