Everyone deserves joy and peace of mind. YOU are worthy of joy and peace of mind.
It’s easy to get lost in stress, sorrow, anger and fear. Dharma Center offers classes in meditation
and mindfulness to help you discover and stay on your Path.
Here you will find a group of committed Volunteers who run the Center in order to keep tuition ridiculously low. Dharma Center Members enjoy community, laughter, and learning, both at Dharma Center and on retreats. You are welcome to join us in the practice of Self Discovery at whatever level fits you.
This is meditation for people who live and work in the world.
Join our next meditation and mindfulness class, and discover how you can live a happy, high life today.
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Practical American Buddhism & Meditation with Isis Saturday, June 11 at 11:00am
Dial 641-715-3670 Enter Access Code: 754934
It is free to call in; however donations to Dharma Center are gratefully accepted.
There will be two meditation sessions, a one-song meditation (approximately 4 minutes) and a three-song chakra meditation (approximately 15 minutes). The sound quality of the music through the phone is not great, so you may want to meditate in silence, or have your own music prepared. (Please mute your phone so your music and other background noises do not bleed through into the call!)
This teleconference class is offered as part of an ongoing series sponsored by the Rama Meditation Society. Visit the RMS website to learn about more teleconference classes and all the excellent events and resources they offer, including meditation music.
You can also attend the class in person at Dharma Center. Tuition is $10 or $5 for Members.
*Please note Dharma Center is Not a registered charity; we are a privately-owned volunteer run organization which relies on gifts, tuition, and membership dues from private individuals in order to serve our community with meditation and mindfulness classes. Thank you for your support!
In case you missed the May newsletter, you can read it here.
This is the Tip for May from Isis:
Balance is such a delicate thing. In an ever-changing world, balance cannot be maintained by standing still. Unless we want to constantly be doing the proverbial face-plant, we have to roll and flow with the shifting landscape of human experience.
The ego loves continuity, and it will work very hard to create the illusion that everything is the same today as it was yesterday. However, all of life is in flux, so sooner or later, we notice that things are not the same. This realization can feel like the rug has been pulled out from under us. Sometimes we notice the change is external in the form of our friends, family or environment, while other times we notice it’s we who have changed.
Often the first response is to lock down and grasp for any bit of control we can. We try to put our space back into the order we know, or we try to convince our friend she is just having a bad day and she should act like her old self. When it’s we who have changed, we attempt to return to old patterns in the hopes we can set ourselves straight. Because nothing ever stays static, these approaches always lead us to misery.
There is another option. By applying our practices of meditation and mindfulness, we can stop the cascade of thoughts and rest in the present moment. From this quiet space we can become acquainted with this new, unfamiliar reality. As we open to the change and embrace the new adventure, we’ll find it’s much easier to adapt to whatever life has in store for us. And, we may even enjoy the ride!
In case you missed this month’s newsletter, you can read it here.
Here’s April’s Monthly Tip:
When the unexpected happens, our body and mind react. If we’ve been training in our practice, then we know to stop, take a breath and act from the heart. This burst of energy that arises when faced with uncertainty can be used to elevate our consciousness, or it can drown us in doubt and fear. It all depends on how we direct the Mind.
When we embrace Light, we feel happy, peaceful, open, and we tend to focus on solutions rather than problems. If there’s nothing we can do in the moment, then this energy can be directed into creative expression while we wait for the time when direct action is appropriate. In our modern, fast-paced world, this is not always a popular choice.
Many people are caught up in the fear projected by the media, which they internalize and customize to their specific issues and then fight in their own private battleground. The best thing, really the only thing, we can do for those lost in lower mind states is to be steadfast in our own practice. We can be a living example of what it means to embrace and choose Light.
While private, individual practice is essential, the Path becomes easier and more joyful when we gather together to practice. In the smiles of our brothers and sisters in the Sangha, we recognize the Light shining into this world.
In addition to attending classes at Dharma Center this month, you can join us via telephone. Through partnership with the Rama Meditation Society, two Dharma Center teachers will be offering free teleconferences. Please see the newsletter for details on how to participate.
You are also invited to step out of the world and experience the relaxation, rejuvenation, and re-connection of a meditation Retreat. The deadline to register for the Arches National Park Retreat is approaching; see the newsletter for details about Membership and our upcoming Retreats.
This month’s newsletter contains a tip about gaining energy from trying new things, information about our first drawing for Mu’s latest book, “Walking the Advanced Path,” and details about calling into class on March 5th!
In case you missed our December Newsletter, Calendar, and the monthly tip, you can find it on the link below.
This month’s tip is a short teaching on what to do when things don’t work out the way you expect.
In case you missed it in your email, here’s the October Newsletter:
The recent lunar eclipse so close to the Fall Equinox drenched us with power and the potential to uncover our deepest Light. Perhaps you had the opportunity to watch as the red washed over the moon, dimming the sky. Then the Light burst through, peeling back from the edge until the bright white light reflected perfectly by the full moon illuminated the sky.
The experience of the lunar eclipse is a wonderful metaphor of our practice. There are many days on the Path where the world seems dark, as if a heavy shadow has fallen over us. Through the internal work of meditation and self inquiry, the attachments that keep us in the dark reveal themselves. Each time we let one of them go, Light peels back the covering, allowing Awareness to emerge and shine.
Join us on Saturday, August 22, 2015 for a Meditation with AgniKala
2:00pm at Dharma Center
AgniKala is the artist behind the beautiful Rama Thangka and his projects include wonderful meditation videos published on The Network Tribe channel on YouTube. He was also a speaker at the Sweet 16 Unity Celebration.
Please join us for meditation and discussion with AgniKala
Give yourself 6 minutes of meditation with this lovely video by The Network Tribe: