Today’s Meditation and Friday RETREAT!!

Beautiful Meditators:

We will meet for meditation (Sunday) December 27th from 6 – 7:30 pm in the Walker Room at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal.

Someone will choose the reading from Joseph Goldstein’s book called, Insight Meditation. We will read a chapter a week during our session. We also welcome other Buddhist writings or videos or dharma talks on occasion.

 All welcome, participation in the discussion optional.  We will follow our usual meditation practice (20 minutes sitting, 20 minutes optional walking, 20 minutes sitting followed by the reading and discussion for the last 30 minutes).

The group messages that are sent out will appear on the under the Blog section tab, you will also find a link to the Facebook page on the website. There are many other features and resources there, including suggested readings and websites on meditation and Buddhism as well as our lending library. Please review the Group Agreements on the website from time to time or if you are new to the group. Karen

Coming this FRIDAY:

Here at the details again.  If you have RSVP’ed to Jeff, you do not have to do that again.

On Friday, January 1st we will hold our annual New Years Day – Day of Mindfulness.  Please join us!  

Here are the details:

Day of Mindfulness – New Years Day 2016Date:  Friday, January 1 Time: 9:00am – 4:00pmPlace: Unitarian Universalist Church

           1613 East Emerson

           Bloomington, Illinois

We will offer alternating periods of sitting and walking/open meditation along with readings, a guided meditation, and a recorded Dharma Talk.    

In the past we’ve explored various practices and traditions within Buddhism.  This time we will learn a bit about what is called the Direct Path.  The teachings put a lot of emphasis on seeing into the nature of what we are and for good reason – it is the key to freedom. 

The Direct Path, through the process of Self Inquiry, is one way to notice what we are before or beneath thoughts, feelings, and sense perceptions.  We’ll explore that a little through a guided meditation by Adyashanti and a talk/meditation by Rupert Spira.     

  Cost: $0.00 Refreshments: We will provide tea and coffee.  If you would like to bring snacks to share please feel free to bring those. Lunch:  Please provide your own lunch.  There is a refrigerator and a microwave available. Meditation supplies: If you prefer a cushion or bench please bring whatever you normally use.  There will be chairs available.  Silence: While there will be readings and recorded talks, participants are encouraged to maintain silence throughout all the activities of the day.Perfumes/Colognes/Clothing:  Because of the closeness of quarters and the sensitivity that can arise in meditation please refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes or from wearing clothing that is made from noise-making, rustling fabrics such as nylon.   If you plan to attend please let me know at  And please feel free to forward this on to anyone you think might be interested. Hope to see you then! Jeff