We teach and practice a type of meditation known as Mahasati meditation. Mahasati in Pali means “great awareness.” It is a form of Vipassana or Insight meditation which originates in Southeast Asia. Mahasati meditation cultivates self-awareness initially through attention to the movement of the body and, at intermediate and more advanced levels, to the movement of the mind. This ultimately leads to a direct and profound understanding of the origins of suffering in human experience and points the way toward ultimate liberation. While Mahasati meditation has its roots in Buddhism, it is not necessary to accept any type of religious doctrine in order to practice. It is also possible to practice it conjointly with other forms of religious practice.

Meditation Offerings

MEDITATION & DHAMMA TALK
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 11:30 am

(First time please arrive 5 to 10 min before the start of class to be introduced to the Meditation we teach and practice)

OPEN PRACTICE
Tuesdays: 12:30 – 2:00 pm

(First time please arrive 5 to 10 min before the start of class to be introduced to the Meditation we teach and practice)

TEA AND MEDITATION
Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:00 am

(First time please arrive 5 to 10 min before the start of class to be introduced to the Meditation we teach and practice)


MEDITATION RETREATS

Retreats are an excellent opportunity to deepen your meditation practice by allowing you to cultivate self-awareness for an extended period of time without distraction. Our retreats are usually led by Achan Da & Achan Niphen, both ordained Thai Forest Monks, and meditation masters who have been teaching for decades and who practiced under Thai meditation master Luangpor Teean Jittasubho.

While our retreats are conducted mainly in silence, there are also Dhama talks and opportunities for questions and answers.

Upcoming 2017 Retreats:

> Summer Weekend Retreat– June 2-4
> One-day Retreat: July 1
> Weekend Retreat: August 4-6
> One-day Retreat: September 2
> Fall Retreat: October 4-9
> One-day Retreat: November 4
> One-day Retreat: December 2

One-Day Retreats

One-day retreats typically begin at 9:30am and conclude at 4:00pm. Participants should bring along a bag lunch. There is a kitchen and microwave available. There is no formal charge for these retreats, but donations are are greatly appreciated and necessary for us to operate our Center.

Weekend Retreats

Our weekend retreats typically begin at 7:00 PM on Friday evening, and conclude at 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, allowing participants to deepen their practice further. In addition to the Dhama talks and Q&A periods, all attendees of the full retreats will also have a private interview period with Achan Da & Achan Niphen. Hours of practice during the full retreat will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturday or Sunday only. The cost to attend the full retreat is $60 and will include lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. This fee only partially covers our costs, so additional donations are greatly appreciated, and necessary for us to keep our doors open. On the other hand, if the fee is a hardship due to one’s present circumstances, it will be waived. We are able to provide overnight accommodations for a few participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required for these retreats. Fees can be refunded for unforseen circumstances up to a week prior to the start of the retreat.


BEGINNER INTRODUCTORY CLASS
Saturdays: 10:00 – 11:30am (no beginner class on first Saturday of the month)

People new to our Center are encouraged to attend our introductory class which takes place every Saturday morning, except the first Saturday of each month, from 10:00 to 11:30. The introductory class is not offered on the first Saturdays of the month due to our monthly retreats.

This introductory class is appropriate for all new visitors, whether they have previous meditation experience or not, as it introduces visitors to our particular practice and the Meditation Center in general. Please arrive a few minutes early for the class as we will start promptly at 10:00am. If your schedule is such that it is not possible to attend on a Saturday, then please email us, at info@ReddingMeditation.org to schedule a personal introduction during one of our other scheduled meditation times.

There is no formal charge for the introductory class, or any of our meditation practice sessions, but your donations are appreciated and necessary for our survival.

 

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