About Meditation

Photo by Courtney Milne, courtesy University of Saskatchewan Archives.

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
~~ Sylvia Boorstein

Insight Meditation

Insight Meditation, known in Asia as Vipassana, is one of the central teachings of the Buddha. At the heart of this 2500 year-old practice is mindfulness, the simple and systematic cultivation of the mind and heart. It is the moment-to-moment investigation of the body, feelings, and consciousness through calm and focused awareness. Through ongoing focused awareness, we become more open and receptive to all aspects of our lives, both the pleasant and unpleasant. Insight into who we are and the world in which we live allows us to relate to life with less fear and with growing wisdom and compassion.

A word about the practise of “dana”

Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving. We experience joy in remembering the fact of having given.
~~ Buddha

In this spiritual tradition, we practice dana, a Pali word meaning generosity or giving. We can experience the joy of generosity in any way that we give. Since the time of the Buddha the teachings have been given freely and, in turn, the community, with heartfelt appreciation for the teachings and spiritual practice, has provided for the monks, nuns, teachers, and monasteries.

Dana received in this community is a contribution to the cost of the meditation space and an opportunity to express gratitude for the teacher and teachings, to develop kindness and compassion, and to cultivate the joy of sharing. It is a real expression of the truth of interdependence.

For information about how to offer dana while we are practicing online, please see the details here.