Buddhist Meditation Classes & Practice

Peter has been facilitating an 8-week intensive study group for several years.  The most recent group just finished, and 3 individuals from that group have committed to the next series of meetings; the first meeting of this next series will be announced when there are 6 committed participants.

The theme of the series this time is the practice of integrating mindfulness of breathing into daily life routines.

  • Participants will commit to 45 minutes of formal meditation practice each day of the 8 weeks.
  • During the meetings, Peter will interview each person about their practice experience since the previous meeting, with the intention to provide support for further development of mindfulness and the relief from stress that this provides.
  • This series will function as a seminar during which other participants can be involved in the discussions of the practice in addition to the interviewee.

The meetings will be in Peter’s office, in the house in front of the meditation hall cottage, and extend from 7:30-9 PM Tuesday nights.  The fee for the course is $160, either payable the first night, or 1/2 the first night and the balance at the beginning of the 5th night.

For more information or to register for the series, email Peter.

Upcoming Introductory Lovingkindness Meditation Course

by Peter Carlson on March 4, 2016

The next introductory course offered by the Orlando Insight Meditation Group begins on Monday, March 14.  Here is the flyer for the course:  Lovingkindness flyer

Join an Intensive Study Group

by Mary Ann on December 7, 2015

Peter is recruiting members for an eight-week intensive study group, to begin  in January of 2016 as soon as there are six committed participants. At this point, there are 4 committed participants.

The format of the meetings is like a seminar. Peter will interview each person in turn during the meeting, then invite other participants to comment also. The topics covered will continue to review and apply the lojong mind training aphorisms and commitments that have been explored during the Wednesday night sangha meetings.

The study group will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00. Each participant will commit to meditating at least 45 minutes a sitting every day during the course. There will be no meditation during the meetings.

Meetings will take place in Peter’s office in the house in front of the meditation cottage in Winter Park. The fee for the 8 weeks is $160, payable to Peter. For more information or to commit to the group, contact Peter  via email.

Last Introductory Mindfulness Course of 2015

by Peter Carlson on November 3, 2015

There will be another Four Foundations Of Mindfulness course offered at the Women’s Club of Winter Park, on four Monday nights from 7 to 9, from November 23 to December 14.  This course will be the last intro course offered until March of 2016.  The course reviews the Satipatthana Sutta, one of the key discourses of Buddhism.  The teacher, Peter Carlson, has been teaching this course periodically for over 20 years, and approaches this practice as a profoundly spiritual psychology (or a profoundly psychological spirituality?).  The topic of mindfulness is currently being very thoroughly investigated scientifically, and applied to relieving  distress associated with workplace stress, recovery from addiction, as well as general anxiety and mood disorders.

Each evening’s meetings will include a training meditation focused on mindfulness of breathing, a practice fundamental to all the Buddhist traditions and applicable to all faith traditions.  The course fee is $50, payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group, a non-profit corporation, and pays for the rental of the facility as well as subsidizing the cost of retreats for those  who want to experience the benefits of intensive mindfulness training.

Here is the flyer for the course:   FOUR FOUNDATIONS course flyer

Intensive Study Group

by Peter Carlson on August 27, 2015

Peter is recruiting an intensive study group, which will meet 8 times, from 7:30-9 PM Tuesdays.  The format of the group will be applying aphorisms from the Tibetan lojong mind training discipline, which is currently being explored during Wednesday night meetings.  In the intensive group, participants will commit to 45 minutes per day of meditation, either mindfulness of breathing or lovingkindness, to support the application of an aphorism.  Each participant will choose one of the aphorisms for daily integration into normal life routines, in order to cultivate the ability to gain maximum benefit from the practice.  During the weekly meetings, the practice experience of the prior week will be discussed with Peter, and other participants will have the opportunity to participate as well, much like a seminar.

This formatted study group has been found to be very useful for participants over the years it has been offered.  The first meeting will be announced when there are 6 committed members; there are now 4.  Contact Peter at 407 339-5444 for more information about the group.

Notes To Accompany Lojong Introduction

Here are the notes accompanying the just posted .mp3 recording “Lojong Introduction July 15 2015”:    TRAINING THE HEARTMIND

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Buddhism and Relationship Notes

Here are the notes prepared for the just-posted recording of the talk from July 1:BUDDHISM AND RELATIONSHIP NOTES

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