Buddhist Meditation Classes & Practice

INTENSIVE STUDY GROUP

by Peter Carlson on May 29, 2017

Peter is recruiting people who are interested in deepening their understanding of key Buddhist concepts and practical applications for an eight-week study group.  The topic for this series of meetings will be the Five Hindrances, mental conditions that create conflict, confusion and distress.  There are two approaches to the hindrances—the first is to disregard them in order to cultivate clear attention and persistent calmness; from that perspective the second approach is applied, that is, the ability to notice how hindrances are created, how to overcome them and to gradually eradicate their influence.  The Buddha said that hindrances can be cut off, as weeds are, but will regrow; the more complete approach is to use mindful investigation to uproot them.  During this course, both approaches will be explored.  The emphasis will focus on overcoming the hindrances during daily life experience as well as during formal meditation practice.

As with previous courses, the participants will be encouraged to practice at least 45 minutes of mindfulness meditation each day (It might be the case that individuals will learn how to set aside whatever hindrances might interfere with consistently reaching that goal!).  As with previous study groups, meetings will be on Tuesday evenings from 7-9, and will be organized as a seminar, that is, each person will discuss with Peter how their practice is developing, followed by general discussion regarding that exchange.

The course costs $160, and will begin as soon as there are 6 committed participants.  For further information, contact Peter at peter@orlandoinsightmeditation.org or 407 339-5444.

Topics For The Wednesday Night Discussions During March

by Peter Carlson on February 27, 2017

While Peter is away on retreat at the Forest Refuge for the month of March, various senior meditation students will offer dharma talks during the regular Wednesday evening meetings.  Here is a listing of the dates for these teachers and the topics they will discuss:

March 1, Robert Lockridge, who is also a leader of the Orlando Zen Center, will present a talk entitled “Everyday Life is Practice: Tom Brady as Zen Master”

March 8,  Mike Maldonado will present a talk entitled “The Jara Sutta – The Buddha’s Words on Aging”  One afternoon the Buddha sits outside warming his limbs in the sun while Ananda tells him that his skin is no longer clear, his limbs are slack and his body is bent. The Buddha explains this is natural, old age being inherent in youth, and decay and death being inevitable. While it’s not difficult to understand this on an intellectual level does it seem this process applies to everyone but ourselves? Are we clinging to youth, health and physical beauty? How does Buddhism help us to accept aging, sickness and death in a way that doesn’t result in suffering?

March 15, Mitch Sullen will present a talk entitled “Techniques & Processes That Nurture Awakening”    A facilitated discussion on “awakening”, & “ways & means” of nurturing/realizing “it” in daily life.

March 22, Daniel Logan will present a talk entitled “Practicing Lovingkindness In Difficult Relationships”.  The Pali word metta is generally translated as lovingkindness or loving friendliness. In their recent book “Love Your Enemies,” dharma-teachers Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman detail a practice for extending an attitude of metta toward difficult people in our lives. They also provide a practice for addressing those difficult parts of ourselves which can be even more challenging to see and to accept. In tonight’s dharma-dialogue, Daniel Logan will facilitate a discussion on the four categories of “enemy” outlined in the book: 1. The Outer Enemy; 2. The Inner Enemy; 3. The Secret Enemy; and 4. The Super Secret Enemy. In addition to discussing difficult aspects of  our practices, participants will discuss the role and influence of a benefactor on their lives and practices.

March 29, Andy Quinn and Bill Tenpenny, who are members of the Lakeland meditation community, will present a talk entitled “The Heartland Folks: Letting Go And Liberation”.

These talks will not be recorded and posted, so if you are interested in the topic, go to the meeting.  Peter will return in early April, and will talk about the month-long concentration retreat on April 5.

Peter is offering the last introductory meditation course, beginning on Monday, October 17 at the Women’s Club of Winter Park.

The core of Buddhist teaching cultivates wisdom, and wisdom has two aspects: a clear awareness of how the mind forms a self, and organizing a forming self-state with benevolent intention.  Lovingkindness is benevolent intention, and is combined with compassion, generosity and patient tolerance of adversity.  Even if you are a more practiced meditation student, this course can be an effective reinforcement for the cultivation of benevolent intention.

Here is the flyer with the pertinent information regarding the course:  lovingkindness-flyer  Please consider printing copies to hand out, or sending copies to your friends via email.

Intensive Study Group

by Peter Carlson on August 27, 2016

For several years, Peter has facilitated an intensive study group to foster regular mindfulness of breathing meditation practice and the integration of mindfulness and benevolent intention into “householder” daily routines.  Those who will benefit from this 8 week group will commit to practicing mindfulness of breathing meditation 45 minutes per day. during the meetings, Peter will interview the participants individually, followed by a general “seminar” discussion by the other group members.   Some level of study of Buddhist concepts will be important; the intention of this course is to deepen the conceptual understanding of Buddhism and to combine those concepts with daily life experience.  Participants will meet from 7:30-9 PM on Tuesday nights.  The fee for the course is $160, payable to Peter Carlson.  The first meeting will be determined as soon as there are 6 committed group members; as of this writing, there are 2 commitments.  For more information or to register, email Peter at Peter@orlandoinsightmeditation.org.

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

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

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Join an Intensive Study Group

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 […]

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