Introduction to Meditation taught by Allie Vaknin

In this course, Allie will teach students the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation. The content will introduce students to the basic elements of meditation, as well as different forms of meditation, such as mindfulness of the body, mindfulness of feelings, and loving-kindness. The course will teach students the benefits of these practices and how to integrate meditation into one’s daily life.

Allie is teaching this class as part of obtaining her certification as a meditation teacher and the course is offered free of charge.

Dates: May 4, 11, 18 and 25; 11am to noon

Where: via Zoom; the link to join the class will be shared prior to the first class

Fee: There is no fee for this class.

Register: Email Sharon to register for this class. Please include your name, email address, and phone number.

Intensive Study Groups Starting Soon

TOPIC: The group will discuss the book “The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English” by Bhante Gunaratana.  The Satipatthana Sutta, traditionally translated as “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse”, is perhaps the most comprehensive conceptual and practice teaching of Theravada Buddhism. Gunaratana, also known as Bhante G., is an excellent writer as well as an important commentator on Buddhist concepts and practices.

Peter is currently participating in an intensive study group that is organized by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, a preeminent contemporary institute for research on Buddhist history and how Buddhist concepts can be successfully integrated into contemporary culture.The focus is “Satipatthana Meditation -A Practice Guide” by Analayo, who resides at the Barre center for Buddhist Studies and is perhaps the most important contemporary scholar/practitioner/teacher of this era. The discussion during this local weekly study group will be enhanced as a result of Peter’s participation in that group.

The Orlando Insight Meditation Group’s teacher, Peter Carlson, has been facilitating Intensive Study Groups for several years with the following format:

  • Eight meetings, 90 minutes each
  • Seminar format-Peter has individual interview with each member followed by a brief question and answer as time permits
  • Each group will begin when there are at least seven committed participants
  • Participants commit to meditate for 45 minutes daily (or working toward it). There will be no meditation during the meetings in order to maximize the opportunities to talk about the topics.
  • Meetings are held via Zoom
  • Two groups-Saturday from 3pm-4:30pm and Sunday from 3pm-4:30pm (If number of participants warrants two groups.  Please designate which day or days you can participate. Please understand the group you are assigned may be designated based on numbers between the groups. It is helpful if you can accept either day. If there are not enough participants, one day will be designated.) 
  • Voluntary donation of $160 to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group via check or PayPal; the funds are used to support scholarships and to keep costs low for annual one-week residential retreats.The teacher takes no fee. If this amount is not workable for your budget, a lesser amount is acceptable. Donations should be made using the donate button to the right. Checks can be made out to Orlando Insight Meditation Group and sent to Peter Carlson at 1818 Carrigan Avenue, Winter Park, FL, 32789.

This is not group therapy, but because it is intended to be about how one lives, not philosophy, it is requested that what is discussed in the meetings remain confidential.

For more information and/or to sign up, please email Peter. Please also indicate your phone number so that Peter can contact you in case a meeting has to be cancelled. NOTE: Peter will be on retreat from April 12 to April 26. He will respond to your email when he returns.

Please respond as soon as possible. The target start date to begin is mid-May. It is understood that there may be times when your schedule requires you to miss a meeting, so don’t let that prevent you from committing. Once the start dates are finalized, an email will be provided describing the sequence of readings in the book recommended during the eight weeks. 

LifeArt Meditation with Lezlie Laws

In addition to our weekly Sangha, we invite you to join the monthly LifeArt Meditation Group, offered on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

In these sessions we explore the habits of the mind and the structures of living that allow us to live with more presence, more clarity about what matters, and more capacity for being of benefit.

Meeting format:

  1. A short talk on developing skillful means for maintaining a satisfying meditation practice. The emphasis here is on how to address all manner of hindrances that damage our motivation or hobble our mental capacities to remain concentrated and focused.
  2. A 20-minute guided meditation designed to help you put into play the ideas addressed in the talk.
  3. A Q&A session to gain clarity and insight about the practice.

When: Second Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Zoom Meeting ID 867 2496 7080; Passcode:622152

Click here to join the zoom meeting.

Teacher: Lezlie Laws. Click here to contact Lezlie.

Wednesday Night Meetings

Sangha meetings are held every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm and can be attended in person or via zoom. 

The in person meetings are held at Peter Carlson’s home at 1818 Carrigan Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789. For those who haven’t been to the site, the house is the only one on the block with a sheet metal roof.  Park on the street or in the driveway—please be considerate of the neighbor’s property.  Walk to the left of the garage and through the gate in the chain link fence; the cottage in the back yard is where we meet.

We will meditate in silence from 7 to 7:45, then, after a break, the Dharma talk will begin.

There will be a small box near the front door for dana, the practice of donating to the teacher out of gratitude for the teaching.  The contribution is not required, and the money will be used to maintain the building and pay for the Zoom subscription.  There is a lending library of Dharma related books in the cottage that operates on a trust basis.

To attend meetings via zoom, use the information below:

Click here to join Zoom Meeting.

Meeting ID: 847 1472 3882
Passcode: 620329

Click here to add the zoom meeting information to your calendar: