Orlando Insight Meditation Group

A Contemporary Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Community For Central Florida

Cultivating Gratitude and Joy

The Lakeland Insight Meditation Group is offering a course on Cultivating Gratitude and Joy.

Teacher: Sharon Hodges. For more information and to register for this course, please contact Sharon at Sharonphodges@gmail.com or 863-608-0204.

What to Expect: We carry the innate capacity for joy within. It is our true nature even in the face of pain and suffering. This 1-day course will explore mindfulness meditation with a focus on cultivating gratitude and joy. We will combine periods of meditation with teachings and discussion on how we can open our hearts and nurture our natural capacities for gratitude and joy. This course is open to the public and welcomes participants of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Course Date/Time: This course will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9AM to 3PM.

Location: This course will be held online through Zoom.

Course Capacity: 16 students

Cost: This course is offered at no charge. Donations to the Lakeland Meditation Group are welcomed. Donations can be made via the Lakeland Insight Meditation Group website.

For course schedule and more information, please click here.

Wednesday Night Meetings

Hi Fellow Travelers–Thanks to the causes and conditions provided by the Covid-19 virus there will no assemblies in our meditation cottage until the circumstances make it safe to assemble in groups. I hope this supports and maybe even expands the outreach of the Orlando Insight Meditation Group, the goal of which is to provide training in mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation and practical applications of the Wisdom found within these concepts that will support us as we go through these trying times.  Last week’s recording was a first attempt at streaming and hopefully the recording of  April 1 will be more effectively posted; the microphone will be muted until the Dharma talk so the meditation will not be interrupted by the sounds of folks entering into the group.

The meeting operates through the Zoom software (OIMG has subscribed for one year at a cost of $150).  The URL for the meeting is:  https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuf-2srDMtnERzureO8f2K4iQeRCf-dQ  and the meeting password is 620329.  As I understand how it works, you must preregister at the site the URL in order to participate in the events and registering one time will provide access to all the upcoming meetings, as long as we continue streaming them (Which may become a problem when we resume meeting in the meditation building which has weak reception from the server in my home; hopefully sometime later in the Spring we can safely assemble again in the cottage).  The meetings will be audio only and, once again as I understand the way it works, the meeting can be accessed by smartphone as well as any internet-connected computer system.  The meetings will be recorded and posted on the website as usual.  Please be patient with me as I find my way into the world of internet streaming and hopefully we can all benefit from this crisis.

The topic for the meeting on March 31 will combine a contemplation from the First Foundation of Mindfulness, The Four Elements, which involves using noting sensations of pressure, movement, temperature and liquidity to interrupt the narratives that accompany the hindrances; this interruption creates more stability, clarity and tranquility, which is of great benefit in these trying times.  The talk will focus on how the pandemic relates to the Four Noble Truths and interdependence.  i hope you will participate in the streaming meeting and I wish you well.  Peter