What to expect at the Capitol Hill Meditation Group!
When you come for the first time we encourage you to arrive 15 minutes early, at 6:30 PM, to get a little in-person orientation. Our Sangha (community) is made up of a diverse group of practitioners in the Vipassana tradition, also referred to as insight meditation. Newcomers are always welcome to join us. Typically we sit in silence for 30 or 40 minutes, have tea together, and then discuss a topic related to mindfulness and Buddhist practice.
You will hear and observe that some members of the group have a depth of practice reflecting many years spent in regular meditation and study. Others in attendance may be new to meditation. We welcome everyone—to sit with us, to listen, and to participate in whatever way is comfortable for them.
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There are many reasons why we choose to meditate, but we all are on a journey to understanding how the mind works and how things really are. We all seek to stay with beginner’s mind—open and inquiring, stepping back to have a wider view, not taking things personally, and responding thoughtfully instead of reacting habitually to pleasant or unpleasant sensations.
If you’re new to meditation
Please know that we do not offer instruction in meditation. If you would like resources for structured learning of meditation practices, please ask. There are regular classes in the Seattle area. There are also many meditation groups, some small and some large. Here are some options:
- Tuere will offer beginning meditation instructions (4 weekly classes) on an “as needed” bases. Look for the sign-up sheet on Thursday nights or ask for it.
- Sign up for the next Introduction to Meditation class at SIMS (Seattle Insight Meditation Society).
- Take the SIMS online Introduction to Meditation class taught by SIMS founding teacher Rodney Smith.
- Use the SIMS website to locate a different group.
Welcome again to our practice group. Please let us know if there is any way we can help you.