On Feb. 5 theSpokane Concentration Meditation Group will host Purification of the Mind, a meditation practice and dharma talk. The guest speaker will be Brian Gavin, a Spokane resident and teacher-in-training in the jhana practice(an ancient concentration practice). His talkwill focus on the”nuts and bolts” aspects of a meditation practice aimed at promoting tranquility in our daily lives, according to the event flier. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at theCommunity Meditation Room in the Saranac Building,35 West Main. No previous meditation experience is needed and there is no cost to attend, though donations will be accepted. For information visit the group’s Meetup site.
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