Sharing the Dharma Day introduces meditation


Flickr photo by by iandeth
Flickr photo by by iandeth

“Meditation,” an often misunderstood Buddhist practice, is the topic of the June 3 Sharing the Dharma Day at Sravasti Abbey, the Buddhist monastery near Newport.

The program will be from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include guided meditation, followed by a talk on the topic of the day, a vegetarian potluck lunch and facilitated discussion, according to a press release.

“Nowadays meditation is sometimes confused with other activities,” said Sravasti Abbey founder Venerable Thubten Chodron. “Meditation is not simply relaxing the body and mind. Nor is it imagining being a successful person with wonderful possessions, good relationships, appreciation from others, and fame.  Nor is it simply being aware of what we are doing at any particular moment.”

“The Tibetan word for meditation is 'gom',” she explained, “which suggests 'to habituate' or 'to familiarize.' Meditation means habituating ourselves to constructive, realistic, and beneficial emotions and attitudes.  Meditation is used to transform our thoughts and views so that they are more compassionate and correspond to reality.”

Sravasti Abbey invites people of all faiths and backgrounds who are curious about meditation or would like to know more about the Buddha's teachings.

For information and directions call (509) 447-5549, email office.sravasti@gmail.com or visit the program website.


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