My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Weekly Practices and Dharma talks in Rochester NY
Regular practices are open to all and are offered Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00, as outlined in our calendar.
All sessions include loving kindness and silent meditation practice. Several times a month meditation is followed by a Dharma talk, given by Dharma Refuge teacher Sue Kochan, or via video recording by Anam Thubten.
Everyone is welcome to attend. We always have new people joining us and we do provide some basic meditation instruction.
Meditating in community
We have people join us who have never meditated. We have people visit from other meditation communities as well as people who have dabbled in meditation on their own or who have a regular sitting practice at home but have never really been part of a community. Meditation with friends who share the same aspirations and intentions when they sit can be very powerful and supportive. This community of friends is called Sangha. It's considered to be one of three great "jewels" or precious ingredients that support us as we discover inner freedom.
Do I have to "be Buddhist?"
Absolutely not! Identifying yourself as Buddhist is actually simply a concept. For many of us it's a helpful one, what we call skillful means. In the end however, it's something we go beyond. This idea is often explained as, "you get in the boat to get to the other shore, once you've arrived there is no need to put the boat on your back and carry it."
Our community has found great benefit in studying the Buddha's wisdom and actively working with our own minds and hearts to experiment with what we've learned, applying it in life to see if it brings greater ease, happiness and perhaps even freedom. Many have found this wisdom to be compatible with their own faith tradition or with no faith tradition. What's offered and discovered within this path of awakening wisdom, is a method to train the heart and mind in order to deepen and awaken an inner wealth we've always sensed as available and perhaps not fully accessible. We invite you to "come as you are" with curiosity, discernment and openness, to see what might be possible for you.
Where are weekly practices held?
Rochester meditation practices are held at:
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School;
First Floor - Dharma Refuge
1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620
How do I prepare to attend a practice session?
Please bring a cushion, a blanket, or anything you need to be comfortable, particularly if you would like to sit traditionally on the floor. Many of us take advantage of the chairs that are always available. Tea is offered after meditation. Everyone is welcome, and no worries if you arrive a few minutes late. Just come, settle in, and enjoy. No previous experience is required. Just bring an open heart! :-)
How are schedule changes communicated?
PLEASE check back frequently. Our schedule is occasionally subject to change especially during the winter months. We also encourage everyone to join our email list to learn about talks by visiting Dharma teachers as well as changes in our practice schedule and other local events of interest.
All the suffering in the world comes from seeking pleasure for oneself. All the happiness in the world comes from seeking pleasure for others.