My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Meditation Practices and Dharma Programs and Special Events
We offer weekly practices on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Many of our Wednesday evening sittings are followed by a Dharma Talk.
We also offer programs which include Dharma teachings and retreat opportunities; meditation and mindful self compassion training. All Dharma programs are offered by visiting teachers and our resident teacher Sue Kochan. Mindful Self-Compassion is offered from time to time by sangha member Sabrina Vogler, founder of Heart in the Moment.
Please visit our calendar for details.
Everyone is welcome to attend. We always have new people joining us and we do provide some basic meditation instruction.
To support your comfort, we offer traditional meditation cushions, as well as padded chairs and a few couches. We invite you to bring personal items such as pillows and mediation shawls or belts. We always have hot tea and snacks available.
Meditating in community
At almost every sitting practice we have people join us who have never meditated before. 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. Meditating in a community of people who share the same aspirations and intentions can be very powerful and supportive. We call this kind of fellowship, Sangha. It's considered to be one of three great "jewels" or precious ingredients that support us as we progress on the path of awakening..
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:
Covenant United Methodist Church
Second floor | Dharma Refuge (elevator accessible)
1124 Culver Rd
Rochester, NY 14609
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.
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Dharma Refuge meets at Covenant United Methodist Church
– second floor (elevator accessible)
1124 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14609
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