Mindful Steps to Happiness
evenings 7-8:15 PM (9 week series)
Begins April 17th,
Bhante Gunaratana's book, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness.
We will delve deeply into each step of the Buddha's most
profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering. With
a combination of practice and readings, we will learn ways
to handle anger, cultivate loving kindness and move beyond
hindrances. Bhante G.'s language is conversational and his
communication is masterful, making this series useful for
novices and longtime practitioners alike. Each week we will
enjoy a group meditation as well as presentation and discussion.
Send an email
or call 508-624-7519 to register in advance, space is limited.
Note From Judy:
I met Bhante G about a year ago when he came to this area
for a weekend teaching.He's in his 80's now, a small, beaming
man from Sri Lanka who has been in North America since the
welcomed everyone and gave a most simple and basic introduction
to meditation. His few words came quietly with an effortless
and seemingly limitless smile.
he was finished, another monk began speaking. It was then
that I received my most helpful guidance in meditation.
happened to watch Bhante G, as the other monk began speaking.
What he did was remarkable in it's stark simplicity. He closed
his eyes... and sat. That was it. Nothing else was going on.
No mental reflections about what he'd said, what was being
said, the people in front of him or where else he might be.
was apparent that he was just here, breathing, aware, present,
steeped in contentment. How simple, how amazing and how rare,
this depth of peace, at home stillness and wellbeing.
I've been reading another book by Bhante G (short for Gunaratana)
called, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. It is very good.
So good, I'd like to read it together with others. If you
are interested and can join us Wednesday evenings for 9 weeks
starting mid-April, call or send
Stress Reduction (MBSR)
New 10-week Series Starts Tuesday Evenings, March 12, 7-8:30
PM, $275 plus $15 workbook
the workbook and MP3 CD endorsed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PH.D (founder
of MBSR), we progressively cover steps to reduce stress and
truly transform your life. The program incorporates both formal
and informal excercises that can be completed in just minutes
each day. The weekly meetings provide an opportunity to discuss
your experience and any questions that might arise as well
as offering the benefit of the added inspiration of working
with others. Register in advance. Call
Judy at 508-624-7519 or send
just weeks you can learn mindfulness-based reduction (MBSR),
a clinically proven program for alleviating stress, anxiety,
panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical
conditions. Taught in classes and clinics worldwide, this
powerful approach shows you how to focus on the present moment
in order to permanently change the way you handle stress.
As you work through this booki, you'll learn how to replace
stress-promoting habits with mindful ones - a skill that will
last a lifetime."
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Bob Stahl
& Elisha Goldstein
wife and I truly loved your class.
We have been reading and listening to CDs on these types of
for about 15 years and your course has been transformational
You helped us with many questions we had about meditation
and mindfullness as well."
JH Milford, MA, Global Director Healthcare Industry
Thursday Evenings 7pm : Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle is the author of The
Power of Now, which has been
widely recognized as one of the most influential
spiritual books of our time. It reached
the New York Times bestseller list in 2002
and has been translated into 17 languages.
At the core of Eckhart’s teachings
lies the transformation of individual and
collective human consciousness – a
global spiritual awakening.
the format recommended by Eckhart, we begin
with a short silence is followed by a DVD
or CD and conclude with a short period of
silence and some sharing from the stillness.
It's great to come regularly if you can.
fee, donations welcome. Drop-in.
in Meditation: Simply Silence
9-10 AM. Suggested donation $10. Drop-in
Enjoy simple silence and the stillness of sitting
with a small group. Followed by tea. No experience
necessary and no pre-registration is required,
just drop in. By donation.
Women's Mindfulness Groups
Thursdays 11 AM -1 PM, $80/month. Register
Fridays at Noon - 2 PM, $80/month. Register
weekly groups provide a forum of collective
life wisdom. Audio, video clips, book discussions
and practical exercises fill out the gatherings.
Themes include: present moment awareness,
life transitions and challenges, relationships,
spiritual awakening, love, purpose, the world
and inner peace. Call ahead to register. There
is a 4-week minimum commitment. Cost is $80/month.
group has given me a thread of strength, unconditional
love and friendship that has gone beyond the
boundaries of our weekly meetings. Thank you.
Class Series 6
weeks starting Wednesday February 20, 7-8
basic introduction to meditation practice for
beginners and, for experienced meditators, a
refreshing course on the foundation practice
as well as an opportunity to meditate in a group
useful tools for quieting the mind which carry
into daily life. Benefits include a calm and
centered state of mind, mental focus and clarity,
emotional balance and improved physical health.
$90 for the series. Note:
Those who have completed the series in the past
may join for $60 for the series or $15/drop-in.
All Sacred Spaces offerings including classes, groups
and indivdual sessions are available on a sliding scale
based on income. Please contact Judy if special arrangements
are needed. 24-hour cancellation on individual sessions.
50% deposit for classes series. Women's Mindfulness
Group is payable by the month.