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NEW: 2017 Fall/Winter series

The Path of Discovery
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Open Awareness Meditation Group
Monday nights, 7:30 pm

Cambridge Friends Meeting House
5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge, MA 02138

When we only live in our habits, this life becomes a heart and mind numbing routine. But when we step out our conditioned and habitual ways of looking at life, we can begin to see it fresh again, and all sorts of possibilities for happiness and freedom begin to open up.

This happens when we’re open to the unknown, when we’re open to making discoveries. And in this moment, though we might have read or been told many things, it's what we each discover to be deeply true that matters most.

During the fall and winter of 2017-2018 the Open Awareness Meditation Group will be offering a series called The Path of Discovery. In it we will present practices and explorations which are fundamental to our approach to meditation. At each meeting, whether it's local or online, the practice leaders will present simple guided meditations on stillness, or movement, or inquiries based on this theme of exploration and discovery.

These short meditations will be offered in the first 45 minutes of the evening, followed by a discussion session which usually lasts around 20 minutes or so. All of the essentials of the meditations will be made available from the practice leaders, so the participants can continue the exploration throughout the week.

There is no hierarchy in this group. Everyone's discoveries are unique, and every voice is equally honored. The meditation leaders will not be presenting themselves as experts but rather as fellow explorers who, perhaps through many years of experience in various meditation traditions, might have something useful to offer.

But the real beauty of the meditations is that they lead in the end to simply resting in open awareness— pure presence— and to experiencing our essential freedom and happiness. The real beauty of the discussions is that they arise and pass in the loving space of our silence.

Won't you join us?

 

Suggested donation $5 to $10
(This is to cover our rent for the evening)

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On Meditation

"It's awareness that illumines all thinking, feeling and perceiving. Always present and radiantly clear, it is never obscured by time, circumstances or thoughts. The body, mind and world rise and set in awareness and have no independent existence apart from awareness. Awareness, your real being, is all there is. You are not the limited person you have taken yourself to be.  Look for the separate self and you find it entirely absent. Seeing this, suffering, doubt and confusion effortlessly drop away, revealing your natural state of innate happiness and freedom. Understanding who you are is immediately and always available - here and now."

John Wheeler

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Details, Directions and Parking

We sit in silence for around 45 minutes, followed by discussion for around 20 minutes. The silent sitting is interspersed perhaps with some meditation instruction or a brief reading, a little simple chanting or movement. Sitting posture is relaxed, either on a meditation cushion or a bench. It's not a rigid practice- move whenever you need to!

We meet every Monday night, 7:30 pm at the Cambridge Friends Meeting House. The Friends Meeting House is located at 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138. You can find a very good map here.

Parking is available after 6:00 in the loop off of Brattle St. that leads to the Friend's House, and there is a small lot in back of the Friend's House for those with limited mobility.

After that, parking is a little tricky in Cambridge (lots of "resident only" signs), but you will find available parking on Mount Auburn St. near Friend's House and on Brattle St. as you head away from Harvard Square.

Coming by the T is a great option, with the Friend's House being a lovely 15 minute walk out of Harvard Square. If you find you are running late, come anyway! The format is very relaxed and open— anyone interested in contemplative practice is welcome.

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