Rise of the Planet of the Yogi! Meditation News 5/14-5/20

Monday, May 14th, 7pm-9pm, at North Church 
300 N Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
Donation Based Sitting

Monday Night with Annette. Join our official MBSR instructor Annette for two rounds of sitting and walking. Class friendly for all levels!  Due to the enormous popularity of the Hokey Pokey guided meditation, Annette will again offer to guide you through putting your left hand in, followed by taking your left hand out. The session will end as you turn it all about.

Wednesday, May 16th, 7pm-9pm, at North Church 
300 N Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
Donation Based Sitting

Wednesday Night Meditation. Join Kevin for two rounds of sitting and walking followed by dharmic reflections. Kevin will transition from loving kindness meditation to reflections on anger this week. Wrap up that loving kindness orb with an old sweater and put it away in the closet with some mothballs to keep it fresh! Do you experience anger? Do you resemble The Incredible Hulk by the end of your workday? Come and let Kevin tame your anger and turn you back into Bruce Banner. Hey big guy, Sun’s getting real low…

Sunday, May 20th, 6:30pm-8pm, at EMW (East Meets West Yoga) at the Foundry
1738 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207
Donation Based Sitting

Join our Kevin for two rounds of sitting and walking, followed by dharmic reflections. By the end of this session your loving kindness orb will be radiating so much energy, flowers will blossom as you walk by, caterpillars will transform into butterflies, and popcorn kernels will pop with just a glance!  One blast from your loving kindness orb, and even Darth Sidious will come back to the light side! Disclaimer: Results not typical. Please do not blast any Sith with loving kindess rays without first consulting your physician.

**New Course Offering**

Kevin will be offering a 5 week Introduction to Samatha Meditation starting Monday May 14th through East Meets West Yoga at the Buffalo Foundry from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Cost will be 60$ for the series of 5 classes, pre-registration is required.

For more details on this event, please click here or on this link for the facebook listing
Śamatha refers to a category of Buddhist meditation practices designed specifically to develop and refine attention. Śamatha can be translated as serenity, calm abiding, or meditative quiescence. Śamatha is not exclusively a Buddhist practice. We find similar practices in many contemplative traditions including those described within the eight limbs of yoga of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Over time, a regular and consistent śamatha practice leads to ever deeper levels of concentration, inner stillness, and an overall sense of well-being. It becomes a gateway for penetrating deeper into the very nature of mind, of self, of reality. Śamatha practice provides a solid foundation to open our hearts to truly attend to others.

Over the five weeks of this course, we will explore three distinct śamatha practices beginning with the classic mindfulness of breathing, transitioning to observing the space of the mind and mental events, and finally to focus on awareness itself.

This is an experiential course with guided meditations and is appropriate for both beginners as well as experienced meditators alike. Attendance at each week’s class as well as a commitment to daily practice is strongly recommended.

This class will be taught by Kevin McMenamy. Kevin has been an avid meditator for nearly ten years. Since 2013, Kevin has trained with modern day contemplative, meditation teacher, and Tibetan Buddhist scholar B. Alan Wallace. In 2017, Kevin received teacher certification in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB). CEB was initiated at the behest of H.H. the Dalai Lama, and conceived by world-renowned expert of emotions Paul Ekman, along with B. Alan Wallace. The program combines Buddhist theory and meditation practice with the modern psychological understanding of emotions.

Reminder for Buffalo Zen’s Event May 17 & 18

Details can be found here

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery & Zen Center of NYC

May 17th & 18th, 2018

Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center

1064 Brighton Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150

Lecture: Loving Kindness: A Talk on the Metta Sutta
Thursday, May 17th 7:00-9:00 PM ($15 donation*)
Discussion: The Unexpected Gift of Karma
Friday, May 18th 7:00-9:00 PM ($15 donation*)

Weekly Taste of the Dharma

“If you see someone wise, who can steer you away from the wrong path, follow that person as you would one who can reveal hidden treasures. Only good can come out of it.

Let them admonish or instruct or restrain you from what is wrong. They will be loved by the good but disliked by the bad.

Make friends who those who are good and true, not with those who are bad and false.

To follow the dharma revealed by the noble ones is to live in joy with a serene mind.

As a solid rock cannot be moved by the wind, the wise are not shaken by praise or blame. When they listen to the words of the dharma, their minds become calm and clear like the waters of a still lake.

Good people keep on walking whatever happens. They do not speak vain words and are the same in good fortune and bad.

Few are those who reach the other shore; most people keep running up and down this shore. But those who follow the dharma, when it has been well taught, will reach the other shore, hard to reach, beyond the power of death.”

-The Wise, from The Dhammapada