Meditation News: April 30th – May 6th

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
– Buddha

Monday, April 30th, 7pm-9pm, at North Church 
300 N Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221

Monday Night with Annette.  Guided meditation and instruction will be offered during the first 20-minute sitting, perfect for the beginner, followed by 10 minutes of walking and a second round of silent sitting. Beginners and experienced meditators alike, all are welcome on Monday night!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 7pm-9pm, at North Church 
300 N Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221

Wednesday Night Meditation. Two rounds of meditation consisting of 25 minutes silent sitting and 10 minute walking periods will be followed by reflections from either Kevin or Phil.

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

Kevin leads meditation at EMW with two rounds of seated meditation 24 minutes each separated by a 10 minute walking period.  The option of lying down in savasana (corpse pose) will also be available.  Guidance will be offered if requested or at the teacher’s discretion.  We will end with some reflections to start the week with time left for any comments or questions.

A massive tree
whose branches carry fruits and leaves,
with trunks and roots
and an abundance of fruits:
There the birds find rest.
In that delightful sphere
they make their home.
Those seeking shade
come to the shade,
those seeking fruit
find fruit to eat.

So with the person consummate
in virtue and conviction,
humble, sensitive, gentle,
delightful, and mild:
To him come those without effluent —
free from passion,
free from aversion,
free from delusion —
the field of merit for the world.

They teach him the Dhamma
that dispels all stress.
And when he understands,
he is freed from effluents,
totally unbound.

– From the Saddha Sutta, Translated from the Pail by Thanissaro Bhikku

For further study, here are a few websites offering free e-books related to the Suttas and the Dharma: