8 E. Eagle Rd., Havertown, Pennsylvania 19083
Telephone: 610.853.8200 E-mail: email@example.com www.philadelphiameditation.org
Regular Sittings are held every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening. The Center is opened by 7:00 and the sitting begins at 7:30. It will consist of a half-hour sitting, followed by 15 minutes of walking, followed by a second half hour of sitting. Tea is served following the meditation.
Monthly Morning Extended Meditation: On these Saturdays the Center will open at 8:00 am. There will be beginners' instruction and/or practice discussion from 8:30 to 9:00, and sitting from 9:00 to 11:45. Meditators are also welcome to sit from 8:00 to 9:00 in the upstairs sitting room. After this sitting, meditators are invited to join us in the performance of "yogi jobs" which usually consists of cleaning the Center
Saturday Afternoon Meditation Sessions: we meet the first and third Saturday of each month from 2 - 5. Some folks come for the whole thing (like a mini-retreat) but others only come for a part - leave early or come later than 2. We sit for 40 minutes, walk for 15 minutes, then take a break - drink tea, chat, whatever. Then at 3 we do it again - sit, walk, break. At four or so we have one last sit, and generally end by about 4:45. It was set up that way so that people could stay as long as they wanted, but could also feel free to leave if they didn't want to stay for the whole thing
Recorded Dharma Talks: Second Friday of each month 7:30 PM 30 to 60 minute talk followed by discussion
Shakuhachi Lessons: Acclaimed Japanese flutist (shakuhachi) Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin comes from NYC three or four days per month to teach in a meditative format. Ronnie offers a free introductory first lesson to those in the PMC sangha. For more information contact Ronnie. Phone: 917.207.6724 firstname.lastname@example.org <www.nyogetsu.com> He is the head of KiSuiAn Shakuhachi Dojo, the largest and most active
Shakuhachi Dojo in the World.
Meditation and Recovery Sitting on the cushion, the next right step Ongoing Weekly Meeting on Wednesday
evenings at The Philadelphia Meditation Center Doors open at 7 pm Meeting starts at 7:30 pm
Book Discussion: First and Third Monday of the month 7:30 PM
Free and Easy - A Spontaneous Vajra Song
by Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche
Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower,
but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.
Don't strain yourself,
there is nothing to do or undo.
Whatever momentarily arises
in the body-mind
Has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with,
And become attached to it,
Passing Judgment upon it and ourselves?
Far better to simply
let the entire game happen on its own,
springing up and falling back like waves
without changing or manipulating anything
and notice how everything
vanishes and reappears, magically,
Again and again, time without end.
Only our searching for happiness
prevents us from seeing it.
It's like a vivid rainbow which you pursue
without ever catching,
or a dog chasing it's own tail.
Although peace and happiness
do not exist as an actual thing or place,
it is always available
and accompanies you every instant.
Don't believe in the reality
of good and bad experiences;
they are today's ephemeral weather,
like rainbows in the sky.
Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you open and relax
this tight fist of grasping,
infinite space is there -
open, inviting and comfortable.
Make use of this spaciousness, this
freedom and natural ease.
Don't search any further
looking for the great awakened elephant,
who is already resting quietly at home
in front of your own hearth.
Nothing to do or undo,
nothing to force,
nothing to want,
And nothing missing.
Everything happens by itself.