Mindfulness — Sitting Together: Meditation Practices from Various Religious Traditions

Northeast USA  

October 1, 2013
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

Andover Newton Theological School
Newton Center, Massachusetts

Is Mindfulness a secular movement, or is it just another religious teaching? Some folks claim its roots go back to classical Buddhist teachings, but many mindfulness practitioners believe its practice is an aspect of all religious traditions. Join us to see/ experience if this notion is correct. NCE is proud to cosponsor this fall’s series with the Andover Newton Theological School; these talks will take place in their lovely Wilson Chapel, on Herrick Road in Newton Center.

In this session, each presenter will give an introductory talk of ten to 15 minutes, and then offer a direct experience of the form of meditation practice that comes from their religious tradition. After the presentations, there will be an open discussion among the presenters, followed by a Q&A period. Our presenters for this evening’s talk are Ji Hyang Padma, Brita Gill-Austern, Moshe Waldoks, and Naila Baloch. They represent the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths respectively.

Also offered, on the 29th of the month:

Mindfulness Practice and Joyous Celebration: A Jewish-Buddhist Dialogue

How to lighten up while enlightening up? Spirit is ecstatic, not static, and the spiritual life is buoyant, uplifting, and delightful; Psalm 100 tells us to serve the Divine with joy. Judaism has no fewer than ten different expressions of joy (simkha), and Tibetan teachings enumerate 16 kinds of joy and bliss to be cultivated on the journey from the head to the heart. Rejoicing is one of the four main beatitudes, along with loving kindness, compassion, and impartiality. Learn the role of joyous celebration in mindfulness practice when you join us for this evening of dialogue, laughter, and joyous celebration. Our presenters for this evening’s talk are Rabbi Moshe Waldoks and Lama Surya Das, representing the Jewish and Buddhist faiths respectively.

Each session $35. Sign up for both and receive a $10 discount.

To register go to www.newtoncommunityed.org or call 617-559-6999.