Introduction to Meditation Series with Tara Brach
By Editor | Feb 2 2015
On February 11 and 18, IMCW invites you to join founding teacher Tara Brach for a new 2-part "Introduction to Meditation" series. This series is designed for new practioners & those with “beginner’s mind” who want to refresh and deepen their practice. The classes will be held during the Wednesday night class in Bethesda, MD.
I think of beginner's mind as the mind that faces life like a small child, full of curiosity and wonder and amazement.
~ Abbess Zenkei Blanche Hartman
The first class of this series will explore the attitude we bring to meditation that makes it rewarding, and the training that helps us in "coming back" from thoughts. The second class will guide us in "being here," in cultivating a mindful awareness that recognizes and accepts what is happening in the present moment. Both classes include guided meditations and valuable reminders that can support you in developing a rich meditation practice.
These classes are designed to be useful to both the beginner and the experienced meditator. Registration is not required; the class is offered on a dana (donation) basis. The series will be available in video and audio versions on the Talks/Series pages of the IMCW website.
All our introductory classes explore, in varying depths, the purpose of meditation and the practice of Vipassana (Insight or mindfulness) meditation. Basic elements of Vipassana include quieting the mind with a concentrative focus on the breath (or other "anchor") and awakening a mindful and compassionate awareness of all dimensions of our experience.
For those unable to attend these more intensive introductory classes, our monthly 45-minute introduction to meditation class will continue to be offered by IMCW teachers before the Wednesday Bethesda class on the first Wednesday of each month. Find offerings on our class calendar page, here.