The Next Introductory Meditation Six-Class Series starts January 9
Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or Vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness leads to stillness and a growing understanding and appreciation of the nature of life.
In the Buddhist tradition, the “three jewels” are the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha. The Buddha (“awakened one”) refers to the inspiration we find from the Buddha and his awakening, as well as to the capacity within each of us for awareness, understanding, compassion, and freedom. The dharma (“reality” or “the way things are”) refers both to the teachings of the Buddha and to the experience and knowledge we come to through our own practice. The sangha is the community of people on the path toward awareness and freedom.