Welcome to Dharma Chautauqua, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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Welcome to Dharma Chautauqua!
This group explores the liberating and transformative practice of Vipassana (insight) meditation. We are pretty relaxed and informal. The primary emphasis is on teaching each other to cultivate Mindfulness in our everyday lives. Participation in this group is free and open to all people.
The 90-minute session is broken down into three segments:
During the first segment we introduce ourselves, and one of us reads aloud a short meditation reading (often about mindfulness and/or the mechanics of mindful practice). We then practice 30 minutes of Vipassana (Insight) meditation. How-to instructions are given during the first 1-5 minutes of the meditation. We alternate weekly between practices of sitting, standing, and walking meditation.
This is an excellent place for beginners to learn basic skills and establish good meditation habits. It is also an opportunity for seasoned meditators to get in some practice while sharing experience with others and enjoying a Dharma study.
In the second segment we have the Dharma presentation (about 30 minutes). Often the inquiry is about mindfulness, basic Buddhist meditation practices, or Buddhist/Western positive psychology. Any group member can present and determine the content of the Dharma presentation (with some advance notice, i.e. at the next meeting). Presentations may include material from any of the wisdom traditions and/or psychological/spiritual wellness strategies. We also frequently invite guest speakers from the spiritual community to talk about how their contemplative practice has improved their quality of life.
The third segment is a time for group sharing. We seek to provide a safe refuge for people to share, in complete confidence, any challenges or positive growth they are experiencing.
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