Meditation is the foundational practice for our community’s path of healing, transformation and awakening. It is through a regular sitting meditation practice that we develop the capacities of mindfulness and concentration. Mindfulness is the ability to observe what is happening around us and what is arising within our own minds. Concentration is the ability to sustain our attention—to intentionally place and maintain our focus of attention.
Together these two skills bring the stability of mind that allows us to have a quieter, more peaceful mind, to transform our afflictive emotions and unwholesome mind states, to cultivate positive wholesome mind states, and even to investigate the nature of our own mind. This self-awareness, the capacity to be aware of our own experience, is a gift of the human mind and forms the basis for leading a life of intention, meaning, wisdom and well-being.
Come join us in one of our practice community locations for weekly meditation and Dharma talks. All are welcome, from experienced meditators to those exploring meditation for the first time. In the tradition of sharing Buddhist teachings for over 2600 years, all programs are offered freely and supported by "dana" (donations) from participants. participants are encouraged to practice generosity to support the teachings from their hearts. Suggested dana is $5, but any amount offered is greatly appreciated.
We ask that you try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of meditation and refrain from bringing cell phones and other electronic devices into the meditation halls. All of our locations are wheelchair accessible.
Please click here to read important and helpful information about what to expect at our meditation gatherings. Please visit the FCM calendar to see all upcoming meditation and other FCM events. We also offer a number of "Community Programs" that also offer meditation components, such as our Family, Teen, Illness, and Parenting programs.