Self Inquiry (Direct Path) Meditations:
Join us on any of the upcoming Saturdays
(at 8:00AM) EDT/EST below
Insight (Progressive Path) Meditations:
Join us on any of the upcoming Thursdays
(at 8:00pm) EDT/EST below
No need to RSVP – just drop in!
All are welcome to join this open, supportive online community for our hour-long guided meditations.
Every other Saturday morning – The direct path focuses our attention away from objective experience and directs it towards the inner light of awareness that is always present and unaffected by that which comes and goes. Other names for this type of meditation are mahamudra, shikantaza (just sitting), choiceless awareness and the practice of prajna paramita. In self inquiry practice, one may ask the question “Who or what is having the experience?” Realizing our true nature is just one step on this path, as we must then continue with practices that integrate this remembering more and more into our everyday experiences.
Every other Thursday evening – We explore a variety of insight meditation techniques (also known as Vipassana or mindfulness meditation) that develop our ability to bring awareness, concentration and equanimity to what’s happening in our experience moment to moment. Insight meditation gradually exposes and strips away the layers of the illusory self – refining and purifying the body/mind – preparing it for the ultimate dissolution into source. If meditators are struggling with particular hindrances i.e. challenging physical or emotional experiences, insight meditation practices can help navigate them both on and off the cushion.
After each hour long sit we’ll take some time (approximately a half hour) for interactive reporting, sharing, questions etc.
Which should you practice?
Whatever works! You may find that integrating both practices simultaneously is most beneficial, that you’re drawn to just one, or take time to explore each on its own. Both paths ultimately lead to the same destination – Samadhi – which is to simply be here in the now, fully present, unfiltered by the egoic mind.
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* Please have it downloaded and test it out prior to the start of the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6131117777
Please Note: As of January 1st, 2020, we will be recording these calls in their entirety – including the Q and A portion. The calls will be posted on our Patreon page, which is a community of Awaken the World Initiative supporters, where they can be viewed by our Patrons at any time. If you choose to unmute yourself and participate during the call, please keep in mind that your image and discussion will be included in the video.
We created the Patreon page as a way for our supporters to offer continual financial support of Awaken the World film projects (which are always offered to the world for free). We have chosen to share the full recordings of the online Zoom sits exclusively with our Patreon community as a thank you for their ongoing support – which can be as little as $1 per month. These sessions are happily offered for free in order to make them available to anyone interested in exploring meditation, however if you would like to make a monthly donation as a Patreon supporter, or make a one-time donation to the Awaken the World Initiative your support is deeply appreciated.
Hope to see you soon,
Dan and Tanya
To Join this Zoom Meeting use Meeting ID: 613 111 7777