New Schedule As of April 1st:
• Silent Meditations Every Day 8AM and 8PM EST
• Guided Meditations on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sunday
• Two Daily Silent Meditations*:
8:00-9:00 AM EST and 8:00-9:00 PM EST
• One Hour Guided Meditations:
Every Saturday 8:00-9:00AM (ET) 60 minute Guided Meditation followed by a period for connecting (Dan and Tanya alternating guiding)
• 30 Minutes Guided Meditations:
Every Wednesday 11:00-11:30AM (ET) 30 minute Guided Meditation followed by a period for connecting. (Tanya guiding)
Please note these changes*
The 8:00PM (ET) Monday night Guided Meditations have been moved to Sundays.
We’re now offering the hour-long Saturday morning meditations every week.
A 30 minute Guided Meditation will now be offered every Wednesday at 11:00AM (ET)
More About the Daily Silent Meditations
8:00AM and 8:00PM EST
No guidance is offered during our daily hour long silent meditations, just a start and end bell. The meetings offer a space for sitting in silence, listening to a recorded Awaken the World meditation, or any recording that best serves your practice. We do ask that you remain as still as possible and keep your audio muted. https://zoom.us/j/6131117777
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More About our Online Meditations
The Awaken the World online Meditation Community was formed as a supportive, inclusive virtual space for anyone who is interested in establishing, steadying or deepening their practice. All are welcome to join us for these free, drop-in gatherings. We explore both meditation (the progressive or developmental path) and self inquiry (the short path or direct path).
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.
We also 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.
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.
More About our Daily Drop-in Silent/Unguided Meditations
No guidance is offered during our daily hour long silent meditations, just a start and end bell. The meetings offer a space for sitting in silence, listening to a recorded Awaken the World meditation, or any recording that best serves your practice. We do ask that you remain as still as possible and keep your audio muted.
Zoom is an easy to use, free video conference system that is usable on any device. https://zoom.us/
* Please have it downloaded and test it out prior to the start of the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6131117777
We created a 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.
Check out previous recordings of guided half hour meditations on the Samadhi Center Meditation Playlist
Hope to see you soon,
Dan and Tanya
To Join this Zoom Meeting use Meeting ID: 613 111 7777