Opening to Insight: Meditation and Discussion
Nick Egan, Founder, Advaya Institute, and Nyingma lineage teacher
Alternate Wednesdays at, 7:30 to 8:30 pm: May 8 and 22
Join us here at Many Rivers every other Wednesday for a guided meditation practice and discussion. The meditations that we will be practicing are perfect for beginners and for those who want to deepen their practice. Everyone is welcome!
Nicholas Egan, Ph.D., is the Founder of the Advaya Institute, a center for the practice of authentic spirituality in daily life. He is authorized to teach in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and his main teachers are Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Nicholas has been practicing meditation for more than 18 years and leads tours to Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Asia. He is known for his accessibility as a teacher and a warm and engaging teaching style.
Renewal of Presence Practice Group
Tayu Meditation Center staff
Tuesdays at, 7:30 pm: May 7, 14, 21, 28
Presence refers to the stabilization of attention to experience just as it is, without judgment. Attention to experience is our birthright of wonder, the birthright that the contraction of fear effaces. Presence is the means to regain that birthright. Presence is innocence with knowledgeknowledge of how to reclaim unforced engagement with wonder. Presence does not pick and chooseit is open to all impressions. Simultaneously flexible and strong, Presence adapts, an exquisite jellyfish undulating through the ocean of unmediated experience. Presence provides the authentic foundation for expansion and deepening into unified, non-dual consciousness. The mind seeks fruitlessly to grasp it, but Presence simply isit cannot be summoned via technique, or enticed into one's life through the cultivation of virtue. Nevertheless, each human being is responsible for the creation of conditions wherein Presence can develop, flourish, intensify, and linger in experience. Spiritual practice is the label for the creation of conditions to support Presence. Join us for an ongoing discussion of these issues, and for engagement with exercises that explore the practical metaphysics of renewing and intensifying Presence in every moment of existence.