IMCC offers a path of practice that can help you move from beginning Buddhist meditation and understanding basic teachings to becoming a mature and seasoned practitioner dedicated to living a life informed by kindness, ethics, awareness and wisdom.
Beginning Practice -- Getting Started
- Why am I doing this (what's my motivation)?
- Kindness (metta) for yourself, for others
- "Breathing in I calm body and mind, breathing out I smile."
- Five things you may do at the end of a sitting:
- Recapitulation - what did I notice and how did I respond
- Impermanence - all these high, but mundane, states are now gone
- Insights - did I have any; what were they
- Dedicate the merit from this sitting for the liberation of all beings
- Resolve to be mindful as I get up and go about my activities
- Drop in for an hour-long guided meditation and discussion about practice at Common Ground on Wednesdays or Fridays.
- Attend half-day or daylong retreats.
- Sign up for our newsletter.
Establishing practice – moving along the path of spiritual awakening
Deepening Practice – a life-long awareness
- Continue establishing your practice as above.
- Lengthen home practices and attend a longer meditation retreats. (www.southerndharma.org or www.imcw.org or www.bcbsdharma.org or www.spiritrock.org or www.dharma.org)
- Repeating any Buddhist course or retreat, re-reading Buddhist books will deepen the understanding in practice; teachings are heard at a different level.
- Use www.accesstoinsight.org or www.bodhimonastery.org or www.amaravati.org as a resource for reading suttas and other material (i.e., socially engaged Buddhism) from teacher/scholars to gain a deeper understanding of Buddhist thought.
- Sign up for an extended course through the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (MA) or one of the advanced study programs at Spirit Rock (CA) such as the Dedicated Practitioner Program.
- Sign up for a relational meditation (Insight Dialogue) retreat (www.metta.org).