Sangha and Meditation Orientation
5:15 – 6:00pm
If you are new to meditation or to Rocky Mountain Insight, we offer a weekly orientation session every Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:00pm before our regular Wednesday program. Meet one of our compassionate Practice Leaders or Dharma Teachers who will give you basic meditation instructions for both walking and sitting practice, as well as help familiarize you with the environment and traditions of RMI. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about Buddhism or meditation. After orientation we invite you to stay for our weekly Sangha practice which includes meditation and a Dharma talk by one of our Dharma Teachers.
Sangha Night: Meditation, Dharma, and Community
6:00 – 7:00pm
Our main weekly event, Sangha Night, is open to all. We begin our evening with a short walking meditation to settle the body and mind followed by 20 – 30 minutes of sitting practice. Then, our usual program follows with a Dharma talk on one of the many aspects of the Buddhist path by our Associate Spiritual Director Ben Mikolaj or one of our other highly qualified and experienced Dharma Teachers. We also celebrate special programs and events on Wednesday nights, for example: meditations on the 4 Divine Abidings every 1st Wednesday (see below), Refuge Vow ceremonies, recitation of the 5 Precepts on Wednesdays nearest the full-moon, and holiday celebrations such as Wesak. Please see our schedule for upcoming special events. We invite you to join us at Sangha Night for meditation, Dharma, and spiritual friendship.
Divine Abidings: Guided Loving-Kindness Meditations
1st Wednesday of Each Month
6:00 – 7:00pm
The Buddha taught that we should love all beings the way a mother loves her only child. In order to help his students cultivate this boundless love and compassion he taught methods for meditating on the Four Divine Abidings: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. On the first Wednesday of each month we devote our practice to cultivating these truly divine states of consciousness through guided meditations on the Four Divine Abidings. Join us with one of our other Dharma Teachers or Meditation Instructors as we aspire to hold all beings in the light of loving-kindness.
Sunday Morning Vipassana Meditation Practice
9:00 – 10:00am
We invite you to join us Sunday mornings to calm your mind and open your heart through Buddhist Vipassana meditation practice. Vipassana means “clear-seeing” or “insight” and was taught by the Buddha to help cut the root of suffering and lead practitioners towards full awakening. We begin Sunday mornings with a short walking meditation followed by a reading from one of our Dharma Teachers or Practice Leaders. We then sit for roughly 40 minutes in silent meditation. If this is your first time meditating, please arrive 10-15 minutes early for instruction or consider attending our weekly Sangha Orientation on Wednesday nights from 515 – 6pm.
The First Sunday of each month
8:00 – 8:45am
Dharma Kids is our program for children ages 4-12. We use stories, crafts and child-friendly meditation techniques to teach the basics of the Dharma. Lessons in mindfulness and compassion are related to the kids’ everyday experiences of anxiety, boredom, anger and sadness to help them become happier, calmer and more understanding.
Four Divine Abidings Meditation (Metta)
The First and Third Sunday of each month
An additional opportunity to learn and practice Metta will be offered every first and third Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. This traditional Buddhist practice of “unconditional loving-kindness” will be guided through the Four Divine Abidings, or the Brahma Viharas, which cultivate 4 qualities of the heart-mind: Loving-Kindness (Metta), Compassion (Karuna), Sympathetic Joy (Mudita), and Equanimity (Upekkha).
Come and join our Practice Leaders, Jason Goss (first Sunday) and David Reinberger (third Sunday), and wind down your active weekend with a calming “getting ready” for the week ahead. What better way to condition your upcoming week!
Dharma and Daily Life: Discussion & Sitting Meditation
6:00 – 7:00pm
Our Monday night program offers the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate through deeper meditative states under the guidance of our beloved Practice Leader Joan Norris and our esteemed Dharma Teacher Victor Bradford. The first day of the week is often the most stressful, and this can be one of the best opportunities to expand our practice. This session begins with a short reading and/or discussion on a topic of Dharma with an emphasis on how we can manifest Dharma in our daily lives and further develop our meditation practice. This is followed by a 50 minute silent sitting meditation. If this is your first time meditating, please arrive 10-15 minutes early for instruction or consider attending our weekly Sangha Orientation on Wednesday nights from 515 – 6pm.