About the Meditation Circle

WELCOME. The Meditation Circle is a meditation group in the Buddhist tradition, practicing vipassana or insight meditation. We have a weekly meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Charleston, W.Va.

PLEASE NOTE: The weekly Tuesday night meeting for the Meditation Circle has been suspended due to health concerns regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. If and when the meeting resumes in person an announcement will be made on the website and by email.

TUESDAYS: The Meditation Circle meets most Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd., in Charleston, WV. The room that is set aside for meditation is open for early arrivals at 5:30 pm. The meditation practice begins at 6 pm. The format consists of two rounds of meditation, lasting about 20 minutes each, with a 5-minute period of standing or walking meditation between rounds.

DIRECTIONS: Click here for directions to the UU building, about five minutes from downtown Charleston, W.Va., right across from the Kanawha River. I

THE MEDITATION CIRCLE is a lay support group for people interested in meditation or who wish to deepen their practice through the support of a meditation sangha. Our members come from a wide variety of spiritual traditions and backgrounds. You do not need to be Buddhist to enjoy the benefits of a meditation practice. The circle’s facilitators are not teachers and we encourage people to seek out seasoned teachers to further their practice. Cushions, meditation benches and chairs are available or you are welcome to bring your own cushion. We also have a lending library of books you are welcome to borrow, about meditation practice.

NEW TO MEDITATION? Visit our Resource page for more information about the type of meditation we practice at the Meditation Circle.

COST & DONATIONS: There is no cost to join the circle. We do accept donations in a box titled ‘Dana’ (a Pali word that denotes generosity) that are offered to the Unitarians for their kind use of the space and also to help defray the costs of occasionally bringing Buddhist monks to town.

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A meditation group in the Buddhist insight tradition, based in Charleston, W.Va.