Welcome to the Meditation Circle site. This longtime Buddhist-oriented meditation group based at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 520 Kanawha Boulevard W., in Charleston, West Virginia, will be closing down its meetings for good effective with the end of June 2022, after a good run. See the ‘RESOURCES’ page for tips on setting up or deepening meditation practice. Be well!
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Meditation Circle members are invited to check out Bhante Gunaratana’s YouTube videos where he teaches the Mangala Sutta to young children. There is also a live Zoom session available if member’s children would wish to join. From the Bhavana Society … Continue reading
As a follow up to the post regarding Lou Reed’s Meditative Death. Lou Reed studied Tai Chi (Taiji) with Master Ren Guangyi. The water -flowing 21 form of Tai Chi mentioned in that article is being taught by Lou Reed … Continue reading
Beginning October 22nd, practice of the Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong form will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 until 6:00, prior to the evening meditation . This time will provide an opportunity to stretch and prepare for the … Continue reading
“The Buddha simply taught basic principles for people who want to wise up: The first principle is to realize that your actions are important, that they make a difference, that they come from your ideas and intentions, and that they … Continue reading
The Meditation Circle will not meet Tuesday, December 25, 2018, nor will it meet Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019. The next sitting will be held Tuesday, January 8th. May all be well, happy, and peaceful.
Next Tuesday, September 25th, the World Religions class at Charleston Catholic High School will make it’s annual visit to the Meditation Circle. There will be a schedule and format change for THAT NIGHT ONLY. The CCHS students will arrive at … Continue reading
…What the Buddha did teach, though, is to focus on what’s the most skillful thing we can do now, given the situation. That’s where the emphasis should lie. And one thing we can do is to help the world through … Continue reading
“The ability not to get discouraged by events comes down to your ability to keep talking to yourself with the right tone of voice, saying the right things to yourself. That’s what right view is all about. Remind yourself that … Continue reading
“The mind itself is a set of events, and you participate in those events every time you look inward. Meditation is participatory observation: what you are looking at responds to the process of looking. In this case, what you are … Continue reading
Bhante Gunaratana’s Definition of Mindfulness: Mindfulness (Sati) Mindfulness is the English translation of the Pali word sati . Sati is an activity. What exactly is that? There can be no precise answer, at least not in words. Words are devised … Continue reading
Here’s the Dhamma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu that was played at the Kalyana Mitta group meeting on Tuesday, July 10th. https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/basics_collection/04%20Breath%20by%20Breath.mp3
Due to the 4th of July holiday, this month’s Kalyana Mitta meeting at the UUC has been moved to next week, Tuesday, July 10th. Tea, cookies, and companionship. All are welcome. We hope to see you there.