Here’s a heads-up to Meditation Circle members and other meditators visiting this site, to encourage you to try the daily ZOOM guided meditations at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., being led by Bhante Gunaratana during the pandemic. If you’ve never experienced sitting with a respected Buddhist teacher, able to answer your questions about meditation and the Buddha’s teachings, you’re encouraged to take advantage of this precious opportunity.
You may be surprised—when encountering his humor, lively mind and thoughtful responses to ZOOM questioners—to know Bhante G is now 93-years-old. He sounds as sharp as ever on these calls. If you’ve never been able to attend a retreat at a Buddhist monastery, temple or sangha, this may be the closest virtual taste of sitting with a monk, especially one of Bhante G’s stature, erudition and experience.
Bhante G is author of the classic guide to starting a meditation practice, “Mindfulness in Plain English,” now translated into more than 25 languages. A new Wisdom Publications book distills his answers to common questions from 50 years of teaching about meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism, titled “WHAT WHY HOW: Answers To Your Questions About Buddhism, Meditation, and Living Mindfully.” (Wisdom is featuring a free article series based on the book, at the link above.)
Get there early! The way the calls work is Bhante G takes questions in the 10 to 15-minutes before and after the meditations start, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Type questions in the ‘chat’ option or speak them when questions are asked for by Brian, who is helping manage the ZOOM meditations. It’s a wonderful chance to be able to ask meditation and mindfulness questions of a seasoned, world-renowned teacher (Bhante G often styles himself as not as a teacher—pointing to the Buddha’s teachings as the real teacher. He’ll say he is a “kalyana mitta” or “spiritual friend,” to those who seek his guidance and spiritual mentorship.)
NOTE: The first time you click the links below, your browser may require you to download and run the ZOOM app. And if you have a slow web connection, join the meeting via audio instead of video, as it takes up less bandwidth. Be sure your phone or computer audio and/or video camera are turned on. You can join either by desktop, laptop or cellphone. PS: In the last few meetings, in order to try to reduce some garbling on the line, they’ve taken to turning off video for meditators as Bhante G talks.
10 a.m. DAILY MEDITATION w/BHANTE G via ZOOM:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/668674778
Meeting ID: 668 674 778
7 p.m. DAILY MEDITATION w/BHANTE G via ZOOM:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/721395517
Meeting ID: 721 395 517