THE ROCHESTER MEDITATION CENTER
Insight Meditation in Southeast Minnesota
The Rochester Meditation Center, founded in 2004, is devoted to teaching and supporting meditation
practice that loosens the grip of stressful mental habits and helps develop healthy ones
such as patience, kindness, compassion, wisdom and love.
Located three blocks from Mayo Clinic, the center is open to the public for regular
programs on Thursday evenings, Sunday mornings and by appointment.
All programs are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.
would like to get on the Rochester Meditation Center's
email list, drop a line to email@example.com
The center is funded by donations—
thank you for your generosity.
The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the U.S. has caused many
meditators to question how to apply their practice to the wide range of thoughts
and feelings, many of them uncomfortable, the election has stirred. These two
pieces by Doug McGill, the founding teacher of the Rochester Meditation
Center, address these concerns:
A Spiritual View of the Election and the Days Ahead
The Spiritual Wisdom of Donald Trump
THURSDAY EVENINGS, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: A free, open-to-the-public progam with two half-hour silent meditations (6:30 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m.), followed by a dharma talk, discussion and Q&A. Most people come at 7 p.m. See the online calendar below for weekly program topics, visiting speakers and other details. The center's Welcome Room opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings.
SUNDAY MORNINGS, 8 to 9:30 a.m.: A reading-and-discussion group followed by a coffee and social hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Participants adopt an intention to read a short essay each week, meditate daily and meet once a week on Sundays. Weekly attendance is encouraged but not required. To receive notices about the weekly readings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION
AN INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION -- A six-week introductory class in basic mindfulness meditation that improves physical, emotional and spiritual health. The weekly 90-minute classes include guided meditations, explanatory lectures, practical tips and Q&A. Students are supported by daily emails with inspirational quotes and home practice instructions. The classes are held on six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Class size is limited; the cost is $125. The dates for the 2016 classes are: May 3 to June 7; Sept. 6 to Oct. 11; and Nov. 8 to Dec. 13. To register or for more info, email email@example.com.
THE DAILY TEJANIYA
The Rochester Meditation Center publishes a daily email meditation reminder from Sayadaw U Tejaniya, a Burmese monk and insight (vipassana) meditation teacher. Sayadaw's style of meditation stresses the development of a natural continuous awareness throughout all daily life activities from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep. To subscribe to The Daily Tejaniya, click here. For more information on Sayadaw U Tejaniya, click here. To follow the RMC's weekly practice in Sayadaw's meditaiton style, click here.
SECOND SATURDAY MINDFUL YOGA + YOGA NIDRA with NANCY BOLER -- A two-hour awakening and relaxing workshop consisting of 90 minutes of mindful yoga followed by 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra, a deeply restful guided meditation in which awareness suffuses the whole body and leads to deep states of relaxation. The classes are suitable for all levels of practitioner from beginner to advanced. Taught by Nancy Boler on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Calvary Episcopal Church. RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes offered on a donation basis.
FRIDAY FRIENDS* AT THE MOVIES
On the first Friday of every month, the Center shows a movie with a dharma-related theme— plus popcorn, lemonade, comfortable chairs and discussion following. From 7-9 p.m. or so. Email Donna Boontaveekul (email@example.com) or Alison McClocklin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
*Fun, Relaxing, Inspiring, Entertaining Night with Dharma FriendS.
CHANNEL ONE FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERING: On the first Tuesday of each month, members of the Rochester Meditation Center volunteer from 6 to 8 p.m. at Channel One, the regional food bank serving people in southeast Minnesota. If you would like to join the group, email Mariann O'Keeffe at email@example.com.
The Rochester Meditation Center is affiliated with the Common
Meditation Center in Minneapolis, and hosts visiting speakers on topics relating
to meditation, mindfulness and spiritual practices for everyday life.
Past speakers have included Steve Armstrong, Phillip Moffitt, James Baraz,
David Loy, Palden Gyatso, Santikaro, Ajahn Punnadhammo, Mark Nunberg,
Kaia Svien, Justin Merritt, Bhante Sathi,
Henry Emmons, Ajahn Jotipalo,
Amma Thanasanti, Franz Moeckl and Ajahn Chandako.
Getting a Taste of "Not Self" (Doug McGill, Aug. 23, 2012)
Joy for Healing and Liberation (Santikaro, Sept. 12, 2013)
Uprooting Reactivity and Stress (Mark Nunberg, Feb. 28, 2014)
Love, Sexuality and Awakening (Amma Thanasanti, Oct. 9, 2014)
Being Content in Your Meditation (Justin Merritt, Oct. 16, 2014)
This is Metta (Guided Meditation, Doug McGill, Jan. 3, 2014)
Love in Every Moment (Doug McGill, Jan. 8)
(Starts with guided meditation, Dharma talk starts at 27:05)
Let Go of the World (to Be in the World) (Doug McGill, March 5, 2015)
The Buddha as a Parent (Doug McGill, March 12, 2015)
Being at Home in the Body (Doug McGill, March 19, 2015)
Using Meditation to Develop Emotional Skills (Doug McGill, March 27, 2015)
The Superpower of Compassion (Doug McGill, April 9, 2015)
Freedom from Worry (Ajahn Chandako, June 9, 2015)
Awareness Centered on the Body (Doug McGill, June 11, 2015)
Making Peace with the Body (Mark Nunberg, June 25, 2015)
Within This Fathom-Long Body (Doug McGill, Nov. 17, 2015)
The Power of Intention (Doug McGill, Jan. 2, 2016)
Ordinary Enlightenment (The Vimalakirti Sutta) (Doug McGill, Jan. 30, 2016)
Instant Enlightenment (The Bahiya Sutta) (Doug McGill, Feb. 4, 2016)
"Darling, I am here for you" (Doug McGill, April 3, 2016)
"The Boundless Loving Heart" (Mark Nunberg, April 14, 2016
What Does the Dharma Say About Orlando? (Doug McGill, June 16, 2016)
Meditating Because You Love It (Doug McGill, June 23, 2016)
Practicing Joy (Mark Nunberg, Sept. 29, 2016)
Liberating Awareness in Everyday Life (Ajahn Punnadhammo, Oct. 13, 2016)
Pervasive Love (Amma Thanasanti, Nov. 10, 2016)
Blessing Chant Following a Meal (Sung by Amma Thanasanti)
Right Intention is Kindness (Doug McGill, Dec. 29, 2016)
A Spiritual View of the Election and Days Ahead (Doug McGill, Jan. 5, 2017)
BREAKING ADDICTION TO THINKING
By Doug McGill
The Thinking Addiction (July 2, 2015)
Grasping to "I" and "Mine" (July 9, 2015)
Five Ways to Stop Thoughts (July 16, 2015)
At the End of Thought is Love (July 23, 2015)
Good Meditation is Good Thinking (Oct. 8, 2015)
Thinking Our Way to Happiness (Oct. 15, 2015)
MEDITATION AS ENERGY
By Doug McGill
Getting Intimate with Energy (Aug. 20, 2015)
Becoming Our Best Selves (Sept. 3, 2015)
Knowing the Body as Pure Energy (Sept. 10, 2015)
Tapping Into Energy Beyond the Blahs (Sept. 24, 2015)
Our Real Home (Oct. 1, 2015)
SAYADAW U TEJANIYA: AN INTRODUCTION
By Doug McGill
Relax, Notice and Learn (May 14, 2015)
Meditation as Investigation (May 21, 2015)
Attitude is Everything (May 28, 2015)
Wisdom Takes Over (June 4, 2015)
REALITY IS LOVE:
The Mystical Message of the Mahayana
By Doug McGill & Darin Podulke-Smith
The Bodhisattva Ideal (April 21, 2016, Doug)
The Heart Sutra (April 28, 2016, Darin)
The Diamond Sutra (May 5, 2016, Doug)
The Lankavatara Sutra (May 12, 2016, Darin)
The Lotus Sutra (May 19, 2016, Doug)
The Platform Sutra (May 26, Darin)
The Better Way to Live Alone (June 2, Doug)
The Avatamsaka Sutra (June 9, Darin)
THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA'S AWAKENING
Reflections on Ajahn Buddhadasa's Classic "Heartwood of the
Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teachings on Voidness"
The Cure for a Silent Global Epidemic (Aug. 13, 2015)
No Clinging to "I" or "Mine" (Sept. 22, 2015)
The Spiritual Practice of Not Being Anybody Special (Nov. 5, 2015)
All programs and classes at the Rochester Meditation Center
are free and on a drop-in basis unless otherwise noted.
303 6th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN 55902