Deepening in Practice Along With Others

All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise noted.

The COVID 19 Challenge

For the duration of the coronavirus pandemic we are
ing online on our regular schedule of Thursday
evenings and Sunday mornings, as described below.

To join a meeting, subscribe to the RMC mailing list here,

and you will automatically receive an email invitation

30 minutes before each Thursday and Sunday meeting.

Practical Steps to Meet the Challenge:

Spiritual Resources for When Hard Times Hit
Four Meditations to Relieve Anxiety Right Now

Daily Tips for Practicing Through the Pandemic
Balancing Personal Safety with the Urge to Help


(Online or PDF)

To subscribe to daily email practice tips from
Sayadaw through the pandemic, click here, and to
read an archive of the daily tips, click here.

From the Spanish band, Doctor Prats:

"Please Stay Home
(It's Okay to Be Alone)"


                                     WEEKLY PRACTICE MEETINGS


The Rochester Meditation Center has two weekly programs, both currently online via Zoom:

The Thursday evening program runs from 7 to 8:30 PM, beginning with a 30-minute silent or lightly-guided meditation, followed by a Dhamma talk or a reading-and-discussion and Q&A. The Thursday program tends to be themed around practicing Dhamma as the Buddha taught it via the Four Noble Truths, the Four Foundations of Awareness, and the Four Selfless Emotions. Through 2020, we are devoting two Thursdays each month to exploring the Buddha's original meditation instructions called the Satipatthana or "Four Foundations of Awareness;" and one Thursday each month to practicing traditional Buddhist meditations of wisdom, compassion and healing applied to persistent racial violence and suffering.

The Sunday morning program
runs from 8 to 9:30 AM, beginning with a 30-minute silent meditation, followed by discussion of a reading, video or audiotape on a Dhamma topic, and ending with a shorter meditation. Afterwards, everyone is warmly invited to stay online for an informal "virtual coffee" session of sharing and spiritual friendship.

To receive invitations to the Thursday and Sunday meetings, click here.

                                               THE DAILY TEJANIYA

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 through daily life 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. For an 18-week course on Sayadaw's meditation style, click here.

                               MINDFUL YOGA

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. The classes, offered every Saturday morning via Zoom by Nancy Boler, are suitable for all level from beginner to advanced. To sign up for a class, email, and you will receive a Zoom invitation. The classes are offered on a donation basis.

The Rochester Meditation Center is affiliated with the Common Ground

Meditation Center in Minneapolis, and hosts visiting speakers on topics relating

to meditation, mindfulness and spiritual practices for everyday life.

Past speakers at the RMC have included Steve Armstrong, Phillip Moffitt, James Baraz,
David Loy, Palden Gyatso, Santikaro, Ajahn Punnadhammo, Mark Nunberg,
Kevin Griffin, Kaia Svien, Justin Merritt, Bhante Sathi, Henry Emmons,
Ajahn Jotipalo, Ramesh Sairam, Amma Thanasanti, Franz Moeckl,

Kyoko Katayama, Shelly Graf, Gabe Keller-Flores, Patrice

Koelsch, Nancy Boler 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)
From Personality to Presence (Doug McGill, Feb. 9, 2017)
How to Be Involved—Not Entangled—in Life (Doug McGill, Feb. 23, 2017)
Love is the Highest Intelligence (Doug McGill, March 2, 2017)
"Who Am I?" (Doug McGill, March 9, 2017)
Practicing with Koans (Darin Podulke-Smith, March 16, 2017)
The Buddha's Path to Spiritual Maturity (Doug Mcgill, March 23, 2017)
Letting Your Life Blossom from Bliss (Doug McGill, March 30, 2017)
Happiness at the Heart of Depression (Doug McGill, April 21, 2017)
Lowering the Flag of the Self (Doug McGill, May 4, 2017)
Moving from Meditation to Action—When, Why, How? (Doug McGill, May 11, 2017)
Awakening Into Awareness (Doug McGill, May 19, 2017)
Speaking of God (Doug McGill, May 25, 2017)
Three Non-Dual Guided Meditations (Doug McGill, May 25, 2017)
A  Guided Meditation on Emptiness (Doug McGill, June 25, 2017)
Don't Worry, Be Empty (Doug McGill, June 25, 2017)
The Bodhisattva Vow (Darin Podulke-Smith, June 29, 2017)
Fictitious Projections (Ajahn Chandako, July 13, 2017)
The Soft Power of Mindful Awareness (Mark Nunberg, July 20, 2017)
Taking Refuge in the Dharma (Doug McGill, July 27, 2017)

Taking the Five Precepts (Doug McGill, August 3, 2017)
An Open Mind and Heart (Gabe Keller-Flores, August 10, 2017)
The Six Paramitas—Morality (Darin Podulke-Smith, August 24, 2017)
Relinquishing Racial Bias (Patrice Koelsch, August 31, 2017)
The Nature of Mind (Ajahn Punnadhammo, Sept. 7, 2017)
Awakening and Peaceful Living (Ven. Thuan Bach, Sept. 21, 2017)
Practicing the Perfection of Patience (Darin Podulke-Smith, Oct. 21, 2017)
The Place of Faith in Awareness Practice (Mark Nunberg, Sept. 29, 2017)
Abiding in Emptiness (Shelly Graf, Oct. 12, 2017)
"The Liberation of the Self by Love" (Doug McGill, Nov. 2, 2017)

The Buddha's Teachings on Racism and its End (Doug McGill, Nov. 9. 2017)

The Riptide of "Comparing Mind" (Doug McGill, Dec. 7, 2017)
A Buddha's Guide to Christmas ("The Four Foods") (Doug McGill, Dec. 14, 2017)

The Daily Life Meditation of Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Doug McGill, Feb. 22, 2018)
Living Kindness for a Troubled World (Kevin Griffin, May 17, 2018)
Mindfulness and Pain Relief (Ramesh Sairam, May 24, 2018)

Let Right View Consume You (Doug McGill, July 21, 2018 Retreat)
A Metta Meditation (Doug McGill, July 21, 2018 Retreat)
Buoyancy in the Sea of Samsara (Merra Young, Aug. 16, 2018)
Relating Wisely to the Thinking Mind (Mark Nunberg, Oct. 19, 2018)
Peeling the Onion of the Self (Ajahn Punnadhammo, Oct. 26, 2018)
"I Am"—The Divine Abode (Doug McGill, Nov. 10, 2018)
Investigating the Nature of Reality (Doug McGill, April 26, 2019)
Mindful Serenity and Spiritual Shock (Doug McGill, July 26, 2019)
One, Two, Three, Free (Doug McGill, August 2, 2019)
Remembering Our Mortality (Doug McGill, August 8, 2019)
How to Cross the Flood of Life (Doug McGill, August 15, 2019)

Dissolving the Root of Suffering (Doug McGill, Dec. 6, 2019)
Gratitude, Grace, and God (1 of 3) (Doug McGill, Dec. 12, 2019)
Knowing Life's Flow as Infinite Grace (2 of 3) (Doug McGill, Dec. 19, 2019)
Beaming Forth God's Light and Sound (3 of 3) (Doug McGill, Dec. 26, 2019)
"Relax and Be Aware"—Meditation With Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Doug McGill, Jan. 20, 2020)
A Direct Experience of Reality (Doug McGill, Feb. 16, 2020)
Caring for the Heart-Mind in Challenging Times (Mark Nunberg, April 16, 2020)
How to Clear Tension from the Mind (Doug McGill, April 24, 2020)
The Wish at the Heart of Human Experience (Doug McGill, April 30, 2020)
Practicing Through the Pandemic (Doug McGill, May 3, 2020)
Meditation is Learning About True Love (Doug McGill, May 7, 2020)
Awareness Immersed In the Body (1st Foundation of Awareness) (Doug McGill, May 22, 2020)

Dhamma to Cool the Fires—In Memory of George Floyd (June 4, 2020)
Sensitivity to Life is the Practice (Doug McGill, June 12, 2020)
Positive, Possible, Perfect Life (Doug McGill, July 3, 2020)
Escaping Our Ruts and Flying Free (2d Foundation of Awareness) (Doug McGill, July 23, 2020)
Emptiness, Stillness, Silence, Love (Doug McGill, July 30, 2020)
From Self-Cherishing to Cherishing Others (Doug McGill, August 6, 2020)
Mindful Yoga for Balanced Living (Nancy Boler, Sept. 10, 2020)
The Six-Foot Universe (Doug McGill, Oct. 8, 2020)
Mindful Yoga to Walk the Talk (Nancy Boler, Nov. 11, 2020)
How Sweet is the Oneness (Doug McGill, Dec. 3, 2020)
"Patience is the Supreme Practice" (Doug McGill, Nov. 6, 2020)





   "Every person you look at, you can
  see the universe in their eyes if you're
      really looking."— George Carlin

Simple Being

The Walk of Awareness
Fearless Life
Resisting Now
Infinity, Eternity, Love
The Intimacy of Everything
Be Everything

At Home in the Body 

Awareness Centered on the Body 

"Within This Fathom-Long Body"

"My Body is In Me" 
The Body is Nature 

Love as True Nature (Text) 
The Body of Love (Text)

Love is Not a Feeling (Text)

Dissolving Thoughts in Love (Text)

The I-Thought (Text)

Loving Loving Loving (Text)


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)


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)


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)
Relax and Be Aware—2020 Series #1 (Jan. 30, 2020)


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)

Meditation in a World on Fire
Spiritual Practice in the Trump Era
The Spiritual Genius of Donald Trump (Text) (Doug McGill, Jan. 10, 2017)
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: A Meditator's View (PDF) (Doug McGill, Jan. 5, 2017

The Wisdom of Life Itself (PDF) (Doug McGill, Jan. 19, 2017) 

Meditation as Non-Violent Resistance (Doug McGill, Feb. 2, 2017)
Developing Inclusive Consciousness (Doug McGill, Feb. 16, 2017)

Yoga and Meditation as One

Four Dharma Talks exploring the indivisibility 
of body, mind and consciousness.

June 1: Yoga and Meditation as One (Nancy Boler)

                                                     June 8: Insight Meditation as Yoga (Doug McGill)

                                                     June 15: Mindful Yoga, Embodied Meditation (Nancy)

                                                     June 22: Yoga as a Spiritual Practice (Doug)


Reflections on Ajahn Buddhadasa's Classic "Heartwood of the

Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teachings on Voidness"

By Santikaro

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.

Doug McGill
9 Elton Ridge Ct NW

Rochester, MN
(507) 398-2182