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.

If you
would like to get on the Rochester Meditation Center's
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The center is funded by donations—

thank you for your generosity.


                                  WEEKLY MEDITATION 


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


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

                         MINDFUL YOGA

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 Classes offered on a donation basis.



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 ( or Alison McClocklin ( 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

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 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



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)


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 Lotus Sutra (May 19, 2016, Doug)



By Doug McGill

Six Explorations



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)


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)

 All programs and classes at the Rochester Meditation Center

are free and on a drop-in basis unless otherwise noted.

Doug McGill
(507) 398-2182

Generosity House

303 6th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN    55902