Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights
When : Every Monday from 6:30-8:30pm.
What : Moving between sitting and walking meditations in alternating intervals of three 20 min sits and three 10 min walking meditations.
Sessions include an Introduction to mindfulness training. Includes basic instruction on Annapurna breathing with guided mindfulness of body through observation of the sense gates. We will enter into introductory discussions on the nature of phenomenon, causal interdependence and emptiness. This will be centerd around selected passages from Gelugpa Mahāyāna texts. Some weeks will offer a focus on an introduction to or deepening of our Metta practice. A chance for short discussion surrounding our individual process will be offered at the end of each Monday sit.
Led by Student-Teacher Josh Reichmann
“My learning and experience has come through culturally traditional teachings, fellowship recovery modalities and my meditation and Buddhist-philosophy practice with a lama’s guidance. As well as extensive Sangha (Buddhist community) support and vanguard institutional learning with teachers at the forefront of the healing community through ITM and the resources at Nalanda. I have been practicing Mahayana / Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and Dharma work within a temple setting for the last four years. I am currently studying the LamRim, Mahāmudrā and engaging in other formally observed Tibetan Buddhist practices. I have been working an active 12-step recovery program since 2006. I have worked with shamanic healers, Gestalt therapists and addiction specialists for over 13 years. I am currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in conjunction with Nalanda University, NYC. I have been involved in men’s healing circles and retreat sweats for six years. I initiated and currently help host a Buddhist-based recovery meditation group and have led retreats through this modality. “