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INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION

This 45-minute introduction is designed for people who are new to meditative practices. The session is led by a Shinnyo meditation guide and includes explanation, opportunity for questions and discussion, and a guided meditation.


GUIDED MEDITATION

Reflection on one’s connection to the world develops awareness, positive perspective, and considerate responses. The aim of Shinnyo guided meditation is to improve one’s life “off the cushion,” not just to be an experience in the meditation hall.

In Shinnyo guided meditation, the meditation guide presents images and situations for reflection and cultivation of positive perspective. The meditation enhances an awareness of one’s inner resources –serenity, strength, resilience, and insight – all important facets of being that can unlock the maximum potential in each moment.

The meditation does not require any specific posture, physical gestures, clothing, chanting, or other activities associated with traditional religious or cultural practices. While Shinnyo guided meditation is not a religious practice, it is based on ancient contemplative practices that have been used by millions of people over many centuries. Shinnyo meditation guides have trained in the Shinnyo forms of meditation for more than a decade.


OPEN SITTING

The Shinnyo Centers provides public access to its meditation halls and rooms for individuals who seek a quiet retreat.