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Dogs are welcome at the Sunday Market but please don't bring them onto the deck where the food is served.

The Sunday Market is held every Sunday, come rain or shine, from about 8:30am until 1:00 pm. Some booths may run out of food earlier. Come join us for great food & view in a family friendly setting!

Interested in meditation workshop? Open the Meditation menu and select 2017 Meditation Workshops for a list of dates. Signup forms are available in the Temple. You can also sign-up at the workshop.

Click here to learn more about the Buddha Learning Group. The discussion group meets every Sunday in the main Temple between 11:30am and 12:30pm. On the second Sunday of each month we have a more formal session on Buddhism.

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The Meditation Practice

The method of mind purification, as thought by the Buddha, is what is known as meditation. There are two types of meditation in Buddhism: Samatha Meditation and Vipassana Meditation. These two types of meditation differ both in their method of practice and in the results they yield. That is,
 
Samatha (conentration) Meditation aims at mundane peace by going for the jahnas (absorption states) and has the Brahma world as its goal. The most common method in Samatha Meditation is the watching of the in and out-breath while reciting the mantra “bud-dho”.
 
Vipassana (clear insight) Meditation on the other hand aimes at supramundane peace, which is the peace that is freed from the world, freed from the defilements of the heart. It has Nirvana as its highest destination. Using mindfulness to be aware of every moment of the conditions that arise via body, feelings, mind and mind-objects. This can be divided into four categories:
 
1. Kayanupassana-Satipatthana means to use mindfulness to know the conditions that arise via the body, like for example, in walking meditation noting “right goes thus”, “left goes thus” or noting the rise and fall of the abdomen in the sitting position.
 
2. Vedananupassana-Satipatthana means to use mindfulness to know the conditions that arise via feelings, like for example, in knowing and noting when a pleasant, unpleasant or neutral feeling arises.
 
3. Cittanupassana-Satipatthana means to use mindfulness to know the conditions that arise via the mind, whether the mind is filled with lust, anger, delusion, sloth, distraction we know and note that the mind is in such a mood.
 
4.Dhammanupassana-Satipatthana means to use mindfulness to know the conditions that arise via the mind that is the aggregate of perception and mental formations. For example,whenever we think of something we have to
recognize that and note “thinking”, “thinking”.
 
In summary, the practice of Vipassana Meditiation is just to use mindfulness at every moment to know what is going on in our body and mind.

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