WEEKLY SCHEDULE – Winter, 2023

All of these meditation sessions are offered for beginners and more experienced practitioners.

New Location: 209 E Washington St., Suite 200, Iowa City, 52240  The Dharma Center is located on the second floor of the Paul-Helen Building at 209 East Washington Street (Suite 200) in downtown Iowa City. The entrance to the building faces the Dubuque Street pedestrian mall. There is an elevator that opens directly to our doorway. The building and the center are accessible to individuals with mobility difficulties.

Parking: Iowa City’s downtown streets have limited metered parking. Parking is also available in three ramps with entrances from Dubuque and Linn Streets (Sheraton Hotel), Clinton and Capitol Streets (Old Capitol Center), and Iowa Avenue (Clock Tower Place). You may want to download this app on your phone to park on the street (although coins are allowed): Park Mobile


Dana: All meditation and discussion sessions are offered to the public on a dana (generosity) basis. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please consider becoming a member in order to support meditation and Buddhist education in Iowa City.


Health:  Please do not attend if you are feeling ill or know that you have been exposed to a contagious disease.


Weather: If weather is extreme, we may need to cancel practice. Our home page will make weather announcements if needed.

SUNDAYS

Dharma Questions and Discussion

Sundays 9:15–9:45am

Before meditation practices on Sunday mornings we will have time for questions and answers and general discussion.  If you are a newcomer this is a great time to come and get a brief orientation for the morning practice.  If you are a more experienced practitioner come along at this time for discussion and check-in.

 

Sunday Morning Dharma Practice – Om Ah Hung

Sundays 10:00–11:00am

This is a simple guided meditation that will lead you through a purification of the heart and mind. The meditation uses mantra, visualization and mindfulness. No previous experience needed to attend.

 

Opening Prayers
Om Ah Hung Guided Meditation as taught by Khenchen Rinpoche
Om Ah Hung Vajra Recitation as taught by Garchen Rinpoche
Calm Abiding Meditation
Closing Prayers

Read about Om Ah Hung as taught by Khenchen Rinpoche
Watch Garchen Rinpoche teachings on Om Ah Hung

MONDAYS

Drop-in Silent Meditation

Mondays  9:00–9:45am

Guests are welcome to arrive and leave at any time during this period.

Join fellow practitioners for a silent sit. New and experienced meditators welcome, as well as interfaith persons. Cushions and other seating options are provided.  Please remove your shoes before stepping into the practice area.

Ringing of the Bell
Silent Meditation Practice (we will take a short break every 15 minutes)
Ringing of the Bell to close of practice

 

Calming Mind Discussion Group

Mondays  7:00–8:00pm

We are learning together to relax the mind and body thru meditation, discussion, and contemplation. This winter we will use the book How We Live Is How We Die by Pema Chodron as a jumping off point for discussion. It is not necessary to have read the book to participate – we read a section out loud and discuss. This discussion will be facilitated by Joyce Janca.

Silent Meditation
Discussion
Silent Meditation

TUESDAYS

Tuesday Dharma Practice – Green Tara Meditation

Tuesdays 7:00–8:00pm

This is a guided meditation that will lead you through an opening to loving kindness and compassion for ourselves and all beings. The meditation uses mantra, visualization and mindfulness. Drop-in and no previous experience needed to attend.  We will answer questions and discuss elements of the practice as needed. 

“When disciples practice the meditations and recitations of Jetsun Tara, it is a great merit because one practices in order to end the suffering of sentient beings.  Practicing in this way with a mind of love and compassion, is the method to increase bodhicitta higher and higher.  ~H.E Garchen Rinpoche 

Questions and Discussion about the practice
Guided Meditation
Silent Meditation

WEDNESDAYS

Drop-in Silent Meditation

Wednesdays  9:00–9:45am

Guests are welcome to arrive and leave at any time during this period.

Join fellow practitioners for a silent sit. New and experienced meditators welcome, as well as interfaith persons. Cushions and other seating options are provided.  Please remove your shoes before stepping into the practice area.

Ringing of the Bell
Silent Meditation Practice (we will take a short break every 15 minutes)
Ringing of the Bell to close of practice

Mindful Awareness Class

Wednesdays 7:00–8:30pm
on zoom

8 Wednesdays:
January 18, 25 | February 1, 8, 15, 22 | March 1, 8

This Winter Tim Mullaney will offer his wonderful introduction to meditation class.  Everyone is welcome to attend – including those who have already attended this class. 

Please email Tim to sign up for Zoom information:  tmmllny@spamarrest.com 

Teaching
Question and Answer
Meditation


Weekly Handouts:

Week 1
Buddhist Psychological Assumptions
Great Things About Meditation
Meditation Posture

FRIDAYS

Drop-in Silent Meditation

Fridays  noon-1:00pm

Guests are welcome to arrive and leave at any time during this period.

Join fellow practitioners for a silent sit. New and experienced meditators welcome, as well as interfaith persons. Cushions and other seating options are provided.  Please remove your shoes before stepping into the practice area.

Ringing of the Bell
Silent Meditation Practice (we will take a short break every 15 minutes)
Ringing of the Bell to close of practice