Meditation Class Schedule, Location and Descriptions

SARASOTA Mindfulness Community

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation - SUNDAY MORNING MEETING 10:30 AM

in Sarasota at 3840 S Osprey Ave. (Prana Yoga Studio)

Every Sunday morning we have a guided meditation, a Dharma talk and some QnA. This series focuses on teachings of the Buddha and application of these teachings to our modern lifestyles. This is perfect for friends or family who may have an interest in Buddhism, mindfulness or meditating, but little experience or training. Its also a wonderful opportunity to encounter the richness of being in the present moment.

This meeting is open to students of all levels and is especially appropriate for beginners. It is taught by Michael and others in the community.

From Bee Ridge and Tamiami/41, Prana Yoga is across from the Paradise Plaza Shopping Center, (across from Publix), between the bike shops, behind the dry cleaner.

 

Continuing Meditation Series - TUESDAY MEETING 6:00 PM
in Sarasota at 3840 S Osprey Avenue (Prana Yoga Studio)

This session is lively and interesting, and is especially helpful to those sorting out the cultural influences on Buddhism and seeking to deepen their meditation practice by focusing on the core message of the Buddha.

This meeting is especially appropriate for those who have been meditating regularly and want crystal clear and direct instructions for tuning up their practice or breaking through false conceptions about meditation practice. The suggested daily sitting requirement to participate in this class is one hour per day.

Sessions are ongoing and are focused on a deeper calming, a broader view of one's experience and preparation for direct realization of the nature of all suffering. These teachings are best received at a level deeper than pure intellect and this is facilitated by a commitment to improve ones outlook through the process of mental development - namely meditation.

The Tuesday evening group is geared towards those with a regular meditation practice. There may be less guided meditation and more in-depth teaching. Bring your notepads! Please feel free to join, even if you feel you are a beginner - do not let the title or description dissuade you from participating. It is simply geared towards those with a little more experience on the cushion and a stated commitment to regular practice. You may wish to try several of the meetings to find the best fit for you.

From Bee Ridge and Tamiami/41, Prana Yoga is across from the Paradise Plaza Shopping Center, (across from Publix), between the bike shops, behind the dry cleaner.

Thursday Evening Tantra Class 6pm-8pm

From the perspective of most spiritual paths, enlightenment, the path to complete fulfillment for oneself and others, is a gradual process. The process usually includes learning how to both drop and reframe thoughts that lead to falling into adventitious confusion. This path is based on developing specific causes such as ethical behavior, powers of concentration, meditative insight, and so forth, for the future attainment of full awakening. Because it's emphasis is on future results, this gradual approach is known as the causal condition or vehicle to enlightenment.
The Tantric path takes a different perspective, than the gradual approach to awakening. Tantra in no way ignores or neglects the same causes as is followed in other methods. Tantra radically differs from all other paths in that it takes the future results of full spiritual evolution as the very starting point of the path. A Tantric yogi or yoginin, learns to think, speak, and act in the present moment as if he or she were already a fully enlightened being. Because this powerful approach brings the future result of awakening into the present moment of spiritual practice, tantra is often called the resultant vehicle to enlightenment. We will embark on this amazing transformation together and thru ancient proven practices will unite desirous energy into union with innate wisdom. Everything we need in order to be complete is within us right at this very moment. It is simply a matter of being able to recognize it. This is the Tantric approach. Please feel free to join us for these remarkable Thursday evening sessions.

From the perspective of most spiritual paths, enlightenment, the path to complete fulfillment for oneself and others, is a gradual process. The process usually includes learning how to both drop and reframe thoughts that lead to falling into adventitious confusion. This path is based on developing specific causes such as ethical behavior, powers of concentration, meditative insight, and so forth, for the future attainment of full awakening. Because it's emphasis is on future results, this gradual approach is known as the causal condition or vehicle to enlightenment.

The Tantric path takes a different perspective, than the gradual approach to awakening. Tantra in no way ignores or neglects the same causes as is followed in other methods. Tantra radically differs from all other paths in that it takes the future results of full spiritual evolution as the very starting point of the path. A Tantric yogi or yoginin, learns to think, speak, and act in the present moment as if he or she were already a fully enlightened being. Because this powerful approach brings the future result of awakening into the present moment of spiritual practice, tantra is often called the resultant vehicle to enlightenment. We will embark on this amazing transformation together and thru ancient proven practices will unite desirous energy into union with innate wisdom. Everything we need in order to be complete is within us right at this very moment. It is simply a matter of being able to recognize it. This is the Tantric approach. Please contact Phillip Hedrick for information regarding these remarkable Thursday evening sessions. The Tantra classes require contact with the teacher PRIOR to class.  This is not a drop-in class.  Thank you.

Phillip Hedrick is the main teacher for the Thursday evening classes Tantra classes.

Palmetto Retreat Center

4310 61st E, Palmetto (view map)

We have regular weekend drop-in meditation sessions at the following times. Feel free to come for any/all sessions:

  • Friday sessions: 4-6 and 7-8:30
  • Saturday 8-10, 11-1, 4-6, 7-8:30
  • Sunday 8-10, 11-1
Suggested donation: Friday only is $35; entire weekend is $200 for non-members.

We look forward to seeing you at any and all meetings.

May all be happy, well, safe and at peace.