All are welcome. Chairs and cushions are provided.
Looking for an alternative to the bar scene on Friday nights?
Searching for a path that leads to positivity and joy?
The intention of this group is to explore the Buddhist Heart Practices, also called the Four Immeasurables or the Brahma-viharas. These mindfulness practices of loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity represent the most beautiful and hopeful aspects of our human nature by transforming the turbulent heart into a calm refuge of focused awareness. They protect the mind from falling into habitual patterns of reactivity and help keep us in balance. They awaken powerful healing energies, which brighten and lift the heart and mind to increasing levels of clarity. As a result, these boundless heart qualities can be truly centering and transformative.
Vipassana or Insight Mediation cultivates two wings of the practice: Wisdom and Compassion. Wisdom is the concentration we develop to see clearly, to see what truly exists. This class will focus on strengthening the wing of Compassion through the Heart Practices.
The weekly class will generally includes:
- A brief talk on the Heart Practices
- 25 minute meditation
- Closing mediation
About Ray Manyoky
Ray began his Vipassana meditation practice in 2015 as a way to alleviate his depression and anxiety. Ray currently hosts the Frederick Dharma Book Club, is an IMCW Meditation Mentor, co-leads a Kalyana Metta group, and co-facilitates Jonathan Foust’s post-dharma talk Discussion Group. He regularly attends IMCW dharma talks and meditations led by Jonathan Foust, Tara Brach, and Adam Silcott. Ray is an alumni of Jonathan Foust’s The Year of Living Mindfully.
Ray has attended IMCW day long workshops taught by Tara, Jonathan, Hugh Byrne, Sharon Salzburg and Stan Eisenstein, and weeklong silent retreats at Bhavana Society. Ray is inspired by dharma teachers: Josh Korda, Jonathan Foust and Jill Shepherd. Ray will start a two year Meditation Teacher Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield in 2019.