All posts tagged: prayer

A Precious Human Life

Everyday, think as you wake up, Today I am fortunate to have woken up.  I am alive, I have a precious human life.  I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself, To expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment For the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to be angry, or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. ~HH The XIVth Dalai Lama

Spring Meditation #1: Faith

Each year, in preparation for spring, I read this book: Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg In my practice of both Catholicism and Judaism, I always appreciated the statements of belief that come at the beginning of a mass or service.  I like the idea of a gathering of people who very clearly state, up front, what joins them together and what they wish to publicly announce as their main practices and beliefs.  It’s a very powerful feeling to be a part of that prayer.  The ability to state, with such certainty, these statements of belief that provide the foundations that both define the religion and the basis of the prayers and practices of that religion, requires faith.  By repeating these statements, and especially by repeating them as a group, they provide a significant structure of support for those beliefs and practices.  But, it isn’t belief that brings that group together.  It is faith. This book by Sharon Salzberg is a profound exploration of what faith is and how it continues to …

Meditation in Motion

Read more on the benefits of meditation. Read more on how regular meditation can impact your genetic expression. Read here on basic instructions for mindfulness meditation. Meditation in Motion: 4-class Series Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm, 3/14 through 4/4 Facilitated by: Sharon Rudyk Cost for 4-class series: $65 (Online Registration HERE) Research indicates that the benefits of mindful breathing, gentle physical movements and a variety of techniques including visualization and meditation are powerful tools for health and healing. From reversing heart disease to changing the expression of your genes, a regular meditation practice has a significant impact on your quality of life. In this small group series, we will specifically explore a variety of meditation techniques that can be used by anyone regardless of your previous experience with yoga or meditation. We will do some physical movements, but these types of movements are very natural and can be accomplished by any adult regardless of your physical shape or abilities (they can even be done while sitting in a chair!). Relieve stress, relax the body and learn quick …

Zen Sitting Group of Pittsburgh

Hogen Green has recently posted the new sitting schedule for the ZSGP.  Everyone is invited to sit with this group that meets by donation at Yoga Matrika in the Peace Room on some Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings.  The Zen Sitting Group of Pittsburgh has been very generous to Yoga Matrika and it is their beautiful Buddha that creates a sanctuary out of the Peace Room.  If you are interested in Zen, I encourage you to contact Hogen directly.  He provides orientations for those in the community who are new to Zen if you let him know ahead of the meeting that you are coming and require this introduction. Here is the focus for the next group of sittings as communicated by Hogen in his most recent e-mail to the group: The Bodhisattva is the model of practice in Mahayana Buddhism, and our model of how to live a life in the midst of the turmoil and challenges we face both in personal relationships, the life and death of those we know intimately as well …