Our two ongoing, open, weekly 90-minute groups focus on a deepening understanding of mindfulness in daily life, and the development and continuation of an enjoyable, consistent daily sitting practice. The stillness and spaciousness always available to us are cultivated, and then used as a base of operation for inquiring into and examining the nature of our thoughts and emotions, the experience of self, and our relationship with the world around us. As we see ourselves and the world we live in with greater clarity and wisdom, anxiety, despair and anger soften in us, and true compassionate action can be present. Mindfulness, meditation, and mindful movement are a part of both groups.
Open Circle Afternoon, meeting Wednessdays at 3:30 (now on Zoom rather than at St. George’s church) is led by Susan Hales, Laurie Surfas and Gary Massey. This group is currently reading and discussing the book Nothing To It by Br Phap Hai. Phap Hai is a monastic in the Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hanh) tradtion.
Open Circle Evening meets Wednesdays at 6:30, also via Zoom. The evening group is led by Ken Lenington. We are currently exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (the Satipatthana Sutta.) This is a year-long in-depth study and practice of mindfulness of the body, feelings, mental states and objects of mind. Please feel free to join in at any time. For further information about this, select the “Current Open Circle Evening Group focus: the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness” at the top of the page.
Both Open Circle groups meet on Wednesdays: afternoons from 3:30 to 5 PM and evenings from 6:30 to 8:00. Because of the pandemic, we are currently meeting virtually, using Zoom. Prior to the social distancing requirements, both groups were meeting at the Center for Art and Spirit in the St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1 School Road, in West Asheville. For further information about the group, and a map, please see the “Group Information and Map” page.