Calgary & Area Sitting Groups

2019 Dharma Study Group

The Satipatthana Sutta, or the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, is one of the Buddha’s most rich and detailed sets of meditation instructions. Its purpose is to show us how to contemplate in order to open to Nirvana – liberation from the world of ignorance, attachment and suffering.

Through his book, Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide, Bikkhu Analayo will be our guide as we explore the practices and perspectives laid out in the sutta. The course consists of twice monthly group meetings for meditation, Dharma talks, discussion, and small group activities. (And social time, laughter and fun!) Each month there will also be a homework assignment including readings from Analayo’s book and other sources, recorded Dharma talks, as well as meditation and daily life practices to help integrate the teachings into our daily lives.

This program is intended for experienced meditators interested in Dharma study and engagement with a group of fellow spiritual explorers and practitioners. Intention to attend each group meeting and complete the homework as best you can is expected.

Registration will open August 12, 2019. Spaces are limited.
Questions?
Contact Carmen at info@calgarims.org

Fee: $80 plus dana for the teacher

Dates: Sept. 17 through Dec. 3, 2019. We’ll meet twice monthly on Tuesdays, from 7 – 9 PM:  Sept. 17; October 1 & 15; Nov. 5 & 19; Dec. 3

Location: Soon to be confirmed (in Calgary)


Bodhi Sangha

https://bodhisangha.wordpress.com
Coordinated by Frank Laxshimalla. Inspired by DIY Sangha, by Noah Levine. We are a Theravada Buddhist sangha following in line with the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.
Meets: Every Sunday - check the website in case of changes
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM
We start with a sitting, followed by a listening to a recorded Dhamma talk by the likes of Ajahn Brahm, Thanissaro Bhikku, Ajahn Sona, Sharon Salzberg, etc. and then have a short discussion after.
Location: 4935 - 20 Ave. NW in Montgomery
Contact: bodhisanghagroup@gmail.com


Calgary Theravadin Meditation Society

www.bringingawarenesstolife.ca
Teacher: Anne Mahoney
Meets: Typically 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month - check the website for dates in case of changes.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: #3, 1922 - 9 Ave. SE (in Inglewood)
Cost: By dana (donation) 
Contact: bringingawarenesstolife@gmail.com


Wellness Through Mindfulness

wtm.thebreathproject.org
Meets:
1st Tuesday and 3rd or 4th Thursday of every month - check website to confirm dates
Time: 7:15 - 9:15 PM
Location: Shaganappi Community Association, 2516 - 14 Ave. SW
Cost: no charge
Contact: from website


Refuge Recovery Beltline

https://refugerecoverybeltline.com/
Refuge Recovery Beltline offerss a program of recovery from all types of addiction and suffering. Using Buddhism's Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path as its main inspiration and guiding philosophy, meetings are based on the book Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Addiction Recovery, by Noah Levine.
Meetings: There are a number of meeting types and times. Please see the website for details.
Location: Community Wise Resource Centre, 223 - 12th Ave. SW
Check signs in building for room location.
Cost: A donation is requested, but not required for attendance
Contact: refugerecoverybeltline@gmail.com


(For groups in Bragg Creek, Canmore or elsewhere in Alberta, see here)

Calgary IMS Drop-in Meditation Group

Why join a meditation group?

Being part of a regular meditation group (or community 'sangha') is one of the best ways to maintain and deepen your practice and connect with a community of friends with interests in exploring meditation and spiritual practices and values. We aim to create a relaxed and supportive space to practice - everyone's welcome!

How does it work?

Drop in! We meet twice per month - the 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of each month - on the 2nd floor of Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 - 8 St. SW Enter the west door, take the stairs or elevator up the hall, on the right. On the 2nd floor, turn right at the end of the hall.) No need to register. Meetings consist of a meditation period, a Dharma talk, time for discussion and Q & A, with a few short (optional) chants at the beginning and end of the meeting.

Upcoming Dates: Thursdays - no meeting over the summer. See you Sept. 12! Tuesdays - July 23, no meeting in August. To receive e-mail reminders, e-mail info@calgaryims.org and ask to be put on our sangha e-mail list.

Thursday group - 7:30 - 8:45 PM: For new meditators as well as more experienced practitioners. Meditation instruction is offered, with shorter meditation periods depending on the experience-level of the evening's participants.

Tuesday group - 7:30 - 9:00 PM: Meditation periods are from 40 - 45 minutes, most often not guided, and Dharma talks may include more advanced topics than the Thursday group, so Tuesdays are more suitable for experienced meditators or newer meditators looking for a challenge.

Cost: Meetings are offered on a 'pay what you can' basis to cover the cost of the facility and to support the teachers, with a suggested amount of $10. No one will be turned away if unable to contribute this amount