What to expect at our meetings

We meet every fortnight on a Wednesday evening from 7.15 -9.15 pm in Hamilton East.

We also offer a mindfulness day on a Sunday every few months.

If you are joining us for the first time, it is helpful to arrive early and let us know beforehand, so we can welcome you and answer your questions.

Meeting Format

7.15pm: Meet and greet

7.20pm: We all take collective responsibility for mindfully and quietly setting up the meditation space.

7.30pm – 8.40pm: We practice walking meditation, sitting meditation and dharma sharing.
There is more information on these practices below this timetable.

8.45pm: Social time – A time to enjoy a cup of tea together and connect socially.

9.15pm – 9.30pm: Packing up – We all take collective responsibility for mindfully restoring the room.

Walking Meditation

This helps to quieten our mind and relax our body. We walk just for walking’s sake, no longer in a hurry. We coordinate our steps with our breathing.

“The true miracle is not walking on water, but simply walking on this earth.”

Sitting Meditation (semi-guided)

Sitting still, following our breath and calming the body allows our mind’s activities to quieten and settle. A still mind is a clear mind. This clarity can bring us peace, understanding and contentment.

Dharma Sharing

Dharma Sharing is an opportunity to benefit from other people’s insights and experience of practicing mindfulness. By sharing how our practice is going and what we are finding helpful or difficult, we add to the collective understanding of the group. By practicing deep listening while others are speaking, we create a calm and understanding environment. Listening, and sharing together, we may realize that many of us share similar difficulties and aspirations.

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention, when mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

What to bring

  • A meditation cushion or stool – we have some for new people to try.
  • Chairs are also available.
  • A donation.
  • Warm socks or slippers in winter.

Mindful Manners

We invite those who practice with us to follow these simple suggestions as a way of nourishing our collective practice of mindfulness and consideration.

  • Please remove your shoes and leave them in the foyer before entering the meditation hall.
  • Please check to make sure your cell phone is turned off.
  • As we often sit on the floor or enjoy some gentle movements, please wear comfortable suitable clothing.
  • Please refrain from wearing strongly scented products that might disturb those with sensitivities.
  • Please arrive before 7:30, as for security reasons the doors will be locked once we begin our evening practice.
  • If you need to leave early, please leave in the transition times between activities so as not to disturb others.

“Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with the work. “