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Welcome to the Sunday Morning Insight Meditation Practice Group

If you are interested in deepening your meditation practice and understanding of the Buddha’s teachings, we invite you to join us in a practice, study, and discussion of talks by esteemed and dedicated Buddhist teachers in the Insight Meditation tradition.

We meet Sunday mornings at McFarland House, 716 Queen Street, in Saskatoon, SK, from 10 to 11 am, for 30 minutes of meditation followed by 30 minutes of sharing ideas generated by an audio talk we listened to in the previous week. The session is facilitated by one of the members of the guiding collaborative. We round out the morning with conversation and tea. It’s a time for us to get to know each other and share on another level.

The focus of our Sunday Morning group is the study of Theravāda Buddhism in the Insight (vipassanā) tradition.

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Sunday Morning Dharma Talk for April 5, 2020

Dear friends,

To help protect ourselves and our community from the spread of the COVID 19 virus, we are not meeting in person until it is considered safe by our health authority to do so. In the meantime the regular e-mail notices with suggested talks will continue in the hope that this service is supportive and of benefit to you.

Matthew Brensilver gave this talk about a dharma response to a time of uncertainty and distress just a few weeks ago:
https://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/496/61133.html

And as well here is a You tube video of Ode to Joy played by the Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra players from self isolation due to the virus:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNBtwsPigcc

If you would like to comment on the talk or any other practice matter, you can click the post to comment on this site. It would be nice to hear from you just as it is when we’re having a physical sit.

You might be interested in SIMC’s live streaming event with Jeanne Corrigal Wednesday nights at 7 pm

Jeanne’s talk is live-streamed to the SIMC Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/saskatooninsight/

Or you can connect with Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/111133036
Zoom by phone 1-587-328-1099 (click for numbers in other areas)
Meeting ID: 111 133 036

May we all be healthy and strong, peaceful and at ease, protected from inner and outer harm, and committed to caring joyfully for ourselves and others.

With warm good wishes,
Susan Gingell, Andrea Grzesina, Doris Larson

Sunday Morning Dharma Talk for March 29, 2020

To help protect ourselves and our community from the spread of the COVID 19 virus, we are not meeting in person this week. Meditation sits will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so. In the meantime E-mail notices with suggested talks will continue in the hope that this service is supportive and of benefit to you.

Here is a guided meditation by Tara Brach, Calling on your Awakened Heart.
https://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/175/61258.html

If you would like to comment on Tara’s talk or any other practice matter, you can click the post to comment at this site:
https://smimsg.wordpress.com/
It would be nice to hear from you just as it is when we’re having a physical sit.

You might be interested in SIMC’s live streaming event with Jeanne Corrigal Wednesday nights at 7 pm

Jeanne’s talk is live-streamed to the SIMC Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/saskatooninsight/

Or you can connect with Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/111133036
Zoom by phone 1-587-328-1099 (click for numbers in other areas)
Meeting ID: 111 133 036

May we all be healthy and strong, peaceful and at ease, protected from inner and harm, and committed to caring joyfully for ourselves and others.

With warm good wishes,
Susan Gingell, Andrea Grzesina, Doris Larson

CANCELLATION Sunday Morning Meditation March 22, 2020

Fearing that continuing with the Sunday Morning Meditation at McFarland House would create uncertainty and confusion about the safety of meeting together at the time of the COVID 19 pandemic,

the meditation for March 22 is cancelled.

Meditation sits will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

E-mail notices with suggested talks will continue. Here is a guided meditation by Gil Fronsdal about becoming intimate with the breath:
https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/11078.html

We invite you to sit at the usual time in the knowledge that the sangha is sending metta and compassion to you and all living beings.

May all be healthy and strong, peaceful and at ease, protected from inner and harm, and committed to caring joyfully for ourselves and others.

With warm good wishes,
Susan Gingell, Andrea Grzesina, Doris Larson

COVID 19 Precautions & Sunday Morning Meditation Sit for 15 March, 2020

Dear friends,

This is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety about the spread of the COVID 19 virus, about the best course of action to limit and slow its spread and the responsibilities we have individually and collectively to care for ourselves and the community, out of compassion and not fear.

We each have to decide on our correct course of action and it will not be the same one for everyone.This week McFarland House will be open for a Sunday morning meditation sit at 10. We will listen to a talk, have a time of sharing but no tea time. Because of the uncertainty and confusion of the present situation, the continuation of the sit will be reviewed week by week.

We ask you, if you attend the sit, to observe the personal hygiene protocols recommended by our public health departments (hand washing, coughing into your elbow, staying home if feeling unwell or after travel outside Canada). You might want to bring your own sitting materials, keep your coat on your chair back and take any other protective measures you consider helpful. We will be aware of keeping a distance from each other while we are together.

We will listen to this talk by Gil Fronsdal about becoming aware of patterns of thought.
https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/10908.html

If you are not physically present for the sit, we invite you to sit at the usual time in the knowledge that the sangha is sending metta and compassion to you and all living beings.

May all be healthy and strong, peaceful and at ease, protected from inner and harm, and committed to caring joyfully for ourselves and others.

Susan Gingell, Andrea Grzesina, Doris Larson

Dharma talk for March 15

Welcome to our Sunday Morning meditation and discussion group. We are a peer led group that meets each Sunday at 10 am in the lower level of McFarland House, 716 Queen St., east side entrance. We sit together in silent meditation for 30 minutes followed by listening to a summary of a dharma talk presented by one of the peer leaders or a short recorded talk. Everyone present is invited to join in the discussion of what we have heard.

This week we will reflect on a talk by Kim Allen on the topic of Spiritual Friends which can be found at:
https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/2802.html

This Sunday will be facilitated by Laurie Fayant.

Please note that the west entrance is open for anyone who has difficulty with the stairs on the east side. Just knock.

Dharma talk for March 8

Welcome to our Sunday Morning meditation and discussion group. We are a peer led group that meets each Sunday at 10 am in the lower level of McFarland House, 716 Queen St., east side entrance. We sit together in silent meditation for about 30 minutes followed by a talk and discussion. Everyone present is welcome to join in.

This week we will reflect on the topic of Reflective Practice in Everyday Life by Andrea Fella which can be found at
https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/10864.html

Susan Gingell will lead the morning.

Please note that the west entrance is open for anyone who has difficulty with the stairs on the east side. Just knock.

Dharma talk for March 1

Welcome to our Sunday Morning meditation and discussion group. We are a peer led group that meets each Sunday at 10 am in the lower level of McFarland House, 716 Queen St., east side entrance. We sit together in silent meditation for about 30 minutes followed by a talk and discussion. Everyone present is welcome to join in.

This week we will reflect on the topic of the Power of Awake Awareness by Tara Brach which can be found at
https://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/175/60156.html

Carol Johner will lead the morning.

Please note that the west entrance is open for anyone who has difficulty with the stairs on the east side. Just knock.