This blog chronicles the activities of a meditation group in Bancroft, Ontario and provides instruction in insight meditation. Meditation concepts are explained in terms of Western psychology and in terms of the Buddhist concepts from which this style of meditation derives. Dr. Alan McAllister, a psychologist practicing in Bancroft, is the author of the blog and the facilitator of the group which meets periodically for 8-10 sessions twice a year.
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The beginner’s mind is an open mind, unbiased and alive to discoveries. It is not to be outgrown in time but cultivated moment-to- moment. In this workshop, discussions and exercises will guide you from an open mind that reacts and wanders, to a focused mind that sustains and monitors attention, and then to an open mind that is at peace with whatever appears before it. Everyone is welcome. Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, you will benefit from cultivating a beginner’s mind. Dr. Alan McAllister, Psychologist, will facilitate the workshop.
Monday, May 29th from 9am to 1pm at St. George's Anglican Church, 111 rue Broadway Est, Gatineau, QC.
Bring a bagged lunch. Admission free, donations to the church accepted. Register by phone or email, 819-893-2917, email@example.com.
A meditation group open to all meets at 6:15 PM on Tuesdays in the foyer of the United Church, 1 Hastings Street South, in Bancroft . We begin with introductions all around and then have a short reading by a volunteer who is free to chose the reading from a variety of meditation traditions. We then meditate together in silence for 30 minutes. Afterwards, there is time for discussion and demonstrations of meditation techniques.