Buddhist Meditation Group at the Unitarian Church

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Location
Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis - 27074 Patwin Road
Meditation/Discussion
Wednesday Weekly Meditation and discussion every Wednesday evening: 7:00 to 8:30.
Websites
[WWW]https://sites.google.com/site/davisinsightgroup/home
[WWW]Yahoo Group


The Buddhist Meditation Group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis in Davis - We are a lay Buddhist meditation and study group. We have been meeting regularly since 1994. Generally, we follow a Theravadan practice but all are welcome and will find a comfortable environment for following their Buddhist practice. Please visit our website for more details.

To locate other Buddhist groups in Davis see Spiritual Organizations.

Wednesday Evening Practice

Wednesday Evening Practice begins with an offering of candles, incense, and flowers. This is followed by a Responsive Invocation. There may be a short reading. We then sit for 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation. We end with a reading of the Metta Sutta.

Offering

Reverence to the Buddha, the Fully-Awakened One. Reverence to the Dhamma, the well-spoken teaching of the Buddha. Reverence to the Sangha, the community of the Awakened One.

With brightly shining light, gloom is abolished;
I learn from the Awakened One, light of all worlds, who dispels darkness.

With this sweet incense, blended with fine ingredients, isolation is abolished;
I come to a community of seekers of insight informed by the dhamma of the Buddha.

With these flowers, colorful and fragrant, fear is abolished;
As with every living thing that blooms and fades, so must this body undergo decay.

Responsive Invocation

May I be well. May I be happy and peaceful. May no harm come to me. May I be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. May I be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May my parents, teachers and family be well. May they be happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May my friends and all the people in this city be well. May they be happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May everyone in this country be well. May they be happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May those who wish me harm be well. May they be happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May all sentient beings be well. May they be happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May they be free from greed, selfishness, and jealousy. May they be able to face life's problems with patience, courage, and understanding.

May all sentient beings be happy and well.

Metta Sutta

This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness and who knows the path of peace: Let them be able and upright, straightforward and gentle in speech. Humble and not conceited, contented and easily satisfied. Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful, Not proud and demanding in nature. Let them not do the slightest thing that the wise would later reprove.

Wishing in gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease. Whatever living beings there may be, whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, The great or the mighty, medium short or small, The seen and the unseen, those living near and far away, Those born and to-be-born, May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another, Or despise any being in any state. Let none through anger or ill-will Wish harm upon another. Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child, So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings: Radiating kindness over the entire world Spreading upwards to the skies, And downwards to the depths; Outwards and unbounded, Freed from hatred and ill-will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection. This is said to be the sublime abiding. By not holding to fixed views, The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.

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