November 4, 2012

Practice Groups

Brooksville, Maine Natural Meditation Practice Group

Weekly, Mondays at 6:00 pm
Iyengar Yoga Center, 1499 Coastal Road, Brooksville, ME

At our weekly sessions, we explore meditation practices based on the Dzogchen and Mahamudra traditions that evoke the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and natural awareness. Our sessions are open to all. No prior experience with meditation or Buddhism is necessary.

For more information contact: Philip, 207-326-4047
Sheila 207-326-4279

Cambridge, MA Natural Meditation Practice Group

Weekly, Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA

The Natural Meditation Practice Group (of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions) supports the ongoing deepening of students in the four aspects of natural meditation: one-pointedness, simplicity, one-taste, and non-meditation. These guided meditations, Q and A, and discussions offer an opportunity for students to find connection and support for their ongoing natural meditation.

For more information, contact Terri:

Granite State Sangha

Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00
See for more details on location in Concord, NH or Springfield, NH

We are a small, friendly, dedicated group of meditation practitioners located in Concord, New Hampshire. Meditation practice is led by an experienced meditation instructor or practice leader, and is followed by a CD teaching and discussion. Lama Rod Owens and other teachers/Lamas join us once a month to lead meditation and teach. There is always time for questions, comments and discussion.

For more information, contact
Don Belanger – 603-856-3682
Dori Bongiovanni – 603-724-9584

Great Pond Sangha at North Parish

Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm Guided Meditation, Discussion, Dharma Talks, Guest Teachers, Q&A
Fridays from 8:30  to 9:15 am: Silent Sitting & Walking Meditation
190 Academy Rd., North Andover, MA

Together we practice primarily from the Mahayana and Natural Awareness (Mahamudra, Dzogchen) traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Weekly sittings are drop-in and free of charge. We serve the Merrimack Valley community and are affiliated with North Parish Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

There are also a study group, retreats, potlucks, social action opportunities, intro sessions, all-ages activities, and movie nights.

For more info: Mark or Susan
Spiritual Director: Laura Howell
North Parish of North Andover Small Groups Web Page

Philadelphia Natural Dharma Practice Group

Weekly, Sundays at 4:00 P.M.
We meet at sangha members’ homes in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd.

We practice in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions of natural awareness, along with supportive practices to develop mental stability and cultivate compassion. We host Lama Willa Miller and Brendan Kennedy annually to offer weekend workshops to the Philadelphia community. We also host other teachers, and organize practice days for the sangha. All are welcome, including beginners.

For more information, contact Gina, 267-303-1354

Tara Sadhana Group

The Tara Sadhana Group meets monthly to practice the Green Tara sadhana (liturgy), as transmitted and taught by Lama John Makransky. Hosted and led by Bob Morrison in Arlington, the practice lasts about one hour and incorporates the Dzogchen view of open awareness as well as love/compassion and offering practices as integral elements of the sadhana. Those interested in joining this practice group should request permission from Lama John or Lama Willa. It is co-sponsored by Natural Dharma Fellowship and Foundation for Active Compassion.

For more information, contact: Bob,