Thursday Insight Dedicated Practitioner Group
This meditation group meets in a dedicated format, for which one must sign up in advance. Such a group allows extended focus on a specific theme with the same group of people, facilitating in-depth practice and group support.
Eight-week dedicated practitioner group
Led by Peter Williams
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Jan. 25th – March 22nd, 2018 (Not meeting on Feb. 8)
YWCA, 2222 14th St., downtown Boulder
Many of our difficulties come from some kind of change, such as getting injured or struggling with a family issue, so coming to terms with it is crucial. Buddhist meditation practice teaches us not just how to tolerate change, but how to use it as a profound ally on the spiritual path. As meditation reveals the moment-to-moment impermanence in all things – in our bodies, minds and lives – we naturally learn to let go. And letting go allows us to abide with ease and joy in the present moment. In essence, when we are unconscious change leads to suffering; when we are conscious it leads to real happiness.
We will explore meditation and the theme of change in a dedicated group of the same participants each week. Meetings will consist of meditation, instruction, a dharma talk and group interaction. I ask participants to please attend regularly. All of this creates a strong container for dharma exploration and spiritual community.
Suggested donation: $145. This is a guideline. Depending on your finances, you may need to give less or want to give more. I appreciate whatever you are able to contribute.
Join Peter’s email list: On the list you will get announcements of Peter’s new talks, essays, and meditation instructions as well as retreat announcements.
Peter Williams has practiced meditation for 25 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He has taught meditation since 2003 and has completed the Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Peter also practices as a psychotherapist, specializing in using mindfulness and other spiritual approaches to heal emotional distress. In addition to teaching retreats and dedicated practitioner groups, Peter has taught mindfulness to diverse groups, from Colorado juvenile justices to school teachers to environmentalists. Peter is one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center in the mountains near Boulder.
In an earlier career, Peter worked for 18 years in the ecological field as: An environmental educator for Massachusetts Audubon Society, a wildlife biologist and lecturer at the University of Vermont and as a consulting ecologist for groups such as the Nature Conservancy and the U. S. Forest Service. He also served as a board member of the Vermont Wetlands Association.