Local Sitting Groups with Buddhist foundations


8:30 – 9:15 AM Wilmington Sunday Sangha Sitting Group.  Silent meditation begins at 8:30.  There is no instruction but often "enlightening" conversations after the sitting. Everybody is welcome, cushions and chairs are available, or you may bring your own.  Email Angelika at  angelikalacer@gmail.com  or call 910-3987683 for location. 

 ​8 - 10 AM Bhavana Yoga at Porter’s Neck Yoga Co-op, 106 Marshall Court, Unit 120, Wilmington, NC.  The yoga class begins at 8AM with a 10 – 15 minute dharma talk followed by meditation until 8:30.  The yoga sequence is slow but challenging and is the same every week to encourage mindfulness of the body.  Although the practice includes some challenging poses, modifications of the poses are available and students are encouraged to tune into their own bodily sensations to stretch safely.  The yoga practice is slow but intense and closes with 15 minutes of meditation.  Minimum cost per class is $10.00.  

 1 - 2 PM The Oak Island sitting group meets at Rebel Soul Yoga, 6102 E. Oak Island Drive on Sundays at 1:00.  We begin with 30 minutes of silent meditation followed by discussion. If people new to the practice are joining us, we answer any questions they my have about meditation. Everyone is welcome. There are blankets and bolsters available but feel free to bring your own cushion, bench or chair.  Contact Shannon Dievendorf at shannondievendorf@hotmail.com or call her at 910-975-942


 6 - 7:45 PM  Sutta Study group  The main purpose of the group is to explore the earliest teachings of the Buddha that we are able to find to answer the question "What did he really say?" as best we know.  Beginning September 24th, we will be exploring the Sattipatthana Sutta, the teaching on mindfulness.  The program includes a series of online videos and handouts from Bodhi College via Tricycle Magazine and is titled  Mindfulness:  Its Origins, Purpose and Transformational Power.  Feel free to join at any time but note that there will have been prior content that you will have missed.  For information and online links, contact me at at catherine@bhavanacommunity.org.  We meet at Eastwood Village Community Center, 1312 2 Mile Cir E, Wilmington, NC.  Dana for this program will be shared with the Bhavana Community and the teachers at Bodhi College in England. 


 5:30 - 7:00 PM Buddhism Book Study Group begins with a 20-minute silent meditation followed by readings and book discussion.  Contact Ann at 910-619-4444 for location.  Current reading is Pema Chodron's Living Beautifully.  

 6:50 – 8:15 PM  The Wilmington Zen Group meets each Tuesday at the Unitarian Church at 4313 Lake Avenue 28403.  The first sitting begins promptly at 6:50, but if you're coming for the first time try to arrive by 6:35 for a brief orientation.  We begin with  a 30-minute sitting, then a ten-minute walking meditation  followed by a twenty-minute sitting. We finish with a shared reading, passing the book around the circle until the chapter is ended.  Please enter the church through the 2nd to last door on the parking lot side of the church.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a zafu  (meditation cushion) if you have one.  We do have extras. There is also the option of sitting on chairs.  All are welcome.  There is no fee, but a small donation of two or three dollars helps  pay the rent for the space.  For more information contact Elizabeth Darrow at elizdarrow@gmail.com, or call her at 910-762-7465.​ 


 7:00 – 8:30 PM  Biweekly Sitting/reading group at the home of Dylan Patterson (316 N. 16th Street in Wilmington) on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Silent meditation for the first and final 15 minutes and an hour is spent discussing the book we are currently reading. Contact Dylan Patterson at djpwilmington@earthlink.net or call 910.685.5122 for the title of the current book or with any other questions.​​ 


 6:30– 8:00 PM The Dhamma Discussion and Practice Group (DD&P).  As of Thursday, January  4th, the group will begin meeting at 106 Marshall Court, Unit 120.  The theme for the year will be cultivating kindness.  Sitting begins at 6:30, the program begins at 7:00 and Discussion begins around 7:30,  Here is a link to more information.  I will post a link to the video of the week on the Bhavana Community Calendar.  There is no fee but there is a dana box near the door if you wish to make a small donation to support Bhavana Community programming.  For more information, contact Catherine Ibsen at catherine@bhavanacommunity.org

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