Wisdom Teachings

Effortless Mindfulness Lunch-Hour Meditation

Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm No charge (please pre-register to receive the Zoom link)
In effortless mindfulness, we let go in order to open to an awareness that is naturally awake. Effortless mindfulness is founded upon the promise that the awakeness we are seeking is already here within us. Awakening is here now.
   
Please join us as we glimpse the Luminous Presence, discuss with, and support one another.

Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Will Boesl

ONLINE: Book Club Express: Forty-Five Minute Conversation Sprints for Mind and Heart

July 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19 11:15am-12pm $75 (Pre-registration required. Space is limited.) Presented virtually via Zoom (space is limited) - 15
Are you looking for a break from endless zoom meetings or from sanitizing your countertops and door knobs for the hundredth time? Or maybe you are just looking for something new to read and some friends to discuss things with. If so, please join Patty Speier, for this online book club that will meet for forty-five minutes each Wednesday of the week at 11:15am.  

In light of current events, our next book will be Jesus and the Disinherited, by the theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman. As many of you know Thurman was Martin Luther King Jr.’s mentor and a close friend of his father. It has been said the MLK traveled with a copy of Jesus and the Disinherited in his pocket, especially while marching for peace and justice. This book is Thurman’s exploration of the question, “Why is it that Christianity seems impotent to deal radically, and therefore effectively, with the issues of discrimination and injustice on the basis of race, religion and national origin?” Interestingly for us in Austin, Thurman presented the comprehensive work on which this book is based at a lecture in Austin at what was then Samuel Huston College in April of 1948. 

Jesus and the Disinherited provides meaning and direction for all people--regardless of race, religion or national origin-- living in times of disorder and upheaval and who wish to do their part in bringing about an equitable society. In Thurman’s words, it is a book for all who want to live a life, “that refuses to give into “fear, hypocrisy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited.”

Patricia Speier, D.Min.

ONLINE: Drawing Closer through Extending Loving-Kindness

July 22 (W) 12 - 1pm $30 (Pre-registration required) Presented Virtually via Zoom
In these days as many experience social and physical isolation, there is an increasing need to connect with others. Now more than ever, our society must draw upon practices which bind and unite us.

Loving-kindness — a practice of extending goodwill and well wishes to others — can be a healing antidote for our individual and collective experience of disconnection and separation. Beginning with self-compassion, loving-kindness (called “metta” in the Buddhist tradition) cultivates an attitude of care and concern for one’s self, those around them, and beyond.

This session is an opportunity to... 
  • uncover the ancient practice of loving-kindness and discover the benefits for today’s world
  • practice an extended form of loving-kindness and reflect on one’s own experience
  • explore ways of integrating this meditation practice into one’s daily lives for the sake of drawing closer to others and deepening our solidarity with all of humanity.
Clara Dina Hinojosa