Moon Days of Silence
Dates: Dec 22, 2022 will be our first Moon Day with Ayya Ahimsa in residence. For the next three months the Moon Days are: Jan 21, Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 6, Mar 21.
The moon days are the full and new moon days of each month. These days are an opportunity to deepen one’s practice. They take place from 8:30 am until 5 pm at 518 - 2 St (Map/Address at bottom of page). You can attend in person or via zoom. The zoom link is on the calendar. When you arrive, please just walk in. Don’t ring the bell, unless the door is locked!
You are welcome to come for the entire time or any part of the day. You are free to sit as long as you wish and then alternate with walking meditation. We will begin and end the day with an opportunity to ask questions about your meditation practice.
You can use these Moon Days to deepen your meditation practice. Some people may wish to sit for 2-3 hours to develop the conditions to enter a jhana state. Sitting meditation will occur in the regular meditation room upstairs.
Sitting meditation is usually alternated with walking meditation. Not only does this give the body some exercise, the mindfulness developed while moving is more easily transferable to sustained mindfulness during regular daily activities. You can walk inside downstairs or outside. Millennium Park is a block away.
If you stay over the meal time, please bring a packed lunch. Meals are to be eaten mindfully and in silence.
If you are new to meditation please attend the Tuesday evening or Friday morning zoom meditations and ask for sitting and walking instructions during the Q+A period or contact Sanghamitta.
These Moon Days are calculated according to the ancient Buddhist method. Therefore the dates will sometimes differ from the modern moon days. If you would like to see what all the dates are for the year, download the Buddhist Calendar (pdf file).