Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Group Meeting Time and Contact Info

Join us whenever you like in our Meditation Sittings every Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 pm, at the Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines (northwest corner of 42nd and Grand), and in our occasional retreats and other activities, announced by email and on our website. There is no charge. Contact any teacher with questions or issues. 

Contact Information for teachers:

Fred Nelson:, administrator
Cris Douglass:
Charlie Day:
David Drake:

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Tuesday Meditation Sitting Format:

7:30 - 8:00 pm: First meditation sitting with instructions when first-time attenders are present
8:00 - 8:30 pm: Presentation and short second meditation sitting

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tiokasin Ghosthorse

8:30 - 12:30, Saturday, Oct. 18 - Tiokasin Ghosthorse will lead a meditation seminar at the Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA. Tiokasin is a radio broadcaster in NYC, international speaker, and musician.

4:00 - 5:00, Sunday, Oct. 19 - Tiokasin will be the featured speaker for the Des Moines Ecumenical Peace Committee's annual peace program at the Interspiritual Ecumenical Center on the south side of University between 31st and 35th Streets. 

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota and has a long history with Indigenous activism and advocacy. He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud Lakota Reservations, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems, designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.” An international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspectives, he recently was awarded Staten Island’s Peacemaker Award for 2013. He is a returning guest faculty at Yale University’s School of Divinity, Ecology, and Forestry regarding the cosmology, diversity, and perspectives on the relational/egalitarian vs. rational/hierarchal thinking processes of western society.
Tiokasin has been the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio for the last 21 years (in New York and Seattle/Olympia, WA). A master musician, and a teacher of magical, ancient, and modern sounds, Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United Nations, as well as at numerous universities and concert venues. He is a board member of several children’s organizations that work to enhance living conditions and the opportunity to think culturally, spiritually, and mentally from their place of Indigeneity. He is a perfectly flawed human being and a Sundancer of the Lakota Nation.

Please join me for one or both of Tiokasin's presentations.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Judy Allen

Judy Allen, a wonderful teacher for several years of the Des Moines Meditation Group, died today of cancer. She has been a close personal friend for many years. Our Group will miss her. And I will miss her. Peace, Charlie

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Buddhist Author David Loy will lead our Group June 10 at 7:30 pm

Zen Buddhist David Loy, professor, writer, and teacher, will be in Des Moines and has graciously offered to lead our meditation group Tuesday, June 10, from 7:30-9:00 at the Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave. His topic is "What Is Enlightenment?"

David is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks and interviews, are available on the web. His website is

Please invite family and friends to attend. Peace, Charlie

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Classes: Introduction to Meditation & Mindfulness

(1) Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7-9 pm (One Class): Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness talk by Charlie Day: 2014 Winter Thaw class at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Blvd., Des Moines, IA 50312. Participants will practice a universal meditation technique. Come at 6:30 to hear music before the presentation. Cost: $15. Call 515-277-6969 to register. See

(2) Wednesdays, May 7 & 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Two classes): Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness: I'll be repeating my two session class on meditation and mindfulness practices, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Wednesdays, May 7 & 14, for the Des Moines Public School Community Education Program.  It will include regular sitting meditation, a lovingkindness and compassion meditation, standing and walking meditations, eating meditation, and different mindfulness practices, as well as a brief introduction to Buddhist philosophy. The class will be at Roosevelt High School, Room 2880. The class is $30. To register call 242-8521, or online at, or register when you come to class. Peace, Charlie