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 www.davidloy.org.

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 http://www.dmreligious.org

(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 www.dmced.org, or register when you come to class. Peace, Charlie

Monday, December 16, 2013

MEDITATION GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS

(1) Tuesday, Dec. 24, 7:30-9:00 pm, Meditation Class is cancelled on Christmas Eve.
(2) Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7:30-9:00 pm, Meditation Class will meet on New Year's Eve.
(3)  Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 am - noon: Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Judy Allen: At the Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave., on the northwest corner of 42nd and Grand in Des Moines. Judy will lead sitting and walking meditations and give a dharma talk/reading.  Fred Nelson will lead a lovingkindness meditation. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.  There is no charge; donations are welcome.
(4)  Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7-9 pm: 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 http://www.dmreligious.org

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nov. 13 Talk by Charlie Day & Jan. 18 Half-Day Retreat with Judy Allen

(1)  Nov. 13  talk by Charlie Day The Ecumenical Peace Committee of Des Moines cordially invites you to join us for an evening to learn about and practice meditation as a pathway to peace, led by Charlie Day.

Meditation as a Secular and Spiritual Practice
Leading to Personal Peace and Peace in the World

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Chet’s Fire Station, 1041 8th St., Des Moines, Iowa

Charlie will lead a meditation method common to all religions and no religion, and he will discuss commonalities and differences between Buddhism, Christianity, mysticism, and spirituality.

All religions have in common basic moral and ethical values that promote well-being, peace, harmony, compassion, and lovingkindness.  Secular humanism shares these values.  Charlie will emphasize the importance of promoting secular peace practices in contemporary society.  Open discussion will follow.

Charlie is a retired psychologist who has been studying and teaching meditation and spiritual philosophies for more than 45 years in the U.S., India, and Thailand.  He is a member of the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace and other peace organizations in the community.

Our hosts, Chet Guinn and the Ecumenical Committee, will provide popcorn and cider and a warm fire in the stove of Chet's "Fire Station" living room.

(2)  Jan. 18 Half-Day Retreat with Judy Allen

Plan ahead to participate in a half-day, 8 am to noon, retreat on Saturday, Jan. 18 with Judy Allen, a teacher of the Des Moines Meditation Group,
www.DesMoinesMeditation.org. It will be held at the Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave., on the northwest corner of 42nd and Grand in Des Moines. Judy will lead sitting and walking meditations and give a dharma talk/reading.  Fred Nelson will lead a lovingkindness meditation. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.  There is no charge, and donations are welcome.

(3) Join us for sitting meditation Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at the Friends Meeting House at 4211 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

Please forward these announcements to anyone who may be interested.  Thanks. Peace, Charlie



Monday, October 21, 2013

Mysticism, Buddhism, and Christianity Class begins tonight

This class is from 6:30 to 8:30, Mondays, Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 4. at Plymouth Church (Rehearsal Hall) on the southeast corner of Ingersoll and 42nd St. in Des Moines.

It will focus on the doctrinal similarities and differences between Christianity and Buddhism and how these dissolve with the realization
of the mystical experience called enlightenment or Christ-Consciousness.  Recommended book is "Mysticism for Modern Times" by Willigis Jager and readings from www.DesMoinesMeditation.org to be announced in class.

Cost for the course is $25.  Register when you come to class. Peace, Charlie