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The Buddhist Meditation Society of Northern BC welcomes anyone interested in meditation to join us for weekly practice.
Known informally as the Open Door Sangha, our purpose is to 'open the door' to Buddhist practice by providing a suitable space for regular formal meditation, and by bringing people in touch with a rich history and qualified teachers.
Our organization is composed of two individual meditation groups (Vipassana and Zen) each embodying its own particular forms and practices with a common purpose of sharing the benefits of meditation with anyone who wishes to learn. Traditional meditative practices are unfamiliar to many westerners, even the simple act of sitting still can be very difficult initially, but those who stick with it find that deep benefits appear as practice matures.
As a newcomer to meditation your experiences will vary depending on whether you join the Vipassana or the Zen group. In Vipassana you will sit for 45 minutes focusing on your breath, take a short break and then listen to a dharma talk on some aspect of Buddhism. In Zen you will begin by bowing and chanting followed by two or three 25 minute periods of sitting meditation. Between each sit is a 5 minute period of walking meditation. The evening ends with a short chant and a serving of tea. Afterwards, people are encouraged to stay 10 minutes to discuss any issues they may have or ask questions of more experienced members.
If you are interested in practicing with us please call or email one of our contact people . New participants should arrange for preliminary instruction prior to their first session.
We meet at the Greek Orthodox Church, 511 S Tabor Blvd., Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.