Originally posted by karoly aczel
I'm thinking of giving a weekly meditation class in ym back yard.
What do you guys think?
(I'm not selling anything, questions may be answered by anyone in the congregration and there will only be a small donation to cover teas and coffee for afterwards.)
I'm thinking 25-30 min meditation to start and then just a bit of chat and tea, but if a core group return regularly, I might make it an hour.
Sounds good to me. Some one has to take the lead. You? You call it a class. A class implies a teacher. Is that how you see yourself?
A set of rules is handy as long as they don t become holy and untouchable.
*No religous affiliations
*Nothing to sell
*Donation for tea and bikkies only
*Anyone may answer questions. I am not final authority on the discussions/questions.
*All faiths welcome.
*No lying down.
*Crossed legged, lotus or kneeling preferred. Standing also ok.
*Emphasis on Zen-style meditation if anything
*25 min sessions, followed by tea and chat.
*If group forms, then I might try to get it upto an hour.
Did I miss anything? Does that come across as a non-threatening/liberal meditation class?
Some additions and questions
*Answering questions? Watch out for discussions. 25 minutes is very short. Leave discussions for the tea party afterwards
*Why mentioning zenstyle? Open eyes, faces to the wall, strict postures? I don t think you meant that. Your description sounds more as an easy going vipassana meditation.
*Bring cushions or meditation bench, easy pants and a blanket
*No lying down. Why? In vipassana it is a well known posture.
*Come in time. After beginning the door will be closed
I would advice to let people pay a little amount for costs (heating etc.) It usually stimulates people to come more regularly. Free of charge makes people to easy going is my experience. You can make exceptions for people who cannot afford to pay.
Wish you good luck