Discovering the here and now in Columbus, Ohio
We are a nonsectarian meditation group that focuses on western teachers who encourage an application of Buddhist tools to the "here & now."
The "Wake Up to Your Life” (or WUTYL, pronounced woo til) group of Columbus, Ohio is a small, nonsectarian Buddhist group that meets weekly to meditate and to study the Buddhist teachings of Ken McLeod, Stephen Batchelor, Reggie Ray, Larry Rosenberg, Martine Batchelor, and other western teachers.
We learn to apply practical Buddhist tools to our daily lives in order to become increasingly open to the mystery of the present moment. Though we view regular meditation practice as one key element to becoming more fully awake and alive, we seek to develop a type of practice that we can recall throughout the day, whether on or off the cushion. We don't just try to fit a meditation practice into our lives. We bring our lives into our practice.
This Ning group is reserved for members who actively participate at our regular group meetings.
WEEKLY MEDITATION SCHEDULE:
SUNDAYS: 4-6:00 PM
60-90 minutes of meditation and Feldenkrais "awareness through movement" exercises. During the remaining time, we read and discuss texts relevant to Buddhism and to meditation/mindfulness practices. Currently the group is studying Bhante Henepola Gunaratana's "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path" and Rick Hanson's "Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time." Led by Jim Ellsworth.
Yama tried to steal China tonight. I let her and Ben out of the car at Whetstone as I've done a million times. She dragged herself a little way and in an instant, she'd flipped over on her back, hit the ground, where she lay twisted and contorted. I'm not sure what happened. I tried to get her to move, which she didn't. I picked her up and started to take her back to the car. She was lifeless in my arms. I put her down on the ground to examine her and I started to cry, begging her not…Continue
Sunday's meeting was really enjoyable for me. The 90 minutes for meditation and Feldenkrais was very centering. Then I felt that I was in the presence of a group energy that was both clear and supportive. I felt somehow that the group finally had some clarity in purpose and direction. It was healing for me to simply say that I'd like to learn how to live (what the Eight-Fold Path offers) and to ask if others wanted to join me in the process. That Patrick, Emily, Dave, and Mark would…Continue
Lamrim teachings from Tibetan Buddhism, of which Ken's WUTYL book is a modern version, often begin with teachings and contemplations on the precious human birth. It is said that of all the possible states to be born in, it's best to be born as a human. Better even than to be born as a God or a Titan. Why? Because it is only within the human realm where we recognize our basic condition of dukkha and can turn to the dharma to do something about it. I don't know if teachings on…Continue