The Orlando Insight Meditation Group will be coordinating community service opportunities in the near future. This will be a fantastic way to be of service to those in need and enjoy fellowship with the Sangha. If you are interested, please contact Ryan Stanland by email  or call 407-388-5098. Please provide your name, email address, phone number and general availability. Together we can select a service opportunity that best fits the group and spread loving kindness to those who most need it most.

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by Mary Ann on September 24, 2017

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This week’s discussion continues to explore the benefits of Buddhist psychology and mental health.  Peter began the talk by reading an article on  PTSD and the aftereffects of the war in Iraq to demonstrate the currency of this problem in our culture. He described the symptoms of PTSD and how the brain is changed in structure and function by unresolved trauma.  This was followed by describing how regular practice of mindfulness meditation has been shown to beneficially change the structures and functions of the same brain areas adversely affected by trauma.  Peter related the problems of PTSD and how the resolutions are associated with the Noble Eightfold Path.  Clinically valid interventions for PTSD, such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and mindfulness combined with Exposure Therapy were described.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  PTSD and the Dharma

Next weeks talk will focus on the relationship between addiction recovery and mindfulness meditation.

Mike’s Metta Retreat Report

by Peter Carlson on October 12, 2017

Mike Maldonado recently completed a one week retreat focused on the Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes), that is, metta (lovingkindness), karuna, (compassion), mudita, (appreciative joy) and upekkha, (equanimity) at the Southern Dharma Center in North Carolina.  The retreat was led by DaeJa Napier, a very well respected dharma practitioner.  Mike talked about his experience during the retreat, including the facilities and schedule.  He focused on how DaeJa described practical ways to realize the spiritual potential of the Brahma Viharas.

Next week’s discussion focuses on how Buddhist principles and practices can help in understanding the nature of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an extreme example of craving and clinging, along with ways to benefit from regular mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation practices.

Anxiety And The Dharma

by Peter Carlson on October 5, 2017

This talk explores the current understanding of anxiety and how regular mindfulness meditation practices can foster relief.  As a mental health professional, Peter included in the notes the various clinical diagnostic criteria and an overview of the various anxiety disorders.  The cultivation  of samadhi/passadhi (stable focus of attention/tranquility) was emphasized as a way to reduce heightened levels of anxiety generated by current cultural conditions.  This quality of serene awareness provides a stable point of reference from which the cognitive distortions associated with anxiety can be investigated and successfully challenged.  Increasing tranquility addresses the Buddhist craving aspect of anxiety, while mindful investigation disrupts the dysfunctional thought processes and addresses the element of the Buddhist perspective on clinging.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  ANXIETY AND THE DHARMA

The anticipated talk next week will involve a report from Mike Maldonado on the lovingkindness meditation retreat he is currently experiencing at the Southern Dharma Center in North Carolina.  The anticipated talk the following week will focus on a specific anxiety disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and what mindfulness meditation can offer in providing relief from that highly disruptive condition.

Stress and the Dharma

This week’s talk focused on how Buddhist concepts and practices can be beneficially applied to contemporary distress.  Peter cited recent research that reports the frequency of stress-related physical and psychological disorders.  Peter’s many years as a psychothereapist as well as a practicing Buddhist provide important insights regarding these issues.  Unfortunately, technical problems with the recording […]

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Emptiness And Fullness Meditation

This guided meditation accompanies the posted talk on September 20 entitled “Emptiness And Fullness September 20 2017”.  The meditation proceeds from mindfulness of breathing to a systematic sweeping of investigative attention through the body.  As this is practice, the dominating attentional energy normally dedicated to internal narrative is significantly reduced, instead dedicating investigative attention persistently […]

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