FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


What happens at Tuesday sitting group?

Some people arrive early just to chat with friends and meet new visitors.  Please remove shoes before entering the meditation hall.  We begin with a bell to start the meditation session promptly at 6:00.  Latecomers are asked to enter the room quietly and take a seat in the back of the room.  Sometimes a few words are spoken or a chant is sung to guide the meditation, which lasts around 40 minutes.   A bell is rung three times to end the meditation.  We then receive a teaching and sometimes finish with a short discussion of the talk.

But I can’t sit in the Lotus position!

Neither can most of us.  Members may sit in any way that is comfortable; on a cushion or bench or on straight back chairs that are provided.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?

No.  Insight Meditation is practiced by members of many traditions and often people find that it complements their own spiritual practice.

Is there a charge to attend?

There is no charge to attend.  Our teachers receive no payment for their instruction.  Dana is the Pali word for generosity.  The teaching of generosity is one of the most fundamental of Buddhist practices that allows us to develop spiritually through contributing to the well-being of others.  Free will offerings may be placed in the two dana boxes provided at the entry doors.  One box supports Dharma activities and the other, to thank the Plymouth Congregational Church for their hospitality.