7pm to 9pm, Saturday, August 10, 2013
In the McFarlin Chapel at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 2 Westford Street, Chelmsford
Words such as ‘meditation’, ‘peace’ and ‘mindfulness’ are often used these days, as interest grows in finding ways of achieving calm from within. What do they really mean? How can we find a way to bring greater peace and happiness to the lives we actually live? In his talk on this evening Ajahn Jayanto will reflect on these themes from the perspective of a Buddhist monk. There will be an opportunity to learn and practice some meditation, as well as ask questions.
Born in Boston in 1967, Ajahn Jayanto grew up in Newton and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, during which time a period of world travel kindled a great interest in the spiritual life. A meditation class at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center led him to live for a while at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he made plans to join the monastic community of Ajahn Sumedho as a postulant at Amaravati Monastery in England in 1989. Taking bhikkhu (monk) ordination at the related Cittaviveka Monastery in 1991, he trained there and at Aruna Ratanagiri Monastery until 1997, at which point he embarked on a period of practice in Thailand and other Asian Buddhist countries. He returned to the UK in 2006, where he has since been living at Amaravati.
Since 2011 Ajahn Jayanto has been involved in helping people in Massachusetts set up the foundations for what they hope will be a future New England forest monastery.
This event is freely offered, however donations to support the Jeta Grove Foundation and First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford are welcome.
To RSVP or for more information please contact Tim Little: email@example.com