Introduction to Meditation, Mindfulness, and Loving Kindness

March 18, 2019 to March 24, 2019

6:45 AM to 7:30 AM

Offered for beginners and practitioners, this daily guided mediation will be held around the unfolding mandala sand painting. Led by Taizan Alford, participants will explore the basic practice of sitting meditation.

Many people find it difficult to meditate, because they expect their mind to be quiet all of a sudden. Through these sessions, you will be given instruction in establishing a stable base, quieting your mind, and opening your heart – the state in which meaningful meditation unfolds. “Just as sand settles at the bottom of the river, we can allow our whole self to settle into the stillness of meditation.”

Especially suited for beginners, the meditations will offer practical tips and friendly guidance. Practitioners are encouraged to participate and welcome to bring their own sitting cushions. Everyone may participate any day of the week and attend once or multiple times.

Taizan Alford is ordained in the Soto Zen lineage and trains at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his journey with meditation through yoga, and he has been a yoga instructor for 20 years. You can find Tai at 6:30 am on most Saturday mornings meditating with the Joyful Mind Sangha at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton.

Introduction to Meditation, Mindfulness, and Loving Kindness

March 18-24

6:45-7:30 am

Paine Art Center and Gardens Conservatory
1408 Congress Avenue, Oshkosh

$10 Adult | $5 Youth (ages 5-17)

Fee includes return admission to view the Tibetan sand painting and photography exhibition at the Paine during the same day. On Monday, March 18, there is no fee for the guided meditation, and admission to the sand painting and photography exhibition is free, courtesy of Community First Credit Union.

This program is offered as part of Mystical Arts of Tibet.

Hours & Admission

Special hours and admission rates apply during Nutcracker in the Castle, November 18, 2022-January 9, 2023.