June 2011

Meditation Opportunities 

Thursday evenings at 1st Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in June and July from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are practicing group contemplative listening.  We listen to a short reading from a contemplative author or poet, sit together for a period of silence, and share our reflections with the group.  This is a wonderful way to practice deep listening to each other.  All are welcome to join us at any time. 

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.

Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.

June Retreat Day

Contemplative Prayer Retreat

The Poetry of Rumi, presented by

John Provost

June 25, 2011

                                           HELD AT                                                            SPONSORED BY         First Presbyterian Church of Monterey                     Monterey Meditation Group                   501 El Dorado Street, Monterey, CA                          http://www.MontereyMeditation.com

Join us to learn more about Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose importance transcends national and ethnic borders. His original works are widely read in their original language across the Persian-speaking world, while translations are very popular in other countries. In fact, in 2007, he was described as the “most popular poet in America.”

John Provost has been studying philosophy and religion for nearly 30 years. He is a philosophy instructor at Monterey Peninsula College and has been offering courses and lectures on Integral Philosophy and Spirituality since 2007, as well as a number of online classes. John has been actively involved in contemplative practices since 1991. He has been studying Integral Philosophy since attending the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1993.


June 25, 2011

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Includes two periods of sitting and walking meditation. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
Suggested Donation is $20. For more information, contact Janet at hoffmanjms@gmail.com or 831-484-1686.



Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                       Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

July 23                                        Sacred Poetry with Joseph Cotham

August 7 – 12                                East/West Sesshin at MercyCenter

August 26 – 28                              Living the Gospel of Matthew

Dr. Joann Branson/St. Francis

Retreat Center

No MMG Retreat day in August

September 17                               MMG Retreat Day/ A Day in

Nature at Point Lobos

October 21 -22                             Retreat with Ruben Habito

November 19                                MMG Retreat Day

In closing,

Be Kind

Be kind to crawling caterpillars on damp grass,

to scurrying cockroaches and sharp hornets.

Be kind to thistles, thorns, and stubborn dandelions,

to mangy dogs abandoned and flea infested alley cats.

Oh, be kind to all croaking, creeping, leaping,

stinging creatures,

all sticky, prickly plants, all slimy snakes and leeches.

Be kind to weary teachers and truculent students,

to boastful quarterbacks with pornographic pictures,

to loud-mouthed in-laws and alcoholic aunts,

to beer-drinking deer hunters with big hairy bellies,

to sweating go-go dancers with fixed smiles,

to surly cabbies and fat clumsy nurses.

Be kind to haggard addicts and cunning con-men,

to demented killers in post offices

and terrorist fanatics with suitcases.

Thieving, cheating, killing humans are all humans.

Look deep.  Crude is surface.

Have patience.  Sinners in time are saints.

Have faith.  Cruelty yields to kindness.

Watch for hidden wild and willing angels.

All are kin.  Be kind.

William Buchanan

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