About A Place To Sit

A Place to Sit, located in Boulder, Colorado, is dedicated to the sitting practice of meditation, as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni 2,500 years ago.  The doors are open to all, of whatever orientation, background and belief system.   Even though we have the practice of meditation as a gift from the Buddha, at the same time it is just a tool, which may be used by anyone, and does not require Buddhist affiliation.

A Place to Sit also offers programs, which present the insights born of meditation and support the practice.   There is an “Introduction to Meditation” at 3 pm one Sunday a month, as well as classes, half-weekend and weekend programs, Wednesday evening classes, and 9-day intensives four times a year.

The historical background and tradition followed at a Place to Sit comes through the great adept, meditation master and scholar, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939 – 1987).   He held and propagated the Karma Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala lineages.  A Place to Sit adheres to Trungpa Rinpoche’s literal teaching stream, as well as that of his lineage predecessors–which means, essentially, the entire Buddhist and Shambhala canon and example.

The activity at A Place to Sit has been cooking up all fall, and we are happy to announce fresh developments.
First of all, we welcome the Spacious Heart sangha, a group of practitioners following in the footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh, who will be conducting weekly sits and discussions at A Place to Sit, joining with our core community and the Morningstar Zen group of (now) Roshi Sanchi Reta Lawler.   This makes three practicing Dharma communities sharing the space.   We feel that this use fits our basic charter beautifully and plan on more of the same in the future.
We are holding our first annual Solstice Sit and Celebration, Dec 21st-23rd, 2016.   We will sit and walk from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on Dec 21st and 22nd, and then sit from 3:00 – 4:00 pm on the 23rd, with a pot luck celebration from 4:00 till about 6:00 pm.   Please feel welcome to any part of this event.   It is intended to bridge the winter solstice to the Western holidays, and to add a drop or two of sanity into the mix.
Our first weekly class, “The Path of Individual Liberation,” concluded its first module in November.   The second module in the same series, studying the Hinayana teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, begins on Wednesday evening, Jan 11th, 2017, at 6:45 pm and runs for five consecutive Weds evenings, concluding on Feb 8th.   The class ends by 8:00 pm.   All are welcome.    These classes will go online in 2017, available to the global community.

 

Scott Wellenbach returns to present a five-day Shamatha/Vipashyana Mahamudra program for authorized students, Jan 26th-30th, 2017.   The flyer advertising this program will be coming soon.   In the meantime, those interested may send inquiries to aplacetosit108@yahoo.com.
Our recently concluded, quarterly 9-day sit saw an uptick of about 35% in attendance over previous such programs.   The next 9-day program, continuing to contemplate the “Hundred Verses of Advice” of Padampa Sangye, with commentary by HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, runs from Feb 18th-26th, inclusive, with six hours a day of sitting and walking meditation.   You are welcome to attend any part of any session of our 9-day sits.

 

Regular Schedule for December:

–Regular sittings Mon – Fri from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
–Sunday sittings, 2 – 5 pm, with a brief presentation at 3 pm.

Sadhana of Mahamudra will be practiced on Tuesday, Dec 13th, and Wednesday, Dec 28th, both at 6:45 pm

Following the visits of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in November, we are initiating a Karma Kagyu ngondro practice and study group.   New Vajrayana students with the proper transmissions, as well as longtime never-say-die Karma Kagyu ngondro practitioners are invited to participate.   We will hold study meetings, as well as regular ngondro practice sessions.   Please inquire through the above email address.
Finally, a little financial report: A Place to Sit has survived well over the last 2 1/2 + years, including higher rent.   A decreasing percentage of our annual income comes from major donations, while an increasing percentage comes from program donations, dues and rental donations.   We continue to adhere to our no-fee policy, taking only dana, to use the Sankrit word.   Our economics are not based on Western corporate models, but on the age-old Buddhist approach of mutual generosity.   So far, it is working well.   At the same time, we face a shortfall of about $3,000 over the winter, through the end of our fiscal year on April 30th, 2017.    So, for the first time, we are soliciting donations through this newsletter.   Those wishing to support our work may donate through the DONATE button on our website, www.aplacetosit.org, or by sending a check made out to A Place to Sit to 522 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302.    We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.