Meditation Group

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

On Monday nights in the sanctuary. Each week there will be a 45 minute discussion, a 15 minute video clip, and a 30 minute passage meditation. Baskets will be available for a love offering.

In passage meditation, we choose a spiritual text, or passage, that embodies our highest ideals, memorize it, and then go through the words slowly, silently, and with as much concentration as possible. This method brings two important benefits. First, by training our mind to stay on the words of the passage, we gradually build the precious capacity to place our attention wherever we choose – the key, as Eknath Easwaran, the creator of this method would say, to love and loyalty as well as genius. Second, we begin to resemble and actually become whatever we give our attention to. As the inspired words from the great spiritual traditions of the world slowly come to life in us, they bring with them quiet joy, the capacity to face challenges squarely, and a deep sense of fulfillment.
Eknath Easwaran founded the Blue Mountain Center for Meditation (BMCM) and is the spiritual teacher. His English translation of the Dhammapada (Buddhist scriptures) is the bestseller book of its kind. The same is true for his translations of the Bhagavad Gita (Krishna’s teachings) and the Upanishads.
Here are a few things stated about Mr. Easwaran:
1. "Easwaran is a celestial light on this planet." --Wayne Dyer
2. "I have long found the writings of Eknath Easwaran to be models of clarity, simplicity, and practicality. Take Your Time gives very straightforward advice for remaining centered in a frantic world. I recommend it." --Andrew Weil, MD
But why not go the source? Here's a two minute video of Mr. Easwaran discussing Buddha’s right speech :


Arvin Paranjpe

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Meditation Group Leader

Arvin is a Senior Technology Development Manager and has worked within OHSU's intellectual property office (the Technology Transfer and Business Development) for over six years. He is responsible for evaluating, managing, protecting (along with in-house patent counsel), and licensing software and medical device technologies. Arvin has successfully negotiated license agreements with large medical device companies in the U.S. and abroad, medium-sized software and medical device companies in the U.S., and entrepreneurs in the Portland area. Arvin earned his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office as a registered Patent Agent.

Arvin has been practicing passage meditation and, to the best of his ability, the 8 point program outlined by Eknath Easwaran, for over six years. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, hiking and reading.


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