New: Sunday Orientation/Intro to Meditation
We now offer a brief orientation to Clouds in Water and an introduction to meditation from 8:30 - 8:50 am every Sunday. No registration is necessary. If you are new to meditation or to Clouds, we invite you to attend. We hope this will encourage everyone to feel welcome and comfortable in our community! Note that this orientation will be in-person only.
Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism Workshop
Once a month, usually on the 3rd Saturday from 9 - 11 am, we offer a two-hour workshop that goes into more detail about meditation practice and Buddhist teaching. Please see this page in order to view the most current workshop dates and to register for a workshop. This workshop is offered as a hybrid - in-person and on Zoom.
Overview of 2022-2023 Classes
Practicing at Clouds in Water
Clouds in Water welcomes students at all levels to develop and deepen their spiritual practice through a broad range of programs and offerings and through the building of a healthy, balanced, and inclusive community. You do not need to be a member to participate.
View this video to get acquainted with our community. Welcome!
Click here for the current Classes and Workshops registration page.
Some basic advice about meditation
The aim of meditation is to be intimate with whatever arises.
- Breathe gently through your nose. Follow the breath as it moves in and out from a point two finger widths beneath your navel.
- Allow the breath to support awareness of the body, feelings, and the mind.
- When your attention wanders, gently and directly return to the vivid present moment.
- For sitting meditation, if it's appropriate for your body, sit comfortably with your back naturally straight either on a cushion or in a chair.
- For walking meditation, if it's appropriate for your body, walk with awareness of your breath. As you inhale, raise the heel of your foot. When you reach the height of inhalation, slowly swing the foot forward, taking half a step. As you touch the ball of your foot to the floor, gently exhale. Then gently lower the rest of the foot.