Join us for our Weekly Meditation at the library!
Currently, we're hosting Weekly Meditation online AND outside, weather permitting, every Wednesday from 12:15 - 1 PM.
Wednesday 7/21 we will be ONLINE ONLY due to the forecasted rain & thunderstorms.
View the instructor schedule here! Find out more about each instructor below.
Attending outdoors? Park at the library, and follow the path around the building to the right to arrive in the back garden. Check back on this page, or on our calendar, for weather updates.
Attending online? Click this link to connect via Zoom. Password: 3GWdHC
No registration required.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of meditation can I expect?
+ This program is a collaboration between the library and local practitioners. The format of the meditation will change based on the teacher. See descriptions below.
Do I need to have prior experience? Do I need to register?
+ No. These sessions will be drop-in, and appropriate for all levels of experience. Our volunteers have introduced many new people to the practice of meditation.
Should I eat before I come?
+ We recommend not eating a large or heavy meal just before meditation.
Do I need special clothing?
+ Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing is best. You will be sitting or walking for up to 45 minutes.
Will I be meditating on a cushion or in a chair?
+ If you're meditating at home, it is up to you! Please ask your instructor if you have questions about comfortable posture. At outdoor meditation, we will provide chairs, but we are not able to bring cushions outside. Feel free to bring your own materials to make yourself more comfortable.
About the Volunteer Teachers
Dh. Candradasa is an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and teaches at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center, which offers introductory and regular meditation and Buddhism classes by donation. He has been practicing and teaching meditation for over twenty years. Candradasa teaches two ancient practices: the mindfulness of breathing, and the cultivation of loving-kindness. Both practices are utilized to develop concentration, tranquility and positive emotion.
Cathy Okhuysen will lead contemporary and traditional chants from different traditions as a way to center and focus before and during meditation. Cathy has offered contemplative singing in a variety of public spaces, sacred places and retreats settings.
Laura Horwood-Benton has been practicing meditation within the Triratna Buddhist Community for ten years, and is the library's Public Programming & Community Relations Librarian. She teaches a combination of mindfulness of breathing and cultivation of loving-kindness.
Maia Rizzi will lead a visualization to create healing energy, calming you and focusing the subconscious mind to connect with the body. Maia is a Clinical Hypnotherapist whose work focuses on combining Hypnosis with energy work and integrative core counseling. She is certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners as well as National Guild of Hypnotists. She has practiced this work for over twenty years, in the United States, the Caribbean, and Asia. She is opening a private hypnotherapy practice in the Portsmouth/York area.
Suzanne Woodland is an attorney who has had an established meditation practice for over 20 years. She has led meditation at her workplace, and at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket and the Portsmouth Buddhist Center. The last several years she has been practicing and sharing the meditation techniques offered by the Dharma Ocean community. Her emphasis is on the body as the object of mindful attention, tender awareness. You will be invited to arrive in and explore the breathing body and what arises in that process of being present. Through the gateway of the body work, other meditation practices are unfolded.