Do we practice mindfulness?
Yes. Mindfulness is the core of what we’re doing. We practice being present in the moment – every single moment.
What do we do at our meetings?
A regular meditation session will include various activities, and the order will vary from group to group and time to time. A regular Tuesday meeting in Oslo could for example look like this:
- Deep relaxation
We lie on the floor with blankets to keep warm and comfortable. We are guided through quiet verbal instructions to bring our attention to the body and its presence in the room.
- Guided meditation
We find a comfortable seating position (either on a cushion on the floor, a stool or a chair). One person in the group gives easy instructions to guide us in the meditation. The aim is to focus our attention at the moment, and to be present here and now.
- Walking meditation
We meditate by walking quietly and directing our attention towards the contact between the foot and the floor.
- Silent meditation
We sit together and meditate in silence.
- Tea and conversation
Each of these items may last between 15 to 30 minutes. The complete session typically lasts for a bit more than two hours.
Sometimes we also meet for a complete day of mindfulness or for several days of mindful attention (often called a “a retreat”). Such gatherings may have an overall theme or they may simply be an opportunity to practice mindfulness together. You can read about such events as they are announced on this website.
Where do you find us?
There are Dharma groups in many places in Norway. The largest groups are in Oslo and Kristiansand.
What language do we use?
In Oslo, meditation evenings are typically in Norwegian and sometimes in English. In Kristiansand there are meetings both in Norwegian and Vietnamese. The other groups practice in Norwegian. Please contact us if you have questions about language.
Are we Buddhists?
First and foremost, we are a community for medidation. Our practice is inspired by a Buddhist tradition as it is taught the Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn. The participants in the group vary greatly. Some of us are Buddhists, some are friends of Buddhism, and others belong to a different religion or no religion at all. When we meet, we do not spend the time discussing theories and philosophies. We would rather use our gatherings to practice mindfulness and support each other in finding good ways to practice in our daily lives.
Does it cost money to participate?
It is voluntary to contribute financially to our activities. You do not have to pay anything to participate. Those who participate regularly are encouraged to pay a voluntary fee per semester of between 200 and 500 kroner. When we organise mindfulness days, it’s nice if you contribute between 50 and 100 kroner. That way we split the costs for rent, tea and such expenses between us.