What day and time is your meditation class?

Our meditation class takes place on most Saturdays from approximately 11:45am until 1:00pm. Please arrive at 11:30am. Please check our events calendar each week to be sure that class is confirmed.

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Do we learn “how to meditate” in this class?

Our classes are “guided meditation” led by Thupten Phuntsok (say poont-sok). Phuntsok will talk to the class and explain how to prepare the body and mind to relax and then you will start to meditate. So the answer is that by simply listening to Phuntsok and following his instructions, your body and mind are prepared to start meditating. You can then take this experience and begin your own meditation practice in the quiet of your own home or any place you wish.

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How do I prepare for each class?

Arrive at 11:30am (no later than 11:45am), be seated either on a meditation mat or a folding chair, silence your cell phone (and any electronic devices you carry such as a watch that might beep), remain quiet, and enjoy your meditation class.

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What should I wear and should I remove my shoes?

You may wear whatever you are comfortable in. Keep in mind that the museum is made of stone and can get a bit cold. So dress warm during the colder months. Regarding whether to wear show during meditation, you are welcome to remove your shoes, however, as the floors are made of stone, your feet may get cold so we recommend that you wear socks.

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My stomach grumbles during class which makes me embarrassed. What should I do about this?

Don’t be embarrassed. This happens to most meditation attendees at least once. Also, a person who is in deep meditation will not be affected by your stomach’s grumbling. However, it is a good idea to either eat a very light snack before class (so that you are not hungry during meditation) or drink some water or a tea like Peppermint tea (which will quite your digestion). Peppermint tea has a wonderful calming effect on the stomach. There are some great natural remedies to quiet the activity like Japanese Umeboshi plums.

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Does the teacher discuss Buddhism or any religious views?

There is a period of about 15 minutes between the opening and closing meditation segments during which Phuntsok speaks to us about how to apply meditation to our daily lives and how to strengthen our meditation practices. He has also talked about passages from books. However, Phuntsok never discusses Buddhism or any religious topics or views as the subject matter of his lectures. Still, if you are interested in learning about Buddhism or have questions about meditation, Phuntsok will be happy to answer these during the 15 minute lecture or after the meditation class.

Note: There are no religious overtones to the meditation class. These classes are guided meditations which are intended to help people learn and achieve a meditate state.

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What are the benefits of attending the meditation classes at the Jacques Marchais Museum?

Different people experience different benefits. Some talk about becoming calmer in their daily lives. Others have been helped with the loss of a loved one. Still others talk about how our meditation classes have helped with their substance abuse issues. There appears to be one benefit that all attendees share in common. They become more compassionate and caring towards others.

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Are children allowed at our meditation classes?

Yes, children are allowed IF and only IF they are able to sit quietly during the meditation class. If you would like to attend a meditation class and find that your child is getting very fidgety, simply exit the museum.
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How old should a child be when attending our meditation classes?

We recommend that a child be at least 10 years old and he/she must be able to sit still and be quiet for at least 30 minutes at a time.

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I have a cold/cough. Should I still attend class?

We must be courteous to our other attendees. If you have a cough or any other condition that will disturb your fellow attendees, we ask that you skip the class and return when you feel better.

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Where can I park when visiting the museum?

Unfortunately, parking right in front of the museum is very limited. However, there are two alternative places where you can find parking. For those in good physical condition, you can park at the bottom of Lighthouse Hill and walk to the museum. For those who need an easier trek to the museum, there is parking one block away on Edinboro Road. To get to Edinboro Road, drive past the Museum and make the first left turn from Lighthouse Avenue. Please keep in mind that as classes start promptly at 11:45 am, make sure to allow for enough time for parking and walking to the museum.

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