Practice

Margha

Margha means “path” in Sanskrit and refers to the path to enlightenment envisioned as a process of deep, gradual and individualized development.

Vajrayana

In the practices of Vajrayana, we welcome our difficult thoughts, emotions, and physical reality as the fodder for awakening.

Ecosattva

Ecosattva Council is a process of reflection, reckoning, and listening for collective wisdom around various issues.

Dharma Dialogues

“Ecosattvas in the Anthropocene”
A year-long interview series of monthly conversations on Buddhist responses to climate change.

Natural Dharma Fellowship

Practice Groups

Most practice groups have not returned to in-person meetings at this time. Some groups are meeting online.
The Wonderwell local group is meeting in-person on Thursday evenings.

Please see below for information about each practice group (organized by onsite location).  Feel free to use the contact email provided for each group to get more up-to-date information.

Cambridge Sangha

The Natural Meditation Practice Group (of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions) supports the ongoing deepening of students in the four aspects of natural meditation: one-pointedness, simplicity, one-taste, and non-meditation. These guided meditations, Q and A, and discussions offer an opportunity for students to find connection and support for their ongoing natural meditation.

Meeting Status: We are currently meeting online.

Day/Time:  Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice.
Please see 
Schedule for upcoming Tuesday Night Meditations and to get Zoom link. 

For more information: Terri: info@naturaldharma.org

Address: Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA

SCHEDULE  — Every Thursday
 Time alternates between 8:00 AM and 12:00 Noon.
Occasional Sundays at 8:00 PM.

Please Note:  All times are Eastern time zone

8:00 AM 12:00 Noon 8:00 PM
THURSDAY
Nov 03
Nov 17
Nov 24**
Dec 01
Dec 15
Dec 29

**holiday

THURSDAY
Nov 10
Dec 08
Dec 22
SUNDAY
Nov 27



Bardo Practice Group

In 2021, several beloved members of our NDF community passed away. Close friends of the deceased organized bardo practices on their behalf.  Many participants expressed that these group practices were deeply moving, supportive, and rich with Dharma teachings on life, impermanence, and death, and expressed a desire to continue these practices on a regular basis.

In this spirit, we offer a weekly online Bardo/Death Practice Group and we are considering adding a Prayer Circle Group. The bardo sessions are 30 minutes long with the invitation to stay for an optional 15 minutes at the end for silent meditation.

NOTE: This group is focused on general bardo practice, and is not a 49-day practice for specific individuals. However, there will be an opportunity to honor individuals during each session.

Day/Time:  Thursdays at 8:00 AM + 12:00 PM (see schedule to the left)

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

Registration: Email us to receive Zoom details

For more information: ndfzoombardo@gmail.com

Email List: If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this practice, please fill out this Google Form.

Download Bardo Practice PDF 

Wonderwell Local Meditation Group

Meditation sessions are now taking place most Thursdays (see schedule below) in the Meditation Hall at Wonderwell. We do not meet however when there is a residential retreat taking place at Wonderwell, so please do check the monthly schedule. 

Sessions with NDF Teachers (a guided meditation, dharma talk, Q&A) alternate with with peer-led sessions (silent 45 minute meditation, followed by time for conversation and connection). Attendees must be fully vaccinated (including booster), and masks are required inside the building. Please join us!

Meeting Status: In-person

Day/Time:  most Thursday Evenings: 6:00–7:30 pm: 

November 3: with Kathe McKenna – Guided meditation, Dharma talk, Q&A
November 10: Silent Meditation and Conversation
November 17: with David Bayer – Guided meditation, Dharma talk, Q&A
November 24: No meeting. Happy Thanksgiving!

Meeting Location: Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Address: 253 Philbrick Hill Road, Springfield, NH 03284

For more information and to be added to local mailing listcoleman.judith@comcast.net

Other Practice Groups

Watertown, MA

Awakening Heart Practice Community

Our community engages in practices that support awakening and compassionate action in the world. We are grounded in Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, inspired by the teachings of Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Baker, Rupert Spira, and other teachers. Our community welcomes those beginning to explore contemplative practice and experienced meditators. People of all faith traditions, as well as those who do not identify with any faith, are invited to join us. 
 

We are currently meeting online.

  • Saturdays at 10 am EST
  • Mondays at 7:30 pm EST
  • Wednesdays at 7 pm EST
 
Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

Concord or Springfield, NH

Granite State
Sangha

We are a small, friendly, dedicated group of meditation practitioners located in Concord, New Hampshire. Meditation practice is led by an experienced meditation instructor or practice leader, and is followed by a CD teaching and discussion. Lama Rod Owens and other teachers/Lamas join us once a month to lead meditation and teach. There is always time for questions, comments and discussion.

We are currently meeting online.

Sundays from 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

gssangha108@gmail.com

Don Belanger
603-856-3682

Dori Bongiovanni
603-724-9584

See granitestatesangha.com for more details on location in Concord or Springfield, NH

North Andover, MA

Great Pond Sangha @ North Parish

We practice primarily in the Natural Awareness (Dzogchen, Mahamudra) and Mahayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Beginners and Newcomers are welcome. Weekly sittings are “drop-in” and free of charge.

Founded in 2004, we serve the Merrimack Valley and Essex County communities and are affiliated with North Parish Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

For zoom links and more detailed info, join our Google Group https://groups.google.com/g/greatpondsangha or contact greatpondsangha@gmail.com

 

We are currently meeting online and in-person.   See “Day/Time” tab for details.

Monday Tara Practices 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Usually led by Laura Howell, this is an archetypal energy practice which includes guided meditation, visualization, and mantra recitation. We will rotate weekly between a variety of Taras, including Nature Goddess and Supreme Protector Green Tara.
  • All Mondays – Zoom Only

Wednesday Guided Meditation in the Natural Awareness Tradition 7:30 – 9:00 pm 

Guided meditation, discussion, dharma talk or reflections, practice instruction, Q&A, led by various teachers & practice leaders.   [see schedule below]

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – Hybrid (in-person at North Parish in North Andover, MA and on Zoom) 
  • 2nd, 4th, 5th Wednesdays – Zoom only

Fridays Sitting and Walking meditation (mostly silent) 8:30 – 9:15 pm

Peer-led. Melinda and Ann are the morning meditation Dakinis who make this all happen.

  • 1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays – Zoom only
  • 2nd and 4th Fridays – Hybrid (in-person at North Parish in North Andover, MA and on Zoom) 
  • **Note that the Friday after Thanksgiving will be Zoom only!
 

Monday Tara Practices 11:30 am – 12:15 pm 

  • All Mondays – Zoom only

Wednesday Guided Meditation in the Natural Awareness Tradition 7:30 – 9:00 PM 

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – Hybrid (in-person at North Parish in North Andover, MA and on Zoom) 
  • 2nd, 4th, 5th Wednesdays – Zoom only

Fridays Sitting and Walking meditation (mostly silent)

  • 1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays – Zoom only
  • 2nd and 4th Fridays – Hybrid (in-person at North Parish in North Andover, MA and on Zoom) 

Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

190 Academy Road North Andover, MA

For Zoom links, info about other activities, and weekly news, please join our Google Group Mailing List

Mark Lemire or Susan Malloy
greatpondsangha@gmail.com

Laura Howell
Spiritual Director
LHowell108@gmail.com

For more resources and information, visit the website – Great Pond Sangha @ North Andover Parish Church

Brooksville, ME

Natural Meditation Practice Group

This Natural Meditation Practice Group is based on traditional practice techniques of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. We offer guided meditation and discussion as support for our personal development of Natural Awareness, Compassion,  and Love. All are welcome on a drop-in basis. No prior meditation experience is required.

We are currently meeting online.

Thursdays at 6:00 PM

Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

Philip Osgood
info.philiposgood@gmail.com
207-326-4047

Sheila Moir
sheila.moir108@gmail.com
207-326-4279

Reversing Falls Sanctuary
818 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, ME

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Natural Dharma Practice Group

We practice in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions of natural awareness, including supportive practices to develop mental stability and cultivate compassion. We host NDF teachers, including Lama Willa Miller and Brendan Kennedy to offer weekend workshops to the Philadelphia community, and organize practice days for the sangha. All are welcome, including beginners.

We are currently meeting online.

Sundays at 4:00 PM, Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

We meet at sangha members’ homes in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd.

Portland, ME

Portland Maine Natural Meditation Practice Group

This Natural Meditation Practice Group is based on traditional practice techniques of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. We offer guided meditation and discussion as support for our personal development of Natural Awareness, Compassion,  and Love. All are welcome on a drop-in basis. No prior meditation experience is required.

We are currently meeting online.

Weekly, Thursdays, 5:40 – 7:00 PM
Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.
25 Middle Street, Portland, Maine
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