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Question for June 16, 2013: Group Sitting
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
Do you ever meditate with others? How, if at all, is the experience different for you?

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emmacat — 4 years ago — permalink
For me group meditation is generally helpful, although it can go either way. Usually, I'm more focused because there is a sense of a shared purpose, but sometimes the excitement is a distraction. There can be a lot of contrasting energy in the same room, but it usually feels like I have a support system. Particularly, attending the same group on a regular basis is inspirational. 
In the case of participating in specific meditation program, it reminds me of why I'm on this path and gives me motivation to keep practicing.
I recently went on a four week group retreat and it was very powerful. Especially in the second half of the retreat it felt like we were synchronized into a communal energy. 

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fredclaymeyer — 4 years ago — permalink
It helps a lot. I'm less inclined to feel like getting up, slouching, etc. Something about it feels more potent, also; I'm not sure why.

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Question for February 2, 2014: Meditation Groups
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever been a part of a group or community with a focus on meditation? Which? How was that experience?

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Question for July 19, 2015: Meditation Groups
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever been a part of a group or community with a focus on meditation? Which? How was that experience?

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Qualities of the admirable companion
davidbhayes — 2 years ago — in Dharma Talks
This talk (that's an Overcast link, talk's page on Dharmaseed here) from Akincano Marc Weber really struck me. In it, he talks about how important he has found companionship and community in his practice. There are many beautiful words in the second half. The first bit is a bit iconoclastic, so if you're quite sensitive about Buddhism (or any religion) you may want to give it a wide berth.
The point about the difference between Christian and Buddhism monastic traditions really struck me. Indeed, that Buddhist monastics must beg seems quite more significant in his telling that had ever crossed my mind.
In the last five minutes I loved the statement about not trying to convince people to come to Buddhism. The line "They will know how you feel by the way you open the door, rather than the insights your propound" is especially potent.
Like me, it sounds like he really started out thinking that he was more important than community, and has learned to find a great deal of value in it. For me, the biggest and most important thing I've learned in the last ten years is this specific lesson about the value of relationships. I've heard it so many times, but this one talk really resonated for me.

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Question for December 18, 2016: Group Sitting
Medivate — 8 months ago — in Question of the Week
Do you ever meditate with others? How, if at all, is the experience different for you?

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Question for June 18, 2017: Meditation Groups
Medivate — 2 months ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever been a part of a group or community with a focus on meditation? Which? How was that experience?