The Pot Lid Sangha (affectionately named after our first makeshift bell!) meets twice a month to meditate, explore dharma teachings and support one another's practice. There is no affiliation with any particular teaching or lineage though the practice, philosophy, and readings are drawn primarily from Buddhism. Started by Rebecca and local poet and teacher Rick Benjamin, the sangha has been meeting regularly since 2001.
Anyone interested in meditation and exploring dharma is welcome. To join the sangha e-list, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. While the Pot Lid Sangha physically meets in Providence, RI, there are also many "virtual sangha members" that stay connected through this list.
The Menu Practice (A daily practice for integrating mindfulness into our lives; inspired by Ezra Bayda, author of Zen Heart)
Day: 1st and 3rd Sundays (dates sometimes change due to scheduling
conflicts; a Sangha notice is sent out 4-5 days prior to each meeting)
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: "The Maiden" in Smith Hill (Providence, RI)
BYOZ: Bring your own zafu or meditation cushion (though there are some
pillows and chairs available)
Emphasis on simplicity of practice (both on and off the cushion) rather than on specific rituals, rites, symbols, mantras, etc.
Intent to honor all individuals' perspectives and experiences
Intent to support each person's life/spiritual journey by coming together to sit quietly, read, discuss
Heartfelt but lighthearted
Fluid open invitation to anyone to practice; beginners welcome