Two Free Online Meditation Sessions
with Doug McGill
August 19 and November 9 from 7 to 8:30 PM (CDT)
I am delighted to invite you to two free online meditation sessions, offering “An Introduction to the Direct Path,” that I will offer at the Christine Center.
The Direct Path is a meditation practice ideally suited to the needs and rhythms of modern daily life—it’s simple, fast, and effective.
The Direct Path works entirely on the basis of direct human experience alone, and not on belief, and so it can work with and powerfully support all existing spiritual systems and religions.
For many practitioners, the Direct Path thus greatly nourishes and illuminates their root traditions of many years or decades.
Most of all, the Direct Path ends suffering now, and offers every practitioner ultimate happiness under all conditions of life.
“The Direct Path is the most economical way of discovering our essential nature,” says Rupert Spira, a leading contemporary Direct Path teacher today, whose teachings we will draw on in these sessions.
“Our essential nature is always there, it’s always the same, and it’s always peaceful. This very peace is our own true nature,” Spira says.
Each of the two free online sessions will run from 7 to 8:30 PM (CDT) Time Zone Converter. Each will include a short introduction; a 20-minute Direct Path guided meditation; a 30-minute talk; and Q&A.
Doug McGill founded and for 16 years was the Guiding Teacher of the Rochester Meditation Center in Rochester, MN. In 2019, he edited “Relax and Be Aware: Mindfulness Meditations for Clarity, Confidence and Wisdom,” by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Since 2013 he has published “The Daily Tejaniya,” a daily email practice reminder from Sayadaw. Since 2013 he has taught a six-week “Introduction to Awareness Meditation” class several times a year. He learned insight meditation from Steve Armstrong, Kamala Masters and S.N. Goenka; and the Direct Path from Rupert Spira. From 1979 to 1999 he was a reporter at The New York Times and a bureau chief for Bloomberg News based in Tokyo, London and Hong Kong.
Read testimonials from Doug’s meditation classes over the years.
For those who’d like to explore the Direct Path further, each of the two free 90-minute sessions will be followed, a month later, by an online weekend retreat that will explore the practice in greater depth.
You can find out more here about the Sept. 10-12 retreat, “Mindfulness as a Path of Love,” and information on the Dec. 3-5 retreat, “Widening the Circle of Love,” is coming soon.
For centuries offered only in secretive monastic settings, the ultimate wisdom offered in the Direct Path today can be quickly and easily absorbed by lay people seeking liberation not only for themselves, but for the sake of all beings, including our endangered planet.
So, please, come one and all—let’s practice together!