Neighborhood Dharma Discussion Groups Neighborhood Dharma Discussion Groups Periodically, IMC offers the opportunity to participate in neighborhood discussion groups. The groups meet once a month for six months in someone’s home at the best time for the majority based on indicated availability. If you choose to participate, please commit to attending all six meetings. Each meeting consists of a short sit, a check-in and a discussion of the topic of the month. A volunteer facilitates each meeting, rotating among the group members. The purpose of the groups is to deepen our Dharma practice by sharing our practice experience and questions with a peer group. Dharma practice is relevant to all aspects of our lives including relationships, work, social engagement, and personal growth. Sharing some of our personal stories will naturally be a part of the discussion, but please keep in mind the purpose of these groups is to explore how the teachings of the Buddha can help us in these areas. These groups will be a chance to practice Right Speech. Although this can be one of the most challenging elements of the Eightfold Path, it is also essential in establishing a safe and nurturing space for sharing our experiences, questions, insights and difficulties. The Buddha identified five characteristics of Right Speech: It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will. We wish all participants a deepening of their practice and a greater feeling of inter-connectedness within the sangha. May the fruits of these gatherings bring greater peace within ourselves and the world. The next offering of neighborhood community programs will be announced in the newsletter.