Lotus in the Desert Sangha offers practice in Vipassana
(insight) meditation. Vipassana is a Pali term that means clear
seeing. The practice includes systematic mindfulness meditation
techniques that direct our attention to the true nature of reality
and to the development of penetrating insight and wisdom. New
and experienced meditators are equally welcome, as are one-time
visitors. Weekly meetings are held at:
Sahara West Library
9600 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
Meetings are every Sunday afternoon from 4:15 - 5:15 pm, other than
when the library is closed for major holidays. You can also
find our meetings and events on our Meetup
Meditators can bring
their own cushions or benches; chairs are available in the room.
There is no cost to attend. Those new to Vipassana Meditation
may want to read Basic
by Sayadaw U Pandita as an example
of how to enter this meditative path.
The core teachings behind Vipassana Meditation go back to the
ancient Theravadan Buddhist traditions of 2,500 years ago and
revolve around seeing things just as they are. Through systematic
training in meditation, we create a space that allows us to see
ourselves and our circumstances with clarity and wisdom. Meditators
typically start by focusing on their breath. As they become more
experienced, they begin to allow their attention to rest on other
bodily sensations, or on the presence of emotions or thoughts.
Though the practice of meditation is simple within itself, it
builds into a powerful tool for learning to be present and engaged
through the inevitable ups and downs in life.
The Vipassana practices direct our attention to the realization of insight through contemplation and investigation of three specific characteristics:
1. Anicca: The impermanence or changing nature of things.
In Vipassana Meditation, we focus our awareness on the ever-changing present moment.
Through seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and thinking,
we cultivate the capacity to perceive the truth of anicca, dukkha
and anatta in all experience. This practice helps develop wisdom
and compassion, giving rise to greater peace and happiness.
2. Dukkha: The unsatisfactory or unreliable nature of things.
3. Anatta: The emptiness of all conditioned things.
Extended Practice / Retreats
Non-residential weekend retreats are scheduled biannually. They
are generally held in the spring and fall on a Friday night and
all day Saturday and Sunday. An experienced Vipassana teacher
is brought in to lead each retreat. These retreats are a valuable
yet inexpensive tool to help deepen one's meditation practice.
They also serve as an excellent introduction for beginners new
to meditation. Click here for information
on our next retreat.
Lotus in the Desert Sangha began meeting in 1996 to offer support
for people interested in furthering their meditation practice.
Originally, teachings for the Sangha came from a wide variety
of Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions. However, over time, Sangha
members became interested primarily in the traditional Vipassana
practice as offered by the two major Vipassana retreat centers
in the United States: Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts
and Spirit Rock in California. Other than for retreats, fees have
never been charged for Sangha activities. Rather, Sangha expenses
are paid for through dana (donation).
Now in its second decade, Lotus in the Desert has developed a
mentor relationship with Spirit Rock teacher Richard Shankman
dharma talks), who leads one of our two weekend retreats each
year. The weekly meditation meetings are led by experienced Sangha
members under his guidance. The Sangha has developed a library
of meditation tapes and books which members may borrow at no charge.
An email newsletter, The Sangha Linette, keeps members updated
concerning activities of both the sangha and other groups of interest.
To sign-up, visit the Contact page.
For more information, please contact us at: