Dharma group evening with James Baraz on July 22nd in Helsinki

Are you a member of a dharma group or interested in joining one? Are you a leader of a dharma group or interested in starting a group of your own? Well-known American insight meditation teacher James Baraz will be offering an evening for those interested in dharma groups on Wednesday, July 22nd at 5:30-7:30 PM in Rikhardinkatu library (Rikhardinkatu 3) in downtown Helsinki. The evening will be in English. Snacks will be offered. It is possible to stay on after the program to spend time with the teacher and the other participants. The evening is free of charge, but there is a possibility to offer a donation for the teacher who does not receive a payment for his work. You can sign up for the evening by emailing ilmo@nirodha.fi.

A dharma group is intended to support the practice of its members by giving them the opportunity to meditate together, share their experiences and learn from the experiences of others. A group consists of roughly 5-12 people and meets regularly, for example 1-4 times a month. The purpose of the group can be simply to support the practice of its members in general, but a group may also have a more specific theme or focus. Some examples of possible themes include dharma and family life, dharma and addiction or dharma and environmental activism. More information on dharma groups, as well as a list of existing groups, can be found at https://nirodha.fi/dharmaryhmat/ (in Finnish) or at https://nirodha.fi/dharma-groups/ (in English).

James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978 and the popular online Awakening Joy course since 2003. He is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center where, in addition to leading retreats, he created the Community Dharma Leader program and the Kalyana Mitta (dharma group) Network and is the teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family and Teen program. James is co-author of the book Awakening Joy, based on
his course. He lives in California with his wife, Jane.

James Baraz has extensive experience of supporting dharma groups in the US and will be offering information, inspiration, support and ideas for everyone who’s interested in dharma group activity here in Finland.

Everybody is warmly welcome! With best wishes,
Helena Creutz (+358 40 513 1442)