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Heart Conversations

Held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of Each Month
2:00 — 3:30 PM

Please join us for a Heart Conversation this Sunday, August 7, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM indoors at Lotus Center

This Sunday’s topic: Resilience

Resilience can be defined as the ability to endure difficulty and come through it with yourself unharmed or even stronger. It includes aspects of courage, calmness and a refusal to give up. It is a quality that makes us stronger.

Quotes to Contemplate:

“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.”
– Mary Halloway

“I am not what happened to me, but what I choose to become.” – Anonymous

“My scars remind me that I indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an
accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else too. They remind me that the
damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more
resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the
– Steve Goodier

“I am the master of my soul
I am the captain of my fate.”
– William Ernest Henley

“Tough times don’t last,
Tough people do.” – Anonymous

“Tough times can be stressful, but they also have a way of centering us, of shining a light through the darkness….. The hard times remind you it is possible to change your life. To do better. To be smarter. To settle for more.”
– Megyn Kelly

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

Questions for Contemplation:
1. Could you share an experience, past or present, that has tapped your resilience?
2. What practices, prayers, poems, beliefs or experiences have helped you to be more
3. Who comes to mind when you think of a person who has helped you to become more
resilient? Could you tell us about them?
4. Do you have any stories passed down in your family about some particular resilience
shown by your ancestors?
5. Are there any areas or situations in which you would like to become more resilient?

For complete information on Sunday’s topic, as well as Heart Conversations in general, please visit:

The sharing circles follow a format similar to that of 12-step recovery meetings. Personal sharing, rather than academic or philosophical views, will be encouraged; “cross talking” is not allowed, and; all that is shared will be retained in confidence. No registration is required.

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Strengthening Your Spiritual and Emotional Immunity w/ Amita Schmidt
Tuesday, September 6; 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Cost: By donation

During Covid you might have realized the importance of bodily immunity. Now more than ever, it is also important to have a strong emotional and spiritual immune system. Can you continue to love even if the world is in anger or fear? Can you live the essence of who you are rather than your worries? This talk will inspire you to practice a deeper level of emotional and spiritual presence.

No pre-registration necessary; drop-ins are welcome!

About Amita . . .
Amita (Amy) Schmidt LCSW is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher. She was the resident teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts for six years and she was the co-founder of Southwest Sangha Retreat Center in San Lorenzo, New Mexico. She is the author of “Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master.” She currently practices and teaches meditation from a non-dual perspective.


Lotus Center is a non-profit, community-owned organization. In addition to being a traditional center for yoga, meditation, and dance, we have a number of community service programs including Yoga in Public Schools (“YIPS”), a racial justice/education campaign called Undoing Racism, and a YouTube channel with many free yoga and meditation videos.

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Insight Meditation
Simple, Clear and Practical
The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path with Allan Cooper

A Snapshot:

What: A free Introductory talk followed by an eight-class series on The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path

What is the Noble Eightfold Path?
1. Right View/Understanding
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration

When: Free Introductory Talk: Thursday, September 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM Sign up today.

Eight-class series over nine weeks (with a one-week break) on consecutive Thursdays, beginning on September 22; 5:30 to 6:45 PM Sign up as soon as July 29th.

Where: Lotus Center; 211 W. Broadway, Silver City. In-person attendance only

Cost: $80 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds

OR Register and Pay Here:

Overview of the Eightfold Path:

Theravada Buddhism, the orientation of this class, is known as the School of the Elders, or the Southern School, and in the Mahayana world as Hinayana or the lesser or small vehicle. Theravada is the oldest extant school of Buddhism dating from approximately the 3rd Century BCE and is common to Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Laos, among other countries.

Common to all schools of Buddhism, Theravada honors the Four Noble Truths at its center of study and practice. Part of the Four Noble Truths is Noble Eightfold Path, the ‘way to the end of suffering’. This practice path offers anyone, regardless of religious belief or spiritual leanings, a practical method to train the mind towards wholesomeness, and when applied to its deepest meaning, it can liberate the mind/heart from all mental reactivity, to freedom, to spiritual liberation. 

What to Expect:

Each class will consist of 30 minutes (or so) of guided meditation, and 45 minutes (or so) of a Dhamma teaching.


This class offers the attendee an opportunity to scratch below the surface of what we know, and what we think we know about meditation and about Buddhism. As a class we will meet weekly for guided meditation and discussion about the week’s study and meditation assignments. 

The series will draw from two different texts which will be made available for purchase or for free loan. The End of Suffering the Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi, and The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera. Both books are easy and accessible to read. Bhikku Bodhi’s book is a succinct 119 page booklet detailing and explaining the Noble Eightfold Path, and The Heart of Buddhist Meditation is a look see at how and why meditation and the Noble Eightfold Path can work to retrain the mind towards spiritual and everyday happiness.

The Teacher:

Allan Cooper has practiced vipassana and samatha meditation practices since 1974. His primary teachers are the Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita, his student, Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Abbot of Panditarama International Vipassana Meditation Center, Lumbini, Nepal, and Joseph Goldstein, co-founder of Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA, USA. Allan is a retired hospice and mental health RN and has been teaching meditation and leading retreats for many years.

His book, A Householder’s Vinaya, is available for free download at or for purchase at in both eBook and paperback formats. All royalties are donated to Buddhist Global Relief Fund.

More information:

For questions regarding class content, please write Allan at

For questions regarding registration, payment, and other administrative matters, please write Lotus Center at