FAQ

Curious about our center’s mindfulness and meditation classes? Let’s put your mind at ease before you even arrive.

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What time should I arrive for a group meditation?

We are invited to arrive 10-15 minutes early so that we can approach the hall with mindfulness and without hurry. This way, we all participate in the creation of our Sacred  Practice Space. We will joyfully support the facilitator in setting up the hall or bringing down the cushions.  

By the scheduled time we will all have taken our seats so that everyone is ready and comfortable when the bell is invited. If we are late for sitting meditation, we will try to join the group without disruption or will sit just outside the group until the next transition (bell). 

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What should I expect the first time I come?

The Awakening Heart Community is made for people of all ages and all kinds of experience at all levels of practice. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to practice. You don’t need to be anything—just a real human being. Everyone can practice because everyone can breathe. If you are new, or this is your first time doing something like this, we welcome you and we will all benefit from your presence. Don’t worry, there are no rules to break and nothing to do wrong. There is nothing to do! You are lucky to have what we call a ‘beginners mind’ and many of us work hard to cultivate our beginner’s mind. 

For the time we are together, we will give ourselves the gift of presence to stop and take care of ourselves. This time is our chance to stop running, to stop ‘doing’, to clear our minds, and to dwell in the present moment.  

There is nothing to do, nowhere to go; it is our opportunity to put down our projects, our calendars, to let go of our worries, our fears, our deadlines, and just ‘be’. Be with your mind, be with your body, be with your ancestors, be truly here.

Our weekly gathering practices can include:
• Sitting Meditation
• Walking Meditation
• Mantra Chanting
• Simple Beautiful Ritual
• Enlightenment Teachings
• Sharing & Discussion
• Healing Prayer

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I have environmental sensitivities. Can I still participate comfortably?

If someone has environmental sensitivities, they will let the facilitator know and we will refrain from burning incense or scented candles. 

A sangha gathering is not a time to suffer, so comfort is important. We are all encouraged to take responsibility for our well-being and to communicate our needs to the facilitator of the meeting with consideration for others.

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Does Dallas Meditation Center offer courses?

Every gathering is structured to be beginner-friendly, so come whenever works for you and let that session be a meditation course. Meditation is a practice, and—like riding a bicycle—the practice is the best way to learn. 

In addition, weekly life-enrichment classes offered to the community teach how to live a healthier and mindful life, enjoying peace and beauty. Check the website calendar for all dates, times, and information online.

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How do I join ZOOM classes?

You can get the Zoom link sent to you by going to dallasmeditationcenter.com/groups  or, you can watch this video and our Co-Director, Cornell Kinderknecht, will walk you through it. View Video

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Does Dallas Meditation Center offer corporate/workplace mindfulness training?

We bring certified meditation teachers to your company, organization, or event — to decrease stress & burnout and to increase employee retention, happiness, teamwork & more! These meditation workshops will be a game-changer for each person who joins, whether they are new to meditation or experienced. 

Want to bring meditation to your company (online or in-person), but you’re not the decider? Connect us with your head of HR, wellness team, or manager. 

Workplace Mindfulness and Meditation ::: Read Article

Read more information about our services and book us.

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For in-person classes, can I just drop in or do I need to book a cushion in advance?

No registration is necessary unless specified. You can drop in and when you arrive, all are expected to check-in before entering the Meditation Hall. The few occasional events that require it will be marked on our website and newsletter.

We only book meditation cushions, during this Covid-19 time,  when we have a Special event and have limited participation/seating. 

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For in-person classes, where do I park and enter the building?

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We are located in the Arapaho Village shopping strip at the corner of Arapaho Road and Westshore Drive in Richardson. NOTE that our entrance is located at the back of the complex. It’s easiest to enter the driveway off of West Shore Drive, where you’ll easily be able to see our location as you enter the parking lot. There is plenty of parking in front of our building.

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Does Yoga or tai chi count as meditation?

They can. Any activity done in mindfulness can be considered meditation. Yoga, tai chi, and similar mindful movement activities are particularly conducive to this.
Whenever we are not standing, sitting, or lying down, we are moving. We can learn to move and to walk with awareness. We can be aware of the contact of our feet with the earth and of our in-breath and out-breath. As we breathe in, we can say “in,” as we breathe out, we can say “out” silently. We are aware that we are alive with each step, not carried away by our thoughts and emotions. 

WebMD Tai Chi for medical conditions says: The ancient Chinese practices of tai chi and qigong (pronounced CHEE-gong) combine slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises. It began as a martial art. As it developed, it took on the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health. Practiced in a variety of styles, tai chi involves slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. The meditation is sometimes called “moving meditation.” 

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For in-person classes, what should I wear to class?

Wear comfortable clothes and bring (or wear) socks to keep your toes warm.  You might like to bring your own water bottle and a journal if you like to take notes.

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For in-person classes, What will they sit on in class?

Our meditation hall has a hardwood floor and provides both chairs as well as mats and cushions. You are also welcome to bring your own mat and cushion or bench to sit on the floor. We are asked to leave our street footwear outside the main hall in the lobby. 

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For in-person classes, is the studio ADA accessible?

There are no stairs to enter the building or get around inside the building. There is a parking lot ramp, further down, but not at our door. We have unisex bathrooms. The main restroom has: grab bars, one can pull a wheelchair up to/under the sink, there is room to turn a wheelchair around inside the bathroom and the space in the hallway in front of it. In the kitchen, one can pull a wheelchair under the sink. There are automatic light switches in the main bathroom and kitchen.

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For in-person classes, can I bring my cell phone to class?

We are invited to turn off our cell phones or their ringers. If we need to leave them on in case of emergency, we will put them on vibrate mode. If necessary, we will mindfully walk outside before taking the call so that the practitioners inside can continue to concentrate.

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What is the fee?

Following the Buddhist tradition of practicing generosity, called dana, we are invited to give to the sangha whenever we meet. This can be in the form of donating time, volunteering to bring flowers, or other contributions. Of course, any amount will be joyfully accepted. Dana is used for sustaining the sangha, such as supporting the website, online technology, and other incidental costs. 
The Dallas Meditation Center is lovingly supported by generous donations from the in-person and online community. Dallas Meditation Center needs your generosity more than ever. Please consider a gift to support our offerings, our staff, our teachers, and sangha. 

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