You’re here for a reason and not by happenstance.
As such, our sangha consists of such beautifully diverse people and is growing. You too are most welcome to sit with us to develop your Dharma Heart while fostering and nurturing the community you're seeking.
As a result of our blossoming sangha we are pleased to offer different levels of practice. Each level is tailored to your specific development as well as sangha growth. As you develop and nurture your Dharma Heart, our sangha blossoms, and as you interact with your community, friends, and family, they too grow.
There are four basic levels within our beloved sangha:
A detailed description of each level is offered below.
The practitioner level is the most basic level and is where most people fall under. Practitioners desire to improve their wellbeing, have a meditation practice, and enjoy many of our resources already. This is a wonderful level where one will experience the joyfulness and benefits associated with mindfulness and meditation.
But maybe you're looking for more and want to develop your Dharma Heart and serve in a more structured capacity. The next level is our Aspirant level. This is a 6 - month program where you'll explore more in-depth the fundamentals of Buddhism and our sangha.
A formal request is required to begin this process.
After your 6 - month aspirant period you may decide if you want to continue. If you choose to you'll participate in the Five Precepts Ceremony. where you'll be conferred as a Blue Lotus Novice. Senior level novices begin developing and hosting Dharma Talks, retreats, sangha service and community service in conjunction with a Dharma Teacher.
At the Dharma Teacher level several years may have elapsed and you're ready to nurture practitioners, aspirants, novices, and others with such a warm level of care, compassion, and empathy. Additionally, you may develop and host Dharma Talks, retreats, and community service. At the Senior Dharma Teacher level one may open their own Blue Lotus Meditation and Mindfulness Center.
So many people are searching for belonging without realizing that they already do.
These feelings of loneliness and despair have only been exasperated with events like COVID and the pervasiveness of social media.
Helping others nurture their Dharma Heart and wellbeing, while nurturing your own Dharma Heart and wellbeing at the same time, helps ease suffering in this world and you have a wonderful opportunity to support our efforts.
To take your next step as an Aspirant you are warmly invited to reach out directly to us or fill in the application here.
Our offerings may be completed virtually or in-person and as always, there is never a financial obligation on your part.
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11108 Eagle View Drive Brainerd, MN 56401
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