Young Meditators will Flock to Urban Centers

In my experience, establishing a daily practice is harder than sitting a 10-day course. A big part of this challenge comes from trying to follow a different path from everyone else. There is a tremendous amount of support that comes from having even one other meditator to sit with regularly. The idea of having an entire community of support is hard to imagine.

One reason I’m excited about the new Urban Center outside of Philadelphia is the possibility of this type of community. Having both a Center as the fulcrum of this community and a city with job opportunities in a multitude of careers creates a unique opportunity. While many adults have established careers and families that make relocating challenging, I’m guessing that many young single adults will be tempted by the opportunity Dhamma Delaware presents.

If I’m right and a strong dhamma community starts to establish itself around Philadelphia, I wonder what impact this will have. Will more non-meditators be exposed to this community and impressed by the results of this practice? Will more companies, schools, and prisons be open to inviting meditation into their environments? Will more old students find success in establishing their daily practice? Could city crime or drop out rates noticeable decrease? Will the old students in Philadelphia find their experience identical to old students in other rural locations? I’m excited to find out. Time to meditate.

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

One thought on “Young Meditators will Flock to Urban Centers

  1. A 10-day or long course at the center is always easy compared to daily practise. Definitely!

    See http://www.mahavana.dhamma.org/sbvh
    1. Student become more regular in practise as the vibrations of a dedicated city hall help re-establish the student’s practise on daily/weekly/monthly basis.
    2. More opportunities to do dhamma service which also help meditation indirectly.
    3. More children get to do aanapaana courses.
    4. Meditators can come and meditate whenever they find time.
    5. Not very encouraging to attract non-meditators to the courses as they don’t see any thing except an empty room where people sitting silently, not very exiting or agitating…simply not that interesting…

    It is a luxury to have a city hall for vipassana meditators. I was [un]fortunate to [not]experience the city hall in my life journey thus far…

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