Every meeting is led by a pre-agreed member of the group and follows the same structure.
- Welcome and check in
- Introductions of the topic for the evening
- Guided meditation
- Reading from a chosen Buddhist or mindfulness book.
- Silent meditation
- Mindful speaking and listening about the topic
- Guided closing compassion meditation.
The benefit of practicing in a group
The Fertile Soil of Sangha, Thich Nhat Hanh on the importance of community.
"A good community is needed to help us resist the unwholesome ways of our time. Mindful living protects us and helps us go in the direction of peace. With the support of friends in the practice, peace has a chance." To read more about this see this link, https://tricycle.org/magazine/fertile-soil-sangha/
And the Buddha himself, again and again, stressed the value of spiritual friendship as a support for the Buddhist path throughout the entire course of its practice.
“Spiritual friendship is not half the spiritual life. It’s the entire spiritual life!”
Read more about it in this text https://bodhimonastery.org/spiritual-friendship.html