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Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our ideas of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.--

Thich Nhat Hanh, from Teachings on Love

About our Group (Sangha)

Sangha is a word in Indian languages that can be translated as community or association.

Insight meditation (also known as Vipassana) is the practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained attention, we experience ourselves in the ever-changing flow of the mind-body process. Having this awareness we gain insight, compassion and happiness.

Our primary activity is silent meditation that is held on Tuesday evenings at the First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley in Prescott, Arizona. Parking is available behind the building. Enter the building on the Alarcon (east) side.

Schedule--Tuesday Evening

  • 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. -- open sit
  • 7:00 to 7:40 p.m. -- formal sit
  • 7:40 to 7:45 p.m. -- stretch break
  • 7:45 to 8:30 -- brief talk and discussion (On the fourth Tuesday of every month, the talk is replaced by an activity led by Sangha members.)

You may participate in one or all segments. During the open sit, you may enter or leave the meditation room at any time. During the formal sit, we prefer that you do not enter or leave once the bowl has been rung.

Chairs and some cushions are available.

Please do not wear perfume, aftershave lotion or other scented products. Some of our participants are chemically sensitive.

There is no charge to participate in sitting groups, or daylong retreats. Residential retreats require payment to cover housing, food and teacher travel.  Since teachers are not paid, participants can help support them through voluntary contributions.

Our Leader

Carol Cook has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1993 and has studied in the Theravada tradition as it has come to the West. She completed the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (founded by Jack Kornfield), and is authorized to teach the Dharma through classes, sitting groups and non-residential retreats.

Carol is dedicated to helping others end mental suffering through understanding the Buddha’s basic teachings and applying them in daily life. She is available for individual practice support. To schedule, send an email to Carol.

In the Theravada tradition, there is no charge for teachings and practice support. You may make an offering of dana to the teacher. “Dana” is word in Pali and Sanskrit that can be translated to “generosity.” It is a gift given freely to express gratitude.

For meditation instructions click here.

One does not have to be a Buddhist to benefit from the Buddha's teachings.