*** CORONAVIRUS UPDATE ***
Schedule & Practice changes:
In order to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Reed College continues to make changes to its campus operations and campus access. You can read the College’s policies and tips here. I recommend that you scroll down to read policies and procedures that are most relevant to your on-campus situation.
Of all these, two policies merit special mention:
- In-person meetings are possible.
- Masks covering mouth & nose are no longer required inside Eliot Hall, but I request that you wear a mask in the chapel during our meditation period
I am retired and my age (67) places me in a high risk group so I have been taking a cautious approach when it comes to campus visits. Our meditation sessions went completely online from March 2020-September 2021. Since then, on most Tuesdays, we have been able to offer in-person meditation (Eliot chapel) with simultaneous online meditation (via Zoom). Both options have been successful and I expect to continue operating in this dual mode, in-person + online, as my schedule permits. In addition to the access information provided below, check out Our Practice to learn more about in-person and online meditation at Reed.
Wishing all of you happiness, joy, good health, and peace, in the year ahead. – Alan, June 2, 2022
Spring-Summer 2022 SCHEDULE (May-August 2022)
Open meditation at Reed is planned to take place nearly every Tuesday, May-August 2022 during the noon hour. “Open” means open to all, and also open to whatever form of silent, non-distracting participation you prefer. Silence is requested from all participants from 12:10-12:40 pm.
In-Person Locations. Nearly all of our sessions are scheduled to take place in the Eliot chapel. The chapel is located on the 2nd floor of Eliot hall directly above the Admissions office. If you approach Eliot from the south (or “Great”) lawn that borders Woodstock Ave, you can enter through the ‘Admissions Office’ door facing the lawn. Simply go up the stairs to the left of the Admissions Office door and you will enter the chapel directly. If you enter the building through any other door, take any set of stairs to the 2nd floor, and enter the chapel through the doors at the west end of the hallway.
Unfortunately, the chapel is not always available. When this happens, an alternate location is usually reserved for our use. These dates and locations are indicated on the calendar below in blue. (Summer ’22 note: Four sessions are scheduled to take place in Eliot 314, a large room on the same floor as the chapel. However, 314 is located at the opposite – east – end of the building next to the President’s office.)
Online access. Because some participants will be unable to attend meditation sessions in the chapel, a simultaneous online option over Zoom is also available (and becoming more and more popular). The meeting link for each meditation session is emailed each Monday to members of our mailing list and also appears in the weekly entry in our Google calendar (ask Alan if you want him to share this calendar). Links will also be posted right here. The current link is https://zoom.us/j/639700409
Times + Bells. In-person and online meditation occur simultaneously (same schedule). The full silent period runs from 12:10-12:40 pm, but you are welcome to set your own schedule. You may enter our session (in-person or online) at any point during the silent period. Likewise, you may leave whenever life calls you away.
- 12:10 – 3 bells (silence begins; online participants: mute your microphone, video is optional)
- 12:20 – 1 bell (in-person only)
- 12:30 – 1 bell (in-person only)
- 12:40 – 3 bells (silence ends)
Remaining dates for in-person + online meditation in Spring-Summer, 2022 (all upcoming dates are tentative and subject to last-minute changes – see below):
- Tuesdays in May, 2022 – all done
- Tuesdays in June, 2022 – 7, 14 (Eliot 314), 21, 28 Joining online? Zoom your web browser to https://zoom.us/j/639700409
- Tuesdays in July, 2022 – 5, 12 (Eliot 314), 19, 26
- Tuesdays in August, 2022 – 2, 9, 16, 23
Special dates & locations: Sessions listed in blue will not be held in the chapel, but in the listed room instead.
Are we meeting? Are we in-person? Are we online? Get updates! The schedule listed above has been worked out in advance with Reed College’s Conference & Events Planning office. However, sometimes life throws us a curve ball and some changes (a new room, going online only, or cancellation) must be made at the last minute. To receive email notifications about last-minute schedule/location/venue changes and weekly reminders/updates, join our mailing list. You can also ask Alan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to add you to the mailing list and/or share the Reed Meditation Google calendar.
Questions about our schedule, how we practice, or how to meditate can be sent to Alan Shusterman (email@example.com).