The Sitting Project was founded to explore and demystify the benefits and techniques of meditation. The hope is to provide people with information and education regarding the various traditions of meditation and to cut through the spiritual mumbo jumbo that often is perceived to surround it and get straight to the core of what meditation is really about and how it promotes qualities like awareness, compassion, mindfulness, stress reduction, understanding, and the search for basic human happiness.
Meditation (we like to just call it “Sitting”), is not just for Buddhists or mystics. Meditation comes in all different forms. Sometimes it is referred to as “vipassana” or “tonglen.” Other times it is can be called “contemplation.” And still other times, it is called “prayer.” But Sitting Meditation is not about supporting a certain set of beliefs that are somehow incompatible with other beliefs. You can strengthen your mind and heart by cultivating awareness and compassion in your day-to-day life– this can be achieved through Sitting. If you want a healthy body, you can eat healthy food and go to the gym. If you want a healthy mind and spirit, you can ingest healthy teachings and meditate. SO THINK OF MEDITATION AS GOING TO THE GYM FOR YOUR MIND.
As the goals of the Sitting Project have evolved, there is an increasing focus on public sits. As of 2017 we have done multiple public group sits in New York City, Denver, CO and Boulder, CO with the expectation to expand to larger and more geographically diverse sits.
C.T. Tamura has been studying and practicing meditation for about 15 years and has been a part of the Shambhala community for much of that time where he became a student of John Baker- one of the founders of Naropa University, The Westchester Buddhist Center, New York Buddha Dharma and a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. A proponent of meditation in public, C.T. regularly leads sits in Times Square.
C.T. founded The Sitting Project as a way to both introduce and demystify mindful awareness meditation. As a writer, he is published on Elephantjournal.com as well as his site, www.thesittingproject.org. He occasionally can be found leading the dharma-based meditation and discussion groups, www.dharmajunkies.com and www.newyorkbuddhadharma.org in NYC as well. In business, C.T. currently works as a real estate agent at the Corcoran Group, ran his own music marketing and promotions company and spent some time as a consultant on Wall St. When not teaching or promoting meditation, C.T. can be found hiking, making music or enjoying all the culture that NYC has to offer. To contact C.T. email him at carytamura (at) gmail.com
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