The Compassionate Heart Community is a Community Without Walls for all people interested in and considering committing to meditation or contemplation as a spiritual practice. We are present for each other to offer mutual support, share our experiences and our journeys, and to provide a source of community in a world in which community seems harder and harder to find. We come from different spiritual traditions and backgrounds, including from no particular background at all. We ask ourselves where the transcendent can be found in our lives, how our practice of remaining in silence can benefit all corners of our lives, and how we might transform the world one person at a time through the insights gained in our meditative and/or contemplative practices. We use the terms meditation and contemplation interchangeably to mean time spent in silence. We adopt no doctrine or dogma of any kind so that our community can be as diverse as possible. What binds us together is our practice and love of silence. We draw some general beliefs from different traditions:
- from Hinduism: a respect for all religious and spiritual traditions.
- from Christianity: an emphasis on social justice, love of neighbor, and the cultural value of Jesus’ teaching for those of us raised in the West.
- from Buddhism: an understanding of the inherent goodness of all.
- we understand and respect the common roots of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
- from all the great monastic traditions, east and west: a respect for silence and contemplative practices.
Our focus is always on looking at the various traditions and their teachings with an eye toward applying them to our lives in a practical way.
Sundays at 1pm we meet for our primary service of the week. We call it “Interspiritual Satsang,’ and in many ways, it is similar to worship services you may have attended at traditional churches. We have readings, sing songs and eastern chant, hear a commentary on our readings, and have what we call a contemplative Communion. In other ways, it’s very different. We do have one reading from the Christian Bible each week, but we pair it with a reading from an eastern spiritual tradition – most often Buddhism or a Hindu teacher such as Ram Dass. Our commentary focuses on real life and how to make progress on the spiritual path. We believe the goal of the spiritual path is awakening or enlightenment, not salvation – because we have no need of salvation. Our services are uplifting, true to real life, and we love to laugh!
Sundays at 2:30pm we have a book study. We are currently studying Stephen Levine’s Who Dies? You are welcome to join us at any time!
Thursdays from 11am to 12pm we have a Meditation and Discussion group. Whether you enjoy centering prayer, meditation, or mantra practice, you are welcome to practice with us and join us for discussion!
Unless otherwise noted, all of our meetings and classes are held in Room 322 of the south building of The Marian Center for Nonprofits, 3211 S. Superior Street/Lake Drive in Milwaukee. We recommend you park in the south lot. Again, the room number is 322 and there is an elevator to the third floor. There will be signs posted. Tell your friends, and bring them with you!
To check our schedule for changes or new events, or to RSVP or learn more about one of our regularly scheduled events, we invite you to visit our Meetup page.