Notes from Meditation classes by Stanley Merrill
Stanley Merrill has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation since 1994. He completed the Dharma Apprenticeship Program (DAP) with Anam Thubten Rinpoche, founder and head teacher of the Dharmata Foundation, and has trained at the teacher-training class “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,” taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn through the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mr. Merrill is currently taking the Mindfulness Meditation Certification program and will be certified by the Awareness Training Institute and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center The Certification program is being led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
Stan has been teaching “Coping with Stress through Mindfulness” since 2005. He has taught at the Veterans Administration, Chevron, the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society, The West University Seniors Center, The Houston Jung Center and MD Anderson Sugarland.
After 23 years of service, he retired from IBM in 2002, having worked as a Systems Engineer, Systems Engineer Manager and as an Application Development Consultant.
On the second and fourth Wednesdays from 2 pm to 3 pm there is a meditation and discussion group on topics related to meditation. The books that have been covered so far have been by Sylvia Boorstein, Cheri Huber and Pema Chodron. The next book that will be covered is “The Happiness Trap” by Russ Harris.
This is the article about Mr. Merrill that appeared in the August Southwest News. StanMerrillSouthwestNews
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