Buffalo Mindfulness is an IRS approved 501(c) (3), Incorporated Non-Profit in the State of New York, and is dedicated to sharing teachings of Liberation Through Non-Clinging and providing a Community Refuge for all who wish to understand Suffering and the Causes of Suffering.
We provide training in a wide range of Meditation Subjects while utilizing other Educational Methods, and whose purpose is to:
- Educate people about the benefits of Formal and Informal Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-Kindness/Compassion Meditation Practices.
- Provide teachings based in the Science and Spirituality of Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness/Compassion, to assist people with integrating and manifesting Compassion and Wisdom in Daily Life.
We achieve these purposes primarily by offering:
- Scientifically Researched Meditation Practices from recognized Meditation Teachers, Scholars, Scientists and Clergy.
- Universal Spiritual Teachings from recognized Meditation Teachers, Scholars, Scientists, and Clergy.
- A safe and supportive environment for meditation. (Please note, safety and support are 2 Foundational Pillars of any Mindfulness Community, if people do not feel safe, the Work of the Moment cannot be accessed. Therefore, if any individual displays overt behaviors of dis-respect, anger or any other unwholesome action at any Buffalo Mindfulness event without taking responsibility and initiating an amends, will be asked to take a break from attending Buffalo Mindfulness events. At such a time when an individual makes amends, they will be joyfully welcomed back into the community.)
- Dharma Study Groups. Dharma has many meanings. Within the context of Buffalo Mindfulness, Dharma (Sanskrit) or Dhamma (Pali) refers to the Universal Teachings of the Historical Buddha or the Universal Patterns of Causality in Nature That Govern the Universe/Samsara.
All people, regardless of Faiths, Backgrounds, or Orientations are welcome.
Buffalo Mindfulness was founded by Paul Lukasik who has been studying with World Renown Mindfulness Teachers and Innovators since 1988.
Paul Teaching at Chautauqua Institution in 2015
Some teachers Paul has studied with include Christopher Titmuss, SN Goenka, Anagarika Munindra, Steve Armstrong, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Steve Flowers and other notable lay and monastic meditation teachers.
Paul attended his first 10-day silent mindfulness retreat in 1988 at the Insight Medication Society (IMS) with Christopher Titmuss.
The following year in 1989, Paul attended a 10 day retreat in-person with SN Goenka at VMC. Also attending part of the retreat with Mr. Goenka was Anagarika Munindra.
Since 1988 and continuing in the Present, Paul has regularly attended annual mindfulness retreats ranging from 7 to 21 days.
Please note attending annual multi-day residential retreats is a requirement for people wanting to teach mindfulness per Jon Kabat-Zinn's Center for Mindfulness located within UMass Medical School.
Because Mindfulness is Universal, we see aspects of its healing benefits in other disciplines including the Natural Sciences, Sports, Art, and Music.
Paul credits his first Universal Mindfulness experiences in the 1970's that included both states of serenity and insights, to the Dhamma (Nature) of Lake Ontario, the Sports of Basketball during the Summer - Hockey in the Winter, and musicians - Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Van Morrison, and Bob Weir.
Sunset at Olcott Beach on Lake Ontario Where Paul was Raised
Jerry and Bob - Mindful (at times!) Warrior Brothers
Paul has been freely sharing mindfulness practices with the public for over a decade, facilitating hundreds of events including mindfulness courses and day long retreats. He has been invited several times as a Mindfulness Teacher in weekly residence at the Chautauqua Institution. Paul has also has been interviewed on television and radio about his expertise surrounding mindfulness and the Teachings of the Historical Buddha.
Bob - Mindful (at times!) of Jesus in the 1980's
An artist who has studied mindfulness-insight meditation, Van Morrison, shares his experience about feeling Dharma Purity and Wholesomeness in the song Transformation, click on the link above to see a LIVE video of the song. Van is in his 70's, does not that man have some Wang Dang Doddle?
This is unusual to have a recording of Paul because he decided years ago to limit unnecessary interaction with technology and will never be recording or uploading any Dharma reflections to the Infected-Entity called the Entangled-Dis-Contented-Web or Inter-net!
Please note that the teachings of the Historical Buddha differ from the Mahayana religions of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. The teachings of the Historical Buddha are Universal in Nature and can be utilized by ALL Spiritual Traditions, Religions, Philosophies, Goverments, Scientists and Atheists. One example of Science is evident by the Secular Journal American Mindfulness Research Association.
Buffalo Mindfulness is dedicated to discovering and establishing Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness in our lives. The Vision Statement will be further clarified by describing our founding principles of Mindfulness, Loving-kindness, Spiritual and Scientific teachings, Dharma study groups, Respect, Ethics, and Service (Seva).
Buffalo Mindfulness is guided by such basic Dharma principles as Mindfulness, Patience, Respect, Kindness, Ethical Conduct, Non-Harming, Non-Grasping, Trust and Wise Attention. These principles serve as the foundation for our community which holds no bias towards anyone who seeks Dharma instruction and the company of a Community.
The primary meditative practice offered by the Buffalo Mindfulness is Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, as described in the Satipatthana Sutta (The Four Foundations of Mindfulness) and other supportive practices including Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta). A working definition of Mindfulness is remembering to be in the Present Moment and then cultivating a clear-seeing non-judgmental loving-awareness of the mind-body. When combined with other Path Factors, Mindfulness leads to an unshakable Liberating Wisdom (Sophia in Greek or Panna in Pali) that cools the Fires of Mental Suffering.
A working definition of Loving-Kindness is the cultivation of the intention for all beings to be happy and free from the root of suffering. Metta is a Pali word for Friendship or Loving-Kindness. In it's form as a meditation technique, Metta is the cultivation our natural capacity for an Open and Loving Heart. Metta is traditionally offered along with three other meditation practices: Compassion; Joy in the Happiness of Others; and Equanimity (The Four Brahma-Vihara’s). These practices lead to the development of a Powerful Unification of the Mind, Fearlessness, Happiness and a greater ability to Love.
Spiritual and Scientific Teachings:
Buffalo Mindfulness is founded to create an Enduring Community rooted in the original teachings of the Historical Buddha as expressed by the Teachings of the Elders (Theravada) in the discourses (Suttas) of the Pali Canon. These Suttas offer clear Ethical, Social and Ecological teachings supportive of a Wise and Compassionate Life in the World, as well as instruction in a wide range of meditative practices including Loving-Kindness meditation as found in the Metta (Loving-Kindness) Sutta. The purpose of these spiritual teachings and practices is the universal realization of Peace and Freedom. These teachings are Universal and are now starting to be confirmed through Modern Western Scientific Methodology. Buffalo Mindfulness welcomes and will actively participate in the modern Secular Mindfulness movement and will work together to bridge the sometimes divisive, Secular and Spiritual Mindfulness Communities. Please see the American Mindfulness Research Association to follow recent Scientific developments related to Mindfulness.
Buffalo Mindfulness will make available the study of traditional meditation practices and contemporary scientifically researched meditation methods, providing a rich foundation for engaged inquiry and investigation of the Dharma (Truth/Nature Within the Body/Mind). The programs will include, but not be limited to, book study groups on mindfulness and loving-kindness; contemporary meditation techniques; mindfulness and social action; and comparative study of the Dharma and Western Thought.
Modern society is becoming void of ethics in a culture where our Public and Private Colleges and Universities in America teach that Greed is Good!
Sadly this even includes Catholic and Not-for-Profit Schools.
Mindfulness teachings (and ALL religions, goverments and schools) NEED to be based in the Ethics of Right Speech, Right Action and Right Livelihood!
Wake up American, Trump is the Bablyon Whore, not our beautiful muslim Brothers and Sisters who ARE PART of GOD's FAMILY!
These ethical guidelines will then be explored, along with their application in family and community life.
Buffalo Mindfulness will investigate the relationship of meditation to peace/social justice work and environmental concerns. In all matters of instruction, administration and social conduct, we hold respect for each member of the community as a person sharing the path of practice. We are committed to the ongoing process of developing democratic and cooperative forms for decision-making with which to guide and conduct the organizational affairs of our community. Personal responsibility and participation as well as systems of peer review and support will contribute to a nurturing community environment. Developing a conscious and mindful approach to our community relationships is fundamental to our practice and provides a clear framework for Dharma Life.
Service and Generosity are fundamental to the Dharma and will be a core aspect of the teachings of Buffalo Mindfulness. In service to others, we express our wise and compassionate action by cultivating liberating qualities of Mind and Heart (Paramitas) that include Generosity, Patience, and Loving-Kindness. Buffalo Mindfulness will consciously embrace Service (Seva) opportunities and programs based on care and respect for all living things within our greater Buffalo, NY community. We will provide inspiration and support for a variety of Social Concerns and work towards a skillful relationship within our larger community.