Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center
The Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center is a non-profit organization where all are invited to practice the Universal Truths of Sakyamuni Buddha's Teachings.
Location and Contact
432 South Temple Street, Mesa, Arizona, 85204
Can't find us? Well, we're a small house - no sign, 3rd on the right on Temple. Come help us grow!
News and Events
Great News! AIBMC has renovated the restroom. We will now have two restrooms and no more sliding door! This renovation wass very difficult and not inexpensive so we really need your help to pay for it! To make a donation click here:
We are looking forward to a strong turn out for the meditation sessions this year and have been enjoying record breaking numbers of people coming to our weekly groups.
SATURDAY 8 WEEK CONQUEST OF THE HINDRANCES MEDITATION CLASS
Begins Saturday January 30 and will run from 10:00am to 11:30an each week. Shane will be teaching and the cost is $50.
The Wednesday evening meditation with Shane will continue to meet from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
The Sunday meditation classes will continue to meet from 9:00am to 10:30am.
The mission of the Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center is to teach the practical benefits of Buddhist meditation and the Dhamma. The Center is non-sectarian and open to people of all races, nationalities, ethnicities, and religions.
We offer instructional programs in meditation through regularly scheduled meditation, Dhamma talks, and special programs presented by visiting Buddhist monks whose experience and knowledge will help practitioners enrich their practice immensely (see news items). The Center can provide accommodation a proper environment for mental relaxation and our library of Buddhist books will be available for the use of all practitioners.
Meditation, or Bhavana in the Buddha’s language of Pali, means mental culture or development aimed at cleansing the mind of impurities and disturbances and cultivating the habits of concentration and mindfulness which leads eventually to the attainment of highest wisdom through realization of the Universal Truths of Sakyamuni Buddha's Teachings.
As the Center develops we also intend to add yoga studies as a additional tool for stress reduction.
A Note on Buddhism and Stress Reduction
Stress is a modern phenomenon caused by the rapid pace at which the world is continually changing around us. We experience this rapid change both internally and externally, and it causes us to become tense, uncomfortable, and stressful. The result is, we all wind up suffering.
In today’s this materialistic world we experience stress more than ever. To live stress free life is not an easy task for many of us because stress as a phenomenon remains unrecognized. It is now discovered that stress leads to other complications such as heart diseases, substance abuse, marital discord, frustration, anger, violence, and even murder. Without proper training we are unable to observe things as they occur around us. But are still quick to react to what we experience without observing the repercussions. Such blind reactions create chaos in life. The stress that gets accumulated in the human body and mind in this way needs to be discharged. Often, it gets discharged in the form of hatred, violence and hostilities. Thus, on many occasions our easily avoidable problems unfortunately, end in human tragedy. This is a universal human problem that requires a universal approach to resolve it.
Though people work hard to secure happiness, they end up in unhappiness. Most of these people are longing for temporary sensual pleasures and experience misery instead of finding lasting happiness (sukha). If one wants to be free from misery, one has to make a conscious decision to achieve this freedom. The Buddha’s teachings offer a way to eradicate misery altogether from our lives. Though the techniques have been available to us for over 2500 years, we can not sell or by these techniques like a medication. If one wants the positive results, one has to learn and practice them seriously, ardently and patiently. This practice leads the student to the destination of mental purity and mental tranquility. Lasting happiness results from mental tranquility which is also the freedom of stress.
With the availability of the teaching of the Buddha in the today’s world people it is necessary to have a conducive environment to engage ourselves in serious practice. It is not easy to find an environment truly conducive to meditation (although there are many commercial ventures that sell so-called ‘meditation’ at a high price, as if it were a medication to sell and administer). Many places do not seem to serve those who need this service the most, e.g. adolescents, the youth and the elderly.
Our intention is to provide a centre for all to learn and practice the Buddhist techniques of Bhavana (mental training) for mental serenity and mind purification. Through this program, our intention is to serve all regardless of religious, cultural or ethnic differences.