Weekly Meditations and
Dharma Discussions

Our sangha holds meditations and dharma discussion the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church on Garrett Rd. in Durham. (See below for information on the Raleigh sitting group.) We will meet from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Chapel, which is in the main building to the right of the Sanctuary.

On the first three Tuesdays of each month we will sit for around 30-35 minutes, which will be followed by 15 minutes of walking meditation. The first Tuesday of each month John will give a short dharma talk. If time allows, this will be followed by a brief question and answer period. On the second and third Tuesday there will be a short dharma talk on the month's topic followed by a discussion period.

Please plan on arriving by 6:50 so we can be in our seats by 7:00. We will end around 8:30 so those living at a distance can get home at a reasonable hour.

All are welcome to attend: students who are new to meditation,
as well as more experienced practitioners. If you are new to meditation and need meditation instructions one of our senior students will meet you during this first sitting to give you instructions and guidance in the practice. If there are any other questions concerning the group please call John Orr at 919-943-0438 or contact him via e-mail.

New Hope Sangha is a resource for anyone who wishes to learn and practice the dharma. We are a nondenominational community with respect for the wisdom in all spiritual traditions. Our practice is grounded in Vipassana (Mindfulness) Meditation.

There is no fee charged. There will be a donation basket available to help support the use of the space. On nights with a dharma talk there will be a donation basket available to help support the teacher.

We hope you will join us for our meditations.


Raleigh/Cary (east), Charlotte/Greensboro(west) via I-40

Exit 270 (15/501). Go north toward Durham. At Garrett Road, turn right continuing 7/10 mile. Turn left into the entrance.

Raleigh/Wake Forest via I-85/70

After Rt.70 merges with I-85, Exit from the left lane onto 15/501 toward Chapel Hill. At Garrett Road (BP Station), turn left and go 7/10 mile to entrance on the left.

Greensboro/Hillsborough via I-85/70

Exit Rt. 147 and Exit onto 15/501 toward Chapel Hill. At Garrett Road (BP Station), turn left and go 7/10 mile to entrance on the left.

As you drive on to the church grounds, bear to the right, and park in the lot next to the main building. Our sitting group meets in the Chapel, which is adjacent to the Sanctuary. You can enter the Chapel from the hallway which runs directly in front of the Sanctuary.


The Raleigh Meditation Group is a non-denominational group that meets twice a month for the purpose of supporting each other’s meditation practices. We practice Insight (vipassana) meditation, also known as Mindfulness Meditation, which includes both sitting and walking meditation. Tom Barrie, a Buddhist practitioner, facilitates the group.

The Raleigh Meditation Group is affiliated with the New Hope Sangha, which is located in Durham and led by John Orr who was formerly ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk.

Meeting Times and Location

The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 6.30 – 8.00 pm in the Parlor Room of Trinity United Methodist Church. The church is located at 824 North Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, 27604

Parking and entry

There is parking on the street and also in a lot on Sasser Street. Enter through the upper side entrance on Sasser Street. Someone will be there to greet you and direct you to the Parlor Room.

What to bring

Participants should bring a cushion to sit on. There are also chairs available.


Sittings are free and open to the public. There is an offering bowl to contribute to Trinity Methodist Church’s community outreach efforts.

Are beginners welcome?

Beginners are always welcome but should keep in mind that though basic meditation instructions can be provided, this is not a meditation class. If you are a beginner please let us know.


If you have questions, contact Tom Barrie or 919.605.1476 (cell).


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