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by Phone: 312-626-6799 / Meeting ID: 727507599# (audio only)

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Movie Dharma: “Saving Mes Aynak” (online)

July 31, 2021 @ 3:45 am - 6:00 pm CDT

It’s the 5th Saturday — our special event week!
On July 31st, we will do a short sitting, and then watch a documentary film: “Saving Mes Aynak” together.

Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the Buddhist archaeological ruins.

Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Taliban, the mining company, and local politics to save their cultural heritage from complete erasure.

Saving Mes Aynak has won over 30 major awards and has been broadcast on television in over 70 countries. For more info about the film, check out the official website:

See you online!

3:45 PM: Online session open for dial-in

4:00 PM: Slow Moving Meditation – to help settle our body & mind

~4:10 PM: Short Sitting Meditation

~4:30 PM: get your pop-corn ready…

4:40 PM: Movie: “Saving Mes Aynak”

~5:40 PM: Discussion + Current status of Mes Aynak

~6:00 PM: Adjourn

You may join any or all segments of the evening.

Preparing for the Online Session:
  • Check that your internet and audio/video is working beforehand
  • Wear comfortable and loose clothing
  • Find as quiet a place as possible; while also be understanding of each other should kids/pets, etc. make noise in the background! (we’ll use the “mute” function judiciously)
  • If using a meditation cushion or bench, make sure to also have support under your knees – not too hard and not too soft (e.g., rest round cushion on top of a larger square cushion or folded towels/blankets, etc.)
  • If using a chair, sit on a sturdy & comfortable chair where the thighs can be parallel with the floor
  • For moving meditation, we will experiment with a seated form, to minimize space requirement

Beginners welcome. No cost to attend. Donations welcome. Your generosity will support the continual operations and growth of this group, including the cost of our monthly rent and Meetup subscription fees.

We also meet on other Saturdays with slightly different programs – see our event listing for details.


ONLINE, via Zoom
312-626-6799 / Meeting ID: 727507599#
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Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group
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