Anattasati Magga Programs
Anatta means “no self.”
Sati means “mindfulness.”
Magga means “a path.”
Anattasati Magga is a path of mindfulness of no self.
Anattasati Magga’s four programs include the Sangha, InnerVision, The Center for End of Life Transitions, and the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary. Each aim to accomplish the following:
The Mission of Anattasati Magga is to end suffering; to end fear of life and death transitions; to enhance the quality of life of all beings; to offer opportunities for personal growth.
- To establish and maintain a Buddhist Sangha for the Laity for the cultivation of the practice of Buddhist meditation, principally in accordance with the practices of the Soto Zen sect;
- To provide training for and carry out the ordination of Lay Buddhists in the tradition of Soto Zen Buddhism;
- To provide spiritual guidance for Lay Buddhists who have taken the Buddhist Precepts;
- To offer retreats, lectures, teaching, instruction, and counseling in the practice of Zen Buddhist meditation;
- To offer Dharma study and inquiry;
- To produce and make available meditation and ordination supplies; i.e., zafus, zabutons, meditation clothing, meditation beads, etc.
- To write, adapt, and publish the Dharma.
Our Vision is that we directly affect community service, Dharma education, laity empowerment, environmental stewardship, social justice and human rights for sentient beings, education and support for death and dying.
The Sangha is Anattasati Magga’s Soto Zen Buddhism community center.
InnerVision offers grounding life skills for traveling the ups and downs of life’s path with composure, contentment, and clarity. Regardless of where you are in your life, you can develop skills to grow and change by participating in a monthly InnerVision group.
InnerVision’s in-depth personal work provides an environment in which all participants feel safe and supported. The structure and format of its programs are guided by the book being studied (Back to Basics, The Wisdom of the Enneagram.) The curriculum is designed for the diverse learning styles of different individuals within groups — a variety of approaches are offered in a confidential environment.
The Center for End of Life Transitions
The Center for End of Life Transitions is an all-faiths project of Anattasati Magga, a Buddhist Sangha for the Laity.
The human life cycle, like all life cycles, includes a beginning and an end. Each of us will die; not one of us will be left out. By settling the matters of your world and making decisions ahead of time, you create an opportunity to enter your end of life, the moment of death and what may follow, with greater awareness and freedom.
Based in Western North Carolina, the Center for End of Life Transitions offers End of Life Educational Opportunities through workshops and retreats.
Home-based celebrations bring death out of the shadows and into the light of life.
To care for our loved ones, by lovingly tending them in their own home, is a gift and a very real option for those who want to honor this important life transition.
Carolina Memorial Sanctuary
Located in the Asheville area of Western North Carolina, Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is a conservation and green cemetery providing eco-friendly natural burials. Perpetual conservation of the environment is created as each burial becomes part of the living landscape.
Carolina Memorial Sanctuary provides a peaceful and contemplative environment in which to lay loved ones to rest. The Sanctuary is available for the natural burial of humans, our pet companions, or cremated remains at a cost of one-half to one-third of contemporary burials.
There are many compelling reasons why you might choose Green Burial: it’s better for the environment; it’s more affordable; it’s simple and beautiful. But most important, in our opinion, is the connection that it builds with family and friends, with nature, and with the cycle of life and death.