This year our theme is Simply Practice. In June we will explore how the dharma can help us practice non-harm in the world and in our personal lives during these confusing and uncertain times.
Sangha Nights in May: Connecting through Practice
Register below for any or all Sangha Nights in May. We will send you the link to join Zoom online by 2pm on the day of each class. (There is a different link for each class.)
Sangha (community) nights are open to anyone interested in connecting through an interest in meditation and buddhist practices. Usually there's a meditation followed by a talk and optional discussion groups.
Please note each online class has a different link to join zoom. Each week we will send the link to all those registered by 2pm on the day of the class.
You can register for all five Sangha Nights in April (or however many remain at the time of registration) here
Or register for a particular class:
April 1: Meeting the Buddha in India, Meeting the Buddha in our Imaginations. With Danadasa.
Feb 5 to 26
The moon reflected
In a mind clear
As still water:
Even the waves, breaking,
Are reflecting its light. (Dogen)
Our theme for 2020 is Simply Practice - both a suggestion and a description of how we might approach the events of the year ahead.
In February we will introduce the theme and explore some simple and deep practices we can return to over and over again, to sustain us and wake us up as we do what we can to care for ourselves and the world we live in.
Come for the whole series or drop in any evening.
Dec 4 and 11: Precepts and Refuges Refresh, with Michaela Hoffman
The Refuges and Precepts are shared by all Buddhists the world over, yet their practice is deeply personal and a way for each of us to reveal the path to the truth in our own lives. As we bring the year to a close, we'll take a look at our practice through the Precepts, and how the Refuges reveal, guide, and shelter us along the way. This two part series will be interactive and fun, as we explore the precepts and refuges and make them our own.
This November we will celebrate those we've lost, the preciousness of life, and the Sangha we share.
Nov 6: Celebrating Life and Death
Every year on a Sangha Night close to Day of the Dead/ Dia de los muertos we take the opportunity to get together and celebrate the lives of those we have lost in the recent past. Please bring photographs or souvenirs to place on the shrine to remember your loved ones. All welcome.
Having gone to the forest, the shade of a tree, or an empty building, the meditator, body held erect, brings mindfulness to the fore.
For 5 sangha nights in October we will explore the Buddha's direct teaching of the Anapanasati Sutta. Developing sensitivity to the Body, our Feelings, our Mental Habits, and the Dharma, sets the foundation for developing deeper experiences of dhyana and personal insights related to daily life.
“Whatever one keeps pursuing with one’s thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of the mind.” --The Buddha
Does your mind ever get caught in negative habitual thinking? Do you ever feel like a small boat riding upon the stormy oceans of the mind? Please join Danadasa in an exploration of the imagination and creative ways to reshape our minds and transform our lives.
Sept 4: The Role of the Imagination in the Spiritual Life
Sept 11: The Journey from Isolation to Connection