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.
Join us for a simple morning of meditation - sit, walk, sit.
No instruction - just perhaps a couple of poems or relevant teachings - but there will be an opportunity for anyone interested to hang out and talk about meditation afterwards.
Open to anyone with a meditation practice.
AWAKENING TO OUR OWN IMAGINATION
Led by Prasadachitta
Our imagination is arguably to most powerful force that works upon the mind. We have only limited evidence of what is happening around us and we rely on our imagination to fill in the blanks. Even what is happening within the sphere of our own being must rely on imagination to have any coherent story or meaning.
Show and Tell, Silent Auction, Vegetarian Food
Please join us at the SFBC as we put aside our meditation cushions for the night to celebrate the past year and invite your support for the year to come. Bring your friends and family! You can drop in at any time but try not to miss the entertainment/show and tell starting around 7pm.
Delicious vegetarian food, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Raffle, and plenty of time to socialize.
Our theme for October is Creative practice. During this daylong workshop Acarasiddhi will share ways to connect with our natural creativity through writing.
The workshop will be positive, friendly, encouraging and productive, with helpful and inspiring writing exercises to get us started, and reflections on the link between words and practice.
No writing or any other experience required. Bring your curiosity and your favorite writing tools (although pens and paper will also be available if you need them).
I'll Meet You There
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi.
Based on his new book and drawing on many years of training in meditation, buddhism, non-violent communication (NVC)and mediation, Shantigarbha will lead through meditations, guided reflections, stories from the life of the Buddha, and practical exercises to help us develop our empathic listening skills.
Developed by Advayamati ‘body dharma’ workshops are based on shiatsu, loving- kindness and mindfulness. They support the integration of body, mind and spirit, leading us to a deeper experience of inter-connectedness.
Advayamati has taught buddhism and meditation at the Ipswich Buddhist Centre (UK) for 14 years and been practicing shiatsu for 30.
WHERE DHARMA MEETS ART: AN URBAN RETREAT, WITH VAJRADARSHINI
“Our meditation doesn't stay on the cushion. We are a studio and a laboratory, testing new ways to view life. Evoking curiosity and playfulness. Looking for meaning. Finding beauty.”
We are very happy that Vajradarshini will be back after many years to lead 3 weeks of urban retreat: Sep 17 to Oct 7.