Sangha Night

Sangha Night Drop in Class

For the time being we are holding all our classes online.

Every Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Our Wednesday Sangha Nights are dedicated to supporting anyone wishing to experience and share the benefits of Buddhist practice. We are committed to strengthening the connection between personal practice and positive action in the world around us, and providing a welcoming and safe place for all those who want to participate. You are welcome here.

Our theme for 2021 is "Healing Communication".

Most evenings are informal and interactive. Introductions are followed by meditation and after the tea break there's usually a talk, workshop or discussion. No particular experience is required, though if you have not meditated before we recommend first attending one of our introductory classes.  Suggested donation: $10–$5, or whatever you can afford. If you'd like a brief orientation please arrive before 7pm. 

Sangha Night Classes

Wednesdays April 7 to 28, 7pm to 8:30pm
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

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Healing Communication (for the benefit of all beings) - the Earth and other Elements - including a special Sangha Night for the Rainforest, April 21

Continuing our theme, this month we will bring in the elements - earth, water, fire, air, space and consciousness - and explore healing communication with our internal and external environment.

April 7: Practicing with the elements, with Prasadachitta (Recording)

April 14: Touching the Earth with Words, with Acarasiddhi and Sangha members - an evening of poetry and prose. (Recording)

April 21: Earth Day Celebration with the SFBC Green Sangha. Meditation, music, poetry, personal stories, and generosity. Register below, and for more details visit A Special Sangha Night for the Rainforest. (Recording)

April 28: Six element healing, with Viveka: interconnection as a foundation for healing communication

While we are on zoom we are experimenting with a shorter program - ending at 8:30pm rather than 9pm - zoom will stay open till 9pm for anyone wanting to hang out for a while after the class. 

To register for any or all Sangha Nights in April: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is based on $5 - $10 per evening.  Please know that 75% of Sangha Night donations for April will go to the Rainforest Foundation - if you prefer your donations not go go there please let us know. Donations are very much appreciated but always optional - if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0 in the box, and click 'pay later' on the payment page. We'll send you the zoom link by 2pm on the day of each class.  If you don't receive it by 2pm, or if you register after that time please email us.

Thank you!  

The Bodhisattva Ideal
Wed, May 26, 2021

Buddha Day and the Bodhisattva Ideal

May 5 - A celebration of the Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment and Death with Danadasa

Vesak, also known as Buddha Day marks the birth, Enlightenment, and death of the historical Buddha. Join us for an evening of stories from the life of the Buddha, and we will conclude with a 3 fold puja.

May 12, 19, & 26 – The Bodhisattva Ideal with Prasadachitta and Danadasa

The Buddhist path can be described as the cultivation of Wisdom and Compassion, and it is the Bodhisattva Ideal that brings Compassion to the fore. A bodhisattva strives to reduce the suffering and increase the happiness of all sentient beings. Through the cultivation of Compassion, we begin to realize that our individual liberation is intertwined with the liberation of all sentient beings.

To register for any or all Sangha Nights in May: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is based on $5 - $10 per evening.  Donations are very much appreciated but always optional - if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0 in the box, and click 'pay later' on the payment page. We'll send you the zoom link by 2pm on the day of each class.  If you don't receive it by 2pm, or if you register after that time please email us.

Thank you!  

 

Weaving Meaningful Communication into our Life and Work
Wed, Jun 30, 2021

In June we will continue our 2021 theme of Healing Communication with a series of talks and interviews with members of the Sangha, looking at the ways they are weaving meaningful communication into their lives and their work. 

With Pete, Mokshasi, Nanasiri, Viradhamma, Alexi, Michaela and possibly more.

In this series we will "start just where we are", which includes appreciating what each of us is already doing to bring about positive change for ourselves and others in this complex world, and how this can lay a skillful foundation for actions we take. We will hear from members of the Sangha who are being parents for the first time; from people working with underserved communities here and in India; and from psychoanalysts, social workers and people who have learned to listen.

We hope you'll come and join the conversation with your own reflections on weaving together what you do and what you value.

June 2: Pete will introduce the series (recording on youtube)

June 9: Healing Communication:  Pete, Mokshasi and Nanasiri will discuss the interplay of practice and work in therapy and social work. (recording on youtube)

June 16: Viradhamma and Manidhamma were ordained together in India many years ago, and lucky for us the time difference just about works for them both to come to Sangha Night together.

Manidhamma is a senior Indian Order member who is active the Buddhist Movement to spread the Dharma and reform the Indian social system.  He is a Trustee of Nagaloka, an important training center and college for Buddhist youth from the Dalit community, and he regularly leads tours to the Buddhist holy sites.  Manidhamma will talk about Triratna’s social work, the challenge of caste discrimination and the impact of Covid in India.

June 23: Recent parents Alexi and Michaela will share their experience of communicating and practicing with brand new humans.

June 30: Trusting Emergence

To register for any or all Sangha Nights in June: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is based on $5 - $10 per evening.  Donations are very much appreciated but always optional - if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0 in the box, and click 'pay later' on the payment page. We'll send you the zoom link by 2pm on the day of each class.  If you don't receive it by 2pm, or if you register after that time please email us.

The Healing Power of the Dharma
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The Healing Power of the Dharma

This month members of our Sangha will reflect on qualities of the Dharma that have been significant for their personal journey from suffering to freedom from suffering.

July 7: Danadasa

July 14: Mokshasi and friends

July 21: Danadasa

July 28: Prasadachitta

To register for any or all Sangha Nights in July: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is based on $5 - $10 per evening.  Donations are very much appreciated but always optional - if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0 in the box, and click 'pay later' on the payment page. We'll send you the zoom link by 2pm on the day of each class.  If you don't receive it by 2pm, or if you register after that time please email us.