Sangha Night Drop in Class
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 2019 is "Bringing Everything to the Path": How would it be if we could look at everything that happens in our world, including, or perhaps especially, the annoying or difficult things, but also the wonderful things, as tools to help us to wake up? Throughout the year we'll explore this question in a variety of ways.
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
Change your story, change your life: the role of the Imagination in the Spiritual 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
Sept 18: That Which Dies and That Which Rises from the Ashes
Sept 25: Surrendering to What Is
Drop in any evening or come for the whole series.
Sangha Nights in October, 7pm to 9pm
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.
Please join Shunyamala, Viveka, Dhammarati, and Danadasa as they share and continue their own inquiry into how this ancient teaching feeds their personal practice.
Sangha (Community) Night
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.