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
Sangha Nights in November - Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
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.
Nov 13: The History of Breath
The breath is central to Buddhist practice, and has been very important to many spiritual traditions for thousands of years, up to and including present-day "stress reduction" practices. But why? What is it, exactly, that is so important about breathing?
On this Sangha Night Pete will share thoughts on what it is that the breath points to, what it connects us with, and what it opens us to. We will meditate together, bringing our attention to the breath, examine recent scientific research into the connection between breathing and mental states, and explore the biological history of breathing on planet Earth.
Nov 20: Sangha Festival
November is the month we especially celebrate Sangha - the community we practice with and the third of the 3 jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. We welcome all our friends to share this opportunity to celebrate the support Sangha gives us on our path.
Taking a break for the holidays - we will be back December 4.
December Sangha Nights: Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
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.
Dec 18: End of Year Celebration
Celebrating our practice together as we look back at our 2019 theme of Bringing Everything to the Path and consider where we want to put our attention next year.