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 2020 is "Simply Practice" - both a suggestion and a description of how we might sustain ourselves as we respond to the events of the year ahead.
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
Touching the Earth
Mudras are gestures, usually of the hands and fingers, that express compassion and wisdom in action, pointing us to a deeper understanding of buddhist teachings and helping us to embody them and take them to heart. In this series we'll take 4 Mudras and explore their potential to keep us open-hearted, grounded and connected to our deepest values as we navigate these times:
Aug 5 with Shunyamala - The Varada or Giving Mudra is an open hand, expressing generosity, flowing, letting be, non-grasping, connecting.
Aug 12 with Prasadachitta - The Dhyana or Meditation Mudra - hands held in the lap - expresses deep meditation, love and wisdom.
Aug 19 with Karunadevi - The Abhaya or Fearlessness Mudra - right hand raised with palm facing outwards (as if we're saying Stop), creates a pause and connects us to the courage we need to turn towards our experience.
Aug 26 with Mary - Touching the Earth (Bhumisparsa) is the mudra of the Buddha on the shrine at the SFBC: his right hand touches the earth. When we form this mudra it can be a reminder to acknowledge where we are and the conditions that brought us here, to start where we are, and to wake up.
To register for any or all Sangha Nights in August: 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.