Offering Mindfulness Meditation in the context of
the Buddha’s teachings in a welcoming community
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Sunday Teachings in July
Walking the Eightfold Path: Extraordinary teachings for an ordinary life.
The Sunday Dharma Talks from June 13th – August 1st will focus on the following eight elements as essential to realization:
- Right View
- Right Intention
- Right Speech
- Right Action
- Right Livelihood
- Right Effort
- Right Mindfulness
- Right Concentration
We’ll explore how we can apply Buddha’s ancient teachings to help us live our day-to-day lives more skillfully.
The Fourfold Right Diligence is nourished by joy and interest. The Buddha asked the monk Sona, "What happens if the string of your instrument is too loose?" "When you pluck it, there will be no sound," Sona replied. "What happens when the string is too taut?" "It will break." "The practice of the Way is the same," the Buddha said.
"You shine the light of mindfulness on the object of your attention, and at the same time you shine the light of mindfulness on yourself. You observe the object of your attention and you also see your own storehouse full of precious gems." - Thich Nhat Hanh
"A silver bird flies over the autumn lake. When it has passed, the lake's surface does not try to hold on to the image of the bird."
In ancient China, there was a nun named Myōshin who was in charge of the guest houses of the Kyōzan monastery. Seventeen visiting monks were discussing the koan of the wind and the flag, and all had missed the point. In a strong and authoritative voice she said, "It is not the wind that moves; it is not the flag that moves; it is not the mind that moves." Upon hearing this, all seventeen monks came to enlightenment.
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Meditation as Refuge
6:30 – 8 pm
Meditation as Refuge extends a weekly invitation to everyone who would like to explore meditation as a support for their spiritual development. The intention is to focus on realizing our innate capacity for care, compassion and mutual respect.
5:30 – 6:15 pm
Join friends and sangha member for a silent 45 minute peer-led sit. Everyone is welcome!
Weekly Metta Meditation with Ian Challis and Friends
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Spotlight Events and News
August Book Club Meeting
Finding the Mother Tree : Discovering How the Forest Is Wired for Intelligence and Healing
by Suzanne Simard
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery