May this find you well and cozy on our rainy days. There are a number of announcements in this email for the sangha. First, Michael Yoshii, that pastor of the church would like to invite all you and your friends and family to the church spring bazaar festival on May 6. I went last year and it was amazing! The food was yummy and there was a lot of different types of entertainment including the Taiko drums which always make me very emotional - the percussion is so intense. This Sunday, they will be leaving tickets for $10 chicken teriyaki bento boxes. I will leave a separate offering plate for all who are interested.
Michael also asked if anyone at the sangha was interested in hosting a table for Alameda Sangha (there is no charge for the table) and just being available to answer questions about what we do. If so, I could provide postcards for our upcoming daylong with ANthony, and a 5 week workshop starting later in May on the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness that I will be teaching with Baruch at the church this time and not at Island Yoga. Let me know if any are interested in representing us at the festival.
My new Winter/Spring 2012 Newsletter is out. There is an article on the Third foundation of Mindfulness and how to work with the mind and all the dukkha it can cause us. It is possible to subscribe to this newsletter if you would like to receive it whenever it comes out. There are two yummy vegan recipes also included and one of my newest paintings from a series inspired by a trip to the desert.
Finally, this Sunday, I will be offering a talk on the teaching in the MN2 translated by Bhikku Bodhi as All the Taints and by Rahula as Getting Rid of all Cares and Troubles. I think it has a lot to offer householders even though in some parts it is directed specifically towards monastics. It is yet another profound teaching that Buddha has to offer us on how to work with dukkha to not keep repeating the same mistakes and to not remain in delusion about the nature of the reality of things.
If you would like to read it before Sunday click here. This is quite a meaty and practice packed sutta so I lovingly advise those of you planning to come on Sunday to take a restorative nap that day to be able to skillfully receive it. I won't be offering all aspects of this sutta in detail due to its density in content and understanding, but have hopefully distilled the most pertinent aspects that could really be helpful to householders living their daily lives and practicing the wonderful teachings that we have inherited from the Buddha. So I look forward to sharing my investigations with you all this Sunday.
With metta, Pauletta