May 28, 2014

This Sunday, June 1 at Alameda Sangha: Buddha's Advice to Householders

Dear Ones,

Please download the chanting book from this site and print page. 33 which is the chant entitled, Reflections on Sharing Blessings (English) that Ayya Suvijanna so beautifully chanted for us last Sunday. We can carry on this tradition and begin this Sunday by ending the evening with this beautiful chant. If you download it onto a portable device such as your smart phone or tablet, you can simply chant from it paperless!

Here is the link:

Join me in exploring the Sigalaka Sutta from DN 31 in which the Buddha gives advice to Sigalaka, a layperson, on how best to conduct his life with parents, wife, children, friends and companions, employees and employers, and wise, religious men. I am hoping that we can focus on what Buddha says about the reciprocal relationship between parents and children as it is not addressed in Western Buddhism and can go a long way (in my opinion) towards healing for those of us who came conditioned from dysfunctional families and towards positive reinforcement, good memories for those who are fortunate enough to have had wholesome conditioning from loving and functional families.

But of course, we can also discuss what Buddha says about creating a wholesome foundation in the workplace, our friendships with others and spiritual teachers and monastics. His teaching paves the way for fascinating reflection because his advice is so simple, but difficult to put in place in our current society and lifestyle. Why is this the case? Hmmmm.

Hope to see you all there!

​with gratitude for your practice,

May 21, 2014

Ayya Tathaaloka this Sunday at Alameda Sangha

Dear Ones,

Please join me in welcoming Ayya Tathaaloka this Sunday who plans to speak on karma and rebirth. I will be picking her up in Berkeley and bringing her to the sangha. IF anyone gets to the sangha first before us and it looks as though the floor could use a quick vacuum, please feel free to do this.

Someone else could take a photo of one of the tables in the foyer leading to the bathrooms and clear this table so that she may put any literature for us to choose from and take. After the evening ends, this volunteer could please put all the things back like the photo taken on the table so that the church will not complain that we have not restored it how we left it.

Ayya T would like us to visit her page and listen to her talk on karma and rebirth so that we may bring any questions to this Memorial Day weekend Sunday evening for her visit.

May you all have a peaceful rest of your week and weekend,

with metta, Pauletta

May 18, 2014

No Yoga this month @ Sangha

There will be no yoga this month since the nuns are coming on the last Sunday when we normally have yoga.

See you all next month if not before.
Namaste, Dina

May 15, 2014

Sawing our Way to Kindness and Respect this Sunday at Alameda Sangha

Dear Ones

My own deepest aspiration in practice is that of being kind and respectful at all times, even in the face of abuse! (remember my past talk Slow but Sure Fruits to Bear where I spoke of Patience under Insult). It's difficult at times to remember, but helpful when keeping the intention close to the heart.

Thus the inspiration for offering this teaching on the Simile of the Saw. This particular teaching is rich with many similes which time constraints cannot accommodate so I will focus on one or two where the Buddha shows how a latent tendency of a defilement is brought to manifestation and then full transgression as well as how best we can employ patience, kindness, respect, and compassion when faced with situations in which it is difficult to hold our tongue and even our bodily action. it is quite an inspiring teaching that I hope you all will appreciate.

Don't forget to sign up for the daylong on Wisdom this Saturday from 9-430 pm. Offer yourselves the gift of a day of nurturing silence and practice amongst other supportive ones. The theme of this daylong nicely completes the three aspects of the Path of Practice, aka the Noble Eightfuld Path. The first daylong of the year taught by Baruch and I covered Sila or Ethics which is Right Speech, Right Livelihood and Right Action. The second daylong in March taught by Rebecca and Deb, covered Samadhi or Concentration which is Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration. This Saturday, I will teach Panna or Wisdom which rounds out the Eightfold Path with Right Understanding and RIght Intention.

Hope to see you all there!

​with gratitude for your practice, Pauletta

May 9, 2014

This Sunday: Every Being Was Once Your Mother

Dear Ones,

In the Tibetan tradition, we are invited to view every being as having once been our mother. In honor of Mother's Day, I'll present some reflections on mothers, motherhood, compassion and interconnectedness--from the Buddhist perspective; and I'll invite stories and remembrances from our collective life experiences.

I realize the schedule says I'll be talking about The Unfolding of Liberation, but I have decided to let that topic unfold itself more completely on June 22!

It will be a joy to be with you, and practice together on Sunday, 7 - 9 p.m.

with warmth,
Deb Kerr

May 3, 2014


Dear Ones,

Hope you all saw the beautiful fog rolling into the bay last night as our warm spring weather bowed out of the way for the next few days! It was magnificent rolling over the bay!

Hoping to see all of you tomorrow at the Spring Bazaar at the church! We will have a community table for Alameda Sangha and it promises to be a fun and yummy time!

Tomorrow night, sangha will be at Alameda Hospital Room A on the second floor and NOT at the church. As you enter the main entrance there will be an operator to the left who will assist you if you get lost.

Do not forget to sign up for the May 17 daylong which promises to be a deepening and insightful day of practice. Give yourself the gift of coming and nurturing you soul.

I am very excited to announce that the Aloka Vihara nuns, Ayyas Santacitta and Anandabodhi have offered to teach a daylong for us on Saturday, September 20 at the church and Ayya Anandabodhi will offer us the dharma the next evening, Sunday, September 21 at the sangha. Save the dates for this heartfelt and mind opening weekend courtesy of the nuns!

May you enjoy the rest of this amazing weekend!
with gratitude for your practice, Pauletta

May 1, 2014

Sun 7-8:30 What Adversity Can Teach Us

Dear Friends,

When things go against us, we feel an instant whiplash of aversion. We make instinctive facial expressions and gestures that are understood in all languages. What if, instead, we could welcome waking up with the flu, or the angry boss, or the flat tire as an educational opportunity?

It would be great if we could see it that way from the very first. We'd probably suffer a lot less as the setback played itself out. But even if we're instantly overwhelmed by dukkha, we can still learn from what's happened so far at any point when we remember to. That education "after the fact" can help us face the next, inevitable, adversity.

Come this Sunday, 7-8:30 pm to explore what adversity can teach us. Bring your own stories and a friend, and remember:

Due to the church's annual bazaar, just this Sunday we're meeting at ALAMEDA HOSPITAL, 2070 Clinton Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 522-3700, in CONFERENCE ROOM A. As you enter the front doors of the hospital, there is an operator to the left to direct people to the room. There may be signs pointing the way to Alameda Sangha, and there are also building maps available.

Earlier that day, I hope you're able to join us at the bazaar. Be sure to check in at the Alameda Sangha table.

With metta,