July 31, 2014

Sun 7-8:30 Practicing with Humor & ASL class!

Dear Friends,

Buddhists have a reputation for inscrutable pronouncements, but not for hilarity. However, I often find myself chuckling at my own mind as I sit in meditation and watch its antics, and I've heard many dharma talks that have made me laugh till I cried.

Humor has a wonderful way of deepening the lessons we learn through practice. It gives us access to parts of our mind we can't even glimpse if we're not able to laugh about them.

Please bring your friends to join us Sunday, 7-8:30 pm. I can't promise the dharma talk will make you laugh, but it should make you think about adding fun to your practice.

Don't forget: at 6 pm, Judi Fruge will offer the first of free lessons in American Sign Language. Later lessons will build on this one, so I hope you can join Pauletta and me this Sunday, 6-6:45 pm at the church, as we gain skills to share the dharma with all our sangha members.

With metta,

July 30, 2014

Notes from Deb's talk last Sunday night

Dear Sangha,

The notes from Deb's talk on Taking Refuge in Practice are now available.

You can also view notes here. If you'd like to download the notes go to the resources page of our website here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the Taking Refuge in Practice document in the list of attached resources, then click on the red down arrow to start the download.

Best wishes to all,

July 26, 2014

This Sunday at Alameda Sangha: Taking Refuge in Practice

Dear Ones,
Following up on Rebecca's talk from last week, and mine the week before, this Sunday I'll be talking about taking refuge in practice--from both conceptual and practical viewpoints.  There are many ways in which our practice provides safety, shelter and ease.  I'll be exploring some about how mindfulness is a refuge, all by itself; and also presenting several different ways of looking at what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels:  Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Looking forward to a lovely summer evening of practice with you.
with warmth,
Deb Kerr

Yoga Tomorrow!

Happy Summer!
I will be teaching yoga tomorrow at 6pm (last Sunday) directly before Meditation, everyone is invited.
Bring a sticky mat, and clothes you can move in easily.
All are welcome, I can help you modify poses to your ability.
Looking forward to seeing you.

Namaste, Dina

July 22, 2014

Read or hear 7/20/14 Talk on the Two Truths

Dear Ones,

You can now hear or read my dharma talk from Sunday night on Relative and Absolute Truth.

You can hear a recording of it by going to our website. Click here to go to the list of my Audio Dharma talks. Talks are listed by name and date.

You can view text of the talk here. If you'd like to download the text go to the resources page of our website here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the Relative and Absolute document in the list of attached resources, and click on the red down arrow to start the download.

Best wishes to all,

July 18, 2014

Sun 7-8:30 pm Absolute & Relative Truth

Dear Friends,

There's been a change in our teaching schedule, and instead of Deb teaching this Sunday, it will be Rebecca.  Please see the sangha website for the rest of the Sangha schedule.

Buddha intended for the Eightfold Path to lead us to "seeing things as they truly are."  Contrary to pop belief, Buddhism doesn't hold that "it's all illusion."  But the way things truly are, according to Buddha, is very different than the world most people believe they inhabit.

This apparent dichotomy gave rise within a few centuries after Buddha's death to the idea of Two Truths.  On Sunday I'll talk about this idea of the Absolute and Relative and how it can help us live with (what can feel like) one foot in each.

I hope you'll bring a friend and join us.


Save the Date!  Alameda Sangha has welcomed new members who are deaf, and their interpreters.  Beginning 2 weeks from this Sunday, Judi will be offering a way to bring the sangha more together:

It's official, Sangha Members! The first ASL class will be offered on Sunday, August 3, from 6:00 to 6:45pm. I'm looking forward to narrowing the communication gap between the hearing and deaf members.

With Metta, Judi

July 9, 2014

This Sunday at Alameda Sangha: Does Anything Fall Outside of Practice?

Dear Ones,

This Sunday July 13th we'll be exploring the limits of meditation practice. Often we set limits on our practice based on unexplored assumptions about what is and isn't in its purview. What limits have you encountered in your own practice? We'll look at expanding the horizons of practice, spotting and questioning our own assumptions, and practicing in spite of those assumptions...that can limit or even de-rail our progress on the path.

Looking forward to meditating and discussing the dharma with you.

with warmth,

July 2, 2014

Forget to include the chanting link!

Dear Ones,

Please download or print this chant so that we can ALL sing it to end the evening this Sunday, July 6 2014!

Saran Aloka Chanting Book

Practice your best singing voices!

with metta, Pauletta

This Sunday at Alameda Sangha: Watching the Mind and Practicing with Annoying People

Dear Ones,
Save the Dates:

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 930-5pm Daylong with the nuns (Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta) at the church Bring food to share and offer to the nuns

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Alameda Sangha Picnic at the park 2 blocks up away from Park Street past the church 5:15 to 6:45 pm Please bring a vegetarian dish to share

Sunday, November 2, 2014 Ayya Sobhana will be teaching

According to the Buddha, there are no "annoying" people! Only those whom we perceive as such and even then, we only perceive them as such because it has more to do with our relationship to how we are reacting to their acting out by taking it personally.

Come and explore the tools we can use to lead us to greater freedom, fluidity and possibility in lessening our dukkha when faced with those who challenge our comfort zones.

Hoping to see you all there,
with gratitude for your practice, Pauletta