April 30, 2015

This Sunday Alameda Sangha will be in Room A Alameda Hospital 2nd Floor - Obstacles to a Life Fully Lived Part 2

Dear Ones,

Come and explore further and deeper, the hindrances or those 5 which cover over our inner nature of goodness, kindness and generosity by cultivating a more intimate understanding and relationship with them rather than turning away or continuing to remain on automatic pilot. Ajahn Sumedho says to adopt an "affectionate curiosity" towards them.

Those who would like to delve deeper, must bring a journal. We will review the 5 hindrances from last Sunday, learn how to practice, reflect and explore them in a general way, and then more specifically, spend some time with each hindrance so that in selecting which of them tends to predominate for any of us in our daily lives and on the cushion, can observe in the next week or so by noting in the journal any patterns, triggers and habits of reactivity that are specific to our own conditioning.

Also, please save the date for the June 27th Climate change daylong taught by the Aloka Vihara nuns at the church! Tell your friends.

Do not forget to download the chanting on your phones or tablets to end the evening as always, http://saranaloka.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/chanting-book-33.pdf

There will be ASL class offered by Judi and Aldon at the hospital this Sunday at 6 pm in Room A.

with gratitude for your practice,

April 23, 2015

This Sunday, Obstacles to a Life Fully LIved Part 1

Dear Ones,
Explore in depth, this Sunday and next, the 5 Hindrances of the Buddha which keep us from living fully in our bodies, hearts and minds, in open hearted kindness, respect and generosity towards ourselves and others in our daily lives.

We may or may not uproot these mental and bodily defilements in this lifetime, but through our greater understanding of how they cause us suffering, can c
hange our relationship and habitual responses. Looking forward to the lightness of liberation and the sweetness of transformation.

​Announcements and Reminders:

1) Next Sunday's meeting will be at Alameda Hospital Room A second floor due to the Spring Bazaar at the church.

2) Don't forget the chanting! http://saranaloka.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/chanting-book-33.pdf

with metta,

April 22, 2015

Yoga Sunday at Sangha 4/26

Join us for Yoga on Sunday at 6-6:45pm right before the sit.

All levels welcome. Bring a yoga sticky mat and wear clothes you can move in (no jeans, belts please). Eat lightly, if at all within an hour of yoga.

Namaste, Dina
Yoga Instructor


April 16, 2015

The Eightfold Path Through Life

Dear Friends,

As we progress through life, we encounter all sorts of events that effect us in all sorts of way. The Eightfold Path leads us confidently on through it all, no matter how we may suffer in response to events. Beyond both fortune and the emotion it causes is the open awareness that holds it all, the realm of the dharma.

Sunday night from 7 to 8:30, we'll talk about how the Path can guide us to this awareness each moment, whatever that moment holds. I hope you and your friends will be there.


May 3rd, 2015 Alameda Sangha will be in Room A of Alameda Hospital

Dear Ones,

Forgive my confusion about the location of this room in the hospital. It is on the second floor, NOT on the first floor.

On this day, due to the church's spring bazaar, we will be meeting instead at Alameda Hospital from 7-9 in Room A. Directions and parking, etc. is on our website here.

Please make a note of this change for this day only.

Apologies and karuna, Pauletta

April 9, 2015

This Sunday: Finding Comfort and Ease

Dear Ones,

This Sunday, April 12, the topic will be Finding Comfort and Ease. I'll be talking about how mindfulness, morality, lovingkindness and other dharma practices can be used to find comfort and bring ease, both on the cushion and in the midst of our daily struggles. By investigating wholesome pleasant sensations, we find some respite from pain. By cultivating positive states of mind, we unravel the difficult conditioning that brings so much of our suffering, and move toward the ease of greater and greater freedom.

Looking forward to practicing together--

with warmth,
Deb Kerr

April 3, 2015

this Sunday at Alameda Sangha: Human Vulnerabilities and the Dharma

Dear Ones,

Come and explore the vulnerabilities we experience in aging and the potential to view it as an amazing learning opportunity to grow and transform.

We will reflect on the 5 Regrets of the Dying and discover how we can move away from our prior obligations and expectations from the world and the ones in our lives to a renewed understanding of how happiness is actually a choice we make to have less dukkha (suffering) in our lives.

Don't forget the chanting below:


Save the date for the next daylong, which will be monastic on June 27 and the theme will be Climate Change!

with karuna and kindness for all our daily dukkha, big and small,