February 27, 2015

This Sunday March 1st: Mindfulness of the Body: Four Elements

Dear Friends,

After our discussion of the vicissitudes of life and how to be mindful of them, a natural progression is to refine our ways of being mindful of the body. This Sunday we'll review the Four Elements practice and how it expands our way of being in the body and being aware of body sensations, including pain. As Philip Moffitt says: "Master the body and you master the mind."

Looking forward to being with you all on Sunday.
with metta,
Deb Kerr

February 17, 2015

Yoga this Sunday at Sangha 6pm

February is a short month. We will be having yoga class on Sunday 6:00-6:45pm. Wear clothes you can move in, bring your sticky mat, and no eating from 5pm onward.

See you there.
Dina
www.dinahondrogen.com

February 11, 2015

This Sunday at Alameda Sangha, The 5 Aggregates Part 3

Dear Ones,

Please come and explore the 3rd and 5th aggregates with me this Sunday - Perception and Consciousness.

When perception services insight for us, mindfulness is present to balance the experience. Otherwise, delusion and conditioning come into play to create a lot of suffering for ourselves and others.

With the 5th aggregate, or consciousness, it is required in order to see and understand the other 4 aggregates.

Let's see what we can learn together from what Buddha has to offer us.

There will be ASL class at 6 pm.

Don't forget the chanting;

http://saranaloka.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/chanting-book-33.pdf

Hoping to see you all there,

with gratitude and metta for your practice,
Pauletta

February 6, 2015

This Sunday February 8 at Alameda Sangha: American Sign Language is at 6:00 pm

Dear Ones,

I forgot to include this in my last message and I apologize. For those of you who are interested, Judi and Aldon will be teaching ASL at at the church before our regular sangha meeting. Come one and come all.

Also, please read link below in preparation for Part 2 The 5 Aggregates this Sunday. It will be a good and informative read!

http://www.businessinsider.com/daily-practices-to-overcome-your-fears-2015-2?&platform=bi-androidapp

With blessings for a cozy, rainy Friday to all,Pauletta

February 5, 2015

This Sunday, February 8 at Alameda Sangha: Part 2 The Five Aggregates

Dear Ones,

Come and explore with me Vedana and Mental Formations the 2nd and 4th Aggregates. Vedana is the Pali word for Pleasant, unpleasant or neither pleasant nor unpleasant. Buddha says that every single experience that we have is either one of these feeling tones. Noticing these feeling tones arise and learning to be with them can help reduce reactivity. The Buddha shows us how.

Mental formations which comprise the mental activities of our minds, can really contribute to a lot of suffering if we don't pay attention and take some time to investigate them. Through our practice we can really learn that these are not real or who we are.

Let's support one another in our exploration of how these interrelate to all the aggregates together and have the potential to clue us in to our conditioning and reactivities.

Don't forget the chanting in the link below (or from our Resources page on the website)

http://saranaloka.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/chanting-book-33.pdf

with karuna and kindness,
Pauletta