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Yoga & Meditation Half-day Retreat Saturday January 7th, 9am to 12:30pm

This mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down after the holidays, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and focus our our intentions for the coming year. Taught by Terry Lesser

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Three Month Course, Part 2 (second six weeks) Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA
October 22– December 3, 2016
With Rebecca Bradshaw, Annie Nugent, Andrea Fella, Greg Scharf, Alexis Santos
For more information, see www.dharma.org

February Month-long Jan 28 – February 25,2017
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
With Guy Armstrong, James Baraz, Carol Wilson, Sally Armstrong, Andrea Fella, Bonnie Duran
For further information see: http://www.spiritrock.org/

Two Week Mindfulness of Mind Retreat Sept 8-22, 2017
At Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle Rock, WA.
in the style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya.
With Andrea Fella. Space limited. Permission required.
For further information: http://www.cloudmountain.org

Three Month Course, Part 2 (second six weeks) Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA
October 24– December 5, 2017
With Andrea Fella, Greg Scharf, Winnie Nazarko, Brian LeSage, Erin Treat
For more information, see www.dharma.org

June 2018 Forest Refuge, Barre, Ma.
with Andrea Fella and Carol Wilson
An opportunity to practice for a month in the style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya
Details available in April 2017 at www.dharma.org

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

January 2, 2016, 9am-12:30pm

After the busyness of the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and reflect on our intentions for the coming year. No experience is necessary. We will alternate between meditation in movement and in stillness. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga or have a particular body type; you need only to be as you are. Gentle postures invite deep opening, relaxation and rejuvenation. Seated meditation will be both guided and silent. Bring a large towel. Yoga mats are available or bring your own.

The Great Passing Away of the First Buddhist Nun: A Benefit for the Saranaloka Nuns


Saturday, November 14,

  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – reception
  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm – Dramatization
  • 8:30 – 9:00 pm – reception

At IMC

IMC will host a grand dramatization of the great passing away of the first Buddhist nun, the Buddha’s foster mother, Mahāpajāpatī. The dramatization will be based on an ancient poem that confidently asserts the spiritual potential of women. It also celebrates the role Buddhist nuns have for teaching the Dharma and displaying the attainment of liberation.

Dramatizing the story of Mahapajapati and supporting the Aloka Vihara nuns is a way to celebrate how the practice and teachings of women and Buddhist nuns is an important part of Buddhism becoming well established in the United States.

The Aloka Vihara nuns will participate in the evening.

For more information about the nuns, visit their website at Saranaloka Foundation — which supports Theraveda Buddhist Nuns of the Forest Tradition in the West.

Women in Buddhism Symposium: In Honor of the Nuns of Aloka Vihara

On Saturday, November 14 the Sati Center will host a symposium highlighting the accomplishments of women scholars in the early years of Buddhist Studies in the West, on the one hand, and portraits of women as presented in the scriptures of early Buddhist literature on the other. We will celebrate the contributions of these women as part of a benefit to support the pioneering Theravada Buddhist nuns living at Aloka Vihara in the Sierra foothills.

Bring a bag lunch.

Lunch will be at 11 am and include a meal offering for the nuns attending.

No registration needed.

The symposium is a benefit for the Aloka Vihara nuns’ community.

9:00 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks – Gil Fronsdal
9:15 a.m. – Session I: Pioneering Women in Buddhist Studies

  • Caroline Rhys Davids – Dawn Neal (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
  • I.B. Horner – Grace Burford (Prescott University)

11:00 a.m. – Food offering to the nuns (everyone invited to make an offering)
12:15 p.m. – Session II: Women in Pāli Literature (1): Portraits of Women in the Suttas

  • Laywomen – Diana Clark (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
  • Nuns  -Xi He (UC Berkeley)

2:00 p.m. – Session III: Women in Pāli Literature (2): Tales of Accomplished Nuns

  • Poetry of early Buddhist nuns – Meg Gawler (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
  • Mahāpajāpatī, the first Buddhist nun – Jan Nattier (UC Berkeley)

3:30 p.m. – Concluding remarks
4:00 p.m. – End

For more information about the nuns, visit their website at Saranaloka Foundation — which supports Theraveda Buddhist Nuns of the Forest Tradition in the West.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation With Gil Fronsdal

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on 5 Wednesday evenings, January 14 to February 11, 2015

Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation that cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Diana Clark

1:00pm – 2:30pm on 5 Tuesday Afternoons, January 13 – February 10, 2015

Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation that cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion.

Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein

Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice
Five Thursday evenings
Sept 18 – Oct 16 7:30pm – 9:00pm

The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.

Beginners Practice Group

4 Wednesday evenings, November 5, 12, 19, and 26, 7:30 – 9 pm

For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice.

Led by Chris Clifford and others.

Thanksgiving Morning Yoga and Meditation

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Thanksgiving Day invites us to reflect upon the good in our lives, and to appreciate our good fortune. Even if we are feeling sad, low, grumpy or just not particularly fortunate, coming together in the stillness of meditation and the movement of yoga can revitalize our acceptance, gratitude and joy. Appropriate for beginners to yoga or meditation, as well as those with more experience. Bring a large towel and sticky mat, if you have one.

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

Saturday, October 25 2014, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

In this retreat we will develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. Our focus will be on the first three foundations of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, of feelings or sensations, and of mental processes. We will integrate guided and silent meditation, moving meditation (yoga poses), breath work, and relaxation, and let the synergy of these practices inform and deepen one another to open heart and mind.

The retreat is appropriate for beginners to either yoga or meditation as well as more experienced yogis and meditators. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga, nor to have a particular body type – you need only to be as you are. We will do simple seated, reclining, and standing movements. Yoga mats are available, but please bring your own if you have one, along with a large towel.

Terry Lesser’s biography

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

After the busyness and external focus that often accompanies the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and perhaps help clarify what is important for the coming year.

Appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis and meditators – you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; you only need to be as you are. Bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise mats are available for your use.

Terry Lesser’s biography

Three Month Course at IMS: Part 1

September 12 – October 24, 2015
with Guy Armstrong, Sally Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Andrea Fella, Greg Scharf
at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusettes
for more information: www.dharma.org

Concentration Retreat

August 10-19, 2015
with Andrea Fella, Phillip Moffitt, Sally Armstrong and others.
At Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California
for more information: www.spiritrock.org

Mindfulness of Mind Retreat

June 19-26,2015
At Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington
with Andrea Fella
Taught in the style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya
For more information: http://cloudmountain.org/index.php?page=2015-retreats