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Finding the Dharma Online for Beginner Minds

Sunday, July 18,  11:15 (after a brief snack) to 1 pm

Hands-on workshop for locating meditation and Buddhism information online including through IMC’s website. Get technical support for using IMC’s many online sources; learn the uses of our updated website and the flexibility and reach of our Community site.  RSVP please.  Anne Foster, afoster@rawbw.com, 650/591-1285.

Dharma Friends & Green Sangha Present: A Plastic Journey

Saturday, March 6, 1 to 4:30pm

An Afternoon of Awareness and Environmental Action

Plastics litter our streets and waterways, polluting the environment and killing wildlife.  Plastics are getting into our bodies, too.  Many of the chemicals used in plastics are associated with modern disorders such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity, premature puberty, and reproductive failure.

Green Sangha offers a mindful approach to environmental action.  Cultivating a foundation of inner peace and compassion, we can experience our work as a joyful process of creative collaboration.

  • 1:00 Introduction:  Sustainability from Within
  • 1:15 Mindful practice
  • 1:40 Slideshow:  Rethinking Plastics
  • 2:45 Earth-friendly snacks
  • 3:00 Community clean-up (Redwood Creek)

For more information, contact Marianna Tubman (415) 536-2018 or Elizabeth Little (510) 532-6574 (info@greensangha.org)

Full Moon Gathering for Women

Fridays, December 4, January 29, February 26 and March 26, 7:15 to 9:15pm

Come join us at IMC for a fun, informative, warm-hearted evening of sharing with other women of the Sangha. We will meet in the small cozy conference room off the main hall. Dharma Talk; Arts and Crafts after the Dharma Talk.  Moon Gazing if conditions permit. Donations welcome. No need to RSVP.

Speakers:

January 29 Ani Lama Kunzang

February 26 Carolyn Dille

Carolyn Dille is a poet and teacher who facilitates writing and creative expression workshops. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1990, and has trained with a variety of teachers in both the Theravada and Soto Zen traditions. She completed the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2003. Carolyn lives in Santa Cruz and is writing a book on meditative and creative awareness, working title:Insight, Intuition, and Imagination.

March 26 Berget Jelane

Berget Jelane has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1986. She coordinates and teaches at the San Jose Sangha. As a graduate of the Sati Center Chaplaincy program, she conducts weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies. In her psychotherapy practice, she uses mindfulness with psychotherapeutic exploration to help clients break free of old patterns of behavior.

Questions? Contact drncherok@gmail.com
Tel: (650) 572-9002

Dharma Friends Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Sunday, February 14, 11:10 to 12:30.

Plan events for Apr – Jun 2010. IMC conference room. Anne Foster afoster@rawbw.com650/591-1285.

Buddhists Go Bowling

Nov., Friday the 13th.

At a local alley.  Contact Don Kensil, 650/965-4112, for more information.

Hungry Ghost Halloween Party for All Boo-dhists

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009
6:00 to 6:30 — Hungry Ghost Ceremony.
6:30 to 9 PM — Halloween party.

ATTIRE

Come dressed as one of your hungry ghosts (or a generic demon): a costume representing a personal character trait which haunts you. For example, we have had ghosts representing: fear of ending up a bag lady, craving for recognition or attention, indecision, and constant vigilance.

BRING

Food to feed our hungry ghosts which after the ceremony, we (dressed as our hungry ghosts, you see) will enjoy.

WHAT

Come join us for a ceremony to acknowledge a shadow-side of ourselves, in a playful costume party Halloween context. Hungry Ghosts are vividly described in Buddhist psychology as phantomlike creatures with enormous constantly hungry bellies. They face never-ending thirst and hunger because their necks are so thin and throats so narrow and raw that swallowing produces unbearable pain. Thus, they roam desperately hungry and perpetually unsatisfied, not unlike their human counterparts who find it impossible to be happy with what they have, always comparing it to their fantasy of what they should have or once had. In our Hungry Ghost ceremony we will welcome these miserable spirits of craving to assemble. With compassion we will offer them nourishment so that they may be at ease and cease to roam the earth in suffering. Our ceremony will be derived from Zen ceremonies I have gathered from several places.

RSVP for DIRECTIONS

Home of Anne Foster and Mike Kupfer, San Carlos. For directions, RSVP Anne Foster, afoster@rawbw.com.

Holiday Potluck

Sat Dec 12 6:30pm – 9:30pm
A simple evening focused on sharing good food with fellow friends of the Dharma. Contact Dwight to help create this festive evening.

Dharma Friends Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Sun Nov 8 11:10am – 12:30pm
Plan events for January-March 2010. IMC conference room. Come join us!

Contact Anne Foster 650/591-1285 for more information.

Dharma-Inspired Book Group

Fridays: Dec. 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5, 5:30pm – 7pm, IMC

Dancing with Life by Phil Moffitt: This book explores the Four Noble Truths and the associated 12 insights. See below for the Amazon editorial review.  The website for this book, http://www.dancingwithlife.org has more information including excerpts, the table of contents and an introductory talk by Phil Moffitt.

Dancing with Life is available through Amazon for a $16.47 (new) with used copies starting at $12.  It is available in the local libraries.  I haven’t checked local bookstores.

HOMEWORK AND FORMAT: We are currently planning to spend four months reading Dancing with Life: one Noble Truth per month.

Homework for March Meeting: March 5 we will discuss pages 163-206 in Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering by Phil Moffitt.  Over the next month, you are invited spend one week each focusing on the four “weekly teachings” listed below selected from the book’s web site March 5 we will discuss pages 163-206 in Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering by Phil Moffitt.  Over the next month, you are invited spend one week each focusing on the four “weekly teachings” listed below selected from the book’s web site: http://www.dancingwithlife.org

Teaching #55: Cultivating Cessation in Daily Life; Chapter 15, Pg 171 

Teaching #58: You Don’t Have to Be Defined by Burning; Chapter15, Pg 183-184

Teaching #60: Finding Liberation is Not Abandoning the World; Chapter 16, Pg 192

Teaching #62: Three Stages of Realization: Transformation, Transcendence, and Transparency; Chapter 17, Pg 199

Meditative Drumming Evening

Fri Oct 16 7:30pm – Fri Oct 16 9pm
Come discover the subtle silent rhythms in all of us. Robert Latimore rrapid@pacbell.net