Dharma Friends

Dharma Friends

Dharma Friends events encourage spiritually-based friendships and a sense of community in our sangha. All sangha members are welcome to our events and may bring friends.

There is no cost for classes, events or retreats at IMC. No pre-registration is required unless otherwise stated.

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December 4, 2020
December 5, 2020
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm IMC/GRIP Honor Cord Braiding Group, A Restorative Justice Activity

    What is the activity?

    We are making honor cords (graduation leis) to give to incarcerated inmates when they graduate from the GRIP program. (no special skills or experience is needed, see this video for an quick example of the braid, see this video of a simple slip knot.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj21JDDSrgM ) See also examples of a braid here.


     

    These cords are a potent symbol of the intricate, necessary, and beautiful work the men have done in healing themselves and "weaving themselves into a sangha" of deeply conscious human beings. These cords are deeply meaningful to the men as they continue to serve out their time.


    What is the GRIP program?


     The GRIP program (Guiding Rage Into Power) is a restorative justice training program for prison inmates, originally begun in San Quentin. The men have committed themselves to transforming their lives through non-violence and becoming "peacekeepers".  The inmates commit to a one-year training of looking deeply into their lives. They are helped to develop emotional intelligence, mindfulness, ability to "sit in the fire", and address victim impact. They educate themselves about the suffering they have experienced and caused. When they graduate they again commit themselves to refraining from any violence, but this time for the remainder of their lives. It’s a highly successful program, truly transformative and healing. Many graduates become GRIP facilitators themselves, either working in prisons, or with at-risk populations upon their release.


    When will we do this?


    We have an on-line Zoom training session every Saturday at 11 AM. George Lunas, the GRIP facilitator at Soledad State Prison joins us. We spend the hour braiding, teaching newcomers, and George talks to us about GRIP, some of the challenges the men face, and some of the moving examples of their courage, love, and triumph over despair. It's potent.


    Who to contact?


    If you are interested in participating in this "braiding circle", please email Abraham Guenther <ehbrahamg@gmail.com> for details about sending you the braiding materials.



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December 11, 2020
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Dharma-Inspired Book Group



    More info will be added the week before this meeting.


    For questions, contact Anne Foster, afoster@rawbw.com.


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  • 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Sutta Study Group

    Sutta Study Group

    The Pali canon contains many thousands of suttas (discourses), of whichmore than one thousand are now available in English translation at Access to Insight. If you have tried to read the originalteachings/ suttas by Buddha but have found them overwhelming, here is youropportunity to read them together with other like-minded souls. We will be reading slowly without a fixed agenda ortimeline

    When: everyFriday from 7:15 till 8:15 meeting via zoom.

    More information will be added the week before this date.The Sutta Study Group is self-led. For this Sutta reading, Aditie isacting as facilitator and contact person: aditie.panda@gmail.com





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December 12, 2020
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm IMC/GRIP Honor Cord Braiding Group, A Restorative Justice Activity

    What is the activity?

    We are making honor cords (graduation leis) to give to incarcerated inmates when they graduate from the GRIP program. (no special skills or experience is needed, see this video for an quick example of the braid, see this video of a simple slip knot.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj21JDDSrgM ) See also examples of a braid here.


     

    These cords are a potent symbol of the intricate, necessary, and beautiful work the men have done in healing themselves and "weaving themselves into a sangha" of deeply conscious human beings. These cords are deeply meaningful to the men as they continue to serve out their time.


    What is the GRIP program?


     The GRIP program (Guiding Rage Into Power) is a restorative justice training program for prison inmates, originally begun in San Quentin. The men have committed themselves to transforming their lives through non-violence and becoming "peacekeepers".  The inmates commit to a one-year training of looking deeply into their lives. They are helped to develop emotional intelligence, mindfulness, ability to "sit in the fire", and address victim impact. They educate themselves about the suffering they have experienced and caused. When they graduate they again commit themselves to refraining from any violence, but this time for the remainder of their lives. It’s a highly successful program, truly transformative and healing. Many graduates become GRIP facilitators themselves, either working in prisons, or with at-risk populations upon their release.


    When will we do this?


    We have an on-line Zoom training session every Saturday at 11 AM. George Lunas, the GRIP facilitator at Soledad State Prison joins us. We spend the hour braiding, teaching newcomers, and George talks to us about GRIP, some of the challenges the men face, and some of the moving examples of their courage, love, and triumph over despair. It's potent.


    Who to contact?


    If you are interested in participating in this "braiding circle", please email Abraham Guenther <ehbrahamg@gmail.com> for details about sending you the braiding materials.



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  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Dharma Friends Movie, Music & Poetry Get Together

    Let's take turns sharing our favorite poems ... or excerpts from poems if they're a bit long. This will be a chance to rest our eyes and just listen. For questions, contact Helen Carter, 4suiochan@gmail.com. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86389942247?pwd=U2FZWGd1MGJuT1VMS2lrSkYxMXZRQT09 Meeting ID: 863 8994 2247 Passcode: 942251 One tap mobile +16699006833,,86389942247#,,,,,,0#,,942251# US (San Jose) +13462487799,,86389942247#,,,,,,0#,,942251# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) Meeting ID: 863 8994 2247 Passcode: 942251 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcW7UtAOUG
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