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Ceremony of Love & Remembrance with Maria Straatmann

Friday, October 29, 7:30 to 9pm

Anyone who has lost a family member, friend or other dear person over the last year is welcome to join us for a chance to remember and honor those who have died but who enriched our lives and community. With the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and compassion, we will have a period of silent sitting and rituals of remembrance, bereavement, and farewell. Bring pictures or mementos for our altar of persons you wish to honor/remember. If you cannot come to the ceremony, you are welcome to send Maria the name of the person you would like us to include in our remembrance. Contact Maria at mstraatmann@gmail.com

Maria Straatmann, a former scientist and businesswoman, has been a student of Vipassana meditation since 1996. She is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program and End of Life Counselor training with Metta Institute; volunteers with Zen Hospice Project.. Maria also serves as IMC Program Director and on its Chaplaincy Council. She is a Spirit Rock Buddhist Ritual Minister.

Forgiveness Daylong with Daniel Bowling and Maria Straatmann

Saturday, April 3, 9am to 4:30pm

Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves; it is the act of not shutting someone out of our hearts. But how do we forgive the unforgiveable? Forgiveness is a way to let go of the pain, anger and fear we carry from harm that was done to us or by us. The day will be devoted to Buddhist practices on forgiveness through meditation, discussion and reflection.

Daniel Bowling is a mediator and teaches negotiation and mediation at Hastings and Osgoode Hall Law Schools. He has written numerous conflict resolution publications, including Bringing Peace into the Room: The Personal Qualities of the Mediator and their Impact on Conflict Resolution. He co-founded the first mediation organization in SC, where he practiced law. He was general counsel for Kripalu Yoga Center, founded the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, and taught a course in yoga philosophy and meditation, ‘Life is Transformation.’ A Harvard Law graduate, he has practiced yoga and meditation since 1976, and started teaching in 1983.

Maria Straatmann, a former scientist and businesswoman, has been a student of Vipassana meditation since 1996. She is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program and End of

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Ceremony of Remembrance and Love With Maria Straatmann

Friday, October 30, 7:30 to 9pm

Anyone who has lost a family member, friend or other dear person over the last year is welcome to join us for a chance to remember and honor those who have died and who enriched our lives and community. With the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and compassion, we will have a period of silent sitting and rituals of remembrance, bereavement, and farewell. Bring pictures or mementos for our altar of persons who you wish to honor/remember. If you cannot come to the ceremony, you are welcome to send Maria the name of the person you would like us to include in our remembrance.

Contact: Maria Straatmann

Maria serves on IMC’s chaplaincy council, as a volunteer for Zen Hospice Project and is a Spirit Rock Buddhist Ritual Minister.