Pho Tri Day of Mindfulness November 19

Our Wisdom Meditation School (Pho Tri) Days of Mindfulness continue exploration of the Dharma with our next event — the 46th in our series. 

Date: November 19, 2022 via Zoom. Please see attached flyer and flow of the Half-day for details. 

Title / Theme: “Bodhisattva Path; Explore the Bodhisattva Qualities”

If you have any questions about this DOM, please contact Châu Yoder: 

PhotriDOM@gmail.com

925-708-8662 (call or text) 

Updated Sangha directory / in-person and online Sanghas

I have just posted the latest version of the NorCal sangha directory. Please share this with your sanghas — and with any friends looking for a sangha in the Plum Village tradition!

There are many updates in this version. And for the first time we have an “online only” section on the second page, for Bay Area-based sanghas that practice primarily online (currently: Sugarplum and Morning Birds).

Several people have been asking recently which sanghas in the Bay Area are offering in-person meetings. Here are a few that meet in person at least occasionally:

  • Heart Sangha (Santa Cruz)
  • Majestic Oak Sangha (Redwood City)
  • Buckeye Sangha (Berkeley)
  • Hella Just (Berkeley)
  • Wake Up SF (San Francisco)

There may be others; these are just the ones I’ve heard about in the Bay Area. Details and contact info are in the PDF, of course.

You can always find the latest version of this document online at:

https://norcalsangha.org/directory/

Sutra Classes with Jim Scott-Behrends September 28 to November 23

FROM

The Heart Sangha of Santa Cruz

and Mindful Peacebuilding

AWAKENING OF THE HEART

COURSES IN THE ESSENTIAL BUDDHIST SUTRAS

COURSES SEVEN & EIGHT

THE SUTRA ON THE MIDDLE WAY

AND

THE SUTRA ON THE EIGHT REALIZATIONS

OF THE GREAT BEINGS

WITH Dharma Teacher Jim Scott–Behrends

EIGHT WEDNESDAYS

September 28 to November 23, 2022

(no class on October 26)

7:00 to 8:30 pm pst

ON ZOOM

ZOOM MEETING RECURRING LINK

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/98162192839

Phone: 1 669 900-6833

Meeting ID: 981 6219 2839

We begin with a short sit followed by

an exploration of the Sutra and Dharma discussion.

Text and commentary are in Awakening of the Heart, by Thich Nhat Hanh.

THE SUTRA ON THE MIDDLE WAY

WEEK ONE: SEPTEMBER 28

Wisdom of the Middle Way

WEEK TWO: OCTOBER 5

Right View

WEEK THREE: OCTOBER 12

Dependent Co-arising

WEEK FOUR: OCTOBER 19

Walking the Middle Way

THE SUTRA ON THE EIGHT REALIZATIONS OF THE GREAT BEINGS

WEEK ONE: NOVEMBER 2

First and Second Realizations

WEEK TWO: NOVEMBER 9

Third and Fourth Realizations

WEEK THREE: NOVEMBER16

Fifth and Sixth Realizations

WEEK FOUR: NOVEMBER 23

Seventh and Eight Realizations

Eleven Guidelines for Daily Life

Donations are appreciated.

Donations can be made through PayPal.com using Jim’s email address.

For other options to offer dana contact Jim at jsbehrends@aol.com.

For links to recordings contact Logan at loganpayne@earthlink.net.

Lazy Day of Mindfulness: Oct. 15 in San Mateo

Dylan, Nina, and Chloe would like to invite you to a Lazy Day of Mindfulness, outdoors in San Mateo’s Central Park, on Saturday, October 15, from 10am – 3:30pm+.

simple agenda and description is here. If you’re interested in attending, please put your name on the second page.

And if you’d like to facilitate something, please put your name on the agenda on the first page — or suggest an activity if it’s not already there. This will be a co-created space:  Exactly what happens will depend on who shows up.

What is a “lazy” day of mindfulness? This means we are holding the schedule loosely, so as to make this day as restful as it is mindful. Come late, leave early – it’s okay. 

See the linked document for more details and to sign up!

Half-Day of Mindfulness September 24

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00 am to Noon
Online via Zoom
(please see second page of attached PDF for connection links & more details)

Practices will include Silent Sitting Meditation, & Guided Meditation,
Dharma Study,
Speaking and Listening in peaceful harmony.
Participants:
Please commit to any or all of the three sessions being offered:


8:00 – 9:30 Silent Sitting Meditation & Guided Meditation
9:30 – 10:20 Thay Nhat Hanh’s Dharma Talks
10:20 – Noon Dharma Talk, Discussion

Please prepare your practice space to be as serene as possible.
Smiling with knowledge that dogs will bark, phones will ring, family/friends may
interrupt. Such is the nature of online mindfulness practice
with Dharmacharyas, OI and OIA of the Plum Village Community of
Engaged Buddhism
Ven. Thích Từ Lực, True Deep Wisdom, True Bright Dwelling, True Compassionate Dwelling & Radiant Awareness of the Heart.

Rains Retreat + Karma Class from Sugarplum

This double invitation is from Sugarplum Sangha.

90 Day Online Rains Retreat

Sept 16 – Dec 18 Sugarplum joins the Mahasangha in this year’s 90 day rains retreat. For our second retreat of this kind, we’ve added evening practice sessions, a weekly day of mindfulness, and a study and practice series on Right Action: Karma and the Five Mindfulness Trainings to our regular schedule of morning practice session, dharma talk, and 5MT recitation. These 90 days will be an experience of being immersed in sangha to deepen your practice of mindfulness, concentration, and insight, a way of practice that has been integral to buddhist tradition since its beginning. Enter this stream with us and start your journey to the other shore.

More Info

Right Action: Karma and the Five Mindfulness Trainings

Sept 27 – Dec 18

A twelve week live and on-line course exploring and integrating early Buddhist teachings with Plum Village practices. Bundle with the 90 Day Retreat or take it separately.

The Buddha’s teachings on kamma and rebirth have received a mostly mystical treatment among practitioners and commentators resulting in much misconception and confusion about how to apply them in daily life. This course will explore the role of samma kammanto, or Right Action, on the path of liberation and will combine the Buddha’s teachings with evolutionary psychology to provide a rationale for an objective morality and ethic. Rather than being resigned to “your karma”, a close reading of the early discourses show how you can shape your life in the present and future with skillful actions.

More Info

Heart Sutra Course with Jim Scott-Behrends

AWAKENING OF THE HEART: COURSES IN THE ESSENTIAL BUDDHIST SUTRAS

COURSE SIX

THE HEART SUTRA

WITH Dharma Teacher Jim Scott–Behrends

TEN WEDNESDAYS

May 11 to July 13, 2022

7:00 to 8:30 pm pst

ON ZOOM

We begin with a short sit followed by an exploration of the Sutra and Dharma discussion.

We will be using Thay’s translation of the Heart Sutra, The Other Shore.

COURSE SCHEDULE

  • WEEK ONE: MAY 11 The Cloud and the Cave: The Insight that Brings us to the Other Shore
  • WEEK TWO: MAY 18 Interbeing: Empty of What?
  • WEEK THREE: MAY 25 The Way of Understanding: Long Live Emptiness
  • WEEK FOUR: JUNE 1 The Mark of Emptiness: Happy Continuation
  • WEEK FIVE: JUNE 8 Can You See the Sunflowers? Roses and Garbage
  • WEEK SIX: JUNE 15 The Moon is Always the Moon: What’s in a Name?
  • WEEK SEVEN:JUNE 22 Stars Are Consciousness: Everything Is a Formation
  • WEEK EIGHT: JUNE 29 The Path of Happiness: Chasing Butterflies
  • WEEK NINE: JULY 6 Freedom: No longer Afraid
  • WEEK TEN: JULY 13 Who is Enlightened? The Mantra

Donations are appreciated.

Donations can be made through PayPal.com using Jim’s email address.

For other options to offer dana contact Jim at jsbehrends@aol.com.

For the Zoom information and links to recordings contact Logan at loganpayne@earthlink.net.

Pho Tri Day of Mindfulness #43 – May 7

header image: Cultivating Fearlessness in Ourselves

Our Wisdom Meditation School (Pho Tri) Days of Mindfulness continue exploration of the Dharma with our next event — the 43rd in our series. 

Date: May 7, 2022 via Zoom. Please see below for details. 

Title: “Cultivating Fearlessness in Ourselves”

Theme: “Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy” – Thay Nhat Hanh

If you have any questions about this DOM, please contact Châu Yoder: 

PhotriDOM@gmail.com

925-708-8662 (call or text) 

Details

A Day of Mindfulness Practices

enhancing our connection with all that nourishes us.
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 9:45 am to 4:00 pm

Online via Zoom

Practices will include Sitting Meditation, Mindful Movements,
Guided Relaxation, Dharma Study, Eating Meditation,
Speaking and Listening in peaceful harmony.

Please commit to any or all of the three sessions being offered:
9:45 – 11:45 Sitting Meditation, Mindful Movements, Total Relaxation
12:15 – 1:15 Silent Meal, Casual Group Conversation
1:30 – 3:45 Dharma Talk, Discussion

Please prepare your practice space to be as serene as possible.
Smiling with knowledge that dogs will bark, phones will ring, family/friends may
interrupt. Such is the nature of online mindfulness practice

with Dharmacharyas, OI and OIA of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism:

Ven. Thích Từ Lực, True Silent Forest, True Bright Dwelling, True Compassionate Dwelling &
Radiant Awareness of the Heart.

Photos of the 5 people who will be offering teachings/practices at the day of mindfulness

Invitation for the ceremonies to honor Thay Nhat Hanh at the Compassion Meditation Center

Dear Community of Mindful Living in Northern California, 
We hope you all are in good health. 

In order to continue expressing our Gratitude to Thay Nhat Hanh, Thay Tu Luc of the Compassion Meditation Center (Pho Tu Pagoda) would like to invite you to come to the Compassion Meditation Center to practice mindfulness with the hope to bring benefits to all beings. 

Location:
Pho Tu Pagoda (Compassion Meditation Center) 
17327 Meekland Ave
Hayward CA 94541 

Dates and Times:

– February 19, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:30 am; ceremony in Vietnamese. 
**This event will include a Tâm Tang (Heart Mourning) pin to give to whoever wants to wear it to remember and honor Thay Nhat Hanh. 

– March 5, 2022, 10:00 am -11:30 am; event in English. 
** (please see above comment) 
Please bring poems and songs in remembrance of Thay Nhat Hanh to share. You can also bring some small objects to temporary place at the Shrine during this morning to remember Thay Nhat Hanh.

– March 13, 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm, 
**(please see above comment)
Celebration of Life Ceremony in bilingual (English and Vietnamese). 
Tentatively this event will be done in the open space behind the pagoda main building. The program could be sitting with leisure within Thay Nhat Hanh; Chanting Avalokiteshvara and Offering from the Buddhist Youth of America and all attendees. 
If you have any big decoration or exhibit to present at this Match 13 Ceremony, please give them to Thay Tu Luc by March 10. More details will be announced later. Please save the dates and attend. 

– Also FYI our dear practitioner Khoe Bach in Sacramento is making a book of memoirs to remember Thay Nhat Hanh at the 100th day after Thay’s passing; if you have some writings that you want to contribute, please send them to Thay Tu Luc at the address listed above. 

– If any sangha wants some Tâm Tang (Heart Mourning) pins for their sangha members to wear in honoring Thay Nhat Hanh, please email to Thay Tu Luc at thichtuluc@yahoo.com with your return address and the desired quantity of pins.

Thank you in advance for your love and practice. 
Hope to see you at these events. 

Diamond Sutra Class with Jim Scott-Behrends Jan. 30 – March 27

FROM
The Heart Sangha of Santa Cruz
and Mindful Peacebuilding

AWAKENING OF THE HEART
COURSES IN THE ESSENTIAL BUDDHIST SUTRAS

WITH
Dharma Teacher Jim Scott-Behrends
and co host, OI member rev. zachiah murray

COURSE FIVE | PART TWO
THE DIAMOND SUTRA
EIGHT SUNDAYS
January 30 – March 20, 2021
6:30 – 8:00 PM PST (new time)
ON ZOOM

We begin with a short sit followed by an exploration of the Sutra and Dharma discussion. Text and commentary are in Awakening of the Heart, by Thich Nhat Hanh.

ZOOM MEETING RECURRING LINK
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/98162192839
Phone: 1 669 900-6833
Meeting ID: 981 6219 2839

Schedule update:

There will be no Sutra Class next Sunday, March 6. Classes will resume on March 13 and our final class will be on March 27. Please see the revised schedule, below.

COURSE SCHEDULE

  • WEEK NINE: JANUARY 30 Dwelling in Peace
  • WEEK TEN: FEBRUARY 6 The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion
  • WEEK ELEVEN: FEBRUARY 13 Great Determination
  • WEEK TWELVE: FEBRUARY 20 The Answer is the Question
  • WEEK THIRTEEN: FEBRUARY 27 Reality is a Steadily Flowing Stream
  • WEEK FOURTEEN: MARCH 13 The Indescribable Nature of All Things
  • WEEK FIFTEEN: MARCH 20 Teaching the Dharma
  • WEEK SIXTEEN: MARCH 27 Becoming a Modern Bodhisattva

Donations are appreciated. Donations can be made through PayPal.com using Jim’s email address. For other options to offer dana contact Jim at jsbehrends@aol.com.

To be on a weekly email reminder list, or for recordings of classes, contact Logan at loganpayne@earthlink.net.