Healthy Boundaries Training

Saturday, June 8 @ 7:00 am 1:45 pm

Dear Friends,

We hope this finds you well in body and spirit. 

We are writing to invite you to a Plum Village-rooted training on Healthy Boundaries in Sanghas, offered via Zoom on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern [7:00 a.m. to 1:45p p.m. Pacific], with a lunch break from 1:00 to 1:45 Eastern [10:00 to 10:45 Pacific]. Please forward to your sanghas. (Scroll down for registration and background info)

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Shantideva Sangha Practice / Sangha Building RESCHEDULED

photo showing several buildings and trees on a country property, with a tree covered hill in the background

Saturday, June 29 @ 9:30 am 2:00 pm

We invite anyone in the community to join our practice from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: June 29, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, and December 7. (Note: Starting in August, this is the first Saturday of each month.)

We extend a special invitation to OI members, OI aspirants, OI-curious people, sangha facilitators, and anyone interested in helping build the NorCal sangha community. Our aspiration is that Shantideva will become a resource and anchor for our broad and diverse community in the Bay Area and Northern California. Gathering at Shantideva is a chance for us to gather in friendship for honest and vulnerable discussion together.

Please email Dylan if you’re planning to attend.

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Sangha tea, on Zoom – tentative date

Saturday, July 13 @ 1:30 pm 3:00 pm

This is a chance for organizers, facilitators, caretaking council members, ordained Order of Interbeing members, OI aspirants, OI-curious folks, and sangha builders of all types to gather in friendship for honest and vulnerable discussion together.

TENTATIVELY scheduled for Saturday, July 13

What’s really going on in the Northern California PV community? Are we on the right path? What do we need as a community to continue beautifully into the future?

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Vesak Celebration at Shantideva

Saturday, May 11 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

photo showing several buildings and trees on a country property, with a tree covered hill in the background
View of Shantideva Monastery in Castro Valley

This coming Sunday, May 11, Shantideva Monastery welcomes the community to a Vesak celebration. Vesak is the annual observance of the Buddha’s birthday and/or enlightenment day. 

You are welcome to join us for a half-day of meditation from 10 a.m. until 2 or 2:30 p.m. (you can arrive as early as 9:30).  Please bring your own lunch!

After lunch we will have a ceremony involving bathing baby Buddha. 👶🪷

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Sangha Builders Tea

Photo of a small teapot and glass cup on a wooden tea tray that has calligraphy on it saying "uong tra di" ("drink your tea")

Saturday, April 27 @ 10:00 am 2:30 pm

Photo of a small teapot and glass cup on a wooden tea tray that has calligraphy on it saying "uong tra di" ("drink your tea")

If you are a sangha organizer, facilitator, or someone on the OI path, you are warmly invited to an in-person tea time.

Anyone who is a sangha organizer/facilitator in the Plum Village tradition is welcome. Please RSVP to dylan@tweney.com if you’re planning on coming.

This is a chance for organizers, facilitators, caretaking council members, ordained Order of Interbeing members, OI aspirants, OI-curious folks, and sangha builders of all types to gather in friendship for honest and vulnerable discussion together.

What’s really going on in the Northern California PV community? Are we on the right path? What do we need as a community to continue beautifully into the future?

Bring your whole selves to this meeting, and we will hold our aspirations and our concerns together.

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New In-Person Sangha in San Francisco: Home Within Sangha

We are happy to share that a new in-person, all-ages Plum Village sangha in San Francisco has launched! Our space is beautiful – an epic, circular, interfaith chapel at the UU church in SF. We hope you will consider joining us (practicing with us? facilitating? being on the organizing team?) so we can make the most of practicing mindfulness together as a community.

We are meeting weekly on Fridays from 4:30-6pm, at the UU Church at 1187 Franklin St in San Francisco.

Every week, we will practice sitting and walking meditation, a short reading, and Dharma sharing. All are welcome.

Some quick tidbits:

  • We recommend arriving a few minutes early so our door greeter can join the sangha gathering sooner rather than later. If you arrive late and need someone to come to the door, please text Nicole at (415) 317-1086 
  • Please see the attached flyer for more information, and pass along to anyone you think might be interested.
  • The group will be peer-led. Every week we will practice sitting and walking meditation, enjoy a reading, and finish with Dharma sharing.
  • To join the sangha’s mailing list, click here and click “Ask to join group.” Please send any questions to HomeWithinSangha@gmail.com.

We look forward to practicing with you soon, maybe tomorrow!

The Home Within Sangha organizing team (Nicole Kramer, Miles Schulman, and Colette Auerswald)

Deer Park Family Retreat

Family Retreat is a retreat for families of all descriptions. In this retreat we will have programs for adults, children, tweens, and teens, ensuring that every member of your family will have an opportunity to deepen their experience of the practice.

Parents and adults are given the opportunity to explore the practice through activities such as Dharma Sharing, Total Relaxation, and Dharma Talks while the younger ones will get to experience age-appropriate mindfulness activities and sharings of their own.

Registration opens in the Spring.

For more info:

Family Retreat 2024