Mindful Civil Law Practice November 18, 2013Posted by ebmc in Community SKILL SHARE, General Resources, Legal Services.
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I am a Sangha member, and an attorney in Oakland that works to integrate mindfulness practice into civil law practice. I have practiced law for over twenty years and am admitted to practice in California and Connecticut.
Looking for 1-Bedroom Apt. or Share November 12, 2013Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Housing.
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I’m now looking for a 1BD apartment, in-law or a shared home (with a mature person) in Berkeley or Oakland. I’m a 48-year-old lesbian. I don’t drink alcohol or smoke and I am friendly, neat, and responsible. I don’t have any pets (but love animals and would be fine with doing occasional pet care for a housemate.)
Looking to pay about $1000/month and hope to find a place by January.
If you could pass this on to anyone who might know of something, I’d really appreciate it.
Thank you, Carol
November 1 – Room for Rent in North Oakland – $835 October 17, 2013Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Housing.
Tags: North Oakland
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I have a room in a wonderful 2 BR / 1 BA apartment available by November 1. It’s a great place with good owners in a convenient location.
The apartment is in a very well-maintained multi-cultural gated complex with nice neighbors in North Oakland. Other features:
- Remodeled in 2012 with modern fixtures, wood floors, granite counter tops, dishwasher, and great insulation which helps keep you warm and lowers those energy bills!
- Close to a community garden, Berkeley Bowl, Trader Joe’s, Temescal district.
- Between Ashby, Rockridge, and MacArthur BART stations. The #18 and #1 buses pass by and take you to downtown Berkeley or downtown Oakland. Easy commute to San Francisco. Plenty of street parking.
- Building owner is nice; good landlords are not easy to find
- Shared living room, kitchen, pantry, and bathroom.
- Coin-operated laundry, and bike parking located within the gated premises.
The room is the master bedroom with very large closet enclosed by large sliding mirrors as doors.
Rent is $835
I am a young-at-heart professional woman in my late 30s, with friends in the area, engaged in hobbies and other activities outside the home. I like to chill at home, have friends over sometimes, cook a few times a week. I travel a few times a year and then have guests over for short periods of time. It would be good to have a roommate meeting / dinner more often in the beginning, then tapering to 1x per month. I lived abroad for a long time. I am a good conversationalist, respectful, fun and enjoy good comedy.
Seeking a roommate who:
- can be on the month-to-month lease also (i.e., good credit, financial stability, etc. needed). You’ll need to fill out the owner’s application.
- is a female or gay male somewhere around 27 – 47 years old, who is clean and tidy but not anal, friendly with own interests and activities going on outside of the home. Who knows, maybe you’ll introduce me to something new and vice-versa.
- is fun, easygoing, responsible, interesting, respectful.
Please send a description of yourself (interests, hobbies, what your typical week is like, where you are from, what you do, etc.
Owner does not allow pets or smoking. If you want pictures, I will take some and send.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Manzanita Village – Internships and Apprenticeship August 29, 2013Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA.
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Our internship program is for people who wish to live, study, and work at Manzanita Village for a minimum of three months. Upon acceptance of your application form an initial month of mutual evaluation is required and then, if approved, you may make an additional three-month commitment.
As a temporary resident at Manzanita Village you will be expected to participate in a daily alignment/meditation process under the direct supervision of Michele Benzamin-Miki and Caitriona Reed. Your schedule will be self-directed with gentle supervision and support from them.
There will be weekly check-in times and assigned work and study periods, as well as several communal meals each week.
Your supervised study will be at the intersections of spiritual practice and personal development – meditation, NLP, hypnosis, literature and art, and will be based on your needs and preference and our availability.
You will do an average of four hours work per day: landscaping, housekeeping, maintenance carpentry, trail-making, plumbing, office services, and computer etc. depending on your skills.
To meet the demands of living in the country, helping maintain Manzanita Village, and embarking on a program of transformational change, you must be in good physical, emotional and psychological health.
Manzanita Village is forty minutes by car from the nearest towns, so applicants should have their own transport.
Internship at Manzanita Village is ideal for couples in long-term stable relationships, writers, artists, students, teachers or others on sabbatical, contemplatives and experienced meditators who are no longer drawn to more traditional styles of intensive practice.
- Meditation experience and/or a commitment to learn while here
- The willingness and ability to sustain a daily routine of work and study
- Creative, innovative, self-motivated – or willing to learn how to be
- Abstain from meat, alcohol, and non-prescription drugs while at Manzanita Village
- Physical, mental and emotional stability and resilience
- A flexible mental attitude, able to take initiative as well as to follow directions
- Established skills in several of the following areas: cooking, carpentry, plumbing, housekeeping, office services, landscaping, trail building, computer skills, and maintenance
- The ability to make a minimum commitment of three months after an initial one-month trial period
- The financial resources to sustain personal needs (medical, transportation, clothing) for a minimum of three months
- A good sense of humor and effective communication skills
- Love challenging yourself and learning new ways of being in the world
Cost of internship: $800 for initial month try-out period, then $500 per month for the ensuing months. We will eat together for several meals each week. You will be responsible for most of your meals. We provide dry goods: grains, herbs, legumes, oil. You will be responsible for buying your own fruit, vegetables, and other perishable goods.
Laundry facility and internet access is available.
Please submit your application form. We will then contact you to arrange a time to speak by phone.
Assistant Attendant Needed August 27, 2013Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, General Resources.
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disabled queer looking for attendant assistant
please be smoke scent free
have good typing and proofreading skills
weekday morning availability
comfortable with housework
able to listen and follow instructions
pay up to $1,600 a month
contact: email@example.com for more info
LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Professionals August 20, 2013Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, General Resources.
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I’m excited to introduce to you a new group of perinatal wellness professionals who are dedicated to supporting the health of the LGBTQ community’s growing families.
Please check out our website at http://www.lgbtqperinatalassociates.com and Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/LGBTQ-Perinatal-Wellness-Associates-of-the-Bay-Area/508229492590999.
All the best,
Meghan Lewis, PhD
Dr. Meghan E. Lewis, PSB-37502
Free Meditations and Classes March 1, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
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Free Meditations and Classes (March 18-21, 7-8:30 PM)
In order to bring more people the benefits of meditation and Tibetan Yoga, the Institute will be offering a series of free classes or meditation sessions. These sessions are free and are open to all.
Spring: Meditation and Healing March 18-21, 7-8:30 PM
Many health benefits come from regular meditation practice. This series of free classes focuses on meditations that balance the emotions and stimulate natural healing. Classes will be primarily experiential and are open to all.
Monday, March 18, 7-8:30 PM:Healing the Heart: Meditations on Love with Olivia Hurd
Tuesday, March 19, 7-8:30 PM: Healing Pain with Santosh Philip
Wednesday, March 20, 7-8:30 PM: Movement as Meditation with Jack van der Meulen
Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30 PM: Meditation and Healing with Hugh Joswick
Free March Talks: The Human Condition, March 3 – 31
When we look at our lives and the lives of others, we may not know whether to laugh or cry. There is so much beauty, goodness, and potential. But, suffering, harm, and greed are also there, like weeds threatening to overtake a delightful garden.
March talks explore the human condition through the lens of Nyingma Institute teachings. In the first two Sundays of March, we examine how pain and knowledge arise with the goal of penetrating needless patterns of suffering. Then, on the eve of spring, Donna Morton describes how our nutritional needs change with the seasons and what vegetarian foods are good spring choices. Sylvia Gretchen then reflects on rebirth, death, and the process of dreaming, gently drawing attention to Buddhist teachings on consciousness as a fearless path of liberation. On the final Sunday in March, Mark Henderson discusses causality and karma in a talk on the Buddhist “Wheel of Life.”
Sunday, March 3, 6-7 PM
Tom Morse on “Penetrating the Dynamic of Pain.” 6-7 PM
The feeling of pain or suffering does not arise in isolation, but is part of a larger dynamic and rhythm within our experience. In this talk, Nyingma Institute instructor Tom Morse leads participants in an experiential analysis of pain utilizing exercises from the Time, Space, and Knowledge vision. With insight into the flowing rhythms that give rise to pain, we can take steps to interrupt the process, easing the resultant suffering.
Sunday, March 10, 6-7 PM
Ken McKeon on “Unexpected Knowledge.”
“Before concepts and ideas, projections and reactions, knowledge is available in the sound of sound, the voice of the voice, the inquiry of the inquiry, the mind of mind.” Tarthang Tulku, Visions of Knowledge.
The premise that knowledge is ‘already’ there, within senses and mind changes the nature of how and where we look for knowledge. Time, Space, and Knowledge instructor Ken McKeon will point out how to discover knowledge in unexpected ways and places. And show how this kind of knowledge can bring creativity and kindness more fully into our lives.
Sunday, March 17, 6-7 PM
Donna Morton on “‘The Healthy Vegetarian: Nourishing Foods of the Season: Spring.”
As the seasons change, nutritional needs shift. In this talk, nutritional consultant and Nyingma Institute instructor Donna Morton will give tips on healthy vegetarian foods that the body needs to thrive this spring.
Sunday, March 24, 6-7 PM
Sylvia Gretchen on “Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Dreaming.”
“The ability of mind to sustain both waking reality and the very different reality of dreams only hints at its remarkable power. From a Buddhist perspective, mind is the foundation for both samsara and nirvana, the soil in which karma and the positive qualities of the human spirit can take root.” Tarthang Tulku, Mind Over Matter.
This talk is about consciousness, the deeper levels of mind that weave throughout waking and dreaming and all states of being. We chart teachings on how consciousness changes from moment to moment and life to life. Reflecting on death (what ends?) and rebirth (what endures?) and dream (what happens?), can inspire compassion and a fearless, open-minded curiosity.
Sunday, March 31, 6-7 PM
Mark Henderson on “The Wheel of Life.”
The Buddha taught that our destiny is not determined by fate, but by causality. To illustrate this teaching he described existence as an ever-turning wheel. Propelled by positive or negative actions living beings move to more or less favorable states of existence. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will introduce the wheel of life as depicted in Tibetan art and will discuss this key teaching on causality, its inner and outer architecture, and how deeper inquiry and understanding lead to freedom
Learn more at nyingmainstitute.org
Kalyana Mitta (dharma friends) Group, North Oakland, at Berkeley/Rockridge border
KM groups bring together members of the dharma community to study and share practice experience in a friendly, supportive environment. They are a more intimate sangha of refuge and support.
North Oakland / Berkeley – Women of Color, “peer-facilitated” group meets twice each month on Tuesday evenings at member’s homes. Our two hour meeting involves: 30 minute meditation, brief check-in, a dialogue on our practice and selected readings, and our engagement with the dharma in our daily lives. We also invite the intention to explore and acknowledge one’s own women-of-color of consciousness (however that translates for each person), in the context of the dharma. We then set the intentions for our next meeting and close with a short sit. Open to those who have/intend to have a daily sitting practice.
Please contact for more information:
Veronica firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 595-0408