Peaceful winter Sublet out in the Country (13 miles from Oakland/Briones Regional Park area) January 2, 2013Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Housing.
Peaceful winter Sublet out in the Country (13 miles from Oakland/Briones Regional Park area)
Come join the growing community on Bear Oaks lane for one month this winter. We have a cozy room available with a picture window view of rolling hills and the neighboring farm. We are three women living in one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful country settings, in a spacious, light and clean home. Our home has a very spacious meditation room, fire place, hearth-like kitchen, piano, hot tub and stands on 2 acres of beautiful land. We have fallow garden, a horse barn and pasture, an outdoor kitchen, and even a swimming pool (though it is not being used in the winter). We live on the edge of Briones Regional Park and have access to 4000 acres of wild hiking and walking trails. From a hillside peak just a 15 minute hike from the house, you can access a 360 degree view of the Bay Area (all of the visible waterways, Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, etc). Two cats and a dog live here, and the humans get along like family (all of the love, minus the crazy). We value open communication, equal effort toward chores, and we try to be as responsible for our actions and personal experience as possible. But, we are human, so we do our best to support each other in our growth. If you want to stay with us for a month please look forward to honest conversations, loving connection, and sharing an occasional meal together. . . as long as you show up with an open mind and heart, pay your rent and do your chores, we have no other expectations of you.
This is a perfect setting for an artist who seeks some winter respite from the city, a traveler reintegrating into daily life, a spiritual seeker in search of a meditation refuge, a farmer interested in connecting with the rural areas of the east bay, or just regular guy or gal in need of a peaceful and temporary home on the outskirts of the urban center. We are likely to have some sort of potluck or musical gathering while you are here, as we are a social household, very connected to our diverse community, so we hope you can join us in our merry making.
This home is also non-smoking and non-drug using. We drink alcohol only occasionally and very responsibly. We do not have a TV, nor are we TV watchers, but we do occasionally watch movies individually and together. We are often quiet around the house, we are respectful of each other’s space, and we appreciate the differences that make each one of us who we are.
We have space for the month, starting February 1st. Rent is $700, plus about $100 for utilities (it may be less but we wont know until the time comes).
If this sounds interesting to you, please be in touch.
At the Nyingma Institute the Winter Term begins Jan 7, with an Open house on Jan 6 to introduce you to the Institute. December 21, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
At the Nyingma Institute the Winter Term begins Jan 7, with an Open house on Jan 6 to introduce you to the Institute. Visit our website for more information.
Two new courses beginning this term:
Reclaiming the Heart – A Five-Month Nyingma Psychology Program. This five-month course provides insights and inner tools designed to help participants reclaim the authentic heart of their being. Each month focuses on a theme essential to this journey. Each class session offers introspective meditations and analysis along with key ideas from the Tibetan tradition.
Opening to the Dharma – A year-long journey into the teachings of the compassionate Buddha at the Nyingma Institute. This year-long series of classes initiated by our founder, Tarthang Tulku, to introduce key Buddhist ideas, teachings, and practices. Illuminating the teachings of the Buddha in a clear and systematic fashion, the series consists of four 10-week classes and one 4-week class. Class dates and topics are at our website.
The following is a “Day by Day” class listing, visit our site for details or come to our Open House to meet the faculty and get a feel for the space.
January 7—March 15
6:15-7:45 PM NPR109 Medicine Buddha Practice (ends February 11)
6:15-7:45 PM MED302 Advanced Meditation
8:00-9:30 PM NPS101 Reclaiming the Heart
8:00-9:30 PM KNR301 Kum Nye: Transforming Breath, Energy, Feeling
10:00-11:30 AM MED102 Beginning Meditation
6:15-7:45 PM DHS111 Birth of Enlightenment
6:15-7:45 PM DHS206 Resolve for Ultimate Goodness
6:15-7:45 PM TSK101 Experiencing the Dynamic of Time
8:00-9:30 PM SKM212 Exploring Mind’s Frameworks
8:00-9:30 PM KOF102 Awakening Knowledge
10:00-11:30 AM MED202 Intermediate Meditation
6:15-7:45 PM KNR101 Kum Nye: Promoting Spaciousness
6:15-7:45 PM TSK108 TSK: Perspectives and Practices
8:00-9:30 PM MED209 Shamatha and Vipashyana
1:00-2:30 PM: NPS101 Reclaiming the Heart
6:15-7:45 PM DHS206 Resolve for Ultimate Goodness
6:15-7:45 PM MED102 Beginning Meditation
8:00-9:30 PM MED202 Intermediate Meditation
8:00-9:30 PM TIB102 Beginning Tibetan, Level II
4:30-5:45 PM TIB301 Tibetan Tutorial
6:15-7:45 PM TIB202 Intermediate Tibetan, Level II
Day long workshop/retreats.
10:00 AM-Noon KNR107 Sunday Morning Kum Nye
5:00 Free participatory Chanting
6:00 Free Lecture
(510) 809 1000
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 email@example.com (510) 595-0408
Nyingma Institute Announcing Winter 2013 Classes Begin January 7 November 29, 2012Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, General Resources.
Nyingma Institute Announcing Winter 2013 Classes Begin January 7
“Within our consciousness, our mind, our presence, and awareness, the inner knowledge of enlightenment is available… The dynamic of awakening operates effectively even though nothing in conventional experience equips us to access it. Within words and images and the perceptions that they rely on, there is a deeper knowing.” Tarthang Tulku.
Opening to the Dharma, Buddhist Studies, Meditation, Tibetan yoga, Time Space and Knowledge!
Classes, Workshops and Retreats
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Seeking cat-friendly house share in east Bay November 29, 2012Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Housing.
Seeking cat-friendly house share in east Bay
I’m a 37 year old recent transplant from Portland, Oregon, looking to join a queer-friendly, progressive/conscious household. I’m looking for a place starting anytime now or by January 1, and able to pay up to $750-800 (including utilities). I have a 12-year-old indoor/outdoor short-haired male cat who is very loving & sweet.
I worked as a librarian at a small college for the past six years, and am now in the midst of a professional transition. I’ll be attending massage therapy school part time in Oakland, and I also do freelance work as a copyeditor. I value meditation, quiet, laughter, green space, spiritual inquiry and movement practices (dance and others too numerous to list).
I’ve lived in many group housing situations and find that they work best for me when folks are considerate of common areas, are proactively communicative, and strike a balance between personal space & community/socializing. I owned my own home for the past few years in Portland so I understand what’s involved in maintaining a house.
Please get in touch if you know of something that might be a good fit. Thank you!
jaybee dot pdx at gmail dot com
Peaceful and Inspiring Retreats at the Nyingma Institute October 16, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Peaceful and Inspiring Retreats at the Nyingma Institute
Cultivating Compassionate Love Retreat November 23-25
Friday 10 AM-9 PM
Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM
We can learn to love ourselves and others more deeply through actively cultivating compassionate love. This kind of love heals the painful divisions between living beings, allowing us to forgive others and to cleanse ourselves of ill-will. The retreat introduces gentle visualization, mantra, and meditation practices given by the Buddha.
$190 (nonresidential); $275 (residential).
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. For all levels of students.
Luminous Mind Retreat November 26 – December 1
Extend your Thanksgiving holiday with a week of meditation and visualization practices in the peaceful environment of the Nyingma Institute. This retreat focuses on teachings and practices that help reveal the clear, luminous nature of mind.
Cost: $370 (nonresidential); $600 (residential)
Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen, Olivia Hurd, Santosh Philip, and Ken McKeon
Prerequisite: One year of meditation experience and consent of instructors.
Tasting Relaxation Retreat December 27- January 1, 2013
Begins Thursday at 10 AM, concludes Tuesday at 3:30 PM
Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practice opens the senses to feeling. This flow of feeling can loosen even chronic tension. In this retreat we learn to relax so deeply that we can “taste” the healing nectar of relaxation as it flows through body and mind. Gentle movement, breathing, and awareness practices help us to discover this relaxation. Includes the “Renewing and Refreshing the Senses” workshop on December 29.
$360 (nonresidential); $550 (residential). Instructors: Nyingma Faculty
Call to register: 510-809-1000
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Transforming Personal History October 16, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Transforming Personal History
10 AM-4:45 PM
Includes Vegetarian Buffet Lunch
“In every time and place throughout history, people have been lifted out of their daily routines by moments of beauty when they sensed the wonder of being alive in this world.” Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom.
Habits and patterns intertwined with painful past memories often prevent us from enjoying the freedom and beauty that the human body and mind offer. It is possible to skillfully touch these memories in a way that cuts through their power to restrict us. Practices from Knowledge of Freedom can help transform personal history from a source of pain into a wellspring of renewal.
Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Jack van der Meulen.
* This Workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.
To Register, Call 510-809-1000
Tools for Troubled Times October 16, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Tools for Troubled Times
10 AM-4:45 PM
Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Included
The challenges of work and daily life sometimes trouble us so much that we seem to have no place to turn. This workshop presents innovative exercises and styles of interaction that provide the resources we need. Taking stock of our inner state, cutting through negativity, relaxing into open awareness and benefitting from our friends’ insights, we can stay balanced, learn from our difficulties and generate the strength we need to succeed.
Instructor: Barr Rosenberg.
Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Mastering Successful Work.