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
FREE MINDFUL MOVEMENT GROUPS FOR WOMEN WITH PTSD October 5, 2012Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Sitting groups & Support groups.
FREE MINDFUL MOVEMENT GROUPS FOR WOMEN WITH PTSD: As part of a dissertation research study, women who are currently experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder will be invited to participate, free of charge, in either a dance/movement therapy or yoga group. Groups are located in Berkeley, and will be held weekly for 8 consecutive weeks. Facilitated by licensed therapists and certified yoga instructors. Women must be in concurrent individual psychotherapy and aged 21 or over to qualify for the study. If you are a clinician interested in referring a client, or interested in the groups for yourself, please contact me for more detailed information about the study.
Andrea Kirk, Ph. D candidate, Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-200)
Sofia University (formally The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology)
Deep East Oakland daily morning meditation September 22, 2012Posted by Max Airborne in Community CONNECTIONS, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Daily morning sitting of EBMC sangha members & friends at a home in East Oakland, near 90th & Macarthur. Sit is from 7:30am-8:15am. Chairs and couch available, bring cushions if you prefer them. Home is fragrance free, so please come fragrance free (click for info about how). There is a flight of shallow stairs.
For further details, email your name, phone number and any questions to email@example.com
Internalized Racism Support Group August 21, 2011Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Sitting groups & Support groups.
This will be an Oakland-based group providing safe space to self-identified people of color (with a special welcome to LGBTQQI folks) who would like support in healing their own internalized racism.
So often we are lonely in our experience of racist oppression and finding a safe space to explore the emotional and spiritual toll that racism takes on us can be difficult.
In this group, we will use movement, mindful awareness practices, ritual, energetic healing practices, and empathic listening as tools for our personal and collective liberation.
This group is in its formation stages – we are gauging the interest level in this topic before moving forward. So please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re interested!!! We hope to begin meeting monthly in Fall 2011.
**Please note that in order to create safe space to discuss the effects of racism on those who are most affected by it, this group is limited to people of color. Thanks in advance for respecting this guideline.
Andrea Davis has her Masters of Divinity and has several years’ experience leading groups for youth and adults on spirituality, social justice, and identity. Her passion is exploring how the healings arts can empower individuals to practice self and community healing around the traumas inflicted by institutional, systemic, and historical oppression.
Angela Urata has lived out her commitment to social and economic justice through her 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has led workshops on spirituality and conflict resolution with incarcerated and homeless women. As a certified yoga teacher RYT 200, she has witnessed the healing and transformative powers of body-based wisdom and practices.
Buddhist of Color Therapist Group August 16, 2011Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Counseling, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Hello, I am a chicana psychotherapist (15yrs) with a yoga and mindfulness practice (25yrs). I would like to form a consultation group with other buddhists of color who are also therapists for support and ongoing growth.
Please email Susana @ email@example.com
Who is PEERS?
A consumer-run, non-profit organization that provides mental health education, outreach, and advocacy throughout Alameda County
Living in Your Body ongoing women’s therapy group January 6, 2011Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Living in Your Body, my ongoing women’s therapy group, starts next week, and we’re still accepting new members!
The group is a wonderful opportunity for women who want to come into deeper connection with your feelings, needs and responses, and communicate more authentically in your relationships.
By interweaving interpersonal process, somatics and mindfulness practices, participants will explore how to…
–deepen your capacities for intimacy and connection
–improve your ability to set and negotiate healthy boundaries
–learn how to articulate your needs from a grounded, embodied place
Call Sonya Brewer at 510-496-6010 to schedule an intake interview or visit http://sonyabrewer.com/LivinginYourBody.aspx for more information.
Peace and blessings,
Sonya Brewer, MFT Intern
Somatic Psychotherapy for Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
IMF Registration # 61996
Supervised by Margie Cohen, LCSW
License # LCS11263