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
Private practice in Somatic Experiencing November 14, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Coaching, Counseling.
Hello Sangha Members:
I want to let you know about my N. Berkeley private practice in Somatic Experiencing®.
I am happy to offer a first session at no charge.
For those of you who don’t know, Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a process designed to work with accumulated stress or trauma which may leave our physiology in a habitual or easily triggered state of fight, flight or freeze. We may experience this as constriction in our body, emotional reactivity, intrusive thinking, restlessness, irritation, and more.
For meditation practitioners and others, SE can help with:
•Settling and calming the nervous system
•Letting go of discursive thinking and getting in touch with bodily experience
•Allowing unprocessed material to arise to consciousness, move through in small manageable pieces, and be integrated
Skills learned in sessions can be easily integrated into everyday life and practice. I am passionate about this work. I hope you will come and try it!
Aikido Shusekai in Berkeley February 28, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes.
For those of you with children five and up who are interested in martial arts, I highly recommend Aikido Shusekai in Berkeley at 2525 Eighth St. Excellent age/developmentally appropriate instruction is offered as well as a free trial class. For more information visit http://www.aikiarts.com/kids.
All the best,
Meghan Lewis, PhD
Free CandleLight Yoga Class for People of Color February 24, 2011Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community EVENTS, General Resources.
Yoga class at EastSide Arts Alliance every Monday night from 7-8:15pm!!
This FREE class is unique in that it is designated for People of Color. Please join us in breaking the stereotypes and myths about the spiritual practice that is Yoga.
You don’t need to be impressively flexible in order to practice
You don’t need to be at your ultimate fitness level
Yoga is not a privilege reserved for the rich, elite, and eco-chic
Yoga is not a competition.
Come as you are, feel welcomed and at ease, and know that your presence is a gift to us.
Blending Raja Yoga and Vinyassa Flow, this class uses breath and meditation to guide us through a series of restorative yet challenging poses. Develop your deeply personal practice of mindfulness, movement, and healing with your Yoga community that awaits you here at ESAA!
** If you feel inclined to donate anything at all, your donations will be used solely for purchasing props and mats so that we may expand the class.
Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns about class.
Bright Dawn: Institute for American Buddhism Lay Ministry Program December 31, 2010Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma Resources.
Would you like to take your individual spiritual growth to the next level? Would you like to be a part of the emerging history of Buddhism in America? Check out our Lay Ministry non-residential, year and a half study program. Join fellow students from across the country in weekly Sunday evening small group teleconference sessions discussing written reports on assigned readings. No financial tuition required. Sweat equity and sincere commitment necessary.
YOGA AND PHILOSOPHY ON DONATION BASIS June 28, 2010Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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YOGA AND PHILOSOPHY ON DONATION BASIS
This yoga center I used to go to is offering hatha yoga (Sivananda tradition) and Yoga philosophy on donation basis for the rest of the summer. The center is in north Berkeley. I highly recommend this center as a place to learn yoga that is truly connected to spiritual practice via a legitimate lineage. Please check them out and spread the word! –Sylvia
Traditionally, ashrams and spiritual centers in India don’t charge for any classes, events, etc. They function on a donation basis. People come to these places to get spiritual inspiration, upliftment and guidance, and in return support the centers according to their ability, through donations and or service to the center. Culturally, it is considered an honor and duty to support such places, since they offer tools for finding inner peace and inspiration. When Swami Vishnu-devananda first came to the West, he did the same. But yoga, meditation and Vedanta philosophy were not known in the USA, as well as the concept of supporting the ashram. The ashram wasn’t managing to survive, and after being urged by his close students, donation amounts for classes and retreats were set. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers which he founded, as well as our center, have been functioning in this manner.
We are planning on changing this approach, since we follow a traditional system and since we want our center to be open and welcoming to everyone. As a first step, all of our ongoing classes will be on a donation basis for the rest of the summer. When coming to class, you can offer from your heart whatever donation you see appropriate – and that you can afford – in the donation box. This approach can take pressure off of those who may not be able to afford a set amount for classes, and it opens the opportunity for others who would like to donate more to support the center (which in fact, would be helping to support others’ yoga practice).
We look forward to welcoming all of you.
Our summer ongoing class schedule is as follows -
Sunday 10 AM yoga class
Sunday 11:30 AM Bhagavad Gita study (yoga philosophy)
Monday 6 PM yoga class
Wednesday 6 PM yoga class
Wednesday 7:45 PM Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and a talk on yoga philosophy).
Saturday 9:30 AM yoga class
Also, please join us for our upcoming events…
Swami Sivananda Mahasamadhi Celebration
Wednesday July 14, 7:30 PM
Celebrating the 43rd anniversary of Swami Sivananda’s departure from this world. It is said when a Master leaves his body, he totally merges in with the absolute and discards all traces of individuality. We will be performing a Puja (traditional worship ceremony), Kirtan (chanting), and serving a festive vegetarian feast.
Finding Inspiration! A One-Day Retreat
Saturday July 17, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us for a day of yoga, meditation, introspection, and dynamic workshops on finding your inner inspiration!
A wonderful opportunity to relax, recharge, and refresh body, mind and soul.
Classes will be taught by Gajananam, director of our center. 3:00 PM talk by Odissi Guru Jyoti Rout.
7:30 AM Meditation, Kirtan (uplifting mantra chanting), Discussion – Finding Inspiration Within
9:30 AM Relaxing and Energizing Yoga Class
11:30 AM Vegetarian Brunch
12:30 PM Discussion – Inspirations from the Yogis, Seers, and Saints
1:30 PM Diving Within Through Walking Meditation and Mantra Chanting
2:30 PM Tea Break
3:00 PM Finding Inspiration in Daily Life with Odissi Guru Jyoti Rout
4:00 PM Conclusion
We look forward to seeing and serving you soon.
Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center
1034 Delaware St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Tai Chi in Oakland November 19, 2009Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS, Community SKILL SHARE, Tai Chi.
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Tai Chi in Oakland.
thurs @5-6pm. Hand to Hand Self defense center on San Pablo/Aileen st.
open to all levels ($10-15)
Tai Chi will improve all aspects of your health and help to calm your breath and spirit.
for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
teacher: Ari Lathuras has been training in Tai chi for 12 yrs., Kung Fu for 15 yrs. and teaching for the past 6yrs. She currently trains with Shifu Alex Feng
Yoga Santosha – Low-Cost Semi-Private Hatha Yoga Classes June 16, 2009Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
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Maximum of 6 students. Semi_Private instruction with lots of individual attention in a cozy, carpeted studio for only $15.
Classes are designed for the beginning yoga student while challenging the more experienced practitioner to go deeper into the fundamentals of their practice. I provide a supportive environment in which beginning students can learn the foundations of a yoga practice: yogic breathing, movement, proper alignment in the postures, and meditation. Emphasis is on allowing your body to move gently and fluidly through the postures.
Poses + Breath Work + Meditation = State of Chilled Out Bliss.
I guarantee you will leave tuned into a higher vibration. (((._.)))
When: Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Alameda Wellness Center
2719 Encinal Avenue @ Versailles