Celebration of the life of Dr. Marlene Jones, Feb. 15 January 10, 2013Posted by Max Airborne in Community EVENTS, Community NEWS, Dharma.
Spirit Rock and East Bay Meditation Center would like to invite you to a celebration of the life of Dr. Marlene Jones—our dear dharma sister, friend, teacher, and colleague. We will be gathering on Friday, February 15th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Spirit Rock Community Hall.
Marlene gave so much, as a teacher and professor, a mother, a devoted community member, a woman committed to justice, genuine diversity and true respect for all, a public servant, an educator and a visionary and important pioneer in our Buddhist communities.
For almost 20 years, Marlene worked in bringing the dharma to diverse communities. She was instrumental in creating the first Diversity Council at Spirit Rock, the daylongs for People of Color, the sitting group for Women of Color, the first residential retreats for People of Color, and the first diversity trainings at Spirit Rock. She has taught many events at Spirit Rock and East Bay Meditation Center. She worked tirelessly as the chair of the Spirit Rock Diversity Council to create change in programming, staffing, and organizational structures. She served on the Spirit Rock Board for many years. Her contributions to Spirit Rock and EBMC are an indispensable part of our history and legacy as being one of the leaders in creating access for the dharma to western culture. One example is that programming at Spirit Rock and EBMC would not be where it is today without standing on the shoulders of her dedication, commitment and love for the Buddha’s Teachings.
Please join us in community to remember and support the beauty of Marlene’s life into our future.
If you need a ride from the East Bay, please consult the EBMC Community Bulletin Board at http://ebmc.wordpress.com/
If you are able to assist Spirit Rock staff on the day of the event, your service and love would be so greatly appreciated. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and you will be connected with what will be needed.
Jack Kornfield, Konda Mason, and Larry Yang
In order to follow Marlene’s lead in providing as much accessibility to events as possible and protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including“natural” fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to this event.
A note from the Modesto Insight Meditation Sangha February 3, 2012Posted by ebmc in Community DHARMA, Community NEWS, Dharma Resources.
The Modesto sangha is partnering with the Buddhist Pathways Prison Project (formerly Folsom Pathways Sangha – see http://www.folsompathwayssangha.org/) to begin bringing Buddhist services including mindful movement and mindfulness meditation into two Central Valley state prisons: DVI in Tracy and SCC in Jamestown. We are hoping also to bring in Spanish instruction (one person in the Modesto group is fluent) into DVI; we don’t have anyone who is Spanish-speaking for SCC. Our current plan is to offer services twice a month at each facility – probably starting in the March timeframe.
This is an inquiry to see if anyone from EBMC’s sangha might be interested in doing prison dharma service at the DVI facility in Tracy, where a few people might carpool out from time to time. If anyone is interested, please have them contact me a: email@example.com.
Our next full meeting of the Modesto volunteers and BPPP mentors is on Mar. 4th.
$3 million to grant towards gratitude research / Request for Proposals (RFP) deadline Feb 15, 2012 January 25, 2012Posted by ebmc in Community NEWS.
Announcement: $3 million to grant towards gratitude research / Request for Proposals (RFP) deadline Feb 15, 2012
UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center is very pleased to announce a recent $5.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to undertake a three-year project: “Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude.”
In collaboration with Dr. Robert Emmons from UC Davis, we seek to expand the scientific understanding of gratitude, promote research-based practices in institutions like schools and hospitals, and engage the public in a wide-reaching cultural conversation about the role of gratitude in civil society.
The first component of our project is a $3 million research initiative, focused on understanding the impact of gratitude on health and well-being, developmental science and social relationships. We would appreciate your help in soliciting research proposals to be funded by this grant. Would you be willing to publicize our request for proposals (RFP) in your networks?
The RFP link is here: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude/rfp/ An overview of the project is here: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude/
The deadline for the Letter of Intent (LOI) is February 15, 2012 at 5 pm PST and instructions for applicants can be found here:http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude/rfp/#app-instruct
Feel free to get back to Susan Fassberg with questions. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, office tel is 510-642-2492 THANK YOU!
A Benefit for Mindful Schools with Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2/17 at UC Zellerbach Hall. Mindful Schools is a non-profit organization in Oakland that teaches mindfulness in the schools. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of Mindful Based Stress Reduction and will be speaking on “The Role of Mindfulness in Education”. There are teachers/students/group discount rates available starting at $10.
http://www.mindfulschools.org for more info.