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Sat. October 15, 12PM in SF: Walk to Feed the Hungry September 29, 2016

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The renowned Buddhist Monk Bhikkhu Bodhi translater of many important Pali texts, beloved teacher of the Vipassana community, is leading without leading an effort to reduce hunger.
How wonderful to care for all beings in this way.  Walk or donate to someone who is walking.  It is another way to depeen our generosity to all beings.
May we undertake the wish to relieve the suffering not just for ourselves & familiars, but all beings. Thank you Bhikkhu Bodhi, wonderful.
Thank you to everyone who is involved in this effort.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Event Schedule

Check-in Time: 12:00 noon – 12:45 pm
Talk on the history of Gold Mountain Monastery: 12:45 pm


Vietnamese Buddhist Association of San Francisco
243 Duboce Avenue
San Francisco, CA

Start Walking: 1:00 pm

Please bring a water bottle, sun-hat, and whatever you need for your walk. (SF is cooler than one assumes.) If you can, please wear a white shirt, so on the busy streets of San Francisco we can be identified as a group.

Getting there: Public transportation and carpooling are encouraged.

You can use Luxe.com valet services to park your car and deliver it to you at the end location for about $5/hr. Or you can park here:

  • Central Parking System, 600 California St, San Francisco, CA (488 ft SE)
  • Portsmouth Square Garage, 733 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA   (0.1 mi NE)
  • Central Parking, 550 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA (0.1 mi E)
  • St. Mary’s Square Garage, 433 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA ( 0.1 mi SE)

Ending Point: Vietnamese Buddhist Association of SF, 243 Duboce Ave, San Francisco 

Getting back to your car: You can walk back or use public transportation.

Also view the local website at http://www.karunabv.org/san-francisco-walk-2016.html


Corina Stoicescu
707 540 3559

May all beings be free from hunger.


Needed: Padded, folding meditation bench September 29, 2016

Posted by ebmc in Community CONNECTIONS, FREE ~ FOR SALE ~ WANTED.
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If you have a padded, folding meditation bench you would like to gift or sell, please get in touch.

Thanks. Rochelle. rtwellness@hotmail.com

Housing Needed ASAP September 29, 2016

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Housing Needed in or around Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, or open to other possibilities as long as its close to a public transportation.

I am a Unity Chaplain and Yogic Minister, work for Tibetan Aid Project in Berkeley. I love to practice Kundalini yoga and Kriya yoga, reiki, meditate, dance, sign, cook and be around loving people.

I am an active senior in need of housing A.S.A.P. If you have a wonderful place available or known of one, please call me at 510-355-2226 or email: ariangels2727@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Starting Sept. 1: Looking for a third roommate August 27, 2016

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We are two wise and self-aware women (50+), jewelry maker/healer and caregiver/therapist, seeking a third person to enrich our 3 bedroom, 2 bath cozy north Oakland home beginning September 1st. Room available is upstairs bedroom with shared bath.The ideal person would value a clean, quiet, mostly fragrance free dwelling upstairs to retreat to, with low traffic and noise, especially between 10pm-6am, and would welcome sharing the downstairs kitchen/living room for occasional visitors and social/musical gatherings. We encourage creative musical nurturing beings with an appreciation for space and beauty. The home is small but very functional, well-insulated, two full sized bathrooms, skylight, washer/dryer and lots of sunlight, and includes a small yard with some raised garden beds. We are both without pets, and would happily welcome a friendly well-behaved dog. The location is about 5 blocks north of the MacArthur BART, one half block west of MLK. Our house is tucked in a cul-de-sac with 5 other similar houses. Rent is $667 and utilities run about $90/month. We are both health conscious and eat a varied diet that includes animal products.

If interested please send us an email at jcdiamond@yahoo.com telling us about yourself, your lifestyle, and what you hope to find in a living situation. Happy to send some photos!

Starting Sept. 21: RECLAMATION: A Group for Those Recovering from Religious Harm August 27, 2016

Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community EVENTS, Sitting groups & Support groups.
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This 10 week group offers a safe place for individuals to come together to acknowledge and work through experiences that have caused religious/spiritual harm or wounding. It is a space for individuals to process harm experienced while a member of a church, a “high-demand” group, or a cult. Participants will support each other through a therapeutic process that includes the sharing of stories, drama therapy and experiential exercises, improvisation techniques, journaling, movement, art and group processing.

6:30-9:00 p.m.

No group on Oct. 5th or Nov. 23rd

Intake interview required

Please call Sarah at 415-820-9696 x19 or email at sarahlivingarts@gmail.com

Facilitated by:
Sarah Harkness, MA, LMFT #88566 is a drama therapist and psychotherapist with a private practice in San Mateo. She has worked with people from many different walks of life, and believes in the healing power of sharing stories in a group setting. As a survivor of a “high-demand” group herself, Sarah has experience with those leaving behind religious communities and expressions, as well as with those struggling to still find a spiritual home for themselves within a religious tradition. Holding a space for the diversity within this discernment is part of the uniqueness of this group.

Community Housing Available Now July 14, 2016

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Crescent Sangha Community is made up of 6 people, 2 houses, (5 people in one house, 1 person in the other). The community was originally founded with the intention of creating support for dharma practice. This intention was modified to ‘support for mindfulness practices’ because it seemed to better describe the household. We are having an opening coming up in our friendly household and are looking to build on the original intention of a diverse interactive household that fosters health and harmony within ourselves and in the world through mindfulness.

Current practices that nurture this intention in the household are:
*Optional weekly dharma/spiritual discussion where we meditate, read or listen to spiritual teachings, and share how it is applicable in our lives
*Reserving the living room for meditation until 8am in the morning.
*Care for the environment through recycling, composting our food waste, and use of non-toxic products as much as possible.
*General interest in buying organic, local, and bulk foods
*Occasionally sponsoring community events such as the Eco-village potlucks, gatherings around various environmental and political issues, and social gatherings including concerts, film viewings, and festive events.
*Rotating care for the house environment chores to keep the house clean.
More about the house and its amenities:
*2500 sq ft house plus basement and 2 decks
*Front and side yard spaces
*Spacious common areas (living, dining, and a guest room)
*Washer and dryer
*Internet access
*Separate phone lines
The room is about 9.5 x 9.5′ plus a closet with windows on two walls for $500. The room is small but great for someone who enjoys simple living and using the large common spaces. In addition there is the cost of shared utilities (PG&E, trash, and water). There is wireless internet available of which the cost is shared among the users.

The space will be open in July. Move in requires: references, first, last, and deposit of $200.

About the local area:
*We’re five minutes’ walking distance from the Grand and Lakeshore Avenues, casual carpool (free, fast commuting into the City), & Lake Merritt.
*We are a short distance from Piedmont Avenue, 19th St. BART, and downtown Oakland.
*There is a farmer’s market down the hill on Saturdays.

Being the steward of the land, I am re-intending to have people move in that are interested in community building through shared meals, regular community meetings, house/yard/garden beautification, community events, and recreation time with videos, music, games, & outings.

We are interested in hearing more about you, so send us something about what you are looking for in a living environment and why this may be a fit. Please include your phone number so we can interview you over the phone. After the interview, if it seems like a fit, we will arrange a house showing and then from there it goes to final interviewing with the rest of the house members.

One last thing, we are not the right home for furry creatures.

Paul of Crescent Sangha Community (CSC)

Recharge Basecamp: An Online Caregiver Community May 11, 2015

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A new on-line Caregiver Community launched May 1, 2015 called Recharge Basecamp.

Recharge Basecamp is a place where Caregivers can put on their own oxygen masks first before attending to the needs of their loved ones. My own journey as a Caregiver started a few years ago when my son went into a mental health crisis. Since then my desire to share my story, my lessons and coaching with others going through crisis and life transitions has continued to grow and evolve.

Since launching my blog Far From Paradise in 2012, I’ve spoken to hundreds of parents and caregivers who literally stumbled upon my website while trying to navigate their way through a loved ones health crisis. Each person I spoke with shared a similar story to my own, feeling like more Peer Support was needed – and yet having difficulty finding someone, anyone who was willing to talk openly about their circumstances.

What I have found is that Caregivers of all backgrounds find similar challenges as they seek out support and understanding. This forum is focused on providing a respite and community for Caregivers. The desire is to create a space that is filled with support and understanding, as well as advice, tools and processes that will include topics such as self-care, health and wellness, guided meditations, guest speakers and more.

Here is more information about the program:

  • Each week there will be a 15 minute-long Respite group coaching call focusing on relevant Caregiver topics such as: Self Care, Health and Wellness, Guided meditations, practical support tools, special guest speakers and more (Calls will be recorded and available for replay anytime)
  • Each member will have access to a PRIVATE community forum where they can connect with other caregivers sharing advice, tools and support (This will be hosted on a Private Facebook Group)
  • Each Month there will be Q & A Discussion Calls that will address topics submitted by community members
  • There will be exclusive content created just for this group

If you are a Caregiver or know a Caregiver that could benefit from this Caregivers Community, please pass along this information. You can visit http://www.rechargebasecamp.com for more details.

Thank you,
Amy White

The Mindful Teen Book April 2, 2015

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Do you have a special teenager in your life? Do you work with teens? If so, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my new book, The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time.

I’m a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, and I work with teens who experience chronic stress and stress-related health conditions. The Mindful Teen has been a creative mindfulness practice and a labor of love for me over the last two years, building on my work with Dr. Jake Locke at BC Children’s Hospital (although the book is not an official project of, or endorsed by, BCCH). Being a teen is stressful, with all kinds of stress from school, family, neighborhoods, peers, and sometimes chronic illness and chronic pain. The Mindful Teen speaks directly to teens, helping them to learn and practice mindfulness skills, plant the seeds for a more mindful life, and discover their own inner strength and resilience to cope and thrive in the face of stress. I hope that The Mindful Teen (and the associated website, mindfulnessforteens.com) might be useful for teens to guide themselves in mindfulness and coping, and also as a supplement to youth mindfulness programs in schools, community, and health care settings. I’ve been humbled by some advance reviews by my teachers and inspirations in mindfulness.

“A book that establishes a truly wise, empathic, and motivating resonance with teens. It offers a straightforward and commonsensical way to deal with stress of all kinds and afflictive emotions and thoughts by inviting them into awareness and discovering that with a little mindfulness and heartfulness, you are much much bigger than they are!”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are

“Dzung Vo, my student, is a very dedicated and wonderful adolescent pediatrician. He has written this book as a record of experiences working with adolescents. It is a recommended book on mindfulness for teens and a teaching tool for the Wake Up Movement. I highly recommend this book for teens and teen educators.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master, poet, scholar, activist, and author of Being Peace

The Mindful Teen is now available on Amazon, directly from the publisher (New Harbinger), and at local bookstores.


For more information on mindfulness for teens – my website contains free guided meditations, videos, book excerpts, and mindfulness resources: http://mindfulnessforteens.com/

For more information on The Mindful Teen book: http://mindfulnessforteens.com/the-mindful-teen/

May you be mindful, may you be well, and may all young people have the chance to experience freedom and peace.


People of Color Cohousing Meetup Group Forming February 23, 2015

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We will serve as a hub to connect people of color who are interested in investing in, buying, or renting-to-own co-housing in the East Bay.

We can also work on ways to connect more people of color to established co-housing and co-ops in the SF Bay Area.