Monday Night at Spirit Rock (plus webcast)
May
8
7:15pm 7:15pm

Monday Night at Spirit Rock (plus webcast)

Meditation and Dharma Talk.
This event is offered on a sliding scale, $10-$108 

"Spirit Rock Live: Monday Nights with Jack Kornfield and Friends", a live webcast of our Monday Night sitting group.

Now in its 32nd year, the Monday Night sitting group at Spirit Rock has been a welcoming refuge for the community to gather, hear the teachings of the Buddha and practice mindfulness meditation. We begin with 30 to 40 minutes of guided meditation, followed by a 15-minute break. The teacher then offers a dharma talk and answers questions from participants. 

If you're unable to tune in Monday Night for the live webcast, a recording of the program is available on our website within a few minutes after the live webcast ends and can be viewed until the end of the day the following Sunday.

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Dharma of Now
May
4
7:15pm 7:15pm

Dharma of Now

 

The path of awakening means being honest and realistic with our actual experience, and responding to each situation with appropriate wisdom. How do we bring our practice into the reality of current events today? How do we practice equanimity with issues we care deeply about? How can we find balance when we have strong feelings or views? Come join us for an evening of practice, exploration, and discussion on practicing Dharma today. 

Meets in the Community Meditation Center.

This event is offered on a sliding scale / donation basis $0-$30

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The Gradual Training
Mar
26
10:00am10:00am

The Gradual Training

A Path of Happiness: The Gradual Training

Many are drawn to Buddhism and spirituality with a keen interest in meditation. Yet before offering any meditation instructions, the Buddha guided his disciples in a progression of practice known as The Gradual Training. This training provides a step-by-step approach to living a life of meaning and inner happiness, and culminates in the highest fruit of contemplative practice – Awakening.

During this day of integrated practice, we will explore these essential aspects of the Buddhist path as a ground for happiness and the foundation of meditation. Our day will include periods of discussion, question and answer, silent meditation, and reflection. All levels of experience are welcome.

This event has a registration fee plus a suggested donation for teacher support.

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Wise Speech Daylong
Mar
25
10:00am10:00am

Wise Speech Daylong

  • Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event has a sliding scale registration fee. 

Training ourselves to speak in a wise and non-harmful way is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path. In this workshop, we will explore the how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication: our listening, our speaking, and even our thinking. The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. These practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, self-understanding, and empathy. Through strengthening our capacity to stay present and to be more skillful in difficult situations, the pain and misunderstandings that come out of unwise and hab itual speech can begin to ease.

The day will include talks, sitting, movement and interactive speech practices. 

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Strengthening the Heart
Mar
17
to Mar 22

Strengthening the Heart

  • Insight Meditation Society (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Metta, sometimes translated as unconditional kindness or universal friendliness, grows from our capacity for basic human warmth. It is the first of four sublime states that can be cultivated as a powerful support for well-being, concentration and the deepening of insight practice.

In this silent metta retreat, we will explore a range of techniques for developing kindness, as well as ways to release the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, Dharma talks, instructions and group interviews with the teachers. 

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and more experienced meditators. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Leslie Booker.

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A Dharma Response
Feb
28
5:30pm 5:30pm

A Dharma Response

A Dharma Response: Engaging in Political and Social Challenges As Practice

Free Conference Call with Shahara Godfrey, Kate Munding, Betsy Rose and Oren J. Sofer

Many in the Dharma community are deeply concerned by the events unfolding in our country and political scene leading up to and since the most recent election. Join Oren, Kate Munding and other guest Dharma teachers for this free video conference call. 

This virtual meeting will explore how to navigate and respond to the current political and social struggles of our country using Dharma practice and understanding. How can the Dharma help guide our actions? How can we make our social engagement itself a form of Dharma practice? There will also be opportunity for participants to connect with each other and share how they are taking action and how others can join them. 

Participants must pre-register to join. The conference is completely free of charge. We recommend using a computer or device with a video camera / web-cam. You may also join the Zoom conference by phone. All details will be provided upon registering.

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Talk it Out Radio
Jan
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Talk it Out Radio

Join Oren on KPFA 94.1 FM's "Talk it Out Radio." Oren will discusses Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and meditation in daily life. The hour will include live Q&A from callers!

Talk it out Radio is dedicated to sharing the importance of mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and provides skills for effective and meaningful communication.

 

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Leadership on the Bodhisattva Path
Dec
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Leadership on the Bodhisattva Path

Leadership on the Bodhisattva Path: Integrating Power and Love
with Miki Kashtan and Oren J. Sofer

Sliding scale registration fee.
Details at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Many of us are inspired by the image of the Bodhisattva — the one who vows to work for the relief and liberation of all sentient beings. What does it mean to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, the first bodhisattva of our time, at a time of political extremism, environmental degradation, growing gaps between rich and poor nationally and globally, and unprecedented human violence? 

We all want to improve personal and professional relationships; to develop stronger presence, greater compassion and better communication. We are beginning to realize, collectively, that individual well-being and fully thriving relationships and communities now require us to respond beyond our individual lives and step into active care for the whole. How do we show up to support ourselves and others in responding to these unprecedented times? 

In this workshop, we bring together insights and practices from the Dharma, the later traditions of nonviolence such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nonviolent Communication to examine how we forge a path of courage, love, truth, and great humility and discipline that allows us to continue our personal practice while offering ourselves in service to the whole. 

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Vipassana Retreat
Oct
13
to Oct 16

Vipassana Retreat

  • 56 Mill Pond Road Washington, NJ 07882 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 

A Path of Happiness

During this four-day residential retreat, we’ll explore Vipassana mediation as a balanced way of life, and as a path for Awakening. Emphasis will be given to developing an attitude of relaxation, kindness, and inquiry towards ourselves, and our moment to moment experience. As a residential course, this retreat will provide a valuable opportunity to greatly deepen the skills of awareness and to cultivate inner freedom.

This retreat is open to all levels of experience, and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, question & answer sessions, and guidance in Qi Gong. Participants are asked to attend the entire retreat.

Sliding scale registration fee.
See Springboard Sangha for details

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Mindful Communication
Oct
1
9:30am 9:30am

Mindful Communication

This event has a sliding scale registration fee, $35-$100.
Participants are invited to offer a donation for the teacher as well.
Scholarships are available; follow instructions at the link below.
Register via Event Brite San Francisco Insight.

About the day:

Training ourselves to speak in a wise and non-harmful way is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path. In this workshop, we will explore the how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication: our listening, our speaking, and even our thinking. The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. These practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, self-understanding, and empathy. Through strengthening our capacity to stay present and to be more skillful in difficult situations, the pain and misunderstandings that come out of unwise and habitual speech can begin to ease.

The day will include talks, sitting, movement and interactive speech practices.

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