Giving was so central to the early Buddhist system that it's hard to overstate how much seems lost around this profound practice in the Western transmission. In the Insight Meditation …
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This month at Satsang (Jan 2018)
New Time: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
starting Jan 8
As the Christian New Year turns, we start with an earlier and shorter time for the Tuesday meditation group. We’ll also move from the room we’ve been in to the little Heart Room, which is being remodeled and getting a sweet altar and refresh. Moving to the new room allows us to start at 7, which we’re hoping will make the group easier for folks to fit in.
Topics in the wings for 2019 include:
- samādhi – working with anxiety & distraction
- anattā – Buddhist approaches to identity & culture
- sīla – social action as contemplative discipline
As always, talks and practices weave together personal, relational, and systemic inquiry, exploring the inseparability of individual and collective liberation.
Insight Meditation Satsang
Namaste Yoga + Wellness
2820 7th st, Berkeley
Most Recent Talks
We continue our exploration of a set of foundational practices the Buddha often taught before introducing people to the deeper liberation teachings. In Part 1, we looked at sīla, ethical …
We begin 2019 with a series on foundational practices: what the Buddha often taught as the beginning of "progressive instructions." This is a style of teaching that presents the path …
A series of talks on the difficult descriptions of liberation in the Theravāda system: the Four Paths and Fruits. We talked mostly about Stream-entry, emphasizing some of the most mysterious …
Dive into the ocean of ideas, practices, and culture that evolved into modern yoga. Designed for serious students of yoga and meditation, this is a university-level introduction to Yoga history from an engaging scholar-practitioner.
Embodiment as the heart of practice weaves together the healing of individual and collective traumas. In this study and practice weekend, we will explore nervous system physiology, individual practice and collective action, and connection to suffering and its alleviation as an integral expression of the Buddhist path.
Buddhism and Yoga, two of the diverse lineages of South Asian spiritual practice, are much more related than commonly thought. New historical evidence reveals a deeply interwoven relationship between these ancient siblings, and we will explore this history through learning practices shared by both.
April 27, 2019 (Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre)
Moving into Meditation:
Mindful Yoga & Embodied Dharma