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September 2020

Buddhist Essentials – 9 Class Series

This 9-Class Series will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from June 17, 2020 through February 17, 2021 from 7-9:00 PM. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, the class will be held either at University Friends Meeting House or via Zoom Meetings. For latest information about status of classes and events, check our Status page. Information will be mailed with Registration.  Class materials are available here. The Class Schedule is as follows: June 17      The Three Characteristics – with Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort The Three Characteristics are the three aspects that pervade all of conditioned phenomena: anicca, dukkha, and anatta.  When we…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Wednesday, September 16 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

Tradition: Vipassanna
Teacher: Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort

Tara Drupchen

The Nalandabodhi International sangha announces our fifth annual Tara Drupchen to be hosted online with practices at Nalanda West in Seattle, Karmapa Center 16 in Chicago, and many Nalandabodhi centers around the world from September 24 – 27, 2020. In all wisdom traditions, including Buddhism, it is said that the antidote to fear is loving-kindness. In Vajrayana Buddhism, the figure of Tara symbolizes the fearless and compassionate energy of our mind’s true nature and a firm resolve to dispel the suffering and fears of all beings. Our 2020 Tara Drupchen is especially dedicated to overcoming the current pandemic, to all…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Thursday, September 24 @ 4:30 pm
End: Sunday, September 27 @ 2:00 pm

Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Balancing Through Hard Times

Day of Mindfulness. Location: If in person, at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. If online, then through Zoom. For Zoom link, please go to this Zoom Meeting Reference schedule. In this day of mindfulness, Emily Carpenter and Steve Wilhelm will offer Dharma teachings, meditation instruction and support. We will explore how our mindfulness practice can help bring insight, equanimity and happiness, even in the middle of a pandemic and an election. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation. Also we will break up for group discussions, with an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with the teachers. Beginners welcome.…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Emily Carpenter, Steve Wilhelm

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6-Weeks)

This is a 6-week class, meeting every Wednesday from 7-9PM, September 30th through November 4th. Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in the present moment, leads to stillness and a growing understanding of the nature of life. Out of this seeing emerges wisdom and compassion. It is…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Wednesday, September 30 @ 12:00 am
End: Wednesday, November 4 @ 12:00 am

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6 Weeks)

6-Week Class Series (every Thursday) 7-9 PM from Sept 30, 2020 through November 4, 2020. Includes a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in the present moment, leads to stillness and a growing understanding of the nature of life.…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

October 2020

Zen Intro Series

A  FOUR WEEK, ON-LINE, EXPLORATION OF RINZAI ZEN PRACTICE Thursdays, Oct 1 – Oct 22 | 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm | www.choboji.org | Please register at intro@choboji.org for the zoom link.   Bring your curiosity and your questions, to our Introduction to Zen class. This 4-week, online course, will cover everything you need to develop a meditation practice and teaches the fundamentals of Zen Buddhism. Each class is taught by a different, experienced, Zen practitioner. Classes start with introductions, a 15 minute sit, followed by a presentation, and ample time to ask questions. Recommended donation is $5. per class.…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji

Start: Thursday, October 1 @ 7:30 pm
End: Thursday, October 22 @ 8:45 pm

Tradition: Rinzai Zen
Teacher: Genjo Marinello

Daylong Retreat: Four Foundations of Mindfulness

This daylong retreat will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: the body, feeling tones, mental states, and dhammas. Mindfulness of the Four Foundations is described in the Satipatthana Sutta as the direct path to liberation. Mindful examination of these realms reveals the true nature of phenomena, leading to clear seeing and full awakening. This daylong retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, dhamma talks about the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, small group sessions with Q&As, and optional opportunities for 1-on-1 discussions with one of the Local Dharma Leaders about your practice. This daylong retreat is part of a nine-month series…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Anna Ossenfort, Sooz Appel, Lyndal Johnson, Susan Alotrico

Life After Refuge (Zoom class)

Monday, October 5 Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm Instructor: Ron Hogan Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96369950432 Meeting ID: 963 6995 0432 Free, donations accepted Open to those who have already taken Refuge What do you do once you have taken refuge? To help with questions like these, we will be offering a regularly scheduled “Life After Refuge” discussion group. The aim is to hold informal discussions on beginning your new spiritual path. This will be scheduled during the week following a Refuge ceremony. Comments from past attendees: “This class was much needed after taking refuge.” “Excellent follow-up to refuge.” Ron Hogan is…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tradition: Sakya
Teacher: Ron Hogan

An Antidote for Turbulent Times: The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

During times of great disruption it is easy to slip into destructive habits –  fear, denial, confusion, negativity, short temper or a sense of righteousness.  All these guests appear when we feel threatened. When we are locked in these strong emotions we cannot see that everything that appears has a single ground – Buddha nature.  We do not see that there are two paths – delusion and non delusion and two different results  – samsara and nirvana.  We see only one  – samsara. What is the antidote to our delusion? A “lullaby to awaken the heart”, as Mitra Dean Karl…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Tuesday, October 6 @ 6:00 pm
End: Tuesday, October 27 @ 7:30 pm

Tradition: Vajrayana
Teacher: Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

(Online) Eye of the Storm: Navigating the Modern World

Do you struggle to keep momentum with your spiritual practice? It is easy to feel one’s energy get drained away and get lost in the struggles and distractions of the modern world. It’s like trying to cross a desert, and holding precious water in a leaky cup with no lid. This course will teach you about the art of the spiritual container. By repairing the holes in your metaphorical leaky cup, you can redesign your everyday life to be more like you’re in the protective space of retreat. From years of being a refuge for spiritual explorers, our meditation centre,…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Planet Dharma

Start: Monday, October 12
End: Sunday, November 8

Tradition: Namgyal Lineage
Teacher: Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

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