Due to the pandemic, all my teachings are currently offered online. Complete listing is on the Calendar page. All times are Pacific.
Dharma Talks (join via Zoom link from the sangha's website)
- Thurs, Jul 30 and Aug 6, 5:30-7:00pm. Hosted by Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center.
- Tues, Aug 4 and 11, 5:15-6:30pm. Hosted by Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha.
- Wed, Aug 12 and 26, 7:00-8:30pm. Hosted by Coastside Vipassana.
- Sat, Aug 15, hosted by Insight Santa Cruz. Details coming soon.
Pali Canon Workshops:
These sessions are for people who wish to "go to the source" of Buddhist teachings. You will be given the information and support to begin or deepen your relationship with these ancient wisdom texts.
Level 1: Approaching the Pali Canon
- Sun, July 26, 9am-Noon ONLINE (Register here)
Level 2: [Coming soon]
- Weekly on Friday ONLINE, 11am-noon, In This Very Life: Sutta Study, register by sending email. (No prior experience with Buddhist texts is required)
Series Classes and Retreats:
Growing Wisdom through Meditation
A series of monthly workshops through Sept 2020 (via Zoom). Feel free to attend any portion.
[Some earlier sessions are completed]
All 1:30-4:00pm Pacific
Sun, Jul 12: Dharma investigation: Getting to the bottom of experience
Sat, Aug 22: Calm, concentration, and the seven factors of Awakening
Sat, Sept 12: Wisdom: "Head and Heart" together
Do you notice that you often use your mind for planning, deciding, evaluating, analyzing, and debating? Modern life in the West encourages heavy use of our “analytical” mind, but treating it as a mundane tool does not fulfill its greatest potential. When developed and used well, our mind can manifest the intuitive wisdom, clarity, and deep inquiry that are truly beneficial for ourselves and the world.
This series of classes begins with the “seed” of wisdom that we all have within the analytical aspect of mind, and nourishes it through meditation practices from the Buddhist tradition. Combining our seed with the beautiful qualities of goodwill, ethics, and confidence, as well as meditation, helps it grow into keen insight, intuition, courageous inquiry, and discernment.
Classes will include teachings, meditation, and small-group interaction. There will be guided meditations offered to practice between sessions.
Five Doorways to Finding Balance
Six Thursdays, July 16 - Aug 27, 5:30-7:30pm Pacific time (via Zoom)
The Spiritual Faculties in Meditation and Life
A six-week online course led by Kim Allen and Shaila Catherine
When the ground shifts beneath our feet, how do we orient? What is reliable, both as an inner refuge and as a source from which to act? Buddhist teachings emphasize the impermanence and unreliability of the world, and they also offer reliable means to navigate such a world skillfully, such that our life becomes a path to Awakening. In this series, we will explore the five spiritual faculties (trust, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom) as reference points and doorways to finding balance and clarity amidst uncertainty. Each highlights a different approach to developing the mind and to acting with wisdom and compassion in our life.
- Jul 16: The Spiritual Faculties as Indriya: Ways to Channel the Mind, with Kim Allen
- Jul 23: Trust, with Kim Allen
- Jul 30: Energy, with Shaila Catherine
- Aug 6: No class. Mid-course Break.
- Aug 13: Mindfulness, with Kim Allen
- Aug 20: Concentration, with Kim Allen
- Aug 27: Wisdom, with Kim Allen
Navigating the Way: An Exploration of the Kalama Sutta
A Sati Center course led by Kim Allen, Ying Chen, David Lorey, and Diana Clark
Sat-Tues-Thurs-Sat, July 11, 14, 16, and 18
8:30-10:00am Pacific time (via Zoom)
Join us in exploring one of the central questions of our practice: How do we know which teachings, practices, and actions to follow? In the Kalama Sutta (AN 3.65), the Buddha offers guidance in this area. In addition, the Kalama Sutta contains other teachings that relate to the brahma-viharas (including lovingkindness and compassion), the role of views, wise speech, and the four assurances (a version of Pascal’s Wager).
In this 4-session class (Sat, Tues, Thurs, Sat), we will explore the richness of the Kalama Sutta, developing a multifaceted picture of ways to navigate our path. Sessions will include meditation, teachings, Q&A, and small-group discussion.
Course material: We recommend purchasing The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha in the long run. There are also several online translations available for this sutta at Sutta Central.
Finding Clarity in Confusion: Five Doorways
An Online Retreat with Kim Allen, hosted by New Mexico Insight sanghas
Aug 2-8, 2020
Sun, Aug 2: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Mon, Wed, Fri, Aug 3 / 5 / 7: 6:30 - 7:30pm (optional practice discussion available, 7:30-8:15pm)
Sat, Aug 8: 9:00am - 3:30pm
To participate: You must attend both daylongs and at least one weeknight.
When the ground shifts beneath our feet, how do we orient? What is reliable, both as an inner refuge and as a source from which to act? Buddhist teachings emphasize the impermanence and unreliability of the world, and they also offer reliable means to navigate such a world skillfully, such that our life becomes a path to Awakening. In this retreat, we will use the five spiritual faculties (trust, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom) as reference points and doorways to finding clarity amidst uncertainty. Each offers different means to develop the mind and to act with wisdom and compassion in our life.
Note: This retreat contains similar teachings as the 6-week course "Five Doorways to Balance," above. However, the format is quite different and some material will be unique to the retreat. It would be fine to register for both.