Due to the pandemic, my teachings are currently offered online. But things are shifting -- I now have one in-person event listed. See the Live Teachings page.
Complete listing is on the Calendar page. All times are Pacific unless noted otherwise.
Dharma Talks (join via Zoom link from the sangha's website)
- Sun, June 20th, 11:00am-12:30pm -- SanghaLive teaching (meditation, talk, Q&A)
- Tues, June 29th, 7:00-8:30pm -- Napa Valley Insight Meditation
Daylongs and Half-Days
- In This Very Life (sutta study), weekly on Friday online, 11am-noon, register by sending email. (No prior experience with Buddhist texts is required)
Series Classes and Retreats:
Heart and Mind in Harmony
An online "sandwich retreat"
May 31st - Jun 5th
With Kim Allen
And Karen Zelin, Marcy Reynolds, and G Schulz for the morning sessions
Mon, May 31: 10:00am-3:30pm
Tues, Jun 1: 8:00-8:45am and 7:00-8:00pm
Wed, Jun 2: 11:00am-12:15pm and 7:00-8:00pm
Thurs, Jun 3: 8:00-8:45am and 7:00-8:00pm
Fri, Jun 4: 8:00-8:45am and 7:00-8:00pm
Sat, Jun 5: 10:00am-3:30pm
To participate, please attend both daylongs and at least two weeknights. The teachings will unfold over the course of the whole week.
As we learn and practice the Dharma, it begins to "soak into" our body, heart, and mind. It changes the way we see, act, and live. In this retreat, we will explore how the Dharma both purifies and strengthens the heart and mind, such that our life feels more harmonious and we become a refuge for others. Peace is possible.
The daylongs focus on calm and insight – deepening our understanding of the mind and its release into freedom. The weekday evenings focus on the cultivation of heart qualities. The weekday mornings include movement and/or meditation. There will be guided and silent meditations, teachings, and time for Q&A and practice discussion.
The "sandwich retreat" format is compatible with seclusion or with work. Either way, you are encouraged to hold the whole week as a time of focused practice, including simplifying your communications and activities.
An IMSB class co-taught with Shaila Catherine
Two versions: Online and In-person
Online: Six Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm, June 14-July 26 (no class July 5)
Register for online version: https://www.imsb.org/event/strengthening-mindfulness-online/all/
In-person in Saratoga: Six Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm, June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)
Register for in-person version: https://www.imsb.org/event/strengthening-mindfulness-in-person-in-saratoga/all/
Intended for people who have previously taken an introductory mindfulness course, this series deepens the practice of mindfulness, highlights shifts in our experiences as the pandemic subsides, and leads to profound understandings of the mind. Emphasis is placed on integrating the practice with daily life situations, supported by ongoing daily meditation practice. Mindfulness training is a practical tool that can foster wisdom in any activity, reduce conflict, and produce liberating insights.
This course will include:
June 14/17 – A Fresh Start with a More Mindful Life with Kim
June 21/24 – Spiritual Growth through Mindful Speech with Shaila
June 28/July 8 – Awareness of Death as a Spiritual Practice with Kim
July 12/15 – Abandoning Worry, Anxiety, and Self-sabotaging Thoughts with Shaila
July 19/22 – Wise Perspectives for Finding Balance in Everyday Life with Kim
July 26/29 – Enhancing Joy Through Mindful Presence with Shaila
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
- Sat, July 24, 2021 (registration coming soon)
Level 2: TBD