The Shepherd's Center continues to suspend all participant activities until further notice.
March 2 - Mary Beth Blackwell-Chapman will share poetry from John Brehm's The Dharma of Poetry, in which he discusses the many similarities between Buddhist practice and the practice of writing and reading poetry. The act of reading poetry mirrors that of the ardent practitioner on her journey. Mary Beth will read and discuss several poems written between the 4th C and the present day.
March 9: Karen Garrido: Book presentaton on Part I of Jay Michaelson's The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spritual Path
March 16: Kris Grapes: Beyond the Inner Critic
March 23: Wendy Farrow: Short Sits with Shared Readings
-Virtual Dharma Meeting- Zoom is the video conferencing program that we will be using to host our weekly virtual meeting.
Resources for Buddhist Perspectives on Racism: As you might imagine, Buddhist teachers and those on a Buddhist path have offered their own perspectives on racism and racial inequities that have for too long been ignored or overlooked in our society. We will be posting on our website resources for those who might be interested in reading these perspectives. Here are a few examples:
-10 Things White People Can do to Work for Racial Injustice. By Oren Jay Sofer. Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Ajahn Sucitto, and a graduate of the IMS-Spirit Rock Vipasanna Teacher Training, and current member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council.
-Tricycle: Buddha Buzz Weekly: Buddhists Saying Black Lives Matter
-Statement on Racism from Buddhist Teachers & Leaders in the United States (2015)
-Adeana McNicholl. "Being Buddha, Staying Woke: Racial Formation in Black Buddhist Writing" (academic article in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion). 2018.
-Live Online Dharma- Until gathering restrictions are lifted several communities have taken their meetings online. Click on the websites below to find a meeting that fits your routine.
*Barre Center for Buddhist Studies daily from 10:30-11:15 EDT
*Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community every Monday 6:30pm PDT and Thursday 5:30pm PDT
*Jack Kornfield every Monday night
*David Chernikoff daily 8:00am MDT and every Tuesday 7pm MDT
*Winston-Salem Community of Mindful Living every Tuesday and Thursday 7-7:40am EDT and Thursday evening 6-7pm
*Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley every Wednesday 7:00pm EDT - 8:30pm EDT
*Insight Meditation Center of Redwood City Weekdays with Gil Fronsdal 7:00am PDT. Sunday 9:25am PDT. Monday evening sit 7:30pm PDT. Wednesday morning sit 11:00am PDT.
*Demo Rinpoche Special teachings for the Coronavirus, every Thursday 7pm - 8pm.
*Won Buddhism Meditation Temple weekends 10 am EDT live streaming, additional daily virtual gatherings available for registration.
*Deep River Sangha every Sunday from 4-5:30pm EDT and Wednesday from 7-8:30pm. First time visitors can request permission to attend a Zoom practice by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Upaya Institute and Zen Center UPAYA ELECTION SERIES: Joyful Defiance in the Call to Courageous Action
-Recommended Dharma offerings for troubling times.
*Thay's Poetry- Please Call Me by My True Names (song & poem)
*Self retreat- Creating a Home Retreat: Finding Freedom Wherever You Are by Jack Kornfield.
*Guided Meditation- for Times of Pandemic: "Calling on Your Awakened Heart" by Tara Brach.
*Practicing in a Pandemic article from Tricycle. Six new teachings on how to find compassion and equanimity in a time of great uncertainty.
*Take One Breath with Sharon Salzberg. Sharon leads a brief meditation to help cultivate a sense of protection wherever you are.
*IMS online and On Demand, live streams and recorded teachings
*Teachings on the Nature of Mind and Practice - article from Tricycle Magazine.