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Winston-Salem Dharma Community

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Weekly virtual dharma meetings continue.

November 30 - This week we will try a new "dialogue" format. We're going to call this the "Lotus Bowl Dialogues." The presentation format will begin with audience-submitted questions, personal reflection, quotes, poems, Koans, or short book excerpts (limit to a paragraph or 2 please). The unique aspect of the Lotus Bowl structure is that all offerings will be anonymously submitted in advance. Check the weekly newsletter and special email announcement for directions on submitting an offering.

Lotus Bowl Dialogues: As noted, the presentation format will begin with audience-submitted questions, personal offerings, quotes, poems, Koans, or short book excerpts (limit to a paragraph or 2 please). The unique aspect of the Lotus Bowl structure is that all offerings will be anonymously submitted in advance by typing the text of the offering into a google document that will be linked in the email announcing the occasion of a Lotus Bowl session. The moderator for that particular session will print the google doc, cut each offering on the sheet into separate slips of paper and place the folded papers into a bowl. A randomly chosen offering will then be read by the moderator. All other participants will then be encouraged to engage in discussion of the offering pulled from the bowl. The moderator will always defer to others and speak last on an offering if the moderator chooses to speak at all. Submissions that are not read on that evening will be saved for the next Lotus Bowl session. Why are submissions to be anonymous? Public speaking is one of the greatest fears most people have. People are generally more apt to participate more to discussions if there is no fear of judgment. Why "Lotus Bowl"? In Buddhism the Lotus flower symbolizes the purity and enlightenment that grows out of the mud and murk of dukkha through practice.

Upcoming schedule:
Dec. 7: Mark Rabil--"It's turtles all the way down?: Reflections on Time and Emptiness"
Dec. 14: Ann McCarty & Bo Fried--Spiritual Community, Part I
Dec. 21: Ann McCarty & Bo Fried--Spiritual Community, Part II

Special Announcements

-Virtual Dharma Meeting- Zoom is the video conferencing program that we will be using to host our weekly virtual meeting.

Check the weekly newsletter for Zoom meeting invite information
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*Zoom application must be installed on computer or mobile device but account signup is not required.
*Virtual meeting requires a password which is delivered in the weekly newsletter.
*All participants will be muted during the silent 30 minute meditation.

An IMS/BCBS Intensive Study and Practice Program- Exploring the Heart of Freedom March 2022 - July 2023
with Dawn Scott, Jill Shepherd, William Edelglass, Nicola Redfern, Roxanne Dault and Vance Pryor

-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

*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.