Oct
12
to Nov 16

Meditation 2.0: Accessing Ease with the Five Hindrances

SF Zen Center, 300 Page Street

6-Weeks Class Series

Thursdays, October 12, 19 & 26 and November 2, 9 & 16

For Zen students, a weed is a treasure.
                          --- Suzuki Roshi
 

Are you having difficulties in meditation? Obsessing on love or hate? Falling asleep, anxious, restless, or agitated more often than calm while meditating? Doubting your practice; wondering whether it’s "right" for you or not?

The Five Hindrances are typical mind-heart states which can impede development of concentration and mindfulness. In this class, we will explore classic and contemporary teachings on how to become aware of and work with these states as well as the cultivation of their antidotes.

As this is a study and practice class, specific texts as well as meditation instructions will be presented which can be used to work with the Hindrances in between classes.*

Having the skills to be at ease in the midst of the Hindrances will enrich your meditation, making it easier to bring the fruits of your practice into everyday life.

* As such, we highly encourage taking the 4-week Meditation Training course offered September 7-28 first if you do not currently have an established practice.

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Oct
28
9:00am 9:00am

Healing Anti-Asian Racism in Dharma Practice

Healing Anti-Asian Racism in Dharma Practice: A Daylong for Asians, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

  • Led by Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt and Bang Nguyen. Assisted by Funie Hsu
  • East Bay Meditation Center
  • 285 17th Street,  Oakland

Buddhism came to the U.S. and is primarily practiced by Asians and Asian Americans. Yet those of us with Buddhism in our heritage have been harmed by appropriation, doubly invisibilized by mainstream society and convert dharma centers, including multicultural sanghas. Join us as we acknowledge and explore our individual and collective experiences in an effort to heal from internalized oppression, pain, rage, and grief. We will come together to share stories, mirror each other, and provide support as we hold and transform our suffering. The daylong is open to self-identified Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific islanders, including multi-heritage people.

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Nov
4
9:30am 9:30am

Practicing "Letting Go" with Forgiveness & Goodwill/Metta

1-day Workshop & Meditations on practices with Forgiveness & Goodwill/Metta

SFZC Conference Center, 308 Page Street

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. Unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”             —Shunryu Suzuki

Impermanence is part of life. We know this. However, letting go can be hard. Join me as we explore how it can be challenging “to let go” even though we may want to very much. We have had hurts and loss. We want “to move on” through wishing ourselves or another well, yet it’s hard to do. The thought of “sending goodwill” is nice but it may seem insurmountable.

“Letting go” can’t be guaranteed but creating the conditions for it to happen is possible.

The aim of this one-day retreat is to create a gentle container in which letting go of old hurts and pains is possible. This workshop will include reflection exercises and practices from the teachings on forgiveness. We will also reflect on Metta meditations, radiating and sending loving kindnesses and generating goodwill.

Please come ready to “try it on” and prepared to engage in a gentle container of individual reflections and group interactions as we make space for meeting things-as-they-are.

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Dec
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dharma Talk: POC Sangha at EBMC

Guest Teacher at POC SANGHA at East Bay Meditation Center

We come together as a community of people of color for meditation, practice and resilience, to support the struggle and provide a balm to sooth our continued work forward. Bell Hooks says, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

We carry this spirit forward in gathering people of color in community each Thursday for the POC Sangha.  Join us!

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)

Directions:
just 3 blocks from 19th street BART

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Oct
14
9:00am 9:00am

Taming Anxiety for POCs

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East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

510-268-0696

Does your mind seem to “be all over the place”? Do you find yourself worrying a lot? Do you feel easily overwhelmed and filled with anxiety? Do you obsess about “shoulds” and “coulds” and, therefore, find it hard to focus?

Buddhist teachings and meditation practices have long addressed ways to be with such emotions and thoughts. In this one-day workshop, we will gather and to learn ways in which we can work with worry and anxiety. You’ll learn ways to be with these emotions and be able to practice meditations that can foster calm and ease in body and mind.

Sitting and walking meditations, Dharma teachings, group discussions and experiential exercises will be used.

Registration: Registration is required and space is limited. Click here or the link below to register.

http://eastbaymeditation.org/ebmcreg/?event=mar17anxiety

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Oct
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Oakland Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in 4 Short Weeks

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With Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt


Want to learn how to meditate? Or have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you?

This four-class series is geared just for you. Specific, time-honored and easy-to-follow instructions will be given in three areas: body, heart/emotions and mind/mental states. Each week, specific meditation instructions will be given, with an opportunity to put them into practice and have your questions answered.

Handouts will be given at the end of each class, making it easier for you to practice that week’s focus in the time between classes. You will also have an opportunity for contact with the instructor, so that your own specific issues can be addressed. There will be opportunities to share with others in the group if you choose, fostering a cohort-like, shared experience to encourage and support your efforts to learn and practice meditation.

Think of this class as a four-week “training camp”—a container for you to not only establish a meditation practice of your own but to also have a “team” to practice with and to draw encouragement from. It is much easier to put into practice any new skill when we have buddies to do it with.

Come see how the two factors of practiced guidance and cohort support can help you to establish a sustainable practice.

To register, please fill out the form below:

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Oct
8
9:00am 9:00am

Embracing Change: Zen & the Art of Creating a Life You Want

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Austin Zen Center

Are you at a point in your life in which you feel like it's time for a change, but you're not sure how to proceed?

Change can be hard. Especially a change that we haven't chosen at this time, such as job or relationship loss. Or perhaps this is a life-transition time. Maybe as you think of all the many possible ways to go, you begin to feel confused: "Shall I do what I've always wanted to do, or stay with what I know?" "Is it time to go toward my 'heart's desire,' or is it time to get more training?"

At times like these, teachings both from Zen Buddhism and from the motivational field can help us. Join Liên for a daylong workshop in which we will explore how to incorporate both meditative practices and behavior-change skills in order to:

Find stability and centeredness so that you can be truly present and aware.
Use tools to help you evaluate what you’re feeling "called" to do at this time in your life.
Learn what may be keeping you from achieving. Discover tools to help you set and achieve goals.

Meditation and Buddhist practices along with evaluative and skill-building tools will be practiced in small and large groups. Plan for a day in which you will be engaged from the heart and with mindfulness.

The time for change has come into your life. Come see how you can learn to meet this with ease, grace and skill, and go towards the life that is waiting to be created by you!

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Oct
7
1:30pm 1:30pm

Radiating Goodwill: Lovingkindness Half-Day Retreat

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San Antonio Zen Center

The “Four Heavenly Qualities” are Buddhist teachings which can offer us ways to be with ourselves and others with mindfulness and ease.

Metta, or maitri, is the first of these qualities. Often translated as “lovingkindness,” “goodwill” or “unconditional friendliness,” these qualities are practiced through guided meditations to helps us to access this heart-mind state when we most need it.

This half-day will present teachings on this quality. However, the bulk of the day will be actually practicing the meditations, which activates and brings forth these feelings for ourselves and for others.

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Oct
1
9:00am 9:00am

SF - Meditation Training Practice Day

A one-day retreat geared to all those who have completed any of the Meditation Training in Four Short Weeks classes offered by Liên, or a comparable meditation program. The day offers an opportunity to put the various meditations taught in the four-week training class into practice.
 
The schedule will be set up to accommodate those who want an opportunity to extend their foundational sitting practice skills, and includes interval sits of short and longer periods. Additionally, there will be some instructional/guided meditations and Q&A times to clarify or refresh your understanding of practice points.

While geared towards graduates of Meditation Training in Four Short Weeks, all who have a sitting practice are welcome. 

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Sep
23
3:00pm 3:00pm

Jukai of Six Awake Members

Jukai (Lay Initiation Ceremony) of Six Awake Members!

  • SFZC's City Center, 300 Page Street (at Laguna)
  • Ceremony is at 3pm
  • Reception after ceremony (typically around 5pm). Feel free to bring food to share  (vegan or vegetarian). 
  • Public event. Please dress with covered shoulders and knees to join in temple forms.
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Sep
7
to Sep 28

SF Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in 4 Short Weeks

With Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt
San Francisco Zen Center, City Center Buddha Hall

4 THURSDAYS, 7:30 – 9 pm  September 7, 14, 21 & 28

Want to learn how to meditate? Or have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you?

This four-class series is geared just for you. Specific, time-honored and easy-to-follow instructions will be given in three areas: body, heart/emotions and mind/mental states. Each week, specific meditation instructions will be given, with an opportunity to put them into practice and have your questions answered.

Handouts will be given at the end of each class, making it easier for you to practice that week’s focus in the time between classes. You will also have an opportunity for contact with the instructor, so that your own specific issues can be addressed. There will be opportunities to share with others in the group if you choose, fostering a cohort-like, shared experience to encourage and support your efforts to learn and practice meditation.

Think of this class as a four-week “training camp”—a container for you to not only establish a meditation practice of your own but to also have a “team” to practice with and to draw encouragement from. It is much easier to put into practice any new skill when we have buddies to do it with.

Come see how the two factors of practiced guidance and cohort support can help you to establish a sustainable practice.

To Register

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Aug
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dharma Talk: POC Sangha at EBMC

Guest Teacher at POC SANGHA at East Bay Meditation Center

We come together as a community of people of color for meditation, practice and resilience, to support the struggle and provide a balm to sooth our continued work forward. Bell Hooks says, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

We carry this spirit forward in gathering people of color in community each Thursday for the POC Sangha.  Join us!

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)

Directions:
just 3 blocks from 19th street BART

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Aug
25
to Aug 27

Embracing Change: Zen & the Art of Creating a Life You Want -- 3-day Workshop at Tassjara ZMC

August 25 – 27 (Friday – Sunday)

Everyone welcome.

Are you at a point in your life where you feel it’s time for a change, but you’re not sure how to proceed?

Change can be hard—especially change we haven’t chosen, such as changing jobs or a relationship loss. Or perhaps you are experiencing a life transition. At times like these, teachings from both Zen Buddhism and the motivational field can help. We will explore how to incorporate both meditative practices and behavior-change skills to find stability and centeredness, evaluate what you are “called” to, discover obstacles, and gain tools to help you set and achieve goals.

Tassajara Guest Season is Open! Register HERE

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Aug
5
9:00am 9:00am

Oakland - Meditation Training Practice Daylong (Silent Retreat)

*** NEW THIS YEAR at East Bay Meditation Center!

A silent one-day retreat geared to all those who have completed any of the Meditation Training in Four Short Weeks classes offered by Liên, or a comparable meditation program. The day offers an opportunity to put the various meditations taught in the four-week training class into practice.
 
The schedule will be set up to accommodate those who want an opportunity to extend their foundational sitting practice skills, and includes interval sits of short and longer periods. Additionally, there will be some instructional/guided meditations and Q&A times to clarify or refresh your understanding of practice points.

While geared towards graduates of Meditation Training in Four Short Weeks, all who have a sitting practice are welcome. 

** Please bring your lunch and stay for the whole day to get the most out of the retreat.

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Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dharma Talk: POC Sangha at EBMC

Guest Teacher at POC SANGHA at East Bay Meditation Center

We come together as a community of people of color for meditation, practice and resilience, to support the struggle and provide a balm to sooth our continued work forward. Bell Hooks says, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

We carry this spirit forward in gathering people of color in community each Thursday for the POC Sangha.  Join us!

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)

Directions:
just 3 blocks from 19th street BART

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Jul
5
to Jul 26

Oakland - Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in 4 Short Weeks

With Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt
in Oakland at East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street

Four Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 pm

Want to learn how to meditate? Or have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you?

This four-class series is geared just for you. Specific, time-honored and easy-to-follow instructions will be given in three areas: body, heart/emotions and mind/mental states. Each week, specific meditation instructions will be given, with an opportunity to put them into practice and have your questions answered.

Handouts will be given at the end of each class, making it easier for you to practice that week’s focus in the time between classes. You will also have an opportunity for contact with the instructor, so that your own specific issues can be addressed. There will be opportunities to share with others in the group if you choose, fostering a cohort-like, shared experience to encourage and support your efforts to learn and practice meditation.

Think of this class as a four-week “training camp”—a container for you to not only establish a meditation practice of your own but to also have a “team” to practice with and to draw encouragement from. It is much easier to put into practice any new skill when we have buddies to do it with.

Come see how the two factors of practiced guidance and cohort support can help you to establish a sustainable practice.

Info and Registration

*** Related Event and NEW THIS YEAR to EBMC: (Separate Registration Required)

Meditation Training Practice Day: A One-Day Retreat on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm). This silent-retreat day has been scheduled as an adjunct to this class to provide you with an opportunity to apply these practices in a sustained, yet supportive, container. Look for it and sign-up right away!

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Jun
15
to Jul 6

SF Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in 4 Short Weeks

With Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt
San Francisco Zen Center, City Center Buddha Hall

4 THURSDAYS, 7:30 – 9 pm

Want to learn how to meditate? Or have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you?

This four-class series is geared just for you. Specific, time-honored and easy-to-follow instructions will be given in three areas: body, heart/emotions and mind/mental states. Each week, specific meditation instructions will be given, with an opportunity to put them into practice and have your questions answered.

Handouts will be given at the end of each class, making it easier for you to practice that week’s focus in the time between classes. You will also have an opportunity for contact with the instructor, so that your own specific issues can be addressed. There will be opportunities to share with others in the group if you choose, fostering a cohort-like, shared experience to encourage and support your efforts to learn and practice meditation.

Think of this class as a four-week “training camp”—a container for you to not only establish a meditation practice of your own but to also have a “team” to practice with and to draw encouragement from. It is much easier to put into practice any new skill when we have buddies to do it with.

Come see how the two factors of practiced guidance and cohort support can help you to establish a sustainable practice.

To Register

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May
27
9:00am 9:00am

Practicing with Sexual Energy: Presence, Precepts and Power

1-Day Workshop with Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt & Rev. Daigan Gaither

Saturday, May 27, 2017           9:00 am – 3:00 pm

East Bay Meditation Center    285 17th Street, Oakland, CA

www.eastbaymeditation.org

What is it to stay upright in the midst of sexual energy? How do we not turn away from our experience or ourselves in the present moment? We will explore our intention to “not misuse sexuality” and how it both informs our practice and sexual choices within the context of our diverse lived experiences. How do we relate to desire in healthy and respectful ways, both for ourselves and with others? Are we using our energies or are they using us?

Join us as we explore what it means to practice while maintaining a healthy relationship to our sexual lives. Please bring your lunch to eat during our mid-day break.

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May
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dharma Talk: POC Sangha at EBMC

Guest Teacher at POC SANGHA at East Bay Meditation Center

We come together as a community of people of color for meditation, practice and resilience, to support the struggle and provide a balm to sooth our continued work forward. Bell Hooks says, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

We carry this spirit forward in gathering people of color in community each Thursday for the POC Sangha.  Join us!

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)

Directions:
just 3 blocks from 19th street BART

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Apr
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Neighborhood Care-Taking/Clean-up for Earth Day 2017: All-Sangha Action!

"Super Bloom" at Antelope Valley 

"Super Bloom" at Antelope Valley 

This Saturday we celebrate Earth Day, a national tradition that began in 1970! In reverence to the environment that supports us and the communities that abide in it, A2Z/Awake invites you to our first All-Sangha Action!  Neighborhood Care-taking/Clean-up at Koshland Park (across from SFZC, with further details announced at the end of Rev. Liên's Dharma Talk at 11 [see its own listing])

Please RSVP here! In particular, if you are able to join for the Neighborhood Care-taking/Clean-up event, please let us know: Do you have extra paper or plastic bags to share? And, are you able to contribute extra supplies, e.g. rubber gloves or other items that might be useful for our group effort? We wish to minimize waste in using resources!

As always, your mindfulness and generosity is appreciated!

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Feb
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Meditation Training 2.0: Mindfulness & Working with the 5 Hindrances

February 2 – March 16, 2017      
Seven Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm

For Zen students a weed is a treasure. —Suzuki Roshi

Are you having difficulties in meditation? Obsessing on love or hate? Falling asleep, anxious, restless or agitated more often than calm while meditating? Doubting your practice or wondering whether practicing is "right" for you or not?
 
The Five Hindrances are typical mind states which can impede development of concentration and mindfulness. In this class, we will explore classic and contemporary teachings on how to become aware of and work with these states, as well as the cultivation of their antidotes.

"2.0" offers an extensive investigation for meditators by incorporating the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Specifically, we will learn how we have been conditioned to perceive and react. With this knowledge, it will be easier to put into practice how to be with and respond to strong emotional and mental states.
 
As this is a study and practice class, specific texts, as well as meditation instructions, will be presented which can be used to work with the hindrances in between classes.*
 
Having the skills to be at ease in the midst of the hindrances will enrich your meditation, making it easier to bring the fruits of your practice into everyday life.
 

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