Sangha Update for
6 April 2021
An Evening of Inquiry: Freedom Behind our Bars
Maureen Sullivan will share the true story of Jarvis Jay Masters, who lives in solitary confinement on Death Row at San Quentin. In his book, The Buddhist on Death Row, he finds that in the deepest of dark and confining spaces, hearts expand and freedom is found within, always accessible, independent of our circumstances. What can we learn from this man, as burdened by pain, loss, and regret, he committed himself to practicing Buddhist principles and meditation? While living in solitary confinement, he found and continues to find, peace, equanimity and generosity through his journey.
Host: Jean Biegun
Zoom Host: Judy Bell
with Doug Kraft
Awareness arises from the point of contact between an object and our organism. From that raw experience we extrapolate outward to discern what created the sensation and inward to guess what the mind is that is having the experience. When we look closely at the experience, the mind is a lot more fluid than we’d like to think. This evening Doug will lead a discussion based on Chapter 3, “Fluidity of Mind” of his latest book, Resting in the Waves. A pdf of the chapter can be found here.
Tuesday Evening Sangha
meets at 6:30 pm Pacific time on Zoom.
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Easing Awake Dana
The practice arose in cultures in which social prestige is more about how much people give than how much they have. It’s the opposite of Western capitalism where value is placed more on what we keep rather than what we give. When we don’t assign a value to an experience, people often unconsciously think it’s not worth much or we would have put a price on it. The suggested price is one that expresses the value you derive from the experience within the context of what your budget allows. We are grateful for your involvement in the sangha and whatever you can offer. Please let us know if you have questions about Dana.
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Dana Links: Easing Awake website
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Easing Awake, 1126 McClaren Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608
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