Extended Silent Meditation Daylong on August 12, 2017

On Saturday, August 12th, 2017, we will be offering an extended day of practice at the Sarana Kuti (at the south end of the east parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA).

The day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 8:30pm. This daylong is for experienced practitioners only as there will be no instruction offered. You must be familiar with meditation, including walking meditation. A dharma talk will be offered in the evening. There will be a light vegetarian dinner. Please bring your own lunch.

You may attend any or all of the day. Please RSVP by filling out the form below so we will have an idea how many people will be attending, and how many will be eating the evening meal and participating in the evening practice period.

If you are not participating in the practice day, but would like to support those who are devoting their day to practice, you can do so by helping to provide the evening meal. Please use the form below to indicate that you’re willing to bring a vegetarian dish for the evening meal..

 

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Eight-fold Path Program Starts Sept. 23, 2017

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eight-fold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eight-fold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eight-fold factors so that participants can discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful.

We will be offering another Eight-fold Path program (in conjunction with IMC again) this fall in Modesto, beginning on September 23, 2017. If you’re interested in learning more about the Buddha’s teachings and how to live them this is a 9-month program that will offer an opportunity to meet once a month to learn about and explore one part of the Eight-fold Path in an interactive format, including teachings, meditation, and small group discussions. This is a great opportunity to learn about these teachings and to meet and practice with other members of the sangha. You can choose to have an optional monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eight-fold Path mentor to discuss your practice and reflections on the Eight-fold Path factors (mentoring may be limited depending on demand). The course meetings will be held from 9:30am to 12:30pm on one Saturday a month as follows:

Introduction & Overview: Sept. 23, 2017
Right View: October 21, 2017
Right Intention: November 18, 2017
Right Speech: December 16, 2017
Right Action: January 27, 2018
Right Livelihood: February 24, 2018
Right Effort: March 24, 2018
Right Mindfulness: April 21, 2018
Right Concentration:  May 19, 2018
Optional daylong retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 23, 2018.

If you would like to register, please apply by filling out the online form — be sure to check Modesto as your home sangha.

White Awake – Waking ourselves for the benefit of all

We will be offering a “White Awake” group for members of our sangha who self-identify as white. Erin Cuarenta will be facilitating the group using curriculum from the groups: WAIC UP (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) and whiteawake.org.

The purpose of these sessions is to explore our deep conditioning around race, its reflections in the systems around us, the experience and impact of racism and whiteness on all beings, and ways we can skillfully engage with this toward liberation.
Our time together will include:

  • Meditation
  • Checking in
  • Exploring key questions that deepen our understanding
  • Reading recommended articles and watching videos in preparation for our conversations
  • Tai Chi movements to embody the qualities and practices needed for strengthening resilience and compassion

The group will start on September 19th and will be held once per month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. The group will run for 6 months. The dates of the group meetings are:

  • Sept. 19, 2017
  • Oct. 24, 2017
  • Nov. 28, 2017
  • Dec. 19, 2017
  • Jan. 23, 2018
  • Feb. 27, 2018

Due to the nature of this group, it will be a closed group after the first meeting and drop-ins will not be allowed. Please sign up below if you wish to participate.

The course will be held on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County at 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA in the Education Building which is to the west of the main church building (look for the colorful water tank). (Note: we will have our regular meditation group concurrently at the Kuti on those Tuesdays.)

Erin has attended many retreats and has been practicing meditation with our group since 2009. She recently attended a White Awake program in Oakland, CA.

Please register below for the program by no later than August 16th. Once you are registered, you will receive information and readings by August 21st. The readings should be completed before the first meeting on September 19th.

 

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course

We will be offering an Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course this fall that will consist of six 2-hour sessions from 12:30-2:30 pm beginning on September 17th, 2017, on these dates as follows: 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/5 and 11/19. Each interactive class will consist of short talks, meditation practices, exercises and class discussion.

The course will be held at IMCV located on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County at 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA. We can be found in the small, stand-alone building at the south end of the east parking lot of the church.

April Hejka-Ekins will be teaching the course. She has been practicing meditation for the past 17 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions and recently completed a year-long Professional Teacher Training program with the Mindfulness Training Institute.

It is recommended that you attend all of the classes to get the most benefit from this course. This course is offered freely, but donations are welcome to support the teacher.

If you have questions, you can email April at ahejka-ekins@csustan.edu or use the form below.

If you are new to meditation, or if you would like to refresh your meditation practice, please register for this course using the form below:

 

El Noble Sendero Óctuple

Es un programa de 8 meses que inicia en agosto 2017 y termina marzo 2018. Este programa cubrirá cada factor por mes.

  • Agosto 3, 2017:            Introducción al Curso
  • Agosto 17, 2017:          Visión Correcta
  • Septiembre 7, 2017:     Intención Correcta
  • Octubre 12, 2017:        Habla Correcta
  • Noviembre 9, 2017:      Acción Correcta
  • Diciembre 7, 2017:       Medio de Vida Correcto
  • Enero 11, 2018:           Esfuerzo Correcto
  • Febrero 08, 2018:        Atención Plena Correcta
  • Marzo 01, 2018:          Concentración Correcta

El programa del noble sendero óctuple es una introducción al camino de práctica más explícito del Buda. Este conjunto de ocho enfoques lleva la práctica a la amplitud y profundidad de nuestras vidas. Los participantes podrán descubrir cómo aplicar las prácticas aprendidas cada mes de manera significativa a través de enseñanzas, meditación, y discusiones en grupos pequeños.

Este programa se ofrece localmente en la casita amarilla (Sarana Kuti) del IMCV sin costo. Las reuniones serán los jueves de 7:30pm a 9:00pm. Sin embargo, se aceptarán donaciones para contribuirle a los maestros. Las tareas y materiales se darán mensualmente en la primera sesion. Las sesiones en línea serán impartidas por los maestros; Andrea Castillo, Bruni Dávila, Carrie Tamburo, Ginger Clarkson y Valentín Méndez. La sangha de Santa Cruz nos acompañará en este proceso.

Regístrate por internet o teléfono antes del 3 de agosto, 2017. Si tienes preguntas o comentarios, favor de comunicarse con Vanessa al 209-408-6172 o enviar email a vanelopezasaah@gmail.com.

PARA MAS INFORMACION O PREGUNTAS
TEL:              209-408-6172
EMAIL:         vanelopezasaah@gmail.com

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Extended Silent Meditation Daylong on July 15, 2017

On Saturday, July 15th, 2017, we will be offering an extended day of practice at the Sarana Kuti (at the south end of the east parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA).

The day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 8:30pm. This daylong is for experienced practitioners only as there will be no instruction offered. You must be familiar with meditation, including walking meditation. A dharma talk will be offered in the evening. There will be a light vegetarian dinner. Please bring your own lunch.

You may attend any or all of the day. Please RSVP by filling out the form below so we will have an idea how many people will be attending, and how many will be eating the evening meal and participating in the evening practice period.

If you are not participating in the practice day, but would like to support those who are devoting their day to practice, you can do so by helping to provide the evening meal. Please use the form below to indicate that you’re willing to bring a vegetarian dish for the evening meal..

Taller de Dos Días en Comunicación No Violenta

COMUNICACIÓN NO VIOLENTA
CULTIVA PAZ, ARMONIA Y CONEXIÓN

Este taller te ofrece habilidades que te permitirán honrar y conectar con las emociones y necesidades propias y la de los demás. También te ayudara a convivir pacíficamente y armoniosamente en tu casa, trabajo, y comunidad.

Abril 17 – 18, 2017
9:00am a 1:00pm

Insight Meditation Central Valley en el
UU FELLOWSHIP
2172 Kiernan Avenue, Modesto, CA  95356
Este taller se ofrece sin costo.
Las donaciones son aceptadas para apoyar al maestro

PARA MAS INFORMACION O PREGUNTAS
TEL:              209-408-6172
EMAIL:         vanelopezasaah@gmail.com

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8-week Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Course begins Jan. 31st

April Hejka-Ekins, a teacher-in-training with the Mindfulness Training Institute, will be offering an 8-week intro to mindfulness meditation course.  The course begins on Tuesday, Jan. 31st from 7:30-8:30pm at the Sarana Kuti at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County on 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

Our regular meditation period will be held from 6:30-7:15pm on Tuesday nights, please feel free to attend. If you’re brand new to meditation, it might be best to attend the 7:30pm course.

The course is offered freely, although donations are welcome.

If you wish to enroll, please fill out the form below. If you have questions, you can use the form or contact April directly.

New Year’s Eve Program on Dec. 31st, 2016

Please join us for special evening on New Year’s Eve.

We will begin the evening with a vegetarian potluck meal from 5pm to 6:30pm in the Johnson Building at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County (UUFSC) on 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. We need volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up after the meal, and setting up the space for church service the next morning. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please check the box to indicate you’d like to help in the RSVP form below. We will provide paper products, eating utensils, cups, and tea. If your dish needs a serving utensil, please bring one.

At 6:30pm we will convene in the UUFSC sanctuary for a program of meditation, perhaps some chanting or singing, reflection, and setting intentions. We will end the evening at 8:30pm so that you can have time to spend with family or participate in other activities.

In order for us to plan accordingly, we ask that you RSVP using the form below. This helps us know how to set-up the space and other materials needed for the evening. We offer this freely to anyone who wishes to come.

Please submit the form below to let us know you will attend and if others are coming with you (be sure to check the appropriate boxes):

 

Craving: Understanding the roots of our longing – daylong July 23, 2016 with Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni

Saturday, July 23, 2016
from 9am to 4pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
2172 Kiernan Ave.,
Modesto, California

The Buddha taught that the key to peace joy and happiness is release: a state of mind and heart not driven by a relentless insistence that life, in this moment, be other than as it is. This capacity for freedom is available every moment but is often obscured by our agitated minds and wounded hearts. This day long retreat will combine the steady focus and insight of  Vipassana meditation with the relational practice of inquiry to understand more about craving and the roots of our longing.

AMMA THANASANTI BHIKKHUNI has been meditating for 35 years and a Buddhist nun for 25 years. She blends rigor with gentle loving encouragement to find your own way – finding a balance between fierce holding of the Dhamma and compassion, tenderness and empowerment.

Bring a vegetarian dish to share for a potluck lunch and something gluten free to share with Amma. Please come fragrance free out of compassion for those with chemical sensitivities. This day is freely offered. Donations are gratefully accepted to support Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni and Insight Meditation Central Valley.

For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.

Please register so we have an idea how many will be attending: