8 de Noviembre, 2014: Uniendo Nuestras Comunidades Día de Mindfulness o Atención Plena en Español e Inglés Con Andrea Castillo y Lori Wong

Sábado, 8 de Noviembre, 2014 de las 9:30 a.m. a las 4:00 p.m.
Lugar: Unitarian Universalitst Fellowship of Stanislau County
2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto CA

Te invitamos a un día de aprendizaje y práctica de la atención plena. Se ofrecerán instrucciones sobre varios aspectos de la atención plena. El día entero será en Español e Inglés. Tendremos algunas sesiones todos juntos y otras separadas. Incluiremos sesiones de movimiento meditativo, favor de vestir ropa suelta que te permita mover cómodamente.

La comida de medio día será en silencio e incluiremos la práctica de la atención plena.

Durante el día tendremos periodos en silencio para cultivar quietud y paz en la mente pero también haremos tiempo para platicar.

Este día se ofrece gratuitamente a todos. Donaciones serán aceptadas con gratitud para apoyar a los maestros y eventos en el futuro.  Favor de traer un platillo vegetariano (que no tenga carne) para compartir con los demás. Ya que algunos tienen alergias a perfumes le pedimos atentamente no usar productos perfumados ese día.

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Lori Wong ha practicado la atención plena y la meditación desde 2003 y fue entrenada como Líder Comunitario del Dharma en Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA.  Su maestro ha sido Gil Fronsdal del Insight Meditation Center en Redwood City.  Fue miembro de la mesa directiva  del Insight Meditation Center en Redwood City, y actualmente es miembro de la mesa directiva del Sati Center for Buddhist Studies y fue la directora que fundó el Buddhist Insight Network.  Lori es la maestra y guía del grupo de meditación los martes y domingos en Modesto.

Andrea Castillo PhD, originaria de la ciudad de México, ha practicado la meditación introspectiva con su maestro Gil Fronsdal desde 1998 y ha asistido a numerosos retiros residenciales. Andrea es actualmente miembro de la mesa directiva del Insight Meditation Center en Redwood City y del Buddhist Insight Network. En 2009, Andrea empezó a enseñar meditación introspectiva en español en la clínica Ravenswood de East Palo Alto y desde el 2011 en el Insight Meditation Center, donde ofrece enseñanzas de meditación y atención plena en español cada semana. Andrea también se entrenó en la reducción del estrés a través de la Atención Plena (MBSR) y enseña en el Área de la Bahía.


November 8, 2014: Mindfulness: Bringing Communities Together in Spanish and English
 
with Andrea Castillo and Lori Wong

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA

Join us for a day of exploring mindfulness through community in Spanish and English. Instruction and exploration of many facets of mindfulness will be offered with opportunities for Spanish- and English-speaking practitioners to explore mindfulness separately and together in community. We will have periods of meditative movement. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

Lunch will include mindful eating and will be held in silence.

Periods of the day will be held in silence in order to cultivate a still and quiet mind, but there will also be opportunities for interaction and discussion.

This day is freely offered to all. Donations are gratefully accepted to support the teachers and future offerings. Please bring a vegetarian (non-meat) dish to share for a pot luck lunch. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products. Chairs will be available. There are also a limited number of mats and cushions for use.

This daylong is suitable for beginning and all levels of practitioners.

Lori Wong has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2003 and is a Community Dharma Leader trained by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.  Her mentor teacher is Gil Fronsdal of Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City.  She is a former board member of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, is currently a member of the board of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and was a founding director of the Buddhist Insight Network.  She leads Insight Meditation sitting groups on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons in Modesto.

Andrea Castillo PhD, born in Mexico City, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1998 with her teacher Gil Fronsdal.  Andrea is presently a board member of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, and also of the Buddhist Insight Network. She started teaching Insight Meditation in 2009 at the Ravenswood Family Clinic in East Palo Alto, and since 2011 she has been teaching and leading the weekly, Spanish meditation group at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City. Andrea was also trained in Mindfulness Stress Based Reduction (MBSR) and teaches around the Bay Area.

Oct. 4, 2014 Sherab Chamma Daylong with Geshe Chaphur Rinpoche

Sherab Chamma (Wisdom Loving Mother) Daylong Meditation Retreat

Taught by Geshe Chaphur

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm

Co-Sponsored by Insight Meditation Central Valley and Gyalshen Modesto Sangha

PROGRAM: This day-long retreat will provide instruction and practice in the recitation of the mantras, invocations, prayers, and visualization of Sherab Chamma, known as the Wisdom Loving Mother.

Sherab Chamma is known as the Mother of all Enlightened Ones or Mother of all Buddhas. The Wisdom Loving Mother’s devotion to acts of love over many lifetimes transformed her into a goddess whose unconditional loving energy compassionately protects all beings. She embodies the divine feminine energy of boundless love and is the source of all compassion. By Her blessings and energy she eliminates all karmic obstacles, healing, blessing and guiding us wherever we are. Through recitation of her secret mantra, invocations, and prayers, she expands our awareness and clears up negative karma, bringing peace and harmony. These practices provide healing energy which is of special benefit for resolving imbalances in both physical and mental health.

As an enlightened deity, she manifests in many different forms according to the needs of practitioners. She is known in Sanskrit as the goddess Tara. Sherab Chamma is available to everyone for comfort, guidance and healing as she has the power to dispel all obstacles. The invocation of her energy manifests in eight different peaceful ways to help overcome eight different fears and challenges such as struggles with enemies, negative forces, illness, sadness, fear of the unknown, and death. Meditating upon her transforms our fears into self-arising wisdom so that we are able to creatively embrace the many challenges of life.

All levels of practitioners are warmly welcome.

REGISTRATION: Please pre-register below so that we know how many people are planning on attending and so we can have adequate materials available.

COST: As is customary within the Tibetan and Insight traditions, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the retreat to the teacher and to support future Insight Meditation daylong retreats.

LOCATION:

Sarana Kuti Building at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County 2172 Kiernan Avenue, Modesto, CA

Geshe ChaphurTEACHER: Geshe Chaphur is a lineage holder of the Chaphur Lama family and was born in Amdo Ngawa, Tibet. He received his first instructions in Bön, the indigenous religion of Tibet and Zhang-Zhung cultures and tradition from his first teacher Bongya Rinpoche, the head lama of Bongya monastery in Northern Tibet. In 1993, he went to India and entered Menri Monastery, the main seat of Yungdung Bön religion and education in the world. While attending the Bön Dialectic School there, he completed fifteen years of studies in Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen, finally receiving his Geshe degree in February 2008. He is the founder, spiritual director, and resident lama of Gyalshen Institute, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, an organization dedicated to preserving and translating the teachings of the Bön tradition.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Meditation cushion or pillow if you wish to sit on the floor. (Chairs will be available.)
  • Please bring a vegetarian dish to share during the potluck at the one-hour lunch break.

Please register for this daylong below:

Sept. 20, 2014: Mindfulness Daylong with Lori Wong

Please join us on Saturday, September 20th for a silent day of mindfulness practices with Lori Wong from 9am to 4pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA in the Sarana Kuti.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are gratefully accepted to support the teacher and future offerings.  Please bring a bag lunch (this will not be a pot luck).  For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

Instruction of mindfulness practices, including sitting and walking practice, will be offered with opportunities for practice discussions. Lunch will include mindful eating and will be held in silence.

Sarana Kuti is the small stand-alone building on the UUFSC property at the rear of the east parking lot (the building with red and gold trim). It is behind the Johnson Building.

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

If you plan to come, please let us know (it helps to know if we need a larger space) by filling out the form below. Thank you!

July 12, 2014 – Shift Happens : Mindfulness and Compassion Are Powerful Agents of Brain Change and Spiritual Transformation Daylong with Linda Graham

Please join us on Saturday, July 12th for a day of practice with Linda Graham from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County in the sanctuary, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. We can learn to wisely use Buddhist contemplative practices and tools from modern relational psychology to harness the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce the impacts of stress and trauma, deepen our self-compassion and self-awareness, learn new and creative ways to navigate the twists and turns of life with more calm, courage, and flexibility, and deepen the wise effort that leads to inner peace, equanimity, and well-being.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are gratefully accepted to support the teacher and future offerings.  Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share for lunch, if you would like.  For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

lindagraham-leftnav-resizedLinda Graham, MFT, is an experienced psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her nationwide trainings. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being and publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness. www.lindagraham-mft.net.

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

If you plan to come, please let us know (it helps to know if we need a larger space) by filling out the form below. Thank you!

 

June 14, 2014 Meeting the Inescapable Experience of Loss with Compassion Daylong with Robert Cusick

Please join us on Saturday, June 14th for a day of practice with Robert Cusick from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County in the Sarana Kuti, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

In this daylong, we will focus on cultivating compassion and experientially explore the possibility of meeting the heavenly messengers of aging, sickness and death head-on. This exploration may bring us face-to-face with the impermanent nature of our ever-changing lives and the inescapable experience of loss — the losses associated with growth and change, the losses associated with that which we hold closely as being significant, important or precious to us, the losses associated with the things, roles or identities that we get to choose how or when to let go of and those truly difficult losses that we have no control over, that we can neither hold back or choose when to relinquish. Recognizing the impermanent nature of the way things ceaselessly arise and pass away, helps us cultivate the courage and clarity to be with our losses and changing circumstances without abandoning ourselves or one another.  This is compassion.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are gratefully accepted to support the teacher and future offerings.  Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share for lunch, if you would like.  For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

RobertPicROBERT CUSICK trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a Stanford certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) instructor. Trained in 1998 by Frank Ostaseski, as a Zen Hospice Project end-of-life volunteer caregiver, he has worked at the bedside of the dying and with their families, loved ones, colleagues and companions. He currently serves as a bereavement counselor at KARA, in Palo Alto, where he provides individual grief support for adults and leads men’s grief groups. Robert studied in the Soto Zen tradition at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s multi-year Dedicated Practioner’s Program. As a former monk, he ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw and studied there with him for a number of years. Robert is on the-faculty of the Contemplative Caregiver Course at the San Francisco Zen Center. His practice is focused on recognizing and cultivating compassion through the application of mindfulness.

Sarana Kuti is the small stand-alone building on the UUFSC property at the rear of the east parking lot (the building with red and gold trim). It is behind the Johnson Building.

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

If you plan to come, please let us know (it helps to know if we need a larger space) by filling out the form below. Thank you!

 

May 17 Mindfulness in Child Psychotherapy and Education with Lesley Grant, ECD, and Gary Buck, PhD

Join us for a daylong on Mindfulness in Child Psychotherapy and Education sponsored by Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services on

Saturday, May 17, 2014
9:30 am to 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am to 5:00 pm Workshop

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
2172 Kiernan Ave.
Modesto, CA 95356

It’s an exciting time for mindfulness in both psychotherapy and education! In this daylong we will introduce numerous innovative, developmentally appropriate techniques for sharing mindfulness and related practices (loving, kindness, compassion) with children pre-K to teens. We will include examples of teaching applied mindfulness to children individually, in dyads, and in groups. Similarities and differences between educational and psychotherapeutic contexts for teaching mindfulness to children will be explored.

In addition, the day will include the presentation of up-to-date research on the psychotherapeutic and educational uses of mindfulness with children, showing improved executive function, better attention, and enhanced behavioral regulation. We will present similar evidence from our own case studies.

This daylong will also be the first part of a 10-month professional certification program being offered by Marin Mindfulness and StanBHRS. If you would like more information on this program, please see this informational page.

Learning Objectives for Participating Health Care Professionals:
Based on the content of this workshop, health care professionals will be able to:
– Describe developmentally appropriate techniques for introducing mindfulness to pre-K to teens as well as techniques to use for Pre-K–teens in applying mindfulness to their own challenging daily life situations.
– Summarize the similarities and differences between teaching mindfulness in educational and clinical settings. – Discuss ways that mindfulness can help Pre-K-teens access their own authentic motivations including those to benefit others.
– Describe the current state of research on mindfulness with youth.

Workshop Presenters:
Lesley Grant, ECD,
is the founder and director of Marin Mindfulness Institute, year-long professional certification program for psychotherapists and teachers in mindfulness and child development. She has spent 30 years evolving developmentally appropriate mindfulness practices for children and teens teaching mindfulness in medical clinics, & educational settings. She founded and directs Marin Mindfulness Institute’s educational program for teachers, parents, and children pre-school-teens, serving over one hundred children and teens, parents each year as well as a special needs teen group for teens with autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and anxiety disorders.

Gary Buck, PhD, is currently a post-doc intern at The Child Therapy Institute in San Rafael, Ca., where he uses mindfulness in individual child therapy and has worked with children and families for 10 years. He has worked as a mindfulness teacher with Mindful Schools and is trained in MBSR, MBCT, and Integrative Restoration. Gary served for seven years as the Associate Director of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a former Head Start director and vice principal of a refugee camp K-12 school in Thailand for S.E. Asian refugees.

Continuing Education (CE) Hours/Credits are available for this workshop.

Meets the qualifications for Six (6) Continuing Education (CE) Hours/Credits for California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN (Provider #04585), MFT’s and LCSW’s, BBS (Provider #PCE 2739), CAADAC (Provider #3N-05-525-0915) and CAARR (Provider #5050-06-14). There is no charge to BHRS staff. There is a $25 fee for CE hours/credits for non-BHRS staff. Make your check payable to BHRS. Payment may be made when you arrive.

Psychologists – Six (6) California Psychological Association (CPA) continuing education credits (PAS Provider #STA041). Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is approved by CPA to offer mandatory continuing education for psychologists and maintains sole responsibility for this program. There is no fee for BHRS Psychologists. There is a $65 fee for non-BHRS Psychologists. Make your check payable to BHRS. Payment may be made when you arrive.

Whether you want CE credits or not, if you wish to attend, please register in advance by May 2, 2014 by filling out the form below. Thank you!

 

April 5th Mindfulness Fundamentals Daylong with Lori Wong

Please join us on Saturday, April 5th for a silent day of mindfulness fundamentals with Lori Wong from 9am to 4pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA. Depending on the number of registrants, the daylong may be held in the main sanctuary or in the Sarana Kuti.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are gratefully accepted to support the teacher and future offerings.  Please bring a bag lunch (this will not be a pot luck).  For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

Instruction of mindfulness fundamentals (body scan, sitting with different objects of attention, walking) will be offered with opportunities for questions about each practice. Lunch will include mindful eating and will be held in silence.

Sarana Kuti is the small stand-alone building on the UUFSC property at the rear of the east parking lot (the building with red and gold trim). It is behind the Johnson Building.

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

If you plan to come, please let us know (it helps to know if we need a larger space) by filling out the form below. Thank you!

 

February 22, 2014: Working with Anger: Developing Skill in the Midst of Intense Feeling – a daylong with Matthew Brensilver

Please join us on Saturday, February 22nd for a daylong on Working with Anger: Developing Skill in the Midst of Intense Feeling with Matthew Brensilver from 10am to 4:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County in the Sarana Kuti, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

The Buddha said that anger has a honeyed tip and poisoned root.  From minor irritation to intense rage, anger has important effects on our lives, our families and our society.  If we are to be deeply happy and nourish the happiness of others, we must include anger as part of our spiritual path.  While we acknowledge the suffering caused by anger, dharma teachings are not moralistic about what arises in our minds nor are we asked to disown any experience.  Anger is not a moral issue but a question of suffering and the release from suffering. Thus, we seek ways of meeting the experience of anger with wisdom and compassion and creating conditions for kindness to grow.

Although anger sometimes contains a seed of wisdom, it invariably contains a seed of delusion.  In other words, anger is never the last word – there’s always something more to be seen.  During this retreat, we’ll consider the role anger plays in our lives and the ways in which mindfulness can be helpful. We will learn meditative strategies to untangle the complex experience of anger into its component parts, namely, emotional feeling, mental images and thoughts. Teachings will also aim to remind us of the dimension of ourselves that urgently seeks a life of non-harming.  Lastly, the retreat will describe how Buddhist perspectives on self-cherishing are relevant for working with anger.  When we vigilantly stand guard at the gates of ‘Me’, we are certain to encounter challenges that mobilize our anger.  As habits of self-cherishing are weakened, the causes for anger to arise are weakened too.

All are welcome. This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are gratefully accepted to support Matthew and future IMCV offerings.  Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share for lunch, if you would like.  Chairs and some cushions will be available.

Sarana Kuti is the small stand-alone building on the UUFSC property at the rear of the east parking lot (the building with red and gold trim). It is behind the Johnson Building. For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748. It is helpful for us to know how many will attend. Please register below.

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom he teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program.  He conducts research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine.

 

Dec. 7th Practice Daylong with Lori Wong

Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 7th for a silent day of practice with Lori Wong from 9am to 4pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County in the Sarana Kuti, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are gratefully accepted to support the teacher and future offerings.  Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share for lunch, if you would like.  For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

Basic instruction will be offered in the morning for sitting and walking. There will be a dharma talk at the end of the day. Lunch will be held in silence. There may be some chanting and opportunities for practice discussions with Lori.

Sarana Kuti is the small stand-alone building on the UUFSC property at the rear of the east parking lot (the building with red and gold trim). It is behind the Johnson Building.

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

If you plan to come, please let us know (it helps to know if we need a larger space) by filling out the form below. Thank you!