White Awake – Waking ourselves for the benefit of all – Fall 2018 Program

A “White Awake” group is being offered this fall to those in our sangha who self-identify as white. Ken Schroeder will be facilitating the group using curriculum from WAIC UP (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege),  whiteawake.org, and uuwhiteness.us.

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

The group will have a preliminary meeting on September 17th, and will then meet once per month on the first Monday of every month beginning in October, at the College Avenue United Church of Christ at 1341 College Ave, Modesto, CA 95350. The group will be a mix of participants from our sangha, the UUFSC, and the UCC. This is an 8-month curriculum. The preliminary meeting will answer questions and set the guidelines for the course.

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

Ken is a member of our sangha and participated in a White Awake program that we offered last year, so he is familiar with the curriculum.

Please register below for the program by no later than September 1st, so we can get an idea of how many people may be attending. Even if you are “just interested,” please register below so we can communicate further information to you. Space will be limited and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Once you are registered, you will receive further information, along with other materials.

 

June 2, 2018: Daylong with Robert Cusick and Lori Wong — Meeting Life’s Changes & Transitions with Compassion

Please join us on Saturday, June 2, 2018 for Meeting Life’s Changes & Transitions with Compassion with Robert Cusick and Lori Wong from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

We will explore change, transition, and loss in the context of mindfulness and compassion practices. The day will include meditation, experiential, and interactive exercises, and is appropriate for mental health professionals as well as the general public. Mental health and healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this daylong in ways beneficial to clients or their patients, as well as themselves. We will introduce mindfulness to attune to the transitory nature of our life experiences and to bring awareness to the somatic and physiological experience of emotions in order to cultivate a compassionate response to life’s changes and losses. We’ll have an opportunity to practice with these skills and look at loss and change as transformational processes.  

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are important to support the teachers’ livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.

If you are requesting CEs, there is an administrative fee (see below). There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. Kindly label if the dish contains gluten, nuts, eggs, or dairy, so those with allergies may avoid those dishes.

Please register using the form below, no later than May 30th.

Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Stanford Lecturer and Certified Sr. Stanford CCT™ (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor and teaches at Stanford University, UCSF, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and in multiple other venues. As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 – 2012. He has studied in the Soto Zen tradition, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and in the Insight Meditation tradition with Gil Fronsdal PhD, Jack Kornfield PhD, and others. He provides grief counseling and bereavement support for adults and children at Kara kara–grief.org in Palo Alto, where he co-leads men’s grief groups and facilitates retreats for fathers grieving the death of a child. He serves as an Educational Consultant at Kara and directs, teaches and co-facilitates trainings for Kara’s Caregivers Forum and Adult Services Program. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies .

You can contact him at: info@thecompassiontrain.com

Lori Wong is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Central Valley, a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program, and has been offering mindfulness and dharma teachings in the Central Valley since 2009. She has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2003 under the guidance of Gil Fronsdal, who is the principal and founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) in Redwood City, CA. She is a former board member and former president of IMC, a former board member of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies has volunteered for the Buddhist Pathways Prison Project, and was a founding board member of the Buddhist Insight Network. Lori is also a Stanford-certified Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) teacher, trained through Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and a senior certified-CCT teacher for the Compassion Institute. She has been teaching the CCT protocol since 2014 for the general public as well as for staff of various agencies, including St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, the Modesto Vet Center, and Stanislaus County Department of Aging and Veteran Services.

For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils.  This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

6 CEs may be available for the following professions through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center. An administrative fee of $25/person for this workshop must be made payable to SCRC.

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact info@imcv.org. For questions about CE, visit http://www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at ce@spiritualcompetency.com.

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

Please register by May 30th by filling out the form below. Thank you!

 

May 12, 2018: Daylong with Sean Feit Oakes — Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing

Please join us on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing with Sean Feat Oakes from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

Many people come to meditation and yoga to help mend old wounds, both physical and emotional. In this study and practice daylong we will explore how the nervous system responds to stress and danger, and how that natural response is affected by trauma, developing into habitual states of anxiety and overwhelm. Trauma is not just caused by intense harmful and shocking experiences, but also by long-term stress and unresolved emotional processes. Meditation and yoga can be very helpful in a trauma recovery process, but do not automatically heal these deep wounds, and may even be destabilizing for some practitioners.

The day will include an introduction to current trauma resolution theory, and to the mindfulness-based resilience work of Organic Intelligence®. You will learn specific mindfulness and movement practices that can support healing and resilience. The class will be appropriate for those who suffer from trauma, as well as professional caregivers (including psychologists, therapists, and nurses), family members, and teachers of both meditation and yoga. We will discuss contraindications for common meditation and yoga practice instructions, and ways to care for ourselves and others in spiritual practice and daily life.

More information about Sean and Organic Intelligence® can be found here: SeanFeitOakes.com

Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, E-RYT 500, OICC teaches Buddhism, Haṭha Yoga, and Organic Intelligence® with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self-inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has studied in Zen, Tibetan, and Theravāda Buddhist lineages, including training as a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach Insight Meditation by Jack Kornfield. In yoga, he began in Ashtanga, studying with Larry Schultz and Alice Joanou, did teacher training with David Moreno in the Bihar tradition, and Buddhist integration through the Spirit Rock Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation (MYMT) program. Other primary teachers include Eugene Cash and Sylvia Boorstein (Insight Meditation), Anam Thubten (Mahāyāna), Sayadaw U Janaka (vipassanā), and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence®).

Sean teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, and Namaste Yoga, and is core Yoga Teacher Training faculty (E-RYT 500) for Piedmont YogaYoga Garden San Francisco, and Spirit Rock. He works with teens through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is Associate Faculty with Organic Intelligence®, teaching the integration of mindfulness with trauma resolution. Sean received his PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis in 2016, writing on states of consciousness in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance. He lives in Oakland with his family and beloved community.

6 CEs may be available for the following professions through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center:

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at ce@spiritualcompetency.com.

Approval for CEs is pending. Please note: If we are approved to offer CEs, there will be a $25 administrative fee per person (please bring a check for $25 payable to SCRC). Please have your professional license information with you. You must sign in within 15 min. of the start of the daylong and you will need to complete an evaluation and assessment at the end of the day, so please allow for time before and after the daylong to complete these forms. You may not take them home and complete them later. Your certificate of completion will be handed out at the end of the day after your evaluation is completed and turned in.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are important to support the teacher’s livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.

There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils.  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.

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

If you plan to come, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you!

March 17, 2018: Daylong with Kevin Griffin — Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World

Please join us on Saturday, March 17th for Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World with Kevin Griffin from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

Lovingkindness, or metta, is sometimes depicted as a simple “open your heart and love everybody” practice, but a closer look at the Buddha’s teachings reveals a more complex and nuanced picture. In a time of great conflict and contention in our society, it can be extremely valuable to see how the Buddha addressed these relevant topics:

• the challenges of living with other people;
• the risk of hating anyone, even your enemies;
• and the dangers inherent to conventional loving relationships.

He uses his teachings on lovingkindness to emphasize the importance of sila, or ethical behavior, the potential for opening into deeper meditative states of peace and equanimity, and the importance of developing a non-discriminating, unconditional love on the path of awakening.

The retreat will include meditation, lecture, small group discussion, and Q&A.

Kevin Griffin is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and author known for his innovative work connecting dharma and recovery, especially through his 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over thirty-five years and a teacher for two decades. He reaches a broad range of audiences in dharma centers, wellness centers, and secular mindfulness settings. His latest book is Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are important to support the teacher’s livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.

There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils.  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.

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

If you plan to come, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you!

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..

 

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.

 

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.

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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..

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!