Inter-faith Dialogue: An Evening with Pastor Michael on Dec. 5, 2017

We will be offering an inter-faith dialogue with Pastor Michael Schiefelbein from the College Avenue Congregational Church (United Church for Christ) on the evening of Dec. 5, 2017, during our regular sangha meeting time from 6:30-8:30pm.

Pastor Michael will open our time together with a listening practice that he uses to start his congregation’s Sunday services. Lori and Pastor Michael will then engage in a conversation exploring topics about how we, as leaders of our faiths, are meeting specific challenges, and along the way we’ll share a little about our respective spiritual backgrounds, with the intention for all of us to learn about and bring understanding across faith traditions. There will be an opportunity for Q and A at the end of the evening together.

In order for us to plan for the evening, please RSVP if you plan to attend. Depending on how many plan to attend, the meeting may be held in the sanctuary rather than the Kuti. Please RSVP no later than Nov. 28, 2017 using the form below so we may get a head count and to contact you about the location (if it changes):

 

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.

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..

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:

Introducción al Curso de Meditación y de Atención Plena en Español con Andrea Castillo, Bruni Davila y Carrie Tamburo

Introducción a la meditación y atención plena en Español
5 semanas comenzando el 14 de julio hasta el 11 de agosto 2016
de las 7:30 p.m. a las 9:00 p.m.
Lugar: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto CA

Se ofrecerán instrucciones sobre varios aspectos de la meditación y la atención plena. Por favor, use ropa suelta que le permite sentarse cómodamente.

El curso incluye instrucciones básicas en la meditación de atención plena  enseñada de forma secuencial, comenzando con atención a la respiración, seguido de la atención plena del cuerpo, las emociones y los pensamientos y finalmente  la aplicación de la atención plena en la vida diaria.

Este curso se ofrece gratuitamente a todos. Donaciones serán aceptadas con gratitud para apoyar a los maestros y eventos en el futuro.

 

Favor utilice este enlace para inscribirse ya que las maestras necesitan saber cuántas personas participarán.

Las maestras

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.

Bruni Dávila ha practicado Vipassana y Zen (en varias tradiciones) desde 1995 y en el IMC desde el año 2006, con Gil Fronsdal como su profesor de primaria. Es graduada de la Sati Centro Budista Capellanía Capacitación y está actualmente en el Programa de Mentores Dharma IMC. En su medio de vida, se las arregla proyectos ambientales.

Carrie Tamburo es el fundador y director del Pacifica Traducción y Tutoría Associates. Ella tiene un Ph.D. de la Universidad de California en Los Ángeles, en Lenguas y Literaturas Hispánicas. Ella es una maestra de la atención plena y enseña también la atención plena en las escuelas.

May 9, 2015: Exploring our Practice Through SoulCollage facilitated by Tseme Garcia

Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
in the Sarana Kuti (building at the rear of the east parking lot)
2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA

Through the weaving together of expressive arts with guided meditation, visualization, poetry and reflection, we’ll spend the day inviting our spirits to engage in meditative play. We’ll use SoulCollage®, a technique that involves contemplatively selecting and gluing magazine images onto 5” x 8” cards as a tool for inquiring into and deepening our meditation practice. The SoulCollage process helps us to discover and explore our authentic selves, bringing healing to ourselves and to others through creative expression. We’ll incorporate mindfulness and reflection in order to look inward using the creative process to explore our practice. We’ll engage in contemplative sharing, allowing us to learn about ourselves and listen to one another in a safe, supportive environment.

During the workshop we’ll explore two themes: What brings you joy or delight? and What helps you relax into “Samadhi”? (Samadhi might be described as a state of whole-hearted and deeply embodied awareness). We’ll examine these two themes and how they relate to our meditation practice and daily living through the medium of SoulCollage, personal reflection, and group sharing.

These workshops are a safe place for us to “play” and explore—no art experience or talent is needed! Those who especially feel “I am not creative,” are encouraged to attend. Come allow your inner child to play!

The Facilitator:
Tseme Garcia, MA, CCRP, CNC, CFSP has been providing individual and small- group spiritual guidance using expressive arts and contemplative practices since 2004. She has used SoulCollage and other expressive arts to explore her own spiritual journey for more than a decade. Tseme is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Wellness Coach who teaches whole foods nutrition to individuals and small groups using the Food+SpiritTM approach to mind-body healing, nutrition, and wellness. She guides Gyalshen Modesto Sangha and studies Bön Tibetan Buddhist meditation and spirituality. She holds a Master’s degree from Sofia University; a Certificate in Expressive Arts from John F. Kennedy University; and a Certificate in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction.

This day is freely offered to all. Donations/dana are gratefully appreciated to support the facilitator and IMCV’s future offerings. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for a potluck lunch. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.

Necessary supplies including magazines will be provided, but feel free to bring any favorite magazine images or personal photographs that you might wish to use.

Please register in advance so that we may have enough materials for all attendees.

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.

Favor utilice este enlace para inscribirse ya que las maestras necesitan saber cuántas personas participarán.

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.