New Year’s Eve Program on Dec. 31st, 2017

Please let us know if you’ll be attending our special evening on New Year’s Eve by Dec. 21st. We need to have a head count by Dec. 21st so we can reserve a larger space, if needed. Otherwise, any RSVPs after that date may be subject to our available space.

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 (and label the food if it contains dairy, gluten, or nuts as this will help people who may have food allergies). We would like some volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up after the meal, and closing. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please use the pull-down menu 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 Sarana Kuti 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 also need to know if you will be bringing any children. We cannot watch your children, but if children are attending, we will try to provide a program that is family-friendly. 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):

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.

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.

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

El registro ya está cerrado. Este evento está lleno.

 

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.