prints_lg_imaginationAll times are Pacific unless otherwise indicated.

January 28 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Arisika Razak: Meditation, talk, and discussion. 285 17th St., Oakland (near 19thSt. Oakland BART), 510-268-0696, no fee, support for center and teacher on a dana (generosity or donation) basis. Infohttp://www.eastbaymeditation.org/On Zoom.

Honoring the Great Teacher of Interbeing and Engaged Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh 

This body of mine will disintegrate, but my actions will continue. . . . If you think I am only this body, then you have not truly seen me. When you look at my friends, you see my continuation. When you see someone walking with mindfulness and compassion, you know he is my continuation. I don’t see why we have to say “I will die,” because I can already see myself in you, in other people, and in future generations. 

                                                                        --Thich Nhat Hanh

The wise, courageous, and beloved Vietnamese monk and Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, died on January 22, at the age of 95. This Friday, Arisika and Donald will honor his memory, by sharing some of his core teachings, including some of his approaches to meditation and mindfulness. In addition, Donald, who first met Thich Nhat Hanh in 1987, will share some of his own reflections on encounters with this wonderful teacher, and the deep influence of his teachings, actions, and presence. 

February 2, 9 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morning. On Zoom. February 9, with Yassir Chadly, Sufi teacher and musician.

February 11 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Fresh “Lev” White: Meditation, talk, and discussion. 285 17th St., Oakland (near 19thSt. Oakland BART), 510-268-0696, no fee, support for center and teacher on a dana(generosity or donation) basis. Info:  http://www.eastbaymeditation.org/On Zoom.

February 13, 20 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Movement, meditation, discussion. Sangha founded by Phillip Moffitt and held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. For further info: www.marinsangha.orgFebruary 13: By Zoom. February 20: In-person if one is fully vaccinated and by Zoom.

February 20 (Sunday): 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Dharma Association in Rome, Italy (AMeCo), Talk and meditation on “The Engaged Spiritual Life: Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation in a Time of Crisis.” For further information: www.associazioneameco.it

March 30 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morning. On Zoom.

April 1 – 3 (Friday to Sunday), Louisville, Kentucky, Weekend Retreat, Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 to 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Theme: Developing and Deepening Inquiry as a Factor of Awakening in Formal Meditation and Daily Life. Inquiry (or investigation) is one of the Seven Factors of Awakening, a quality that both leads to and expresses awakening! Inquiry can be a crucial factor in our practice, leading to greater aliveness, energy, interest, and learning. Yet we may believe that meditation should be about "not thinking.” We'll see how we need to be able initially not to be ruled by thinking; this can make it possible then to use thinking and questioning fruitfully in inquiry. We’ll explore five modes of inquiry: (1) bringing inquiry into our mindfulness practice in several ways; (2) listening deeply, particularly through the body and emotions, when there are repetitive thoughts and narratives, as well as difficult experiences; (3) using a core teaching to guide one's practice; (4) radical questioning; and (5) uncovering and transforming limiting beliefs. The two days will combine short talks, guided inquiry practices, and discussion. For further information, go to: http://www.louisville-vipassana-community.org.

April 4 (Monday),Louisville Insight, Louisville, Kentucky, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Location: Clifton Unitarian Church, 2231 Payne Street. For further informationwww.louisville-vipassana-community.org.

April 6 – 10  (Wednesday to Sunday): Southern Dharma Retreat Center (North Carolina): Buddhist Practice and Transforming Racism Inside and Outside: A Retreat for White People. In this retreat, we will combine periods of silent practice with developing foundations for the internal and external transformation of racism and whiteness as an integral part of our spiritual practice. These foundations will include: (1) knowing in more depth and being inspired by the Buddha’s revolutionary rejection of caste in the India of nearly 2600 years; (2) perspectives from core Buddhist wisdom teachings helpful for understanding and transforming race and racism; (3) the centrality of mindfulness and heart practices like lovingkindness, compassion, forgiveness, and empathy, to investigate and transform our conditioning around race and whiteness; (4) being able to work with difficult emotions and states of mind and body; (5) grounding in ethical integrity and action, including wise speech; and (6) the importance of community, including both smaller communities that can be supportive home bases, relatively free of “shame and blame,” for transformative practice, and the larger, emerging “beloved community.” The retreat will integrate sitting and walking meditation with talks, exercises, discussion, and the identification of resources to work with after the retreat. Those attending the retreat will have the option of attending a six session (bi-monthly) group immediately following the retreat, to continue the momentum of the retreat. Prerequisite: One four-day or longer mindfulness retreat or permission of the instructor. The main aim of the prerequisite is to ensure that everyone has received and practiced for some time basic mindfulness (and if possible, lovingkindness) instructions; if you meet the spirit of the prerequisite and are interested, but haven’t done a four-day or longer retreat, please inquire. For further information, go to Southern Dharma website (open for registration in 2022). In-person retreat!

April 20 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morning. On Zoom.

April 23 (Saturday): Spirit Rock: Transforming the Judgmental Mind: Daylong Retreat (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  Judgments of a reactive and compulsive nature are very strong in most of our lives. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work. We will examine what judgments are and how to work with them, using mindfulness, “heart” practices, and inquiry, helping us to preserve the discernment often found in judgments, while working through the destructive aspects of judgments. We will also explore how we internalize the judgments of our society in a number of ways, particularly related to race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Attendees will have the option of regular follow-up sessions. For further information and registration, go to https://calendar.spiritrock.org/events/transforming-the-judgmental-mind-3/.

April 27 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morning. On Zoom.

April 29 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Arisika Razak: Meditation, talk, and discussion. 285 17th St., Oakland (near 19thSt. Oakland BART), 510-268-0696, no fee, support for center and teacher on a dana(generosity or donation) basis. Infohttp://www.eastbaymeditation.org/On Zoom.

May 14-15 (Saturday and Sunday), Carson City, Nevada: Dharma Zephyr, 9:30 to 4:30 each day. Concentration and Awakened Awareness. In this weekend retreat, we will train in three inter-related modes of practice. In the first part of the retreat, we will settle and stabilize our minds and bodies, developing more concentration (samādhi), through both sitting and moving forms of meditation. A key to developing samādhi, so crucial for insight practice as well as daily life, is learning how to combine ease, relaxation, and joy, on the one hand, with persistence and skillful effort. In the second part of the retreat, on the basis of greater stability of mind, we will learn better how to tune in to an increasingly unconfined and luminous awareness beyond distraction, habitual experience, and reactivity, that is a source of freedom, wisdom, and compassion, both in formal meditation and daily life. For further information: https://dharmazephyr.org/events/. In person and by zoom.

 May 21 (Saturday): San Rafael, CA: Marin Sangha Daylong: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life: In meditation as well as in daily life, “doing” and skillful effort are vital, and it’s important to learn better how to be more skillful in one’s efforts in both domains. Yet doing can as well be “overdone”; we want also to explore where we get caught in habitual patterns of being the “doer,” of being a certain habitual kind of self. In this daylong, we will examine these two important areas, and then go yet more deeply to explore what is taught in many spiritual traditions, including the Buddhist tradition, that many deeper expressions both of meditation and daily life can be spoken of as a kind of profound “non-doing.” This involves a letting go of doing and of being a self, that paradoxically can also be a basis for action and doing, a "doing coming out of a deep not-doing"! The day will involve periods of silent practice, short talks, and discussion. There will be an optional follow-up group for those attending the daylong, on a dana basis, to support continuing to develop the practices of the daylong. For further info: www.marinsangha.org.  Tentatively: In-person if one is fully vaccinated and by Zoom.

May 22, 29 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Movement, meditation, discussion. Sangha founded by Phillip Moffitt and held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. For further info: www.marinsangha.orgTentatively, May 22: In-person if one is fully vaccinated and by Zoom; May 29: Via Zoom.

Further 2022 retreats:

July 10: Spirit Rock daylong, on Zoom.

July 12-17: Transforming the Judgmental Mind, Berkeley, in-person non-residential retreat.

August 27-28: San Luis Obispo. Hybrid, Zoom and in-person, theme to be decided.

September 12-17: Non-residential retreat at Spirit Rock, tentatively in-person.

October 10-17: Southern Dharma: Concentration and Awakened Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Practitioners, in-person.

December 2-3: Two days Zoom retreat with Spirit Rock.

December 4-10: Cultivating the Awakened Heart: Practicing the Brahmavihara (with Kaira Jewel Lingo), Insight LA. On Zoom.

Ongoing Wednesdays Class, Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA: 10 a.m. to noon morning class: Share teaching with Sylvia Boorstein (most Wednesdays, either Sylvia or I will teach; Heidi Bourne has also been subbing for Sylvia in much of 2020 and 2021): 45 minute meditation, talk and discussion. Donald will be teaching February 2, 9; March 30; April 20, 27. May dates and beyond to be determined.

Donald’s Talks At: Dharma Seed (www.dharmaseed.org/), Audio Dharma (www.audiodharma.org/).