August 16, 2014, Love in the Suttas with Diana Clark

Saturday, August 16, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA

How is the metta sutta, which we often chant while on a meditation retreat, related to metta meditation?  And how is metta meditation related to insight and concentration meditation?  Please join us as we explore the answers to these questions and more during this day of lecture, practice and discussion. Together, we will examine and practice with the teachings on lovingkindness in the early Buddhist texts and later commentarial works.  We will explore how these inspirational teachings have evolved over time and how we can apply this understanding to our current practice.

Please bring a bag lunch. This class is offered on a donation basis.

Diana Clark has been practicing since 2005. Her practice includes long meditation retreats, the scholarly study of Buddhism and Buddhist texts and exploring the science of mindfulness and compassion. She is trained as a scientist and serves the dharma community by being the former treasurer of IMC and the current treasurer of IRC. She is also on the board of the Buddhist Insight Network. She is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program and has an MA in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

July 26, 2014, Faith in the Suttas with Diana Clark

Saturday, July 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA

Is faith used in the Buddhist tradition the same as in other religious traditions?  Is there a specific place for faith in a Buddhist path of practice?  When Buddhists say they have faith, what do they have faith “in”?  Please join us as we explore the answers to these questions and more during this day of lecture and discussion.  We will examine how faith and it’s role in Buddhist practice is portrayed in the early Buddhist texts and discuss how we can interpret this with our own practice.  Also, we will look at the relationship between faith, knowledge and wisdom as well as the relationship between faith, love and devotion.  Everyone, with or without faith, is welcome.

Please bring a bag lunch. This class is offered on a donation basis.

Diana Clark has been practicing since 2005. Her practice includes long meditation retreats, the scholarly study of Buddhism and Buddhist texts and exploring the science of mindfulness and compassion. She is trained as a scientist and serves the dharma community by being the former treasurer of IMC and the current treasurer of IRC. She is also on the board of the Buddhist Insight Network. She is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program and has an MA in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

October 12, 2013, 9:30am – 5:00pm, The Brahmaviharas with Ajahn Thanissaro

Brahmaviharas Flyer

Please read the attached material before attending the daylong and bring with you (offered in PDF or Word format): [Brahmavihara Word Document] [Brahamavihara PDF]

The Brahmaviharas—attitudes of unlimited good will, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity—are useful tools for counteracting unskillful mind states, such as ill will and resentment, and for developing all three parts of the path to the end of suffering: virtue, concentration, and discernment. This day-long course will use readings, talks, discussions, and periods of meditation to explore the uses and limitations of these attitudes in the context of the total path.

Ajahn Thanissaro (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. In 1991 he traveled to the hills of San Diego County, CA,where he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery, where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at www.accesstoinsight.org.

There will be a meal offering for Ajahn Thanissaro and other monastics in attendance. If you would like, please bring food to offer at that time, otherwise, please bring your own lunch.