Wednesday night live

We started live-streaming our Wednesday evening sits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view previous sessions here:

  • April 2021
    • April 7 – Our year as “zangha” – We reflected on our one year of zoom sangha (“zangha”) gatherings. Sangha itself is a way of nourishing the second spiritual power of energy/viriya. We considered together how the last year has nourished and sustained our practise, and what we have missed.
      • Also a fun little video montage of the teachers who have visited us this year
  • March 2021
    • March 31 – Energy and Kindness – We explored kindness (metta) as a support for staying in the stream of nourishing energy.
    • March 24 – The C.A.L.L. of Wise Effort – We continued to explore the C.A.L.L. of Wise Effort, incorporating the teachings from our weekend retreat with Pascal Auclair. (Note – some on-screen sharing by participants was not included in this video.)
    • March 17 – The C.A.L.L. of Viriya – We continued to investigate the C.A.L.L. of Viriya… the wise aspects of connecting, abiding, limiting and letting go. Thanks to Laura, Ted, and Andrea for sharing some of their insights too.
    • March 10 – Viriya: Wise Effort – The five Spiritual Powers are sometimes referred to as a river, whose current leads toward freedom. How do we work wisely with energy to balance our canoe in the current, given the rapids, boulders, and other conditions in this river?
    • March 3 – Dhamma Friends with Elvina Charley – Our dear friend Elvina Charley joined us to share her teachings on the Beauty Way, or Hoźho. Both Jeanne and Elvina led periods of meditation. Elvina had a brief internet outage but was able to return to close our practice with her song.
  • February 2021
    • February 24 – Energy – a Nourishing, Sustaining, and Discerning Power – We continued to explore the Spiritual Power of Energy, including the energy of the group to support our practise.
    • February 17 – meditation and dharma talk – We continued to look at the spiritual power of energy. Last week we explored the nurturing potential of easeful energy; this week we looked at how to channel it towards peace.
    • February 10 – meditation and dharma talk – The spiritual faculties become powers as we turn them intentionally toward supporting peace in our hearts and minds. This week we will explore the second power, Viriya, often translated as energy, with its flavour of nourishing, sustaining, easeful effort.
    • February 3 – meditation and dharma talk – The Spiritual Faculties become Spiritual Powers as we bring them in intentionally to our lives. This week we will continue looking at confidence, which can cultivate a sense of rootedness and steadiness.
  • January 2021
    • January 27 – meditation and dharmette – guest teacher bruni dávila leads a metta practice and discusses how metta integrates with the whole path of practice.
    • January 20 – meditation and dharma discussionDhamma Friends with Tara Mulay – Jeanne and Tara explore their mutual delight at the mystery of our practice — how this concise and precise set of instructions opens up into an intuitive way of knowing that surprises and nourishes our hearts and minds.
    • January 13 – meditation and dharma talk – What brought you to the practice? What helps you keep practicing? Jeanne delves into saddha, translated as faith or confidence, one of the five spiritual faculties we are investigating.
    • January 6 – meditation and dharma talk – To begin our New Year, we started an exploration of the 5 Spiritual Faculties and how they support our practice: confidence, energy, mindfulness, collectedness, and wisdom. These 5 faculties become spiritual powers as we cultivate them.
  • December 2020
    • December 30 – meditation and dharma talk – Jeanne had finished teaching an online retreat with IMS on Viriya: Gentle Perseverance and Resilience. She shared highlights from the retreat.
    • December 23 – meditation and dharma talk – A special Seasonal Community Offering… Jeanne, Bob, and Andrea collaborate to offer their reflections on the essence of the season and how it connects to our practice.
    • December 16 – meditation and dharma talk – We are in the midst of seasonal traditions, including solstice and Christmas… how do these connect with the Buddhist tradition, and support our resilience at this time? Jeanne offers a personal perspective on the connections and nourishment of this time of year.
    • December 9 – meditation and dharma talk – exploring the topic of our recent daylong retreat, Resilience in the time of COVID. Jeanne will offer reflections on resilience (reflections from others not included in the recording)
    • December 2 – meditation and dharma talk, with our special Dhamma Friend Elvina Charley!
  • November 2020
    • November 25 – meditation and dharma talk: On this metta night, we explored The Dharma of Belonging: the ways our practice can meet this great human need for connection and relation-ship.
    • November 18 – meditation and dharma talk: Processes of Liberation: concluding our tour through the Foundations of Mindfulness, summarizing this step by step process of mindfulness of body, mind, and wisdom, that we can walk together, as a community.
    • November 11 – meditation and dharma talk: Remembrance of Peace – the many ways that the practice cultivates a peace in our hearts that we can offer the world
    • November 4 – meditation and dharma talk: exploring the last three calming qualities of the 7 Awakening Factors, as a balance to the previous three energizing factors. All of these factors are friends we can call on, to balance our heart and mind. This week: do we call by text, phone, fax, or zoom? We will explore various ways of calling on these friends.
  • October 2020
    • October 28 – meditation and dharma talk: Jeanne shares some teachings from the online retreat we hosted last weekend with Jeanne, Bonnie Duran, and Elvina Charley teaching.
    • October 21 – meditation and dharma talk: continuing to explore the ‘discerning sword of wisdom’ this week, by investigating our own experience of energy and joy, the 3rd and 4th factors of awakening that are present in each of our minds and hearts.
    • October 14 – meditation and dharma talk: inquiry, the next factor of awakening; exploring this quality as a key to wisdom and energy.
    • October 7 – meditation and dharma talk: discussion on equanimity and mindfulness, two of the factors of awakening, which encourage active engagement with the process of liberation of the heart and mind.
  • September 2020
    • September 30 – meditation and dharma talk: about Equanimity, the last of the 7 Factors of Awakening, and the last of the Divine Abodes of the Heart.
    • September 23 – meditation and dharma talk: ways we can cultivate the seven factors of awakening at any time, and as support to our practice.
    • September 16 – meditation and dharma talk: exploring the theme of liberation as a daily practice.
    • September 9 – dharma talk with guest teacher Adrianne Ross: paramis as qualities we can develop in daily life
    • September 2 – meditation and dharma talk with guest teacher Susie Harrington: introducing the next topic we will be exploring over the next little while, the Seven Factors of Awakening. Susie provided a little more detail about interest and intimacy (dhammavicaya, often translated as “investigation”)
  • August 2020
    • August 26 – meditation and dharma talk: we explore the difficult states of mind referred to as the hindrances as processes of liberation for the mind and heart from a heart perspective, on our metta night.
    • August 19 – meditation and dharma talk: getting to know the challenging states of mind as a pathway to being more free, in the midst of things. We will look more closely at the hindrances, or challenging states of mind, at more ways to work with their energies
    • August 12 – meditation and dharma talk: sharing some of the wisdom we learned from Nature during the recent retreats at Anglin Lake
    • August 5 – meditation and dharma talk: 4 essential items the Buddha recommended we P.A.C.K. for our inner journey.
  • July 2020
    • July 29 – meditation and dharma talk: reflecting on the importance of sangha friends on the path – friends both inner and outer, who support our heart.
    • July 22 – meditation and dharma talk: summarizing our exploration of wisdom and tie it back into a bird’s eye view of the 8 fold path of peace.
    • July 15 – meditation and dharma talk: bringing in the quality of lightness and experimentation to our our cultivation of wisdom – what are you cooking in your wisdom laboratory?
    • July 8 – welcome and meditation, dharma talk: how we can live fully and wholeheartedly, with wholesome desire, without attachment.
    • July 1 – welcome and meditation, dharma talk: connecting the dots of the wisdom practices we have been exploring to understand how to set the conditions for this innate and natural process.
  • May 2020
    • May 27: how the four Divine Abodes of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity collaborate in our daily lives, with a special look at the role of joy in nourishing the other three
    • May 20 with special guest appearance by Rachel Lewis: clear seeing as a way of seeing meditation as a fascinating deep sea dive… what beauty can we discover?
    • May 13: exploring what clear seeing means, and how it leads to wisdom and peace
    • May 6: Wise View – reflecting on our experience and learning from it; exploring reflections and learnings from this time of COVID that we wish to carry as touchstones in our lives

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