Dhamma Friends – March 3, 2021

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


Dear sangha friends,

Jeanne and our friend Elvina Charley will share the practice on the Wednesday sit on March 3. We look forward to welcoming Elvina to our sangha again!

Diné (Navajo) bi-lingual school psychologist Elvina Charley, Ed.S., M.A. Charley has been practicing mindfulness since 2013 as a way to heal from historical trauma.  She found parallels between her Diné philosophy of life and mindfulness, which she incorporates in teaching her students.

Please join us for this very special night, part of a series of collaborations with teachers near and far, which we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

March 3, 2021, 7:00-8:00 PM CST
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To get Zoom meeting details for this evening (also valid for all Wednesday evenings), please register with this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctduqqrz0tH9IoOMyH-xvUYO2Gt4TfoR64
The registration process will email you a link to join by computer or device, or you can phone in.

Please add a note “Dhamma Friends” with any dana you offer on this evening. It will be shared with appreciation among all the teachers.

Jeanne

Retreat with Richard Shankman – May 14-18, 2021

Calming the Mind/Opening to Insight – The Path of Mindfulness, Jhana and Insight

May 14-18, 2021
Retreat starts 7 pm on Friday, May 14
Retreat ends 4 pm on Tuesday, May 18

Concentration and jhana are often taught as separate practices from insight meditation.

This retreat, however, will integrate concentration, mindfulness and insight into a single meditative path. Practicing in this way, the mind becomes more collected and centered, leading to deepening states of concentration, peace, clarity and calm abiding, and culminating in states of unification of mind known as jhana. At the same time, awareness will be guided to open into mindfulness of the body and states of the heart and the mind, revealing the four foundations of mindfulness.

This integration of concentration, calm, mindfulness and jhana builds a strong foundation for the arising of insight.

This retreat will entail alternating periods of sitting and walking (or other mindful movement) meditation, daily meditation instructions and dharma talk, and opportunities for individual and group practice discussions.


Please register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=40307


Also, for a quick and easy intro to how we’ll practice on the retreat, Richard has provided a series of short, 5 – 7 minute, videos on YouTube. You can get to them at:
www.mettadharma.org/concentration-and-insight-meditation-as-one-path-of-practice/


Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970 and teaches classes and meditation retreats at dharma centers and groups nationally and internationally. Richard is the guiding teacher of the Metta Dharma Foundation (www.mettadharma.org), and co-founder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies (www.sati.org) and of Mindful Schools (www.mindfulschools.org). He has sat many silent, intensive meditation retreats for periods up to eleven months long. Richard is the author of The Experience of Samadhi: An In-Depth Investigation of Buddhist Meditation and The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation.

Dhamma Friends – April 21, 2021

Dear sangha friends,

I’m really excited to introduce you to another of my IMS Teacher Training colleagues.

Devon Hase will be joining us for our session on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 7 PM (Saskatchewan). Here is a little preview of the discussion:

The Live Wire of Authenticity
We could say that dharma practice offers a kind of live wire of authenticity, a radical knowing of just exactly this moment as it presences in body, heart, and mind. Join us for an evening of experiential excavation of our mutually shared (and yet entirely individual) aliveness.

Please join us for this very special night, the second in a series of collaborations with teachers from around the world, that we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

Please add a note “Dhamma Friends” with any dana you offer on this evening. It will be shared with appreciation among all the teachers.

Jeanne


About our guest

Devon Hase began intensive meditation training in 2000. She has studied at monasteries in Nepal and India, and practices in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Currently, Devon teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and throughout North America and Europe. Along with her life partner nico, she co-authored their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life, which offers six pieces of semi-Buddhist advice to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos of modern life. She now lives together with nico in urban retreat in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon. For more info visit www.devonandnicohase.com.

Weekend with Pascal Auclair

A Vast, Vibrant & Stable Heart

Meditation Evening for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community

Friday, March 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Saskatchewan time)
Led by Pascal Auclair

This evening is for those who self-identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

A Vast, Vibrant & Stable Heart

March 20 and 21: Saturday (9:30 am – 8 pm and Sunday (10 am – 4:15 pm) (Saskatchewan time)
with Pascal Auclair

All traditions and people welcome!

Together, we will cultivate the courage to meet reality as it is : changing and unpredictable. We will allow this intimate encounter to become the gateway leading us to tenderness and joy. A presence, altogether sensitive, engaged, vibrant and calm –wise!– will take us to the silent and caring heart of Mindfulness.


This retreat is offered in the Insight Meditation tradition of dana/donation – there will be an opportunity to contribute financially to the teacher, if you wish, and according to your means.

Both events will be held online via Zoom. A link will be emailed to you closer to the event.

Please register here:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=39433


Image of Pascal Auclair

Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, where he is now enjoying teaching retreats. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. He is a co-founder of True North Insight and one of TNI’s Guiding Teachers.

Closer Than We Think

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


A community exploration of how we prepare for the transition of dying & the moment of death

Led by Matty Weingast and Jeanne Corrigal.

Matty brings a lightness to these reflections which is refreshing and inspiring. Matty and Jeanne have the intention that this sense of light touch comes through in the session, and we hope that you join us.

With a selection of poems from The First Free Women as reflections, we will inquire together into these important questions and also into how they can help us to live life more fully now.

Matty Weingast is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care. He is also a former editor of the Insight Journal at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the author of The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns, which is much loved in our community. 

Jeanne Corrigal is the guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community.

SIMC invites you to join us online January 23 for this special time together
Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am – noon CST (click to see other time zones).

This event is offered on a dana basis. Please add a note “Matty” to any donation you are able to make, and it will be shared between the teachers.

Please register here to get the Zoom link for the event:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=37353

Dhamma Friends – Jan 20, 2021

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


Dear sangha friends,

Jeanne and friend Tara Mulay will 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.

Tara Mulay’s teachings stem from the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw, as well as teachers Howard Cohn, Kamala Masters, Gil Fronsdal, Joseph Goldstein, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Ayya Anandabodhi. Tara practiced criminal defense law in California for over 20 years.  She was a leader of Mission Dharma in San Francisco, and in 2016 she co-founded the San Francisco People of Color Insight Sangha. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Insight World Aid.  Tara is of South Asian (Indian) descent. She felt initially drawn to dharma practice upon encountering the Buddha’s teachings rejecting social caste as a measure of worth and of capacity for awakening. She believes classical Buddhist practices, designed to cultivate compassion, non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion, are uniquely potent vehicles for empowering people in marginalized communities and effecting social change.

Please join us for this very special night, part of a series of collaborations with teachers near and far, which we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

January 20, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM CST
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To get Zoom meeting details for this evening (also valid for all Wednesday evenings), please register with this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctduqqrz0tH9IoOMyH-xvUYO2Gt4TfoR64
The registration process will email you a link to join by computer or device, or you can phone in.

Please add a note “Dhamma Friends” with any dana you offer on this evening. It will be shared with appreciation among all the teachers.

Jeanne

Resilience in the Time of COVID

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


Our December daylong retreat is one of nurturing our innate peace, before the seasonal busyness starts.

This year, you may have some COVID fatigue to fold into the mix, as well. This day long retreat will offer some community relational practice to connect us; heart music to inspire gratitude and metta (toe-tapping definitely encouraged), and stillness contemplation, all with the intention of drinking deeply from our always present and sustaining wellspring of inner nourishment.

Dear friends, take a breath now, sense the body and the heart, and the sangha around you. We look forward to being together in December.

Saturday December 5, 10 am – 4 pm CST
(Convert to local time)

This is offered on a dana basis.

A Zoom link will be sent to you when you register.

Please register here:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=36766

Dhamma Friends – December 2, 2020

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


Dear sangha friends,

Jeanne and our friend Elvina Charley will share the practice on the Wednesday sit on December 2. We look forward to welcoming Elvina to our sangha!

Diné (Navajo) bi-lingual school psychologist Elvina Charley, Ed.S., M.A. Charley has been practicing mindfulness since 2013 as a way to heal from historical trauma.  She found parallels between her Diné philosophy of life and mindfulness, which she incorporates in teaching her students.

Please join us for this very special night, part of a series of collaborations with teachers near and far, which we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

December 2, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM CST
(Click for other time zones)

To get Zoom meeting details for this evening (also valid for all Wednesday evenings), please register with this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctduqqrz0tH9IoOMyH-xvUYO2Gt4TfoR64
The registration process will email you a link to join by computer or device, or you can phone in.

Please add a note “Dhamma Friends” with any dana you offer on this evening. It will be shared with appreciation among all the teachers.

Jeanne

June 2020 Daylong

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


Gladness and Quiet Joy
Essential Friends in Times of Change

— An online daylong retreat with Jeanne Corrigal —

The Buddha encouraged us to live in joy, even in times of affliction, to support freedom in our own heart and mind, and to strengthen our capacity to support our communities.  This day of nourishment will explore gladdening practices that are available in every moment, and their liberating role in the journey of life.  We look forward to gathering with you in community – a quiet joy, in itself.

Time:

Saturday, June 27, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Saskatchewan time)

Registration:

Please register to get the Zoom link for joining the meeting:
http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=34461

Please plan to join by 8:45 am on Saturday to be ready for the 9:00 am start.

Our teacher:

Jeanne Corrigal

Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and the guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. Jeanne is Métis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program.


This daylong is freely offered, with an opportunity to offer dana to Jeanne for the teaching.
https://saskatooninsight.com/wp/about/dana/

Dhamma Friends – June 24, 2020

This is for a past event. For current events, please visit our Upcoming Events page.


Dear sangha friends,

I’m really excited to introduce you to some of my IMS Teacher Training colleagues, who are going to visit to us on our metta night, June 24.

Zooming in from Vancouver is Rachel Lewis, who has developed a songbook of Buddhist music, including her own choral arrangements of traditional chants, and who will open our metta sit with her exquisite chanting; tuning in from Massachusetts is Devin Berry, whose groundbreaking and innovative Deep Liberation retreats call upon ancestral healing; also from Massachusetts is Tara Mulay, whose South Asian (Indian) roots and extensive and diverse retreat practice combine in her insightful sharing of the dharma.

Please join us for this very special metta night, the first in a series of collaborations with teachers from around the world, that we are calling “Dhamma Friends.”

Please add a note “Dhamma Friends” with any dana you offer on this evening. It will be shared with appreciation among all the teachers.

Jeanne