Seeing / Drawing Retreat -Saturday, May 5

Line Drawing

For “Dharma Art Day” this year we will focus on drawing as meditation. In drawing, we have an opportunity to set aside our egos while becoming one with the object. It will not be an art class per se, and no prior drawing experience is required. What is asked for is our willingness to deeply observe, connect our eyes with our hearts and hands, and open to whatever may emerge. This mostly silent day will include periods of meditation and movement. Weather permitting, we will work outdoors.
Led by sangha members Karen Hamilton and Barb Baccei.
9 am – 4 pm  Sacramento Dharma Center,  3111 Wissemann Dr., Sacramento
Please bring a bag lunch.
Fee: $0-$20 plus $10 for materials.  Scholarships are available.
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Our Buddhist Women Ancestors

You are invited to a new study group sponsored by Valley Streams Zen Sangha. The group  will meet on the third Thursday of every month, 9 am-10:30 am.
First meeting:  Thursday, October 19th at the Sacramento Dharma Center.

The group is open to all sanghas and genders ~ to anyone who is interested in studying the Dharma through the lives and teachings of our female Buddhist ancestors.  Linda Dekker and Susan Farrar will facilitate.

Some resources we will use are:
   •The Hidden Lamp, edited by Florence Caplow & Susan Moon
   •Stars at Dawn; Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life, by Wendy Garling
   •Women of Wisdom, by Lama Tsultrim Allione
   •Being Bodies; Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment, edited by Lenore
Friedman & Susan Moon           » Information flyer

A Glimpse of Buddhism in China (slide show)

In April 2017, Jim Hare traveled with a group of Western pilgrims to visit (and stay in) Buddhist monasteries in Zhejiang Province, south of Shanghai.  Jim will present a thematic slide show and narrative, touching on devotional practices, the Bodhisattva Guanyin, T’ien T’ung Ssu (the monastery where Eihei Dogen met his teacher), and the T’ang era poet Han Shan.

Two (repeating) presentations at SDC Meditation Hall
Saturday, August 19, 7pm  &  Saturday, September 16, 7pm

The Way of Tenderness – Online Course with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, who is leading our 1-day sitting on Saturday, June 3rd, is also offering a four-week online course on The Way of Tenderness. 

Zenju Zenju shares with us that liberation is possible. Rather than examining race, gender, and sexuality as separate entities, she explores them as integral in relation to awakening, encouraging us to look to the interrelationships among us.

The course begins on June 5, 2017.
All sessions will be recorded so you can listen at your convenience any time.
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