White Heron Sangha

Calendar of Online Events

To participate in one of the meetings, click on its name, then click the Join on Zoom button a few minutes before the scheduled start time.

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Upcoming events

    • 01 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 31 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 90 sessions
    • Internet

    Every morning at 8

    In these challenging times, and with our meditation center temporarily closed, it can be easy to feel isolated, adding to our fears and anxieties. This is right at the time when we need our dharma practice the most. Meeting and practicing together online can help us stay connected and strengthen our practice.

    This group meets online using the Zoom platform every morning at 8:00 am. Sessions last 45 minutes. We have different facilitators leading each day. We begin by sitting silently for 30 minutes. The facilitator may read an inspiring poem or short paragraph before or after the sit. Finally, there will be time to connect and talk about our practice and check in with each other.

    Feel free to join us in whatever way supports you best. You could just drop in on some of the sits. Or, use the series as a way to commit (to yourself) to sit regularly during this period. It’s even okay to join a session if it’s already in progress.

    If you are new to Zoom, click here for more information.

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    • Meeting ID: 848 4665 4469

    • Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    see poems and readings from some past meetings

    If you have questions or difficulties, please contact Charlene West at carlottawest@hotmail.com.

    hosting signups

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

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    • 02 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 31 sessions
    • Internet

    Join us for our mid-week meditation session on Tuesday evenings. If you are interested in a chance to talk and socialize a bit, join us at 5:45pm. Our meditation starts at 6:00 and it will be followed by a short presentation and discussion. Everyone is welcome. Regular attendance is not required, so feel free to drop in for any of the sittings.

    If you have any questions contact James Coleman at jwcoleman1008@gmail.com.

    While our center is closed, we will be hosting this group online, using the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

    If you are new to Zoom, click here for more information.

    A few minutes before the scheduled start time, click the button below.

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    Meeting ID: 941 753 722   Password: WHS

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

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    • 03 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Internet

    Wednesday mornings 10:30 - 11:30

    It's incredible how quickly our sangha has managed to work together in order to facilitate many online offerings. To be a member of this sangha is truly a precious gift that is illuminated each time we drop into a sit, group or meeting and connect with one another during this time of physical distancing.

    Perhaps the beautiful weather is calling you outdoors to move and breathe in the fresh air, and/or maybe your body is starting to shape into a screen watching posture. If you'd like to engage in some breath and body awareness through Qigong and Gentle Yoga, please join us for weekly online Mindful Movement classes on Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30am until we're able to meet in person again. 

    New Format: Since daily sits are being offered, the mindful movement online class will no longer include sitting meditation and classes will take place for one hour.

    Nisa King will teach Qigong - a therapeutic Chinese practice that promotes health and vitality through gentle mindful movements in concert with the breath. Practicing Qigong regularly helps to improve the cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive systems, and as a result, it reduces stress, builds stamina and enhances the immune system.

    Laura Liss will teach Gentle Yoga including breath work and postures to encourage opening, balance and flexibility through gentle movement as we strengthen our relationship with the present moment.

    Suggestions: 

    • Finish your meal at least 1 hour before class;

    • Bring a glass/bottle of drinking water;

    • Bring a yoga mat.

    You can also bring pillows, cushions and a chair to support your practice.

    Schedule:

    July 1 - Qigong with Nisa King

    July 8 - Gentle Yoga with Laura

    July 15 - Qigong with Nisa King

    July 22 - Gentle Yoga with Laura

    July 29 - Qigong with Nisa King 

    This online Zoom class will open at 10:20am for brief chatting. We'll begin class at 10:30am and practice either Qigong or Gentle Yoga until 11:30am.

    May We All Be Safe and May We All Get Well!

    This event will be held using the online Zoom platform. See more about using Zoom

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    Meeting ID: 655 114 122   Password: WHS

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

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    • 03 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 32 sessions
    • Internet

    While the center is temporarily closed, we will be holding these sessions online using the Zoom platform.

    These Wednesday evening sittings are fine for those experienced or relatively new to mindfulness practice and will be presented in a manner that is compatible with many belief systems. We will have an approximate 20 minute sit, then a 5 to 10 minute presentation, then discussion.

    Regular attendance is not required -- feel free to drop in for any of the sittings.

    To receive regular information about the sitting group, such as weekly topics, email Mick Malotte at mjmalotte@gmail.com or request to join the google group at mindfulnessforeveryone@googlegroups.com.

    To join any meeting:

    If you are new to Zoom, click here for more information.

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    Meeting ID: 981 130 971   Password: WHS

    If you have questions or difficulties, please contact Mick Malotte at mjmalotte@gmail.com.

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

    • 12 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 25 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 14 sessions
    • Internet

    Second and Fourth Fridays at 11:30

    This group is peer led, and will develop according to the needs/desires of the participants. However, it is anticipated that it will include the following:

    • beginning period of meditation
    • discussion of relevant Dharma writings from Buddhist teachers such as David Loy, Donald Rothberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, HH the Dalai Lama, Bernie Glassman, Jon Kabat-Zinn and many others. These teachings may be in the form of articles, video presentations, audiorecordings or books.


    The purpose of this Dharma study will be to deepen our understanding of how Buddhist teachings can extend to and inform our social/environmental activism. This study and practice may assist each of us in being more effective in our various individual attempts to reduce societal and environmental suffering. There may also be times when the group decides to take action as a whole on a particular issue; of course, in keeping with our 501c3 status, any such actions would be free of political/partisan endorsement or campaign activity.

    We are now meeting online using the Zoom virtual meeting platform. If you are new to Zoom, click here for more information.

    A few minutes before the scheduled start time, click the button below.

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    Meeting ID: 656 121 498   Password: WHS

    Phone (audio only): +1 669 900 6833 US

    For more information, contact Sharon Rippner at srippner@msn.com.

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

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    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    In a beloved 1988 PBS series, mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell joined host Bill Moyers to explore what our most enduring cultural narratives can tell us about our lives. Campbell argues that these timeless archetypes continue to have a powerful influence on the choices we make and the ways we live. We will watch excerpts that focus on themes from Buddhism.

    Last year we showed a compilation of excerpts on the theme of The Hero's Journey. This second video focuses on The Masks of God.

    Our originally scheduled program -- "Paramita Series: Diligence, Effort (Virya)" presented by Alison Rittger -- will be presented at a later date.

    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    To be held using the online Zoom platform.  See more about using Zoom

    To take part, click on the button below a few minutes before 6pm.

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    Meeting ID: 599 251 806   Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online

    Spirit Rock teacher Ruth King tells us that “Racism is a heart disease, and it’s curable!” She also says, “The best tool I know of to transform our relationship to racial suffering is mindfulness meditation.”

    With these hopeful words White Heron Sangha’s Socially Engaged Buddhist Study Group is offering an 8-session class series that will put our Buddhist practice to work to uncover how racism works in interpersonal, institutional, and systemic ways.

    This series, entitled Being Mindful of Race, will allow us to examine our personal history, our collective history as North Americans, and the institutions and systems in which we find ourselves. Our task will be to learn to recognize where we stand in relation to race, in order to more mindfully inform our decisions.

    Race is just a concept but it is a powerful concept indeed. Watch: The myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes

    We will use a format similar to the one used for the White Heron Sangha-sponsored class in 2016, White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege (WAIC UP!). This previous class was put together by a group of Spirit Rock teachers, including Ruth King. Our new offering will streamline and update the earlier curriculum using some of the excellent resources that have been developed recently.

    There will be an introductory session on July 13, 2020, from 6-7 PM. This will be an online session, open to everyone. Look for the Zoom link here a few days before this meeting.

    Following the introductory session, those who express an interest in continuing with this series will receive an email that will allow them be able to sign up for a small group that will meet 8 times over the next few months. 

    There is no fee for this series. For more information please contact Alice Reinheimer or Susan Quinones.


    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    To be held using the online Zoom platform.  See more about using Zoom

    To take part, click on the button below a few minutes before 6pm.

    Join on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 599 251 806   Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

    • 26 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    This session will include readings of some lovely nature-infused poems, along with a brief exploration of the Buddhist/Taoist blended philosophy that inspired them. We will look at why & how these monk-poets sought to create a language "in which the less is said, the more is meant." 

    To be held using the online Zoom platform.  See more about using Zoom

    To take part, click on the button below a few minutes before 6pm.

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    Meeting ID: 599 251 806   Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

    • 02 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    In a humorous video teaching, Robert Thurman uses the beginning chapter of the Vimalakirti Sutra to show us how a Buddhaverse can be created. A field which is perfect in every way, having just what we need to develop ourselves as students on the path to awakening.

    To be held using the online Zoom platform.  See more about using Zoom

    To take part, click on the button below a few minutes before 6pm.

    Join on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 599 251 806   Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

    • 09 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    All are invited to share a reading and, if you care to, we invite you to share a few words or impressions about the reading you’ve brought.

    To be held using the online Zoom platform.  See more about using Zoom

    To take part, click on the button below a few minutes before 6pm.

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    Meeting ID: 599 251 806   Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

    • 23 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    Representatives from various Buddhist lineages share their stories and experiences with teachers: how they found their teacher, their relationship with the teacher, and how the question of dana is handled.

    Lynne Breakstone will moderate and there will be time for discussion.

    To be held using the online Zoom platform.  See more about using Zoom

    To take part, click on the button below a few minutes before 6pm.

    Join on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 599 251 806   Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Internet


    To be held using the online Zoom platform.  See more about using Zoom

    To take part, click on the button below a few minutes before 6pm.

    Join on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 599 251 806   Password: WHS

    optional chant sheet

    Of course we can't have our traditional dana (donations) basket at online events, but most of our expenses continue. So if you can afford it during these difficult times, please make a contribution to White Heron Sangha. Thank you!

    DONATE

 

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