White Heron Sangha

Calendar of Online Events

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Upcoming events

    • 01 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 30 Apr 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 120 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.

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    • Meeting ID: 89708208334
    • 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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    • 05 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 28 Dec 2021
    • (PST)
    • 52 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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    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 27 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Internet

    Wednesday mornings 10:30 - 11:30

    If you'd like to engage in some breath and body awareness through Qi Gong 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.

    Qi Gong - with roots dating back thousands of years in China -- is a system designed for physical, mental and spiritual development & healing. It consists of exercises and meditations, with a particular focus on slow flowing movements and breathwork.

    Instructor Devin Wallace was certified to teach by Qi Gong Master Lee Holden, and has done additional training with several other masters.

    For Qi Gong:  Wear loose clothing.  If you are able, we will be standing for the duration of the class.  You can use a chair if needed -- just choose one without arms so it won't inhibit movement.

    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.

    Laura is a certified yoga instructor at the 500 hour level and an experienced registered yoga teacher (ERYT - 500) with Yoga Alliance.

    For Yoga: Finish your meal at least an hour prior to class, hydrate well with water and dress in comfortable clothing. Bring your mat, cushions, blankets, strap, chair (optional) and anything else to support your practice.

    Schedule:

    December 30 - Break

    January 6 - Qi Gong with Devin

    January 13 - Gentle Yoga with Laura

    January 20 - Qi Gong with Devin

    January 27 - Gentle Yoga with Laura

    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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    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 29 Dec 2021
    • (PST)
    • 53 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:

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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!

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    • 08 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 24 Dec 2021
    • (PST)
    • 24 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.

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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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    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 8:30 AM (PST)
    • 24 Jan 2021
    • 4:30 PM (PST)
    • Online
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    White Heron Sangha welcomes back Zen priest Norman Fischer for the first two-day retreat of 2021.

    "The Lotus Sutra points to a sudden understanding that cuts through the complexities of the spiritual life, emphasizing Buddhahood for all."

    The Lotus Sutra is the most important Buddhist sutra for Far East Asian Buddhism and for Zen. It recasts the Buddha as a cosmic principle rather than a revered teacher, and shows the importance of a path of faith and devotion in Buddhism. It is famous especially for its parables and is full of extravagant cosmic imagery. The Lotus Sutra points to a sudden understanding that cuts through the arduous complexities of the spiritual life, emphasizing, especially, Buddhahood for all. 

    In this weekend retreat we'll practice silent sitting and walking meditation and study this sutra with short dharma talks and discussion. Each segment of the day will include a rhythm of all these practices. All are welcome. No prior meditation experience is required.

    Although it is not necessary, reading the Lotus Sutra in advance would probably increase the delight of the day. Norman will be using the translation by Burton Watson in his talks. It is available in book form, The Lotus Sutra, Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993), or as an online reference in full or abridged form. See Norman Fischer Resource List for accessing the online versions.

    We look forward to supporting you on this retreat. If you choose to attend, we are asking that you commit to the retreat with the same integrity you would bring to a retreat in a residential setting.

    Norman Fischer is a poet, author, and senior American Zen Buddhist priest. A former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, he is the founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation, a network of spiritual communities and projects dedicated to sharing Zen and Buddhist teachings widely with the world. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which are collections of poetry. His latest Buddhist titles are The World Could be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path (Shambhala, 2019), What Is Zen (Shambhala, 2016) and the forthcoming When You Greet Me I Bow: Zen Teachings from Norman Fischer (Shambhala, 2021). For more about Norman's writing go to normanfischer.org; for information on Everyday Zen go to everydayzen.org.

    When:
    Saturday, January 23 2021, 8:30AM - 4:30PM PST
    Sunday, January 24, 2021, 8:30AM - 4:30PM PST

    Where: Online via Zoom 
    The Zoom link for the retreat will be emailed to registrants on Friday, January 22.

    Online/Home Retreat Guidelines and Suggestion

    Retreat Schedule

    Cost:
    Pay what you can afford: $50, $25, or $0, depending on your means. The fee covers both days; attending the entire retreat enables you to fully appreciate the teachings that are being offered.

    Dana:
    The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers only retreat expenses; beyond that, none of the retreat fee goes to the teachers. We try to keep our retreat fees to a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teachers and to White Heron Sangha. Instructions for donating to Norman Fischer can be found at everydayzen.org. You may donate to White Heron Sangha on our Donate Now page.

    Registration: 
    We require that you register online and pay by credit card or send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. Registration will close by noon (PST) on Friday, January 22, 2021. 

    For questions, contact Carole Maurer, cmaurer@jdcm.us

    • 24 Jan 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    There will be no Sunday meeting due to the online weekend retreat with Norman Fischer.

    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

    • 31 Jan 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    Susan will share her understanding of how being aware of vedana or "feeling tone" –pleasant, unpleasant or neutral – can support our practice in a significant way. "While on a long retreat in 2019, I became much more aware of how vedana is deeply interwoven into my happiness. The retreat gave me an opportunity to practice with it and it continues to be an integral part of my practice." Being in touch with feeling tone helps us recognize the choice we have in every situation.

    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

    • 06 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    Tara is the embodiment of enlightened mind, a manifestation of our own deepest wisdom.  In this group, we do simple practices together that help us to connect with her awakened wisdom and to manifest her love and power in our daily lives.

    Led by James Coleman. Everyone welcome.

    Questions: jwcoleman1008@gmail.com

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    Meeting ID: 865 6368 3634


    • 07 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    We all “know” that we die, yet we tend to ignore it, put our collective heads in the sand, or fearfully run away from any discussion. Instead of being in conflict with reality, we can harness the power of this reflection to stay aligned with our deepest values, to live and love more fully, and be happier and more present for this miraculous show called our life. Embracing our life’s impermanence also gives rise to a deep letting go, freedom, and fearlessness.

    Nikki Mirghafori is an Artificial Intelligence scientist and a Buddhist teacher. She a lineage holder in the Theravada tradition and has practiced jhanas and a detailed analytical method of vipassana under the guidance of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who empowered her in 2008 and instructed her to teach. 

    Nikki was invited by Jack Kornfield to join the 2013-2016 joint teacher training program of Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society/Insight Meditation Center. She was again empowered in 2016 as a Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC Retreat Teacher. 

    With her Persian heritage, Nikki combines the Eastern first person perspective in contemplative research with the Western contemplative perspective through philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience.

     For more about Nikki’s life and background, here is a link to her webpage:

    https://www.nikkimirghafori.com/bio

    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

    • 03 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM (PDT)
    • 04 Apr 2021
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    Details to Follow

Past events

17 Jan 2021 "Entering Dharma Gates; One Step at a Time" - Michael Moran
10 Jan 2021 "Liberal Christianity and Buddhist Practice" - Janet Vorvick
07 Jan 2021 Sustaining Being Mindful of Race
03 Jan 2021 Bring A Reading - Sylvia Alcon
27 Dec 2020 New Year's Ceremony
20 Dec 2020 "Grief -- Allowing The Heart To Break" - Devin Wallace
13 Dec 2020 Invited Teacher Series - "The Four Wise Efforts" - Beth Mulligan
10 Dec 2020 Rescheduled - Sustaining Being Mindful of Race
06 Dec 2020 "The Buddha Before Buddhism" - Mick Malotte
29 Nov 2020 "LoJong Slogans" - Lynne Breakstone and Kathryn Tribbey
22 Nov 2020 "Avoiding Extinction on the Way to Enlightenment" - Sharon Rippner
15 Nov 2020 Bring A Reading with Corey MacIntyre
08 Nov 2020 No Sunday Meeting Due To Weekend Retreat
07 Nov 2020 Online Weekend Retreat with Amana Brembry Johnson - Reawakening Our Innate Spiritual Power To Transform the Heart (Registration now closed)
02 Nov 2020 Evening Meditation During Election Week
01 Nov 2020 "Prana: Exploring the Energy Body" - Laura Liss and James Coleman
25 Oct 2020 "Great Teachers Series: Dogen, Mystical Realist" - Deborah West
18 Oct 2020 "Holding Challenging Emotions With Invulnerable Awareness" - Rose Taylor Goldfield
11 Oct 2020 "Inspirational Readings from the Morning Sits" - Charlene West and Lynne Breakstone
04 Oct 2020 "Paramita Series: The Perfection of Metta" - Mick Malotte
01 Oct 2020 A Brief Overview of the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path and Their Application to Daily Life
27 Sep 2020 No Sunday Meeting Due To Weekend Retreat
26 Sep 2020 Online Weekend Retreat with James Baraz - Centeredness: A Gift to Ourselves and the World (Registration now closed)
20 Sep 2020 "Memories and Reflections of Thich Nhat Hanh and His Teachings" – Jerry Breakstone, Rosemary Donnell, and Corey McIntyre
13 Sep 2020 "Paramita Series: The Perfection of Diligence (Virya)" - Alison Rittger
06 Sep 2020 "Practicing Dukkha and the End of Dukkha in a Time of Crisis" - Donald Rothberg
30 Aug 2020 "Paramita Series: Wisdom (Prajna)" - James Coleman
23 Aug 2020 Panel discussion: Finding Your Personal Teacher
16 Aug 2020 Sharing and Listening as a Sangha
09 Aug 2020 Bring a Reading - Sylvia Alcon
02 Aug 2020 Video Teaching: Robert Thurman - Corey McIntyre
26 Jul 2020 "Moon Over Water: A Sharing of Ancient Chinese Chan Buddhist Poetry" - Devin Wallace
21 Jul 2020 Registration - Being Mindful of Race
19 Jul 2020 "Paramita Series: Patience (Khanti)" - Rosemary Donnell
16 Jul 2020 Conversation on End of Life
13 Jul 2020 Being Mindful of Race - Online Introductory Session
12 Jul 2020 *PROGRAM CHANGE* "Using Meditation to Help Us Face our Fears" - Carole Maurer
05 Jul 2020 *PROGRAM CHANGE* Video: Excerpts on Buddhism from Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth
28 Jun 2020 No Sunday Meeting due to Weekend Retreat
27 Jun 2020 Online Weekend Retreat with Ayya Santacitta and Ven. Dhammadipa - Recalling What Compels You to Practice - Registration closes at noon on June 26
21 Jun 2020 Solstice Musical Celebration with Wendy and Bob Liepman
14 Jun 2020 "Paramitas, An Introduction" - Claudia Coleman
08 Jun 2020 Somatic Meditation Practice Group
07 Jun 2020 PROGRAM CHANGE: Responding to Race-Based Suffering - Carole Maurer
01 Jun 2020 Conversation on End of Life
31 May 2020 "A Dialogue Between Contemplative Christianity and Buddhism" - Larry Inchausti
24 May 2020 "Wise Reflection" - Devin Wallace
24 May 2020 Conversation on End of Life
17 May 2020 "Perception, Delusion, and the Skandhas" - Deborah West
10 May 2020 "Taking Refuge In The Dharma" - Lynne Breakstone
06 May 2020 Sit Poem Chat
03 May 2020 "Bearing Witness" - Alison Rittger
26 Apr 2020 "Zen Koans as Spiritual Practice" - Rev. Mark Shōgen Bloodgood
23 Apr 2020 Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma: An Introduction to Buddhism
19 Apr 2020 "Reflections on the book What is This?" - Carole Maurer
12 Apr 2020 "Buddhism and Healing" - Mike McGee
05 Apr 2020 "Unpacking the Reverences and Refuges" - Rosemary Donnell
05 Apr 2020 Refuge Ceremony Online
04 Apr 2020 Parenting Group
29 Mar 2020 "Great Teachers: Milarepa" - Claudia Coleman

 

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