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

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 30 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 62 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.

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

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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!

    DONATE

    • 29 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 14 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.

    Join on Zoom

    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!

    DONATE

    • 30 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 15 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.

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

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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

    • 09 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 25 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 6 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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    • 01 Nov 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    Often described as life force energy, the Sanskrit word Prana has many levels of meaning, from the physical breath to the energy of consciousness. The main chakras - or energy centers - are said to distribute Prana throughout the body.

    We will discuss the Buddhist and Yogic perspectives on the energy body and then lead a guided meditation of working with this energy to awaken our deepest true nature.

    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

    • 02 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 06 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Community Zoom Room

     Join White Heron Sangha for 

    Evening Meditation During Election Week


    Whether you want to lower your anxiety level and rein in catastrophic thinking

     or 

     simply seek refuge from non-stop election results news coverage—

     

    Mindful meditation helps us establish states of calm and equanimity which are especially helpful in times of division and chaos—times like now.


    White Heron Sangha—On-Line Meditation  

    Monday, November 2 through Friday, November 6 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT) each evening. 

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    Freely offered and open to all.

    Come for a few minutes or the whole two hours, one evening or all week long.

    Each hour will be divided into 20 minute segments with a facilitator providing some focus and guidance for each segment.   

    Please make sure you are muted when you enter the meditation.

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    Dana gratefully accepted

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    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 8:30 AM (PST)
    • 08 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM (PST)
    • Online
    Register


    White Heron Sangha welcomes teacher Amana Brembry Johnson for a two-day online retreat.

    "We are sacred beings with a deep capacity to see through the veil of separation into our interconnectedness."

    Today’s world has revealed the truth of impermanence and uncertainty in ways that deeply touch our daily lives.  As the truth of the unreliability of life unfolds, we can choose to embrace tremendous suffering or welcome the stillness within us that holds the power of awakening.  We are sacred beings with a deep capacity to see through the veil of separation into our interconnectedness and interdependence with one another and the earth.  This new and unfamiliar world is calling for us to arouse the full capacity of our spiritual potential, intuitive power, and ethical conduct.

    During this two-day online retreat, we will map our own unique journey through guided and silent meditation, walking, and optional embodiment practices that settle the mind, heart, and body to open us to spacious awareness. There will be daily dharma talks, group reflection and discussion, as well as time for questions and answers.  By practicing within the confines of our homes, we will experience an understanding of how to develop continuity of mindfulness in daily life.  Our primary focus will be on cultivating awareness through recognition, acknowledgement and investigation of feeling tone and sensation.  Through the practices of Lovingkindness, Compassion, and Joy we will deepen our capacity to nurture and care for both the joys and the sorrows of life.

    The weekend will include guided and silent meditation practice, walking meditation, optional embodiment practice, dharma talks, group reflection and discussion. There will be time for questions and answers. The retreat is appropriate for all levels of practice.

    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.

    These handouts will be used during the retreat:
    The Refuges
    The Five Precepts

    Amana Brembry Johnson offers meditation and compassionate movement practices that are rooted in the ethics of Dharma and social justice.  She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, and articles and dharma talks by Amana are available online. As a spiritual mentor, Amana nurtures practitioners who wish to deepen and integrate meditation into daily life and cultivate compassionate engagement in the world.  Body and breath awareness are central in Amana’s distinctive form of contemplative movement that interweaves indigenous wisdom with yoga, Qigong, and other embodiment practices.  An accomplished visual artist, Amana creates imagery that exposes emotional and spiritual barriers of the heart as gateways into kindness, compassion, and self-love.

    When:
    Saturday, November 7, 2020, 8:30AM - 4:30PM PST
    Sunday, November 8, 2020, 9:30AM - 4:00PM PST

    Where: Online via Zoom 
    The Zoom link for the retreat will be emailed to registrants on Friday, November 6.

    Online/Home Retreat Guidelines and Suggestions

    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 the teacher will be given at the retreat. 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, November 6. 

    For questions, contact Allen Dailey, allenWdailey@gmail.com

    • 08 Nov 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    There will be no Sunday Meeting due to the weekend retreat with Amana Johnson.

    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

    • 15 Nov 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • 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

    • 22 Nov 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    Following the Buddha’s Eight Fold Path provides an end to personal suffering and leads to Nirvana.  Might it also help curtail the Sixth Great Extinction and lead to an Ecological Civilization? We will explore what an Ecological Civilization is, why we need it and why Buddhists not only can but must help bring it about. 

    If possible, watch the video, Living in the Time of Dying prior to the evening’s discussion. Link to video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvzmPyY08ck.

    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

    • 29 Nov 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Internet

    In the words of Pema Chodron, the LoJong slogans, or aphorisms, can help us “use our difficulties and problems to awaken our hearts” rather than seeing them as obstacles. They can actually serve as the raw material necessary for awakening genuine compassion.

    Join us for breakout discussions of these mind training practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

    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

    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 8:30 AM (PST)
    • 24 Jan 2021
    • 4:00 PM (PST)
    • Online via Zoom

    Details to Follow

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

    Details to Follow

Past events

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
30 Sep 2020 Mindful Movement Online
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
15 Aug 2020 Tara Meditation
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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