Daylong Sat. June 3, 2017 in Alameda
With Deb Kerr. 9am – 4:30 pm. A silent retreat with walking periods, dharma talks and discussion on “Choosing Freedom.” Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. in Alameda, CA. Find directions here. Chairs are available, and you’re welcome to bring any meditation gear you need, and a bag lunch. Please arrive by 8:45 to settle in before meditation begins at 9:00 am. This day is offered on a donation basis.
A guided meditation cultivates feelings of peace and confidence, with kindness for yourself and others. It’s also in written form under Insight Teachings/Meditation Help. Metta is essential in developing mindfulness practice.
A few of my poems about mindfulness in everyday life are included in the 2015 anthology, Passing it On at pages 28-30.
A series of my stories appears on the website Buddhistdoor.com, about lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. Based on my years as a volunteer with the Zen Hospice Project, this series explores how service can develop these gateways to the heart.
For the first in this series, about lovingkindness and sharing the joy of others, go to the site’s newsletter, New Lotus. The second article about compassion is published at this location and the third, about compassion and equanimity, is entitled, “Thelma’s Grudge.”
The New Lotus stories are drawn from the same material as a book in progress entitled Dreaming Rachel, about my relationship with a woman with ovarian cancer. It’s the story of love prevailing in the face of life’s greatest challenges.