Turning the Mind Towards Happiness
Daylong at Alameda Sangha
with Sharda Rogell and Pauletta Chanco
Saturday, August 27, 2016
at Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
In this daylong, we have a precious opportunity to explore together the Buddha’s guidance on the importance and the way of turning the mind toward conditions that bring us happiness and ease rather than pain and distress. We will draw on the Buddha’s teaching of the “Second Arrow” and learn how to identify and interrupt difficult patterns of mind which allows for the heart to open in love and equanimity. The day will be held in silence as we engage in sitting and walking practices together, as well as engage in a deepening inquiry into the causes and conditions for our happiness and the ending of suffering.
Arrive early to settle in and wear comfortable clothes. Please bring your own zafu and zabuton if you like to sit on the floor. Otherwise there are plenty of comfortable chairs. Please bring a bag lunch.
We look forward to the day with all of you!
According to the ancient tradition of Theravada Buddhism, we practice dana, the mindful generosity that opens the heart. We provide a donations basket so those who attend can practice dana in turn and keep the sangha going so that others can also attend freely.
Sharda Rogell has been practicing meditation since 1976 and teaching worldwide since 1987. She is currently on the Teacher's Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Along with her training in the Theravada tradition, she has been influenced by the non-dual teachings of Advaita and Dzogchen. She is a student of A. H. Almaas in the Diamond Approach and her primary interest is integrating the awakening heart/mind with embodied presence.