Events Information

These schedules are subject to change from time to time. You may click here to sign up for the class, and you will be notified in the class when there's a change.

Ongoing Regular Events

First, Third, and Fifth Sundays of the Month

Vipassana and Dhamma Study in English - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Dhamma study and discussions, plus sharing of Dhamma practice or life experiences. Class to study theory and techniques on Vipassana meditation. The current textbook is Being Nobody, Going Nowhere by Venerable Ayya Khema. This book will be available from MLA for regular attendees. There are also library copies available for temporary use in the class. In this meditation manual, Venerable Ayya Khema gives direct, practical, and easy-to-understand advises on meditation and its applications to daily life. She explains the necessities, the prerequisites, the hindrances, and the attainments of meditation. Kamma and rebirth, the five aggregates, the ten paramis, and the Four Noble Truths are clearly expounded. Venerable Ayya Khema shares her personal experiences to create a simple and profound classic.

Second Sunday of the Month

Dhamma Study in Mandarin - 9:30 AM to noon
Dhamma study and discussions in Mandarin, and sharing of Dhamma practice or life experiences, guided by Venerables Yuan-Ming (圓明法師) of Dharma Treasury Study Center, Berkeley, CA.

Agenda:

09:30 AM to 10:45 AM - watch DVD lectures in Mandarin class to watch DVD lectures in Mandarin by Venerable Jing-Guang (淨光法師) on《因緣觀與生命療癒》for about 50 minutes. Followed by discussions, sharing, Q & A’s under the guidance of the Venerable. Listening to these talks will be very helpful in your understanding of the Buddha’s original teachings and insight meditation practice in our daily life.

10:45 AM to Noon - Dhamma Talks by Venerable Yuan-Ming (圓明法師) on Samyuktagama 《雜阿含經論會編》, based on Master Yin-Shun’s book.

Noon to 1:00 PM - Sangha food offering and potluck lunch. This follows the above Dhamma Study class. It will be a good opportunity for you to get answers to your questions about any issue in your study and practice of Buddhism.

You are welcome to participate in the food offering and have lunch with the Venerable and yogis even if you can’t come to the morning class.

Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month

Mindfulness in Daily Life - 2nd Sunday, 3:00-05:00 PM; 4th Sunday, 9:30-11:30 AM

The Mindfulness in Daily Life course devised and taught by Dr. Thynn Thynn of Sonoma County is a spiritual practice, finding its roots in the teachings of the Buddha. We look to the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path and the teachings of dependent origination in this investigation and practice.

Class sessions generally begin with a dhamma talk with questions and answers. Next we have a shared practice session, initially focusing on the physical sense experiences and later moving to the experiences of the mind. Lastly we have 'check ins', where students report on their Daily Life Mindfulness practice since the last class.

This is a form of meditation – without the cushion; without the buffer of silence – we concentrate our attention on whatever is available to us in the present moment. This course guides us to create more wholesome mental habits so that we meet the moments of our lives more open and clear, which in turn affords us the possibility of insight.

This class is guided and taught by Upasika Jane Sipe. Class is conducted via the ZOOM remote video conference platform. Pre-Enrollment is required to attend the class.