News for the week of May 16th
News for the week of May 16th:

Thank you to everyone who came to the daylong on Saturday and to all of you who helped with set-up and clean-up.  Kathy enjoyed teaching and interacting with all of you.  We raised $50 to donate to IMC's Insight Retreat Center.  Much gratitude to everyone.  I will let you know when I post the talks from Saturday.

Note: During the week of May 23rd: There will be no Thursday meeting.  We will resume on June 2nd.

If you rent movies, this is worth watching - a touching story and vibrant reminder of what can happen even in the United States:
The Cats of Mirikitani

Some interesting articles worth reading on the web:

Put No One Out of Your Heart - Rick Hanson
Qigong for meditators | Tricycle - Teja Bell

This is just something to bring some awe into your life - a man's work to bring the night sky into an interactive experience:
Read about the Sky Survey.  There's a link in the article that will take you to the interactive viewer.

I received this message and am passing it along - if you're interested, please visit the link:

From: Heather Michelle Saini <>
Date: May 11, 2011 10:08:22 AM PDT
Subject: Request For Buddhist Survey Participants

May 11, 2011
Hello, my name is Heather Saini. I am a doctoral student in the Counselor Education & Supervision program at The University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. Your Buddhist organization has been selected to participate in a research study and I am requesting that this e-mail be forwarded to your organizational membership list-serve.
I am currently conducting a study which is surveying Buddhist individuals age 18 and older, living in the U.S.A. or Canada, and examines how different variables affect levels of psychological flexibility. If you identify as a Buddhist, live in the U.S.A. or Canada, and agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a brief demographic questionnaire, and three inventories measuring degrees of psychological flexibility, nonattachment, and self-compassion. The estimated time to complete this survey is approximately 20 minutes. Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time without penalty.
The data generated from this survey may add to the body of knowledge and understanding regarding factors that affect psychological flexibility.
If you wish to participate in this study please click on the link below:
Thank you for your consideration of this study. Your participation is greatly
Heather M. Saini
Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education & Supervision Program
The University of Akron
Phone: (647) 247-4107

Upcoming events:

Chris Bitonti will be holding a yard sale over Memorial Day weekend to benefit Modesto's Community Hospice.  If you would like to help her set up the yard sale the weekend before or help on the Friday or Saturday of the sale (May 27-28), please contact Chris at 984-3712 (home) and leave a message.

Cultivation and Blessings of the Brahma Viharas with Chris Clifford and Maria Straatmann at IMC, Redwood City, CA, May 21, 9am to 4:30pm
The Brahma Viharas are four states of heart and mind that the Buddha encouraged us to develop: unconditional kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha). Arising out of our practice, they are available to us in softening and awaking the heart. We will explore these qualities in a day of meditation, talks and guided meditations in specific practices. Bring lunch.

Vesak is celebrated in Buddhist countries and communities around the world to honor the birthday and teachings of the historical Buddha. This year's "Sacramento Buddha Day Event" brings together many Buddhist communities and meditation organizations to celebrate the 2600th anniversary of the Buddha's life. The festivities offer a chance for Buddhist and non-Buddhist meditation practitioners to interact and learn, and for the general community to experience Asian culture and Buddhist teachings.
Where: Kim Quang Temple, 3119 Alta Arden Expressway, Sacramento, 95825.

Intensive Daylong Retreat w/ Gil Fronsdal at IMC, Redwood City, Saturday June 4, 6am to 9pm
This is a great opportunity for a full day of immersion in silent Dharma Practice. Practicing mindfulness on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many of the distractions that get in the way of clear seeing. Retreats also are a wonderful environment for developing a continuity of awareness for an extended period. Fifteen minute Interviews with Gil will be available on a sign up basis. You are welcome to come for the entire day or drop in for any part of the retreat. If you come for only part of the retreat, please enter the meditation hall only at the beginning of a scheduled sitting. If you come while a sit is in progress, sit in one of the chairs in the outer hall. Bring breakfast and lunch. Light supper provided.

There are two daylongs in June in Sacramento that I am thinking of attending:
Saturday, June 4, 9AM to 4:30PM, Daylong Retreat with Anum Thubten Rinpoche
Saturday, June 11, 9AM to 4:30PM, Daylong Meditation And Qi Gong Retreat with Franz Moeckl
If anyone is interested in carpooling, please let me know.

Have a great week!

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