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Tuesday Online

Relevance of Renunciation for Practice Today

A joint meditation group session bringing together practitioners from Insight Meditation South Bay and Show Me Dharma

with Shaila Catherine and Philip Jones

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 PM Pacific Time
8:00 – 9:30 PM Central Time

Note that we have changed our usual meeting time to accommodate the differences between Pacific and Central time zones for this evening’s event.

The Dalai Lama was once asked by reporters, “What does Buddhism teach that would promote happiness?” After a quiet thoughtful pause he smiled and replied, “Renunciation!”

Contemporary lay practitioners might wonder how renunciation leads to happiness, and how it could be relevant for their own spiritual path. Should renunciation be a part of lay practice, or is it a discipline suited particularly for the ordained? How would renunciation manifest in a contemporary lay lifestyle, and what forms would it take in our daily practice? What is the aim of renunciation for one who lives with the daily pressures, responsibilities, choices, and possessions of a lay person?

Tonight’s session will take advantage of the online format by bringing two meditation groups and their teachers to together to explore this dhamma theme, and simultaneously broaden connections with dharma practitioners across the country.

Program Sequence:

  • Guided Meditation led by Shaila Catherine
  • Brief Talk by Shaila Catherine
  • Brief Talk by Phil Jones
  • Mixed Breakout Groups with participants from each sangha
  • Group Discussion, Questions and Answers

This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent or guided meditation and teachings.

Please join us on Zoom!

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TEACHERS: Please visit our Teachers Page for biographies and photos of our speakers.

TUESDAYS ONLINE: Due to coronavirus concerns, we have converted our Tuesday evening meeting to an online format with teachings offered by Shaila Catherine and an array of guest teachers. This online group meets 6:30 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time, which makes it possible for local members to join us after their workday, and for East Coast friends to sit with us before bed.

Everyone is welcome. Please share this event with your friends.

DANA/DONATIONS: IMSB relies upon the generosity of participants to support our teachers and cover organizational expenses that continue whether we are meeting in-person or online. Dana is a word in the ancient Pali language that describes donations, offerings and generosity. We encourage you to give joyfully and generously, according to your resources and means. IMSB is a 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Please support our programs and teachers with your donations. We especially encourage recurring monthly donations to help us through these difficult months of the pandemic. Donations can be made through our Donation Page. Recurring donations can be made through Network for Good or PayPal.

FUTURE IN-PERSON GATHERINGS: When it is wise to do so, Insight Meditation South Bay anticipates continuing our program of two weekly meditation programs. On Tuesdays, we meet in Mountain View for our drop-in weekly program of meditation and teachings. Our Tuesday evening program usually includes a sitting meditation and Dhamma talk. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and guest speakers are featured regularly. Thematic series are periodically presented, but whether or not a topic has been advertised in advance, Shaila or a guest teacher will lead the sitting and offer teachings. On Thursdays, we meet in Saratoga for our Dhamma Classroom, for a series of structured courses with registration, and periodic drop-in practice events.

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