George Haas – The Meaning of Life, 3/12/18

We were delighted to have George Haas back to the Yardley Friends Meetinghouse on Monday, March 12th. One of our sangha member’s comment captures the visit quite well–“George, you make me feel smarter when you come here.”

The Audios from that evening are available below:

George Haas 3.12.18 Vipassana Meditation     
George Haas 10.30.17 Dharma Talk     

Mettagroup Founder George Haas

Mettagroup founder George Haas began his creative explorations in the fine arts, as a visual artist and poet associated with the late Seventies downtown New York City art scene that coalesced around the iconic Club 57 — a community that included Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Madonna, among others. (George’s work will be included in a Club 57 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art opening on October 31).

Following a relocation to Los Angeles to advance a career in the film industry George began to study meditation with Shinzen Young, which led to his pursing the path of meditation teacher and ultimately founding Mettagroup. George has brought his creative and synthetic skills to bear in a skillful wedding of Theravada Buddhist theory and practice and the modalities of western psychology, particularly Attachment Theory, with spectacular results. “George’s teachings are extraordinarily powerful,” says BSBC sangha member Philip Murphy. “Looking through the lens of attachment theory at the ways we form and maintain personal relationships, and utilizing Buddhist meditation practice to reimagine and implement affirming life strategies has had a profound impact on my way of being in the world.” states Philip. (To view a two-minute overview video on Mettagroup’s The Meaningful Life course, click here.)

To view a 2 minute video on Mettagroups “The Meaningful Life” course please visit:

https://vimeo.com/174866097

To learn more:

https://www.mettagroup.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment_theory

http://press.moma.org/2016/11/club-57/

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Lama Gursam visits sangha in March 2018

Please join us at Makefield Friends Meeting House on March 2, 7pm-9pm, for an evening meditation and dharma talk and again on March 3, 9am-4pm, as Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam leads us in a silent retreat.

During the retreat we will enjoy a quiet lunch (bring your own lunch) with discussion afterwards.

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Dharma Voices for Animals film and discussion

 

Monday, January 15 and 25th, 2018, 8 PM (following meditation at 7)

Join us for a two-part screening of the Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) film, Animals and the Buddha. This powerful film explores our relationship with animals in the context of the buddhadharma and was produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy, What The Health).

Buddhist luminary interviews are featured and a post-screening group discussion will be led by DVA Los Angeles Chapter Leader and BSBC Member Philip Murphy. Please join us for the film screenings and engaged conversation!

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2017 New Years Retreat

Jeanne with Lama Gursam to her left and James above during retreat

On this last evening of the year, you are invited to join the BSBC community for a rare and lovely opportunity to engage in extended meditation practice with our sangha. The retreat will be from 7 pm to 12 am.  Everyone is welcome to come for the whole or part of the evening.

The retreat will include guided meditation instructions, chanting, alternating sitting movement and walking  meditation periods, and a time for sharing poems, readings and reflections.

Sangha member and long-time practitioner Jeanne Reis will lead the retreat with BSBC founder James Reis who now reside in Boston.

If you aren’t able to arrive at 7 pm, you may either time your arrival to coincide with a walking session or enter quietly if the group is sitting. If a sitting is in progress, choose a spot in the back of the hall, then feel free move to a preferred spot during the next walking session. There will be chanting sessions at the beginning and end of the evening; chanting sheets will be provided.

You may bring a favorite poem, reading, and snack to share at teatime, if you wish.

Suggested donation is $10 to cover the cost of reserving the meetinghouse

Please contact us with questions 

Tentative Evening Schedule:

7:00-7:30pm                    Welcome, settle in, quiet sitting
7:30 – 8:00pm                  Walking
8:00 – 8:40 pm                Opening session and Bells Meditation chanting
8:40 – 9:00 pm                Walking session* (instructions available)
9:00 – 9:30 pm                 Quiet Meditation
9:30 – 10:00 pm               Tea: share readings, poems, intentions
10:00 – 10:30 pm             Mindful Movement
10:30 – 11:45 pm               Alternating quiet sitting and walking
11:45 – 12:00 am               Closing and final chant

*You may opt to continue sitting during walking sessions, if you wish

Download BSBC New Years Eve Retreat Schedule 2017

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 The practice of Samadhi – 11/27/17 Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori joined the sangha in November 2017 to discuss the practice of Samadhi (unification of mind).

You may see the video that was streamed live by clicking the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn1mf4WWGY8   – There are also auto generated subtitles available so you can make use of that!

Nikki is a Spirit Rock authorized retreat teacher, a Stanford trained compassion cultivation instructor, and a UCLA certified mindfulness facilitator, Nikki teaches Buddhist meditation and contemplation nationally. She was introduced to contemplative practices and yoga in the early 1980’s, to meditation in 1991 and to Theravada Buddhism in 2003 and has studied with various Western and Eastern teachers.

In 2012, Nikki was invited by Jack Kornfield to join the 2013-2016 joint teacher training program at Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC, and was mentored by Gil Fronsdal and Guy Armstrong. She holds a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, engaging in daily life practice as a research scientist in academia.

In addition to Pa Auk Sayadaw, she has practiced with other monastic teachers such as Bhikkhu Analayo, Ajahn Succitto, U Tejaniya, and Tsoknyi Rimpoche (Dzogchen), as well as highly respected Western teachers, such as Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Guy Armstrong, Gil Fronsdal, and Steven Tainer (Chan).  She particularly appreciates and enjoys the depth of long-retreat practice.

Please visit the following URL for a long list of Nikki’s Dharma talks:
http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/229/

See the following URL for a more complete biography–
https://www.nikkimirghafori.com/bio

 

 

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Annual Report 2017

Click here to download and view the President’s BSBC 202017 Annual Report

 

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2017 Annual Meeting

Please join us tonight for a special annual meeting and fellowship Monday, Nov 6.

Instead of the regular service and meditation All are welcome to our Potluck dinner and annual meeting.
( Feel free to bring guests ) if you can, bring a dish to share. (There will be plenty of food so don’t let that stop you please )

6:30 – 7:15 eat and socialize
7:15- 7:30 Dave leads us in some chanting and a short meditation
7:30- 7:45 President’s report – year in review ( 2017 Annual Report link )
7:45-8:00 Board Elections
8:00-8:30 Welcome to the new board, everyone present get’s a chance to speak – prompt something like: what the Sangha has meant/means to me.
8:30 end with short meditation
***Check our newsletter and facebook for the latest news, articles and more!

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George Haas 10/30/17 visit

We were delighted to have George Haas to the Yardley Friends Meetinghouse on Monday, October 30th.

The Audios from that evening are available below:

George Haas 10.30.17 Guided Meditation     
George Haas 10.30.17 Dharma Talk     
George Haas 10.30.17 Q&A     

Mettagroup Founder George Haas

Mettagroup founder George Haas began his creative explorations in the fine arts, as a visual artist and poet associated with the late Seventies downtown New York City art scene that coalesced around the iconic Club 57 — a community that included Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Madonna, among others. (George’s work will be included in a Club 57 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art opening on October 31).

Following a relocation to Los Angeles to advance a career in the film industry George began to study meditation with Shinzen Young, which led to his pursing the path of meditation teacher and ultimately founding Mettagroup. George has brought his creative and synthetic skills to bear in a skillful wedding of Theravada Buddhist theory and practice and the modalities of western psychology, particularly Attachment Theory, with spectacular results. “George’s teachings are extraordinarily powerful,” says BSBC sangha member Philip Murphy. “Looking through the lens of attachment theory at the ways we form and maintain personal relationships, and utilizing Buddhist meditation practice to reimagine and implement affirming life strategies has had a profound impact on my way of being in the world.” states Philip. (To view a two-minute overview video on Mettagroup’s The Meaningful Life course, click here.)

To view a 2 minute video on Mettagroups “The Meaningful Life” course please visit:

https://vimeo.com/174866097

To learn more:

https://www.mettagroup.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment_theory

http://press.moma.org/2016/11/club-57/

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George Haas October 30th 2017

Please join us Monday, 10/30/17 at Yardley Friends Meeting House on Main Street in Yardley Borough.  Mettagroup founder, George Haas is a wonderful Dharma teacher and he’ll be with us live in Yardley this time. His topic for the evening is Valuating Spiritual Maturity: Practice with mind states and Emotional Regulation.

Click here to listen to George’s YouTube Live (recorded on 5/15/2017), where we streamed and recorded an earlier Dharma talk George shared with BSBC.

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Rebecca Li – Patience/Endurance & the Chan Practice, 10/9/17

We were delighted to have Rebecca Li give a dharma talk at Yardley Friends Meetinghouse on Monday, October 9th.

The Audio from that evening is below:

Rebecca Li Guided Meditation     
Rebecca Li Patience/Endurance     
Rebecca Li Q&A     

 

About Rebecca Li, PhD Rebecca Li is a Dharma and meditation instructor teaching at the Chan Meditation Center(CMC). Rebecca leads Chan practice at Rutgers University and the New Jersey chapter of DDMBA and teaches on behalf of Dharma Drum in various community activities in the NJ-NY area. Rebecca is a board member of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center and professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey.

 

The Chan Meditation Center: http://www.chancenter.org/
The Dharma Drum Retreat Center: http://www.dharmadrumretreat.org/
See Rebecca’s talk about why we meditate here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZrcxVnufyw
Visit Rebecca’s web site: http://www.rebeccali.org
Hear her recording from other visits http://buddhistsangha.com/tag/rebecca-li/ 

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