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Calendar

This page describes groups, classes, talks, and other gatherings. A shortened pdf can be found here.
If you are interested in individual counseling or mentoring, please send Doug a note.

 

Ongoing

Easing Awake Sangha

Thursdays, January 5 to December 18, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

At the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2425 Sierra Blvd

This group is for meditators who already have a daily meditation practice. Click here for a fuller description.

 

Upcoming

 

July, 2017

Sunday Morning Talk: Thriving in Difficult Times

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 11:00 am

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco,1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

I’ll be speaking at the their Sunday morning service.

 

August, 2017

Dhamma Talk

Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following. Visitors are welcome.

 

September, 2017

Renaissance Society Meditation Class

Fridays, September 1 to December 1, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 am

Renaissance Society, Sacramento State University Campus

The class is open to new and experienced meditators. It is offered through the Renaissance Society. You must be a dues-paying member to join this otherwise free class.
Click here for information and sign up.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

 

October, 2017

Weekend Retreat

Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 8, 2017

1126 McClaren Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608

This will be a non-residential weekend retreat running from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. To make it more affordable, you'll be staying at home (or in home hospitality). Click here for more information.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following. Visitors are welcome.

 

January, 2018

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

 

March, 2018

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

 

June, 2018

Kindness and Wisdom Meditation: Eight-day Retreat

Sunday, June 24 to Monday, July 2, 2018

Held at the St. Francis Retreat Center near San Juan Bautista, California.

Rachael O'Brian and I will be guiding this residential retreat in a quiet and spacious facility. The retreat includes daily one-on-one practice interviews, evening dhamma talks, and more. Click here for more information.

 

Recent Past

Kindness and Wisdom Meditation: Eight-day Retreat

Sunday, June 25 to Monday, July 3, 2017

Held at the St. Francis Retreat Center near San Juan Bautista, California.

I'll be guiding this residential retreat in a quiet and spacious facility. The retreat includes daily one-on-one practice interviews, evening dhamma talks, and more. For registration and information click here.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

1126 McClaren Drive, Carmichael, CA

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, February 27, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

1735 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

Tuesday Meditation Class

Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Please stay for the meditation following at 7:00.

At the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2425 Sierra Blvd

This class welcomes new and experienced meditators. Find more information and signup here.

Dhamma Talk

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group, which meets in the new Sacramento Dharma Center, 3111 Wissemann Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825

I'll be sharing a dhamma talk this evening.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

Holiday Potluck

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

2425 Sierra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95825

Our first ever holiday potluck. Bring a friend. Bring some food. Come and enjoy our sangha.

Sunday Morning Talk

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11 am

Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County. They meet at The Kelseyville Methodist Church, 3810 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451

I’ll be speaking at the their regular Sunday morning service. All are welcome.

Kindness and Wisdom: Nine-day Retreat in Hawaii

Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 13, 2016

Held at the Kirpal Mediation and Ecological Center on the Big Island of Hawaii.

This quiet and spacious facility is nestled on the eastern slope of Mt. Kailua with expansive views of the Pacific near Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. For registration and information click here.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

214 Judah Street, Roseville, California

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, October 10, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, 2016

Held at the Angela Center in Santa Rosa, California.

I'll be guiding this residential retreat in a quiet and lovely facility. New and experienced meditators are welcome. More information here.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

1735 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Experienced Meditators Group

Saturdays, September 10 to June 10, 2017, 8:30 am to noon

We meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

A half day of meditation and exploration for experienced meditators. Meditation is a powerful practice. And sometimes it needs support. Find more information here.

Renaissance Society Meditation Class

Friday, September 2, 2016, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Renaissance Society, Sacramento State University Campus

The class is open to new and experienced meditators. It is offered through the Renaissance Society. You must be a dues-paying member to join this otherwise free class. The class is currently full.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

Dhamma Talk

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 12:30

North Bay Sangha, 21301 Cassidy Ranch Road Sonoma CA  95476

I'll be leading a discussion with the North Bay Sangha for experienced meditators about nirodha and nibbana. For more information North Bay Sangha

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:15 am to 4:30 pm

1735 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Fairway Green Circle, San Jose, CA 95131

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here. Please arrive by 9:00 so you can settle in and be ready to start at 9:30.

Sunday Morning Talk

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 11 am

Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County. They meet at The Kelseyville Methodist Church, 3810 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451

I’ll be speaking at the their regular Sunday morning service. All are welcome.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, March 28, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

Dhamma Talk: Thriving in Difficult Times

Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:15 am to 4:30 pm

214 Judah Street, Roseville, California

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

Renaissance Society Meditation Class

Friday, February 5, 2016, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Renaissance Society, Sacramento State University Campus

The class is open to new and experienced meditators. It is offered through the Renaissance Society. You must be a dues-paying member to join this otherwise free class. The class is currently full.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9:15 am to 4:30 pm

1735 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

Sunday Morning Talk

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 11:00 am

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Bay, 1625 Salvador Ave, Napa, CA

I’ll be speaking at the their regular Sunday morning service. All are welcome.

On Retreat and Off the Grid

Sunday, December 13 to Sunday, December 20, 2015

I'll be on a self retreat. I'm looking for a place to do this preferrably on the coast or in the Sierra's. If you know of a good possibility, please let me know.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

Kindness and Wisdom Meditation: Nine-day Retreat

Saturday, November 28 to Monday, December 7, 2015

Held at the Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn, California.

I'll be guiding this residential retreat in a quiet and lovely facility. The retreat includes daily one-on-one practice interviews, evening dhamma talks, and more. More information here.

Daylong Retreat

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94104, California

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Fair Oaks, California

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Introduction to Meditation

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:00 to 6:40 pm

Sacramento Insight Meditation, meeting at the Sacramento Friends Meetinghouse, 890 57th Street, between H and J Streets in Sacramento

I'll guide the monthly introduction to meditation.

Dhamma Talk

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 to 9:15 pm

Sacramento Insight Meditation, meeting at the Sacramento Friends Meetinghouse, 890 57th Street, between H and J Streets in Sacramento

I’ll be speaking at the their regular Thursday evening gathering.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, October 19, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

Confession and Forgiveness

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 11 am

Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County. They meet at The Kelseyville Methodist Church, 3810 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451

I’ll be speaking at their regular Sunday morning service. All are welcome.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Fairway Green Circle, San Jose, CA 95131

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here. Please arrive by 9:00 so you can settle in and be ready to start at 9:30.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

1735 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here. Please arrive by 9:15 so you can settle in and be ready to start at 9:30.

Easing Awake Satsang for Experienced Meditators

Tuesdays, September 8 to December 8, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

At the Sierra Arden United Church of Christ, 890 Morse Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825

This group is for meditators who already have a daily meditation practice. Click here for a fuller description.

Renaissance Society Meditation Class

Fridays, September 4 to November 20, 2015, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Renaissance Society, Sacramento State University Campus

The class is open to new and experienced meditators. It is offered through the Renaissance Society. You must be a dues-paying member to join this otherwise free class. The class is currently full.

Easing Awake Summer Gatherings for Experienced Meditators

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30 pm

1126 McClaren Drive, Carmichael, CA

This group is for meditators who already have a daily meditation practice. Over the summer we'll we'll meet twice: July 14 and August 11th (More information here.)
In the Fall we'll return to regular weekly meetings. (More information here.)

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

307 Placentia Ave, Newport Beach, California

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk: Infinitely Expanding Self

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 7:00 to 9:15 pm

Sacramento Insight Meditation, meeting at the Sacramento Friends Meetinghouse, 890 57th Street, between H and J Streets in Sacramento

I’ll be speaking at the their regular Thursday evening gathering.
When the Buddha spoke of selflessness and the impersonal, he never said we don't have a self, only that we have no independent, permanent self that separates us. By allowing identity to gently expand, the boundaries between self and other thin out and disappear. This leads us to the core of the Buddha's teaching. Because of the evolution of human consciousness, this practice of expanding our identity is more available to us in the 21st century CE than it was in the 5th century BC when the Buddha taught.

Dhamma Talk: Forgiveness

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 7:00 PM

Spiritual Life Center, 2201 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento 95825

I'll be speaking at the Spiritual Life Center as part of their "Interfaith Connections" Wednesday evening service. A soup and salad supper is served at 5:30.

Easing Awake Summer Gatherings for Experienced Meditators

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30 pm

1126 McClaren Drive, Carmichael, CA

This group is for meditators who already have a daily meditation practice. Over the summer we'll we'll meet twice: July 14 and August 11th (More information here.)
In the Fall we'll return to regular weekly meetings. (More information here.)

Kindness and Wisdom Meditation: Nine-day Retreat

Sunday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Held at the St. Francis Retreat Center near San Juan Bautista, California.

I'll be guiding this residential retreat in a quiet and spacious facility. The retreat includes daily one-on-one practice interviews, evening dhamma talks, and more. For registration and information click here.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

1735 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6:30 pm

Sierra Insight Sangha at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, 95667

Visitors are welcome. Take Hwy 50 to Schnell School Road north; then right on Carson Road.

Dhamma Talk

Monday, June 8, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Rocklin Sitting Group (which meets at the Rocklin Montessori School, 5250 Fifth Street, Rocklin, CA).

Sitting meditation with Dhamma Talk following.

One Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

30 Catalpa Ave, Mill Valley, California

A day of sitting and walking meditation for new and experienced meditators. Find more information here.

Dhamma Talk: Thriving in Difficult Times

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:00 PM

Spiritual Life Center, 2201 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento 95825

I'll be speaking at the Spiritual Life Center as part of their "Interfaith Connections" Wednesday evening service. A soup and salad supper is served at 5:30.

Half Day Workshop: Spiritual Fullness - Love and Fear

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:30 am to noon

1126 McClaren Drive

A half day of meditation and exploration of the power of fear and love for experienced meditators. Find more information here.

 

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