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May 7, 2013 > A Day of Meditation and Dhamma Teachings

A Day of Meditation and Dhamma Teachings

Submitted By Lulu Cook

Intention is a powerful force underlying experiences of both suffering and joy. Our intentions affect decision-making, communications, relationship dynamics, psychological perspectives, meditative development, kammic tendencies, and our moment-to-moment encounter with life. Intention determines our actions; intention affects what we will become. The Buddha's teachings offer practical instructions for working with thought, freeing the mind from patterns that perpetuate suffering and cultivating intentions that will lead to deep happiness. In this day-long program, we will explore the practical and liberating teachings of the Buddha, learning to use thought skillfully, rather than be overwhelmed by opinions, judgments, or conditioned mental patterns.

This day-long retreat is a gift of the heart from Shaila Catherine to our Buddhist Women's monastic community. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma teachings, and a special blessing and almsmeal dana offering to the monastic community.

Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley (

There is no registration fee. This is a pure dana-based retreat. The word "dana"means generosity, and simply translates into a heartfelt donation. Your offerings will be used by the Dhammadharini support foundation to support the renascent mendicant Buddhist women's monastic community at Aranya Bodhi Awakening Forest Hermitage on the Sonoma Coast and presence in the Bay Area.

Chairs are provided and the floor is carpeted. Bring your own sitting cushion if you wish to meditate sitting on the floor, a shawl or blanket, a food dish to share, and dana that you might wish to offer.

A Day of Meditation and Dhamma Teachings
Saturday, May 18
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wat Buddhanusorn
36054 Niles Blvd., Fremont

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