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First Tuesdays at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery Not Meeting until April

The first tuesday meditations and Dhamma talks at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery will not be meeting for January, February, and March while the monastics are on their winter retreat. They will resume again on April 3, 2018.
Posted January 2, 2018

Winter Retreat 2018

The annual winter retreat begins on January 2, 2018 and lasts for three months, ending on April 1st. During this time, the resident community takes time to engage in more formal meditation practice following a changing schedule of group and individual practice. During these three months there will be no overnight guests accepted. (For overnight visits after the retreat please contact the monastery after April 1, 2018.) However, day visitors and those wishing to visit the monastery to participate in the meal offering or bring offerings of requisites at meal time are still welcome. It should be noted, however, that the community is practicing noble silence, and talking and conversations with the monastics and retreat crew are very limited. We...
Posted December 31, 2017

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Latest Reflection

Continue Seeing Conventions
Ajahn Anan
January 19, 2018

Any consciousness that does arise simply arises, endures, and then ceases; it doesn’t remain long. There is no self there to be found. However, the heart attaches to the “seeing” as me seeing. This is where the problem lies. When “I” am the one who hears, then it’s: “he insulted me,” “he criticized me,” “he doesn’t like me.” That’s how the heart will perceive it. So get in and investigate this. Hey, where is this “me”? Who is the one who sees? Who is the one who hears? Who is the one who smells? Perceiving this flavor, that bodily sensation, the mental phenomena...

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Loving Kindness - Get it Going
Tan Pesalo
January 16, 2018

Tan Pesalo discusses the development of communal harmony and the qualities of loving kindness and forgiveness which support it. The development of the brahmaviharas is as important as our insight practice. By cultivating them, our suffering can be lessened and harmony increased.

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