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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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Where the water flows; O Moment
Amaravati Nuns
January 23, 2018

Where the water flows Through the silence owls sound of Night’s coming: time has lost itself. The flood water turbulence has long since spent itself. Fluvial the mind has pooled and emptied. Bats soar here undisturbed. Night she has come; the day has yielded – Awaken. Let her Jewels shine. O Moment O moment not to be grasped or sought even for a moment. Not late but present letting things be sipping eternity. Thunderstorm and the stream runs overfull, clear forest pools mirror the mind’s radiance. On an ancient trail soft with a century of pine needles the magic of crimson toadstools sen...

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Are We Going Against the Stream?
Ajahn Ñāniko
January 23, 2018

Ajahn Naniko asks, “Are we going against the stream of the mind’s defilements?” This is what we should be doing in practice. He discusses the five hindrances to meditation and their antidotes which are the four protective meditations: contemplation of the body, metta, death, and the Buddha.

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