November…a month for ‘Thanks.’
Friday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day, a day to honor our veterans of war and thank them for their service to their country.
Warm wishes for everyone to have a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving Holiday. For many, the table abundant with food will be missing. Be thankful…be giving. Every day should be a day of thanks-giving.
HIGHLIGHT: Saturday, November 5th, 8:30am (arrive 8:15am), Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, Sunnyvale Chapter Blessing (DDMBA) by the abbots of Dharma Drum Mountain from Taiwan and New York. Afterwards, at 9:30am (arrive by 9:00am), there will be a Great Compassion Repentance ceremony, a wonderful, purifying and uplifting ceremony. 11:30am will begin the Three Refuges and Five Precepts ceremony, for people who wish to become Buddhist and taking the vows. This is a special opportunity to receive the precepts from Dharma Heirs of the late Venerable Master Sheng-yen, one of the most respected Chan masters. Donations help defray the travel expenses of the two Venerables. Registration at :http://www.ddmbasf.org/ddmbasf2/Registration_11152011.aspx
HIGHLIGHT: Sunday, November 6th, 9:30am-4:30pm, ABS Temple extends a warm invitation to attend A Daylong Retreat. Ven. Sobhana Bhikkuni will be giving a special Teaching on Nutriments, the supporting conditions for abandoning hindrances and developing factors of enlightenment. This will be a silent daylong retreat, with sitting and walking meditation according to the four foundations of mindfulness. Bring a dish to share. Registration limited (25 participants), RSVP by November 2nd. Contact: 916-683-2731 or [email protected] Location: ABS Temple, 423 Glide Ave., West Sacramento, 95691. 916-371-8535. No fee; the kindness of dana/donation will go towards supporting the Northern California Bhikkunis of the Bodhi House and the Aranya Bodhi.
HIGHLIGHT: Sunday, November 13th, 10:00am, Veterans Recognition Service. Buddhist Church of Florin welcomes back past minister of Buddhist Church of Florin, Reverend Jeanette Shinn who, with newly appointed minister Reverend Yuki Sugahara, will officiate for this special service honoring veterans. Rev. Shinn is the first Buddhist chaplain in U.S. military history. If you are, or know of a Buddhist Church of Florin member who served in the military, please contact 916-386-1495 or 916-685-9143. Location: 7235 Pritchard Road, Sacramento 95828. 916-383-1831. http://florinbuddhist.org/
HIGHLIGHT: Saturday, November 19th, 9:00am-3:00pm OYAKO and the Buddhist Church of Florin will be having an event to benefit the Florin Buddhist Women’s Association…Designer OYAKO presents her Asian designs of clothing and accessories for sale. Vicki Yamagami Ragasa has been an awarding winning designer in the fashion industry for over thirty years, offering handmade jewelry, accessories and clothing, also using kimono and obi fabrics. 7235 Pritchard Road, Sacramento 95828. Contact: 916-422-1265 or 916-686-5621 for further information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & NOTICES:
SBMG’s First Residential Retreat November 9-13 at Angela Center in Santa Rosa, California is full, however, there is a waitlist open for those who wish to be placed on the list. The retreat will be lead by Vipassana teachers John Travis and Heather Sundberg. Contact: [email protected] or 916-443-1882.
Journey to Awaken Kirtan Chanting plays many venues in the Sacramento area. Chanting CD’s of their music will be out soon. To schedule the group for chanting or be on the email list for upcoming events, please send an email through the website: www.journeytoawaken.net
Lion’s Roar Dharma Center will soon be starting a “Men’s Dharma Practice Group” with Lama Yeshe Jinpa. Stay updated on their website, (where you can also join their email list) http://lionsroardharmacenter.org/index.html
The Sacramento Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship meets as needs and requests arise. Chapter focus has included exploring how to respond to the world’s suffering with wisdom and compassion, awake to the harm of dualistic thinking; learning non-violent communication; support for the Folsom Pathways Sangha (a sangha of prisoners and volunteers at Folsom State Prison), donations to local and global human needs, and more. For more information, Contact: [email protected]
REGULAR SCHEDULED EVENTS:
Women’s Sangha meets the first Friday of each month at 6:45pm for study, conversation and practice. For more information contact: [email protected] call 916-966-1272.
Buddhist Church of Florin is holding their Annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, November 5th, 7:00am-1:30pm. 7235 Pritchard Road, Sacramento 95828.
Journey to Awaken Kirtan Chanting performs every second Sunday evening 7:00-8:30pm, at Lion’s Roar Dharma Center. Located at 890 57th Street, (bet. H & J Streets), Sacramento 95819. “Listen peacefully to the wonderful sounds of Buddhist and Hindu chanting with and without traditional Indian instruments in Sanskrit, Pali and English languages.” No charge; Dana/donations are greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome. www.journeytoawaken.net
Chan Meditation Center of Sacramento is a Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) affiliate located in Elk Grove welcoming Buddhists of every tradition, as well as from other faith-based communities, providing public venues in the Sacramento area for group meditation sessions and retreats. Upcoming: Cultivating Unified Mind (different topics) at Arden Dimick Library Tuesday, November 8th and 22nd, 6:30pm, RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/chancenter-sacramento/events/37923212/and 38186292/ Living Moment to Moment at Arcade Public Library, November 16th, 6:30pm, RSVP http://www.meetup.com/chancenter-sacramento/events/37924322/
Lion’s Roar Dharma Center has All Day Buddhist Meditation Retreats are held on the third Saturday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church, 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento 95825. Bring: a cushion, comfortable clothing, a bag lunch/or visit a restaurant. No fee; Dana/donations are appreciated. The next one will be November 15th, 9:00am-4:00pm. Everyone is welcome. www.lionsroardharmacenter.org
Join Sacramento Insight Meditation for their Monthly Daylong Retreat on Saturday, November 19, 8:30am-4:00pm with Diane Wilde at the Sacramento Friends Meetinghouse, 890 57th Street, Sacramento 95819. Contact: 916-471-6499. http://www.sactoinsight.org/sim_vision.shtml
Buddhist Church of Florinis holding its annual Eitaikyo Service, a memorial service for all the deceased members of the church, on November 20th at 10:00am. Location: 7235 Pritchard Road, Sacramento 95828. Contact: 916-383-1831. http://florinbuddhist.org/
Koyasan Templehas Special Prayer Services (Gokito) on the last Sunday of every month. Sunday, November 27th at 1:30pm, for Sho-Kannon (Holy Avalokitesvara) Shichi-Go-San-Blessing for the safe delivery of babies and healthy growth of children. Location: 1400 U Street, Sacramento 95818. Contact: 916-444-0111. See website for a full listing of Gokito services: http://web.me.com/nckoyasan/nckoyasan/Gokito_Schedule_2011.html
Join Venerable Damchoebaazar for in-depth teaching on Santideva’s text: “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” first and third Mondays 6:45pm-9:00pm with Lion’s Roar Dharma Center. Location: Sacramento Friends Meeting Hall, 890 57th Street, Sacramento 95819. 916-565-6314. http://lionsroardharmacenter.org/
Valley Streams Zen Sangha meets for practice on Mondays at 7:00pm and beginning at 6:00pm for beginners. On November14, Myo Denis Lahey will give a Dharma Talk and on November 28th, will be Zazen, Service and Discussion on the Fukanzazengi, or Universal Recommendations for the Practice of Zazen, by Eihei Dogen. See website for full November schedule: http://www.valleystreamszen.org/ Location: The Yoga Solution, 887 57th Street, Suite B, (in the Antique Mall bet H&J Streets), Sacramento 95819. Contact: 916-456-7752.
Rev. Bob Oshita of the Buddhist Church of Sacramento (Jodo Shinshu) will be at SBMG’s regularly scheduled Sunday Night Sit on November 27th. He will give an Introduction to Meditation at 6:00pm and a Dharma Talk at 7:00pm. Location: Congregation B’nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento. See SBMG calendar for more events and news information: http://www.sbmg.org/calendar.htm
Kim Quang Temple has their Retreat Day/Ngay Tu on Sunday, November 27th. Location: 3119 Alta Arden Expressway, Sacramento 95825. Contact: 916-481-8781 for further information.
PLEASE NOTE: Events are subject to change and it is recommended that participants confirm dates and times prior to attending any event by visiting the websites and/or direct contact as may be listed.