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Lions Roar : September 2005
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2005 105 CALIFORNIA BODHIPATH BUDDHIST CENTERS www.bodhipath- west.org. Los Angeles: firstname.lastname@example.org. San Luis Obispo: (805) 528-1388 or (805) 528-2495; slo@ bodhipath-west.org. Santa Barbara: (805) 569-0099; email@example.com • BodhiPath is an international community of meditation centers founded by the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. CHOKLING TERSAR FOUNDATION, RANGJUNG YESHE GOMDE USA 66000 Drive Thru Tree Rd, PO Box 162, Leggett, CA 95585-0162. (707) 925-0201, Fx: 925-6041; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.choklingtersar.org; www.gomdeusa.org • Retreat center of the Chokling Tersar lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. DAVIS SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 133 “D” St, Suite H, Davis, CA 95616. (530) 758-1440; email@example.com; www.davisshambhala.org • Meditation practice and study in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala Training traditions. Contemplative practices of ikebana, poetry and tai chi. JEWEL HEART SAN FRANCISCO CENTER (415) 248- 2656; www.jewelheart.org • Tibetan Buddhism: instruction, meditation, retreats. Gelek Rinpoche, spiritual director. LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel, CA 95073. (831) 462-8383 Fx: 462-8390; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.medicinebuddha.org • Tibetan Buddhist Center, Study Programs, workshops & retreats, Facility Rentals, Bed & Breakfast, Hiking Trails, Swimming Pool & Sauna, Bookstore. Santa Cruz County. LION’S ROAR MANDALA 3550 Watt Ave, Ste 2, Sacramento, CA 95821. (916) 481-0424; info@lionsroar mandala.org; www.lionsroarmandala.org • Lama Tongnyom (Steve Walker); Tibetan Buddhism, meditation instruction, retreats, weekly practice schedule. LOS ANGELES SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 8218 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048. (323) 653-9342; email@example.com; http://la.shambhala.org • Free meditation instruction available: Sundays 9am-noon, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm. Extensive programs in Buddhist teachings and practice, Shambhala Training and Contemplative Arts. For further information please call or check our website. MANZANITA VILLAGE PO Box 67, Warner Springs, CA 92086. (760) 782-9223 Fx: 782-0655; www.manzanita village.org • Center based on Mindfulness teachings (Vipassana and Zen), Deep-Ecology and Nonviolence . . . for Healing the Individual, Society and the Earth. Caitriona Reed and Michele Benzamin-Miki. MOUNT MADONNA CENTER 445 Summit Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076. (408) 847-0406 Fx: 847-2683; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.mountmadonna. org • 355 Acres, accomodating 15 to 500, vegetarian, trails, courts, lake, massage, hot tub, yoga community. MOUNTAIN STREAM MEDITATION CENTER PO Box 4362, Auburn, CA 95604. email@example.com; www.mtstream.org • John Travis, Teacher; Weekly Vipassana Practice in Nevada City and other Sierra Foothill Locations; Retreats; Meditation Classes. ORGYEN DORJE DEN 2244 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 337-1163; information@orgyendorjeden. org; www.orgyendorjeden.org • Tibetan Buddhism Meditation Center. Tibetan, English & Chinese. Gyatrul Rinpoche, spiritual director. PACIFIC ZEN INSTITUTE PO Box 2972, Santa Rosa, CA 94505. (707) 763-9466; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.pacificzen.org • Also centers in Oakland, San Francisco. Deep practice, true life, redwood retreats, koan gems with John Tarrant Roshi. RIGPA (toll free) 1-866 -200-5876; www.rigpa.org • Offering courses and retreats under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Local groups in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Truckee. SAN FRANCISCO BUDDHIST CENTER / FRIENDS OF THE WESTERN BUDDHIST ORDER 37 Bartlett St, San Francisco, CA 94110. (415) 282-2018; www.sf buddhistcenter.org • Western Buddhism, introductory classes, meditation, arts, yoga, weekly meetings, retreats. SAN FRANCISCO SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 1630 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116. (415) 731-4426; email@example.com; www. shambhala.org/center/san-francisco • Offers Buddhist (Kagyü/Nyingma) and Shambhala training (secular) programs. SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER 300 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 863-3136 Fx: 431-9920; www.sfzc.org • Founded by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Residential practice and public programs. SHASTA ABBEY ORDER OF BUDDHIST CONTEM- PLATIVES / BUDDHIST MONASTERY PO Box 1163, Mount Shasta, CA 96067. (800) 653-3315 Fx: (530) 926- 2663; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.shastaabbey.org • Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) Tradition. Retreats, lay and monastic Buddhist training, dharma talks, Sunday ceremonies. SHINGON BUDDHIST INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE PO Box 3757, Pinedale Station, Fresno, CA 93650-3757. (559) 435-0507 Fx: 435-0507; email@example.com; www.shingon.org • Koyasan Shingon Japanese Esoteric Buddhism; workshops, publishing, residential priest training. SIXTH PATRIARCH ZEN CENTER 2584 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. (510) 486-1762 Fx: 883-0461; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.zenhall.org • Korean Rinzai Zen residential training; Taoist breathing. See display ad. SONOMA MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. (707) 545-8105 Fx: 545-9508; email@example.com; www.smzc.net • Jakusho Kwong Abbot, rural resident training, sesshins, guest program, workshops. SONOMA SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 255 West Napa, Ste “G,” Sonoma, CA 95476. (707) 935- 6333; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sonomashambhala.org • Free meditation instruction Sundays 9am Tuesdays 7pm. Children’s programs, buddhist studies, Shambhala Training, contemplative arts. SPIRIT ROCK MEDITATION CENTER 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, CA 94973. (415) 488- 0164; email@example.com; www.spiritrock.org • Vipassana meditation, Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Boorstein, and others; residential retreats, classes. THREE TREASURES ZEN COMMUNITY PO Box 720896, San Diego, CA 92129. (760) 745-4249; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ttzc.org • Zen Training. Roshi Nicolee Jikyo McMahon; Senseis Jake Jiyu Gage, Barry Kaigen McMahon. TSA TSA STUDIO/CENTER FOR TIBETAN SACRED ART 428 Waller St, San Francisco, CA 94117. (415) 503- 0409; Toll free 1-877-OM-AH-HUM; info@tsatsastudio. org; www.tsatsastudio.org • Tsa tsa practice instruction and Tibetan sacred arts and culture. VAJRAPANI INSTITUTE PO Box 2130, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. (831) 338-6654 Fx: 338-3666; vajrapani@ vajrapani.org; www.vajrapani.org • Beautiful Tibetan Buddhist retreat center. Courses, retreats, private cabins with vegetarian meal delivery, group rentals, blessed setting. Gelugpa lineage. A DIRECTORY OF MEDITATION, RETREAT AND YOGA CENTERS SHAMBHALA SUN Network you were married and never told you— that’s why that story is both so funny and so unsettling. It is never the same. And that’s the sangha. When you are being a flaming jerk and your friend, who knows this, gives you “the look,” it deflates you just a little bit. Because you both know. That’s the beginning of sangha. Take refuge in the sangha. Tell the truth. Just a little. Then what? What are you going to do? Freud was trying to find answers in psycho- analysis, but he ended up with discontent. Einstein was trying to solve the mysteries of the universe and instead he found genuine mystery. That approach is called the path— taking refuge in the dharma, the teachings. Dharma just means “things as they are.” Take refuge in that. Fundamentally, dhar- ma is not dogma; it’s about being willing to look, being willing to see. Like Galileo did. Like Darwin did. Like we all do when we are awestruck by beauty or terror in a moment. It’s so penetrating because you have let down your guard. It’s terrible, wonderful. It’s real. That is the point of meditation, which is the basis of the path of dharma: it reveals things clearly to you, over and over again in the most ordinary, insub- stantial little ways. The path of meditation is one way to get out of our mess. Start practicing with any motivation you want. Go ahead, meditate to make yourself feel better, and you might find a much bigger world than you bargained for. There are other ways in other tradi- tions. The Three Lords of Materialism hope that you won’t find any of them, and if you get close, they have some good tricks up their sleeves. In fact, they are making me a big offer, a really good offer, to shut up. And I’m certainly on a first- name basis with the Three Lords. You better believe it. I’m going to yoga next week, I already own those great pink shoes, and the Lords are making me a ter- rific deal on a condominium and a semi- nar called “The Secret Teachings of Not about You” in Costa Rica next winter. And it’s going to be good. I really want to get out of Nova Scotia in February. I’m ready to sign on the dotted line. ©