Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Monthly Schedule

[NOTE: This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Room #1 at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley, CA. The group facilitator listed below is subject to change.]

Tuesday, August 8: Walt Opie

Tuesday, September 12: Walt Opie




Friday, May 6, 2016

2016 Monthly Schedule

[NOTE: This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Room #1 at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley, CA. The group facilitator listed below is subject to change.]

May 10: Walt Opie

June 14: Kevin Griffin (www.kevingriffin.net)

July 12: Walt Opie

August 9: Walt Opie

September 13: Walt Opie

October 11: Walt Opie

November 8: Walt Opie

December 13: Walt Opie

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 Monthly Schedule

[NOTE: This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Room #1 at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley, CA. The group facilitator listed below is subject to change.]

February 9: Walt Opie

March 8: Walt Opie

April 12: Walt Opie

May 10: Walt Opie

June 14: Walt Opie



Why Meditate?


The effort and commitment needed to pursue meditation is so demanding that it is appropriate to ask what value it has and where it is leading. Meditation has to do with opening what is closed in us, balancing what is reactive, and exploring and investigating what is hidden. We practice to open, to balance, and to explore.

~Joseph Goldstein, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom




Photos by Walt Opie (Burma/Myanmar 2015)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Monthly Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: We now meet on the second Tuesday of each month in Room #1 at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley, CA. The group facilitator listed below is subject to change with short notice.

Tuesday, September 8: Kevin Griffin

Tuesday, October 13: Walt Opie

Tuesday, November 10: Walt Opie

Tuesday, December 8: Walt Opie




Friday, February 13, 2015

Quote on Craving from Dhamma Everywhere by Sayadaw U Tejaniya

Craving is very tricky; it’s always pushing you. Whatever you think, whatever you say, whatever you do, craving is pushing you, motivating you. There are many ways for craving to come in or arise in your mind. What do you want? Sometimes you should ask yourself: What do I want? Do I want something? There’s always wanting. Because of this wanting, desire, craving, expectation (same meaning), the mind is suffering, tense, and dissatisfied.

If the mind doesn’t want anything, it is free.

You cannot get what you want. If you understand the principle that you cannot get something because you want it and that you only get what comes from conditions, cause and effect, then desire gets weaker and weaker. Craving will be less and less. Everything happens because of cause and effect, not because you want it to happen.

Actually, you only get suffering if you want something with craving.

Peace, liberation, freedom comes because you don’t want anything.

If craving disappears, this is liberation.



[Note: I shared the quote above with the group on Tuesday, February 10 and several people requested that I post it here. Also, the photo is of Sayadaw U Tejaniya at his monastery in Myanmar, which I visited recently. -walt]