Staying Connected

Sangha Practice Groups + Meetings with Teachers & Seniors

Sangha Practice Groups

Mondays, 6:30-8pm. Upcoming dates: November 2nd & 16th.
BIPOC Book Group, reading “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem.  Peer discussion format, facilitated by Danise Eiko Malqui.  Open to anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color. Click Here for details and to register.
Weekly on Mondays, 7-8:30pm, beginning November 2nd
TGNC Sangha Practice Group (for those who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming): Calling all Transgender and gender-nonconforming sangha members!  Are you in need of a safe place to practice?  Would you like to get to know other TGNC folks within the sangha?  Look no farther!  We are excited to announced that on November 2nd we will be hosting our first weekly TGNC Sangha Practice Group.  Please join us on Monday evenings from 7-8:30pm for two periods of zazen, followed by a half-hour social check-in.  All Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people welcome- bring a friend! Click Here to register via Zoom (passcode: zmm).
Each Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8pm.
Sangha Practice Group: Ajahn Chah
Using Ajahn Chah’s teaching, we explore current life and practice together. Senior lay student, Seigei Spark, facilitates the conversation.  Free PDF of the text:
 The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah.  This group had used two different Zoom links over the last couple months, but is now using the same one every week (no longer a different one for sesshin weeks).  Please Click here to join.
Wednesdays, bimonthly, 6:30-8pm
BIPOC Sangha Practice Group (for those who identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color)
An on-going bimonthly meeting of sangha members who identify as BIPOC.
Click Here to register and receive a Zoom link for the meeting.
Upcoming meeting dates: October 28th; November 11th

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Meeting
A support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. We meet on Sunday’s after Sesshin from 1:30-3:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Click Here to register and receive a Zoom link for the meeting.

One Sunday a month through ango, 1pm-2:30pm. Upcoming dates: November 1st and 29th.
“Me & White Supremacy” Sangha Commitment Group
This group is for those who identify as white and is part of an ongoing monthly inquiry- based in Dharma practice- into Whiteness and it’s many biases and blindspots, using the study guide “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla Saad.  Please click here for details about the commitments of this group and to register.

Future meeting times to be determined.
Parents Together in Practice
This is a forming group, intending to create a (virtual) space for parents to come together to support each other in the Dharma and their everyday lives.  The group is forming to determine a general format, learn what parents in the sangha need, and when and how to best meet and support each other.  For more details, please contact Rachael Seijo Nevins at raeraenevins@gmail.com.

One-to-one Meetings with Teachers and Seniors

Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei, and Hogen Sensei are each meeting with formal MRO Students over Zoom for face-to-face teaching. Students should have received new signup instructions by email on July 30. If you would like assistance with this, please contact the registrar. registrar@dharma.net; 845-688-2228

Shugen Roshi : Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm and Sundays 9:45-10:35am.  (except during sesshin)
Hojin Sensei : Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm and Sundays 9:45-10:35am.  (except during sesshin)
Hogen Sensei:  Saturdays and Mondays between 10 and 12pm.

One-to-one Meetings with Seniors
During these unusual and stressful times you may find it helpful to speak with a lay practitioner about tending to your practice or taking care of the challenges that life is presenting these days. Please email seniorstudents@dharma.net if interested and someone will get back to you. This opportunity is open to anyone who identifies as a sangha member, regardless of any formal affiliation. The following senior lay students are available for one-on-one phone or video calls.

Chris Yudo Abraham, Michelle Seigei Spark, Katie Yosha Scott-Childress, Maureen Jisho Ford, Patrick Yunen Kelly, Prabu Gikon Vasan, Michael Chizen Brown