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    • 20 Jan 2019
    • (EST)
    • 16 Jan 2022
    • (EST)
    • 38 sessions
    • Red Clay Sangha
    At or near each full moon each month, in lieu of the regular Sunday dharma discussion, we renew our commitment to practicing the Buddhist Precepts, which involves a short and musical chant, followed by a discussion of what is coming forward for each of us around this topic. The format we generally us is that of San Francisco Zen Center (you can read it here), but the dharma discussion leader for the day often brings a different version of format to enrich out perspective and conversation.

    The precepts in our usual format are:

    We take refuge in Buddha.
    We take refuge in Dharma.
    We take refuge in Sangha.

    We vow not to harm. 
    We vow to do good.
    We vow to help others to do good.

    We vow to affirm life and not kill.
    We vow to be giving and not take what is not freely given.
    We vow to honor the body and not engage in sexual misconduct.
    We vow to manifest truth and not speak falsely.
    We vow to proceed clearly and not cloud the mind with intoxicants.
    We vow to see only our own faults and not discuss the faults of others.
    We vow to know self and other as one and not praise oneself at others’ expense.
    We vow to share generously and not spare the Dharma assets.
    We vow to actualize harmony and not indulge in anger.
    We vow to know intimacy with all things and not defame the Three Treasures.
    • 05 May 2019
    • (EDT)
    • 05 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 31 sessions
    • Red Clay Sangha, Hospital Drive

    Many of us have issues that intersect with racism such as patriarchy, ageism, sexism, ableism; we see our exploration of these topics as a vital part of our practice.  We initiated our sangha work in this area with a pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery in March, 2019, and shortly thereafter established this group, which meets monthly to examine how we unknowingly participate in patriarchal white supremacy and find ways to address it in our lives.  Guided by the precepts, the brahmavihara, the Bodhisattva vows, and other teachings, we will weave our understanding of white supremacy into our practice as Buddhists.

    The format of the discussion is evolving, and will likely continue to do so, as the needs of the group and its members change. Whatever your background or history or identity, if you recognize this as an important area for your development, you are very welcome to join the group.

    • 22 Mar 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 25 Jun 2028
    • (EDT)
    • 100 sessions
    • Red Clay Sangha

    This regular monthly event is a drop-in group offering a supportive place to ask questions and to share our experience of the dharma. After a brief period of seated meditation, the group will begin with a reading or special topic, after which there is a lively and open group discussion.

    All who identify as women are welcome, from any spiritual background. No previous experience with meditation is necessary.

    More information about the group and topics is available here.

    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hybrid -- on-site and Zoom
    • 11
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    Dharma Study Session: the Four Bodhisattva Vows

    Where: This session will be a hybrid offering, held simultaneously on-site at Red Clay Sangha's Hospital Drive location, with Zoom access for those wishing to participate remotely (Use this link to join, or go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550).

    For on-site attendance, full COVID19 vaccination is required, and attendance is limited to 10 people. The registration form requires you to select whether you plan to attend on-site or by Zoom.

    What:

    Beings are numberless, I vow to awaken them
    Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to end them
    Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them
    The Buddha Way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it

    Buddhists around the world, including Red Clay Sangha (prior to Covid!) chant this every week - or maybe even more frequently! Where does this verse come from? Why do we make these vows? And can we really take on these seemingly impossible commitments? In this study session we'll discuss these topics and explore how to make this practical and real in our ordinary, everyday lives.

    When: Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 15-minute break in the middle.

    Materials: A document of texts and sources for the session will be distributed prior to August 7.

    About the Study Session Leader

    Gareth Young has been with Red Clay Sangha since its founding. He has formally studied in both the Insight and Zen traditions and his practice is informed by these and other branches of Buddhism, as well as other spiritual practices and other faiths. His approach to practice is intentionally inclusive, open and welcoming.

    Questions? If you have questions or cannot attend, please email Gareth Young or Elizabeth Gibson to let us know.

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Richard Skoonberg

    Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

    TBD

    Cost  The retreat fee of $10 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Red Clay Sangha.

    Richard Skoonberg [Bio to come]

    What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

    What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

    Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

    Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young


    • 22 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge
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    Cultivating Wise Attention: Awakening into Insight and Emptiness

    A Retreat with Lisa Ernst

    Wednesday 6PM on September 22, 2021 - Sunday 12 Noon on September 26, 2021

    Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge

    All of our joys and sorrows, thoughts and feelings arise and fall away in a field of awareness that is clear, expansive and open. In this retreat we will explore how mindfulness, concentration and emptiness support each other. We deepen the capacity to rest in awareness and create a wider container to meet even our most challenging and stressful thoughts and emotions with insight and compassion. These practices also stabilize concentration (samadhi) and strengthen insight (prajna). This retreat is designed to invigorate and nourish, not only our meditation practices, but also our daily activities.

    This silent retreat is suitable for all levels of experience. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily instructions, dharma talks and private meetings with the teacher.

    This retreat will include a special dharma transmission ceremony for Gareth Young. 


    Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher, artist and founder of One Dharma Nashville. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. Lisa has been meditating for over 30 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. She received teaching authorization in the Thai Forest lineage Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfiled and Trudy Goodman. She offers meditation mentoring and teaches daylong and residential retreats nationally at centers such as Spirit Rock, InsightLA and Southern Dharma. As a practicing visual artist Lisa incorporates Dharma into contemplative photography and writing. She lives in Nashville Tennessee with her husband.


    Location     Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge

    Website for Heartwood - https://heartwoodretreathouse.com/


    Schedule  The retreat begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday. A full preliminary schedule can be viewed here.

    Accommodation It will be two to a room, with one big room for three.


    Meals Three meals a day, plus snacks. These will be vegan and gluten free, with dairy, egg, and grain options.


    Cost  The $350.00 cost covers food and lodging... etc. 

    Covid Vaccinations All retreat participants must be Fully Vaccinated to attend the retreat, People are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks of the last vaccination. Participants are required to submit a photo of their vaccination card when they register. 


    Financial Assistance  One of Red Clay's goals is for every one to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay. To achieve this goal, a scholarship fund has been accumulated from donations from previous retreats and is made available to help pay for those who are unable to do so. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice generosity together.


    Payment and Cancellation If you have registered for the retreat but cannot attend, please contact Richard Skoonberg asap. We will be able to make your space available to the waiting list, and if someone is able to step in, will offer a refund.


    Dana is the practice of generosity and helps remind us of the fundamental connected nature of life. By supporting our teachers we deepen our own experience on the path of practice while helping them to support others. Teachers generously give their time and energy through listening, sharing and teaching, often without financial reward. Offering dana makes it possible for them to continue their work and is their primary means of support.

    In the spirit of this tradition, all participants will have an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution, called dana, at the end of the retreat. Participants often ask what is considered appropriate, but it's hard to provide meaningful guidance. The teaching you receive can be beyond price, but against that, each can and should only give within their own means, and in this regard all are by no means equal. Keep in mind your personal ability to give and what others might be able to contribute. Dana is entirely from the heart.

    The Red Clay Sangha membership covers the travel expenses and a small contribution to the teacher. The retreat fees are used exclusively to cover the cost of the facility and food.


    Questions or More Information? please contact Richard Skoonberg

    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
    • 24

    Hello, Registrants! If for any reason you can't make it, please kindly unregister or send an email to Elizabeth Gibson so we can get an accurate number of attendees for lunch preparation and for making copies of the day's study guide. Thank you!


    About The Class

    [Program Topic and Content to Come]

    There will be multiple meditation sittings as well as multiple opportunities for discussion and Q&A.The session is free and a simple vegetarian lunch and snacks are also free.


    When: Saturday, October 2th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Where: The Red Clay Sangha at 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341

    About the Study Session Leader

    Elizabeth A. Gibson has been a Buddhist practitioner for ten years, primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She is a technical writer and poet and has lived in Atlanta for ten years.

    Questions? Please email Elizabeth Gibson.

    • 16 Oct 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Gareth Young

    Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

    TBD

    Cost  The retreat fee of $10 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Red Clay Sangha.

    Gareth Young has been with Red Clay Sangha since its founding. He has studied in both the Zen and Insight traditions and his practice is informed by these and other branches of Buddhism, as well other spiritual practices and teachings from other faiths. His approach to practice is intentionally open and welcoming.

    What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

    What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

    Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

    Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young


    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
    Ven. Dhammadipa

    Saturday November 6, 2021


    [Retreat Topic to come]


    Description

    TBD

    Teacher Bio