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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.

    • 16 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 20 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 0
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    Anapanasati Sutta Meditation Practice Group

    Six Monthly Zoom Sessions, Commencing February 16, 2021


    Overview: This six segment monthly program was developed in response to feedback during Red Clay Sangha's Fall 2020 Study Session on the Anapanasati Sutta. It is designed to help participants move more deeply into the practices described in the Anapanasati Sutta.

    When: Third Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., commencing Tuesday February 16, 2021.

    How: Via Zoom using this link to join. Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 742-046-943 password 076141.

    Session Format :

    6:30 - 7:05 p.m.: Discussion/Presentation/Q&A etc.

    7:05 - 7:55 p.m.: Sitting Meditation

    7:55 - 8:30 p.m.: Discussion/Presentation/Q&A etc.

    Tentative Topic Schedule by Session Date:

    February 16

    Welcome and Introductions

    Orientation

    Sutta Pt. 1 & 2: Breathing Mechanics and Energy

    March 16

    Overview of Anapanasati Sutta

    Approach Taken in this Program

    Sutta Pt. 3 & 4: Breath Energy and the Body

    April 20
    Sutta Pt. 5 & 6: Rapture, Absorption and the Jhanas
    May 18
    Sutta Pt. 7 & 8: The Narrative Ends
    June 15
    Sutta Pt. 9 - 12: Dropping off Body-Mind
    July 20

    Sutta Pt. 13 - 16: Insight,

    Making it Real, Bringing into Daily Life

    (Specific details may change.)

    The study package from the 2020 session include the Anapanasati Sutta and other materials useful for this program

    Registration, Attendance and Questions: This is designed as an integrated six part program. It is expected that participants will attend the full program, both for the integrity of the practice and out of respect for other participants. If you would like to register, have questions about being unable to attend a session (make up sessions can be provided where appropriate), or have questions about any other matter, please email Gareth Young.

    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.

    • 01 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 30

    Zoom Study Session: the Brahmaviharas

    How: Via Zoom using this link to join. Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550.

    What: [To Come]

    When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a a 15-minute break in the middle.

    Note: If you cannot attend, please email Gareth Young or Elizabeth Gibson to let us know.



    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? Please email Gareth Young.

    • 15 May 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


    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 20 Jun 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Suite 102 Chamblee, GA 30341
    • 24


    In Town Retreat with Julie Püttgen

    June 18-20, 2020
    Red Clay Sangha, Atlanta GA


    In 1995, Julie Püttgen began her studies of Vipassana meditation with Steve & Rosemary Weissman, then resident teachers at Wat Khao Tham, a small nunnery on an island in the south of Thailand. Having decided on the basis of that experience to explore monastic life for herself, she lived and trained at Plum Village, Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn's monastery in the south of France, before joining the Thai-tradition English Forest Sangha as a resident laywoman and novice nun for three years, from 1996-1999.

    Since then, her Buddhist training has extended into the Soto and Rinzai Zen schools, and into the embodied Tibetan-tradition Mahamudra practices taught by Lama Willa MillerLama John MakranskyReggie Ray, and others.

    Julie is an artist, expressive arts and somatic psychotherapist, writer, mover, and arts facilitator living and practicing in New Hampshire. As a meditation teacher, she is passionate about the intersections of contemplative and creative practices, and how these can inform one another. For the past three years, she has been part of a team facilitating retreats and programs in the new Art/Dharma track at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA. She is the founder and facilitator of the Old Dragons’ Club, a non-sectarian women’s group in the Buddhist traditions; and Meditations for Resilience and Resistance, a modality she has created to integrate the expressive and contemplative arts.

    You can see her projects online at www.108namesofnow.com and www.everyday-regalia.com.


    Location  The retreat will be held in Atlanta at Red Clay Sangha. For information and directions, please see our location page. 


    Schedule  
        Friday  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Saturday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Sunday 

    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    brunch follows at a local restaurant


    Partial Attendance  Friday night and Sunday morning are open to all.

    Saturday all attendees should plan on full attendance. 


    Meals  A light vegetarian meal will be provided for lunch on Saturday. 


    Cost and Dana To secure a place on the retreat, we ask you to make a donation of $20, 100% of which will be directed as dana (generosity) to the teacher. While this will not be a significant amount for the teacher and we ask you to consider a more substantial donation at the retreat, personal finances and dana are never a barrier to receiving the dharma with Red Clay Sangha, and full scholarships are available from our accumulated fund.

    Financial Assistance  We would like for every one to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay. To achieve this goal, we need those who are able to contribute into a fund to help pay for those who are unable. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice generosity together.

    All funds collected for this purpose will be divided equally between those who have requested them. You will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the retreat if there are insufficient funds to meet your request.

    Payment and Cancellation Full payment is required two weeks prior to the retreat to guarantee your spot. If payment or scholarship request has not been received, RCS reserves the right to fill spaces from any waiting list.

    Cancellations at least two weeks prior to the retreat will be fully refunded. After this date, full refunds will be given only if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than two days prior to the retreat.


    Questions or More Information? please contact Sally Landrum
    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Charli Vogt

    Saturday, July 17, 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.

    Charli Vogt [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


    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 30

    Zoom Study Session: the Four Vows

    How: Via Zoom using this link to join. Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550.

    What: [To Come]

    When: Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a a 15-minute break in the middle.

    Note: If you cannot attend, please email Gareth Young or Elizabeth Gibson to let us know.



    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? Please email Gareth Young.

    • 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
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • TBD
    • 25

    Topic TBD

    A Retreat with Lisa Ernst

    Thursday September 17 - Sunday September 20, 2019
    Held on Zoom

    Detail to be provided

    Lisa Ernst is the founder and guiding teacher at One Dharma Nashville. She has been meditating for over 25 years in the Zen and Vipassana Traditions. She received dharma transmission in the Thai Forest Lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. In  her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. As a practicing visual artist Lisa also incorporates Dharma into painting and contemplative photography.


    Zoom Call Details

    One Click: You can click here to directly access the meeting

    Meeting ID: 837 6665 5261
    Passcode: 104002
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    Passcode: 104002
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    Schedule  The retreat begins at 6:45pm Thursday. A full preliminary schedule can be viewed here.

    Meals Mindful eating Zoom-based retreat eating instructions can be retrieved by clicking here. The breaks for meals participants are an opportunity to continue our retreat practice in mindfulness. Retreatants are encouraged to make no plans for administrative or household tasks, but rather to eat healthy (light vegetarian) meals in silence, and to spend the balance of the break in meditation, silent walking, or sitting silently in reflection or observing nature.

    Cost  The $60 registration/commitment fee is a modest upfront fee of $20 per day which will provide a modest stipend to Lisa Ernst. This is not in lieu of personal dana (generosity) to the teacher, and retreatants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity which will be made available on the retreat (see below).

    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 Gareth Young 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.


    Other Practice Matters Prepare a comfortable, quiet space for your retreat a couple of days ahead of time, and wear comfortable clothing for the retreat. For some people facing their monitor can help remind them of the supportive presence of other attendees; for others, this can create a distraction and facing away works better. Please feel free to experiment and find the approach that works best for you. But remember that this is a group retreat and work to be fully present. Also please do treat this as a retreat and plan to attend for the full retreat; the flexibility of the Zoom can allow us to drop in and out, but this is not conducive to the immersive experience opportunity and can disturb the experience of others.


    Yoga We are exploring the possibility of making a yoga period available for retreatants. 


    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 Gareth Young

    • 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