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"Going into the Dark with Eyes Open” - Guest Teacher Talk

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  • "Going into the Dark with Eyes Open”

    A Special Event with Guest Teacher Laura Burges – Dec. 5th

    Winter brings a time of darkness not only to our outward environment, but often to our “inside” life as well. It can be a time of depression, stress related to the holidays, memories of loss… And of course, all these factors can be especially challenging to our recovery.

    Inner darkness can also be a time to rest, turn inward, explore the depths of our inner life and our emotions, and find ways to transform them into inspiration and new directions. Come join with us and our special guest teacher, Laura Burges, in an exploration of how to bring renewal and light out of our times of darkness.

    Laura Burges co-founded the Sangha in Recovery program at San Francisco Zen Center. She is a lay-entrusted Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, lectures and leads retreats at different practice centers in Northern California. A teacher of children for 30 years, she brings mindfulness practice into the elementary classroom. Her work has been featured on PBS in the documentary The Digital Divide and in the book Teach Our Children Well. She is the abiding teacher at the Lenox House meditation group in Oakland.


    Dec. 5, 6:30 to 7:45 PM. Please arrive early for best seating; doors will open at 6:00 PM. Tea and snacks will be available. We will pass the basket for donations for our room rent and special offering to our guest teacher.

    Mindful Meditation for Recovery is an ongoing weekly group for those in 12 Step programs to learn and practice through guided meditation and readings about the applications of Buddhist teachings to our 12 Step recovery. We meet every Monday from 6:30 to 7:45 at this location.

    Questions? Call Fran D. at[masked]

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  • Fran D.
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    Recovering alcoholic with decades of experience with meditation. I've found great value in the... more

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