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Napa Valley Insight Meditation Message Board › Guest Speaker: Art Jolly - Tuesday May 20 NVMG

Guest Speaker: Art Jolly - Tuesday May 20 NVMG

Forrest H.
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Napa, CA
Dear Sangha,
This Tuesday, Art Jolly will be our guest teacher. After meditation and tea, we will give a talk entitled, “the four ways of establishing awareness.”
Art has been practicing meditation since 1990’s and sat his first residential retreat in 1995. He was trained as a teacher through Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners and Community Dharma Leaders Programs. In 2003 he spent five months as a monk in Burma. He has led a sitting group in Oakland since 2006 and also teaches at Marin Sangha and East Bay Meditation Center.
Upcoming Outings
Spirit Rock Daylong, June 7: We will be gathering in the parking lot of Target (on Soscol Ave) to at 8:00 am to carpool to spirit rock for a day of meditation practice. The day-long will be led by Donald Rothberg who has over 25 years of meditation practice and is a nationally recognized leader in socially engaged spirituality. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life.
.For more information on this event and to RSVP for the carpool, email Mike Coughlin at
You can also RSVP for the carpool by going to:­ and clicking on the RSVP button.
Abhayagiri Monastery, August 9th: Rik Center and the Mindfulness care Center of San Francisco have invited our members to join the on their annual trek up to Abhayagiri. A Theravada Thai Forest Monastery above Ukiah in Redwood Valley.
This is a rare opportunity in being able to visit a Thai Forest Monastery right here in our own backyard. We'll be meeting with Ajahn Pasanno and able to ask questions that are wonderful dharma teachings. Plus we will meet with other Monks, see the community and have the opportunity (for those who wish) for a hike on this beautiful land.
If you are interested in taking part in this event please contact Sandra Meyer at There will also be a sign-up sheet at the sitting on Tuesday.
You can read a letter from Sandra about this opportunity by clicking on the link below:
I leave you with the following quote on awareness from Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream.
“Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it is a revolutionary stance, from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings in existence.”
I like this quote because I often hear people say that they think Buddhist practice is self-indulgent – that it teaches passive acquiescence to the world as it is. To me, meditation practice has just the opposite effect. By practicing awareness, we are cultivating the “radical” state of self-acceptance. If we look at individuals who are powerful agents for “positive” global change, I think you will always find an imbedded sense of self-acceptance.
Does the kind of self-acceptance that Buddhist meditation techniques can cultivate in the individual really change the world? Well, perhaps not alone. There is always the danger of thinking that acceptance is the end of the journey. Eventually you have to get up and do something. But trying to change your life or the world without a real method for changing your own mind is inherently doomed to failure, because society is just a matrix of the hearts and minds of those who inhabit it. Built on the foundation of mindfulness and acceptance, radical transformation, beyond habit and assumption, can begin.
With metta-
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