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Buddha at Spiit Rock
Coming soon:

Saturday, Oct 29 

Self, Consciousness
and Namarupa     
Stephen Batchelor 

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Sunday, Oct 30 

Breaking Free of Habits
Martine Batchelor 

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Saturday, Nov 5 

Mindfulness 101 and Lovingkindness 101

Two half days with Donald Rothberg  

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Sunday, Nov 6 

Sunday Mornings

at Spirit Rock

Sally Armstrong 

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Holiday card

Give the gift of the Dharma for the holidays! 

 Simplify your holiday shopping by honoring your loved ones through gifts to the Spirit Rock Scholarship Program.

Your tax deductible contribution of $25 or more will be acknowledged with an elegant limited edition holiday card that we'll send to your loved one indicating that a gift has been made
in their name. 

To make your gifts online,   

Continuing Education
at Spirit Rock
Here are some upcoming
classes that provide CE
credits; please see our website for more details.

November 26

Relationship as Spiritual Practice
Debra Chamberlin-Taylor, George Taylor

December 10

 How to Be an Adult about Spirituality  

David Richo 

December 11

 Bringing Mindfulness and Wisdom to Your Changes and Transitions
Phillip Moffitt,
Lisa Dale Miller 


December 18

 No-Self in the Brain: Insights from Neuroscience about Not Taking Life Personally
Rick Hanson,
Richard Mendius   


February 25, 2012

 Cultivating Wise Speech: Becoming More Skillful in Your Speech Practice (Including in Difficult Situations)
Donald Rothberg


April 7, 2012
Working with Judgments
Donald Rothberg


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James Baraz
Finding joy in difficult times 
(The following is a brief interview with Spirit Rock teacher James Baraz, followed by an excerpt from his book, Awakening Joy).

Can you talk about gratitude in Buddhist terms-would it fall into the category of mudita, perhaps?

I would say that gratitude is a very powerful ally to cultivating mudita. The Buddha talks about the "blessings supreme" in the Mangala (Blessings) Sutta. Reflecting on the blessings in our life, one of which is specifically to be grateful, is a kind of mudita for oneself...

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James Baraz, Spirit Rock Teacher and author of "Awakening Joy" will  lead A Free Joy Ride: Mudita, Taking Joy in the Happiness of Others, Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:30 am - 5 pm at Spirit Rock

17th annual 108 Blessings Dinner Benefit,
Thursday, November 17, 6 - 10 pm 
108 invitation

Enjoy a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, followed by a delicious dinner, while participating in engaging salon-style discussions in the beautiful Pacific Heights home of Angie Thieriot. Led by world renowned authors and pioneers in their fields, this year's theme will center on: Green Practices: Foundations of Interdependence...
STB logoCome One, Come All -
Everyone is Invited -
It's a Party and It's Free!

Naomi NewmanSave the Date! On Tuesday Nov 22nd Sylvia Boorstein will host the first in a series of unique celebratory events especially for members of the Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas and those interested in learning more about it.

Join us for a special performance of theatricalized dharma talks by Naomi Newman, award winning actress - SNAKE TALK:  URGENT MESSAGES FROM THE MOTHER...

Join us! We are the community of individuals sharing equally in building Spirit Rock.     
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Autumn Fruit Chutney
Chutney pictureIn the Spirit Rock kitchen, we always have dried fruit on hand , as those familiar with our breakfasts will know - prunes, apricots, dates, raisins - and all of these make a great start for a chutney.  You will need to soak the dried fruit in hot water - for how long depends on the fruit...
"The kitchen has become a mini-Sangha for me."
-Spirit Rock Volunteer Daphne Carvela
Daphne CarvelaAbout six years ago Daphne was going through a tough time in her life and a friend recommended that she come out to Spirit Rock.
So one day she came and started walking around and when she walked into the bookstore she had a transcendent experience; at that moment it became clear to her that this was a place that she needed to come.  She started coming to the Thursday Morning Women's Class consistently, and soon went on her first retreat...
New video talk by Will Kabat-Zinn
Will Kabat-Zinn offers some reflections how to see for ourselves, through meditation and other practices, who we really are. He will be a teacher on the upcoming Thanksgiving Retreat which still has limited spaces available.
Will Kabat-Zinn / Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Will Kabat-Zinn / Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Save the date! New Years Eve at Spirit Rock
New years eve

Wes Nisker, Nina Wise, Jennifer Berezan, Davida Taurek, Barbara Borden
December 31 - January 1, 8 pm - 1 am
Let go of the old and bring in the new with an evening of meditation, chanting, dancing and ritual...
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