Empty Mountain Sangha
Meditation Community in Tucson, Arizona
dharma - yoga - meditation - mindfulness - sangha - buddhism
Welcome to the website for the Empty Mountain Sangha, a consensually organized, open community, under the practice direction of Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio, the Guiding Teacher and founder.
We hope the site can provide you with helpful, usable information, and we extend our sincere invitation for you to join us for practice or for any of our community events.
Day of Mindfulness: April 26, 2014
April 26, 2014 8am - 4pm.
The Movement Shala 435 E 9th Street Tucson, AZ 85705
Equanimity is a state of mind, taught in both the Classical Yoga of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and by the buddha, which allows is to respond to life's fluctuations, in such a way that we are, as buddhist scholar, Peter Harvey describes it, the opposite of how James Bond likes his martinis: stirred, but not shaken. When we cultivate equanimity, we're moved by the injustice we see in the world, and are motivated to create change, but our deep inner peace is not shaken, though our hearts are stirred. Equanimity is not indifference, nor a bland state of neutrality. With equanimity, we care, and we care deeply, for all beings equally! The word upeksha, translated as "equanimity," means balance. A balanced heart is not an unfeeling heart. The balanced heart feels pleasure free of grasping and clinging; it feels pain without hating or condemning; and it stays open to neutral experiences with presence and patience. In this day-long "urban retreat," we will practice ways of cultivating equanimity, while sitting in meditation, doing yoga-asana, practicing deep listening and speaking and inquiry. There are two entrances into the retreat. You can join us at 8 AM where we practice more formal meditation practices or at 9:30 AM. As we share lunch in silence, you are asked to bring a bagged lunch. The $15.00 fee covers rent and supports the Empty Mountain Sangha Retreat Scholarship Fund. None of the entrance fee goes to the teachers who offer their time and energy as dana. The practice of dana gives you an opportunity to share your gratitude and appreciation for the teachers and their teaching and can be offered at any time during the day or after.
Register at : http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb935282473
Day Of Mindfulness, October 19.
Join us for Day Of Mindfulness at the Movement Shala located at 435 E 9th St Tucson, AZ 85705. MAP
“We hate it when our friends become successful,” sang Morrissey, singer-songwriter and former leader of The Smiths. And while “hate” may be overstating the issue, the dark and not-so-secret fact remains that rather than being happy for a friend’s good fortune, we often feel envy and jealousy. We even take a guilty delight in others’ misfortune. Your prurient delight in Jennifer Anniston’s relationship troubles or Lindsey Lohan’s run-in with the law notwithstanding, this isn’t a modern phenomenon. Over 2,000 years ago, both Patanjali and the Buddha taught the practice of mudita as an antidote to the feeling that your happiness is threatened or diminished by the happiness of others. Mudita, the third of the brahmaviharas, or yogic teachings on love, is the ability to take active delight in others’ good fortune or good deeds.
Our Day of Mindfulness this time around will offer practices and teachings that encourage our heart to open to the joys of others as our joy. Mudita, often called "sympathetic joy," is simply the ability to feel and share in the joy of others. If we can do this, we increase the opportunities to be joyful, rather than being caught in our own self-centered vacuum. Join Michelle Marks and myself as we engage in asana, meditation and deep relaxation, sensitizing ourselves to the joy that is available in our lives now, even now, just as they are.
You are welcome to join us for the 8 AM start by 7:55 AM or you may join us at 9:30 AM. If you arrive before 9:30, please wait silently outside till the door opens.
Due to space limitations, Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment are required. The $15.00 fee goes to rent and the Empty Mountain Retreat Scholarship Fund.
DANA for the teachers will be gratefully accepted at the Day of Mindfulness.