MEDITATION, SATSANG, AND RETREATS
Meditation, Satsang, and Online Events
Meditation & Satsang
Fourth Tuesday of the month, except December (January - November, 2023)
Jan 24, Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 22, Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28
Online satsang hosted via Zoom
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PT
For those of you interested in attending satsang at our “regular” Tuesday evening monthly time, we will be offering satsang on Zoom at the same time this month. Karen Wilsey, our Satsang Coordinator, will be Zoom hosting this satsang. If you are interested in attending, please click the link below to register your interest in receiving the Zoom meeting details that will be sent to you the day before the event. While this satsang is offered free of charge, should you wish to make a donation to Moon Mountain Sangha, we are happy to receive donations of any size via PayPal (donation link here) or mailed to:
Moon Mountain Sangha
1719 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Since this online satsang will be available to a larger group than generally come to the Unitarian Church in San Francisco on Tuesday evenings, we welcome new friends.
Clarity, Conditioning, and Transformation
September 8 – 10, 2023
Pre-Retreat Taster Event
Friday, September 8 → 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PT
Saturday September 9 → 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, September 10 → 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
Format: Online Video Meeting (phone access also available)
In the words of Zen master Dogen:
“Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas;
those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings.”
(from Genjo Koan)
Pre-Retreat Taster Event Description: This event is a “taste” of the upcoming weekend retreat, complimentary for retreat registrants, also available as a standalone experience by donation. It can be seen as part of the longer retreat format, or simply as an opportunity to familiarize yourself with Dorothy, her teaching style, and the topic before deciding whether to join the weekend retreat. Dorothy will preview what you might expect from the upcoming two-day retreat. There will be a guided meditation and an overview of the topic: Clarity, Conditioning and Transformation.
Retreat Description: Everyone deals with conditioning, but when we stop judging that it should not be here and become curious about its energies rather than our well-worn, (and often intellectually analyzed) narrative based on a separate “self,” there is an opportunity to meet conditioning with clear seeing rather than resistance. This inherently open, aware, and compassionate clarity begins to transform our relationship to conditioning, whether or not it continues to arise. Freedom does not require being rid of anything that exists in the wholeness of being, from this perspective. And yet, seeing the myriad ways the conditioned mind returns us to an egoic trance state is part of the ongoing-ness of seeing through illusion. No judgment and a good bit of humor around this “human thing” can help tremendously!
The deep work of spiritual transformation begins when we have lost our fascination with both spiritual entertainment and polishing egos. We become unhooked from the fantasy of a perfected “self” and become more interested in authenticity and integrity, realizing there is no separate someone to be “only Awareness.” Yet what is awake and aware is ever-present and never separate from the moment as it is.
Please register on the Open Circle website:
The Wonder of Being: A celebration of WONDER with Dorothy Hunt
Sunday, October 8, 2023
10 a.m. – 12 noon (Pacific time)
2 – 4 p.m. (Pacific time)
Format: Zoom Online Video Meeting (phone access also available), by donation.
Description: Not all moments are considered “wonderful” from the viewpoint of conditioned mind, but every moment is full of wonder, if we expand our vision. A single moment can be surprising, beautiful, shocking, unexpected, inexplicable. Regardless of whether the judging mind considers an experience positive or negative, when we see it through the eyes of Presence, it can open us to curiosity and wonder.
Looking at the tiny veins of a leaf, our own hands, the changing colors of the sky, experiencing the body’s responses to a conditioned belief, appreciating running water, and thousands more moments in our everyday lives—all can evoke a sense of wonder at simply Being, and wonder at the forms of Being, including physical forms, thought forms, feeling forms, forms of light, colors, energies.
When we move from narrow, thought-based living to open-hearted, full-body sensory awareness, we begin to experience life with increasing intimacy, gratitude, and wonder. What brings a sense of wonder? Being awake in the NOW!
Please join us on Sunday, October 8 to explore the wonder and blessings of Being, and to help celebrate Dorothy’s 80th year in form—something she considers a wonder!
Moon Mountain has a limited number of scholarships available for retreats. If you would like to apply, please fill out and send in the following form at least 2 months prior to the retreat for which you are applying.