Coming Events

Ayya Santussika
Passion and Dispassion
Taking Action in the World and Leaving the World Behind

Please join us in a Meditation Daylong to consider this timely topic. We will sit, walk and listen to words to nourish our practice.

Led by Ayya Santussika: Ven. Santussika Bhikkhuni is an American Theravadan Buddhist nun and abbess of Karuna Buddhist Vihara (Compassion Monastery) in Mountain View, California. She grew up on a farm in Indiana, raised two children and was a software engineer before ordaining as a Theravadan nun in 2005. She teaches Dhamma as it applies to life experience and serves on the Board of Buddhist Global Relief.

When:  April 1, 2017, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Buena Vista United Methodist Church
             2311 Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda

Register here.

Please arrive early to settle in, wearing comfortable clothes. Bring a bag lunch and/or a dish to share for Ayya Santussika. (The nuns are vegetarian and generally avoid most soy. Egg and cheese in small amounts are fine.) 

We would like to keep the day green and sustainable. Please DO NOT bring any paper plates or plastic cutlery that would be unskillful to add to the environment and landfill. Think of bringing dishes and cutlery that you will bring home with you as well as any tea cups.

This daylong is offered freely and donations for the space and teachers are gratefully accepted.

Monthly Yoga Practice with Dina

Dina Hondrogen, a sangha member and yoga instructors offers yoga from 6 - 6:45 pm on the last Sunday of each month, in the church before our regular meeting. Yoga can aid settling in and deepening your meditation.  Please bring your own yoga mat, bare feet and an empty stomach. If you would like to bring props to help facilitate practice feel free, it will help if you are a tight beginner. Donations are welcome.

Dina Hondrogen has taught yoga since 1997 in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a certificate from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. She was drawn to yoga after the pain from a chronic neck problem and then injury became unbearable and she had to stop working and dancing. The use of props and in-depth instruction of Iyengar Yoga brought her relief and gave her the tools to heal herself. She became an enthusiastic practitioner, then attended the Iyengar Yoga Institute for two years. Soon after this, she studied other types of Yoga, Ayurveda, Pilates, and various forms of movement and meditation which she integrated into her teaching. Dina continues to be open to new tools and techniques, melding the best into her practice. She places emphasis not only on the body but also works with the mind and emotions which she feels are central aspects of yoga. She is the mother of two and lives with her family in Alameda.

For more information about Dina and her practice visit

Midweek Meditation
John organized an outdoor meditation on Tuesdays starting at 5pm and lasting 30-40 minutes. During the winter it moves indoors.  Call David at (510) 919-7904 for directions and current time of the sitting group.