Rebecca Dixon
studied Buddhism as a graduate student in Anthropology and has maintained a daily practice since 1992, with numerous long retreats at Spirit Rock and the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA.  She has spent many years sharing the dharma and practice opportunities with hospice patients, incarcerated women, and the chemically dependant.  A graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program, she is a member of the Chaplaincy Council at Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City and helped found the East Bay Meditation Center. 

Rebecca has taught meditation in a variety of settings, including dharma study groups, courses in various locations in the East Bay and on line, and short residential retreats.  She has led a sitting group on Monday nights in Oakland since 2002 and teaches frequently at other meditation centers including IMC and EBMC.  For more information about Rebecca's other teaching activities, visit her web site, RebeccaDixon.org  You can subscribe to her monthly blog post and other content.

Debra Kerr has meditated since 1991, and is influenced by both Vipassana and Dzogchen practices. A graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she co-founded and served on the board of the East Bay Meditation Center from 2000-20006. She has been a guest teacher at several Bay Area sanghas, and leads the EBMC group of people living with various life challenges, the Every Body Every Mind sangha.

In addition to teaching and leading support groups for meditation practitioners around the Bay Area, Deb teaches mindfulness meditation in assisted living and long term care facilities, where she also works as a speech pathologist.

Pauletta M. Chanco passed away on June 5th 2017.  She suffered from cancer for four years, and shared her death journey with Alameda Sangha in many profound ways. She was a practitioner of meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 1998. She was a volunteer in the Zen Hospice Project program in San Francisco from 2011 – 2012. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in Redwood City from 2012 – 2013. Pauletta  graduated from the Community Dharma Leader Program through Spirit Rock in April 2017. Pauletta  taught beginning and ongoing meditation classes, and offered numerous workshops and daylong retreats since 2007. From the Buddha’s teachings, she shared her insights with real life examples. She was married and a mother of 3 children and three grandchildren.

Pauletta was also a professional fine artist whose abstract paintings were inspired by her meditation and spiritual practice. View her art work online at www.paulettachanco.com. View her latest newsletter where she explored the interconnection between art, creativity and spirituality and how they relate and interact with one another in daily life. The newsletter also treats us to a tasty recipe.

The Flower Poem was read to her by sangha members the night before Pauletta died.  You can hear this recording here.