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Administrative Position Fund Drive
Our most sincere thanks to the eleven yogis who stepped forward with the funding for our new administrative position to support the work of the sangha! Read below for more details as we move into this new phase of our work together.

It's not too late to become a part!
If we collect more pledges, we will be able to expand the position to support Doug even more. To join us in this effort, please visit this link.
Good Heart
      During a prosperous time in the mid-twentieth century, many of the neglected Wats (monasteries) in Bangkok were renovated. Wat Traimit had a clay statue of a sitting Buddha that was so large it was kept outside under a tin roof. In 1954, construction began on a hall to properly house the statue. On May 25, 1955, workers used a system of ropes and pulleys to lift and move the statue itself. One of the ropes broke. The statue crashed hard. Surprisingly, it didn’t break apart. But a few chips came off leaving small holes. Looking into the holes, they saw gold.

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      The statue was not solid clay. It was solid gold with a stucco exterior.


      The statue is almost ten feet tall and weights 2.5 tons. Apparently it had been cast in the 13th or 14th century. Two hundred years ago when the Burmese were preparing to invade Thailand, Thai monks covered the statue with painted stucco and glass inlays to disguise its value and reduce its risk of being carried off as a trophy of war. During the ensuing conflict and the following period of decline, its origin and composition was forgotten. 


      The statue is an apt metaphor for all of us. We carry burdens from troubled times: patterns we learned negotiating childhood, traumas large and small, family dynamics, living with socio-political dysfunction (need I say more?), economic strain, climate change, worry about our kids’ futures, and more.​
      We work through some of these. Others become stucco masking our luminous interior and good hearts. Each of us has a good heart. Some people are so hurt, angry, or confused that we may want to keep the sharp objects out of their hands. But even he-who-shall-not-be-named has a good heart beneath all the bluster.

      That good heart links us all together whether we know it or not.
      The work of meditation is not to transform us into Buddhas. It is to reveal the Buddha essence we share – our good hearts. This luminosity has no energetic charge. It’s easily overlooked and forgotten. Our clay exterior readily hides it. But as the mind relaxes and opens, we may feel its quiet glow.

      Try it now. Close your eyes and feel beneath your exterior. Can you feel your good heart - your heart of gold - sitting patiently deep inside?

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      Mettā,

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(Notice the people in the bottom right and left in the above photo to get a sense of the statue’s size.)

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>>> ​ Job Opening: Easing Awake Administrative Coordinator  <<<

Easing Awake Sangha seeks applicants for this part-time position of 28 hours per month, at $25 per hour. Details of desirable skills and likely responsibilities may be found at this job description

We invite interested individuals to submit a letter of interest and resume no later than December 1, 2018. Email these materials or any questions you may have to doug@easingawake.com


~ Easing Awake Events ~

Updated information can be found on the Easing Awake saṅgha web site and Doug’s web site.

Saṅgha Gatherings, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30
Our regular Tuesday saṅgha gatherings are open to anyone practicing or wishing to practice using our Buddhist Easing Awake style of meditation. From September through June we have various programs after the 45 minute sitting to illuminate monthly dhamma themes. For more information click here. You can find program notes for specific meetings here. Please join us. 

Second and Third Sunday peer-led retreats
A sister saṅgha in Yolo county is offering self-guided daylong retreats once a month. Most of the people have trained with me or Bhante Vimalaraṁsi so the style of meditation is familiar. They don’t offer talks or instruction — just time to practice together. Here's where you can get information or sign up.

Spiritual Journey Group
Second Saturdays 8:30 to noon
We meditate for an hour, then explore other ways to deepen our practice, deepen our spiritual lives, and deepen our connections with each other. Note that we don’t meet during July and August. For information and sign-up, click here.

Walk in Nature & Meditation
Fourth Saturdays, September through June, 9:00 to 11:00
Meet Lance Ryen in the Effie Yeaw Nature Center parking lot at Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael at 9 AM, rain or shine, for a mindful walk on the nature trails and a 45 – 60 minute sitting in the park.  Bring your own chair for the sitting, or Lance will have some extras. For more information, send an email to Lance.

Daylong Retreat
December 1
We will meet for a day of sitting and walking meditation practice at the home of Doug and Erika Kraft. Doug will be available during the day for private conversations about your practice. More details here.

Experienced Meditator’s Group
Mid-Day Fridays starting in January
Convened by Doug Kraft
This group is about deepening our meditation practices through sharing our insights and listening to one another. It is for people who are dedicated to a regular meditation practice and ideally have had some retreat experience. It will not be a traditional class in the sense of Doug setting the curriculum, content, and topics and giving mini-lectures. It will be a group with everyone sharing, asking questions, and suggesting topics. Doug expects to fully participate but not to direct the group. Exact date and time are still being worked out.
Please let us know if you are interested.

Annual Nine-Day Retreat
June 23 to July 2, 2019
Information and sign up for our annual June retreat at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, click here.

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