Happy Thanksgiving EveryoneSpeaking of Thanksgiving, we are truly grateful to all of the people who responded to our last email requesting dana to continue our programs in the New Year! Our sincere thanks you all. If you haven't donated and still wish to do so here is the link:
ANNUAL MEETING & POTLUCK
Sunday, December 10th, 5:00 pm at the sangha house, 248 D St., Salida
Please join us for a short meeting with a wrap up of this years events and a preview of what's to come in 2024. Also the board of director's election and approval of the 2024 budget and concluding with a delicious potluck and social time.
We hope to see you there!
SAVE THE DATES FOR OUR NEXT RETREAT
Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation
Sat. March 9th & Sun March 10
9am - 4pm
Mt. Princeton Resort
Upper Conference Room
“What book influenced your practice?”
Each of our board members was asked this question and named a book in our Sangha Library. Come see what they chose! These titles are on display until next month.
A “New Books” display goes up next month.
Thanks to the generosity of our sangha members we have these new donations:
Cultivating the Mind of Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Key: the Name of the Key is Willingness by Cher Huber
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh
There is Nothing Wrong with You: Going beyond Self-Hate by Cher Huber
The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Leonard
Scheff and Susan Edmiston
Much gratitude to our Board, who approved the purchase of these new books from Shambhala Publications:
Life, Part Two by David Chernikoff
Living is Dying by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Peaceful Heart: The Buddhist Practice of Patience by Dzigar Kongtrul
Being at Your Best When Your Kids are at their Worst by Kim John Payne
Sit with Me: Meditation for Kids in Seven Easy Steps by Carolyn Kanjuro
Heart Medicine by Radhule Weininger
Our library is open before and after our sits: Tuesday at noon and Sunday at 5:00pm. If you'd like to use the library at other times, contact Jackie Mart at email@example.com. Chris O'Connor, co-library manager, will be away for a couple of months.
Thursday, November 30, 3:30-5:00
at the Sangha House, 248 D St. Salida
The Salida Sangha’s Death Cafe is a place to freely share any topic around death and dying. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. The Sangha’s Death Cafe is intended to be for those who have or have had a Buddhist practice. However, no one will be turned away. A Death Cafe is NOT a bereavement or grief counseling setting, nor an educational forum for providing information about death and dying. The intention for gathering is to provide a safe and supportive space for a group discussion. Please join us.
December 13. 6:00-7:00
You are invited to join the “Sangha Friends” group which meets once a month at the sangha house. Its purpose is to foster friendships through conversations on topics of interest – somewhat like a book club. Participants will receive a discussion piece at least a week before the meeting. It might be a Ted Talk, a Lion’s Roar article, or a recording/video of a talk by Brian or another teacher. The material for each meeting will take less than an hour to review. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We give thanks to each one of you for your presence and practice in our precious community.
Your SIMC board,
Denise, Kym, Mike, Paul, Phil & Roberta
Holiday Greetings From the SIMC Board
We are so grateful that this year we have been able to gather again in person at the Sangha House. Your presence at sits, retreats, online, and in spirit, fuels our shared commitment to ending individual and collective suffering. These times call for stretching our hearts wider to minimize harm toward ourselves and each other. So being able to come together and sit in the midst of it all is a precious balm for us all.
Salida Sangha began to take root in 2003 with three people sitting together at the Annex of the Episcopal Church. And your persistent generosity has blossomed into the Salida Insigh Meditation Community with a physical home at 248 D Street. We currently are a community with weekly meditation sits, retreats with our guiding teacher Brian Lesage and others, as well as programs like Mindfulness in the Jail, Youth and Family Mindfulness, Mindful Recovery, Sangha Friends, Death Café, Meal Trains and our growing library!
Your generosity, or dana, takes many forms: house cleaning, snow shoveling, weed pulling, and also, very importantly, cash donations. As the end of the year draws near, we are asking you to consider making a monthly recurring, one-time, or yearly donation of any size to support our efforts to continue to be a refuge for our community.
Some folks have asked to understand our needs more clearly – our monthly expenses are approximately $1,350/month. To make our need simple to understand, receiving 8 - $40 or 16 - $20 recurring donations would enable us to cover our projected expenses for the coming year.
Giving to SIMC not only supports us on a practical basis, your generosity ripples out and has a profound impact on our Sangha community and the world at large. Thank you for your care and commitment to helping us offer a variety of ways for practitioners to engage with the Buddha’s
In light of the difficult conditions throughout our world
Let us sit deeply with the causes and conditions
That lead to suffering, violence and war
And cultivate the conditions that lead to
Justice, humanity and nonviolence.
With deepest gratitude for you practice and generosity,
The Salida Insight Meditation Community Board:
Roberta, Kym, Paul, Phil, Mike and Denise