|Dear Sangha Friends:|
I hope this note finds you as well as possible in these times of ongoing change. I wanted to write to you all with an update on the status of the Sunday Sangha and other Dharma offerings.
I have been missing you all and our Sunday Sangha practice community and I am excited at the prospect of us being able to meet in person again and I have received many warm emails asking when we are going to meet again.
The reason that you have not heard from me in the past months is that we have been navigating some health issues within my family and I am needing to focus much of my energy and attention on that.
I plan to re-start the weekly Sunday Sangha group again at our old location in West Berkeley but I will need to ask for your patience on the timing of that since it will depend on some unforeseeable elements. My hope was to start meeting again sometime in September but again that will have to remain TBD. I will be in touch again as we approach September.
When we do start the Sunday Sangha again I am also planning to bring in some other teachers to share in the teaching with me. Having other Dharma voices and examples will strengthen and deepen our practice community.
For those of you in other time zones, and locals who are not ready to attend an in-person group, I plan to Livestream the in-person Sunday group on Zoom so that you can still participate from afar.
I also want to offer another six-eight week intensive but again that will be TBD. I loved the deep dive I took with some of you in the Direct Path course this past Spring and look forward to more.
I will not be able to reply to emails from the Sangha for the time being but please know that I feel your love and care from afar. We are connected through our very nature which transcends time and space.
With much love,
Our Guiding Teacher, Will Kabat-Zinn
Will Kabat-Zinn is an Insight Meditation teacher based in the Bay Area. He spent his early practice years at the Insight Meditation Society practicing with Larry Rosenberg, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and others and later at Panditarama Forrest Meditation Center under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita. Will was deeply influenced by his friendship with Dr. Rina Sircar who carried the lineage of Mingun Sayadaw through her teacher Taungpulu Sayadaw, and by the fierce compassion of Chan Master Shen Yen who he met and practiced with in New York. Will lives in the East Bay with his wife and two sons and is a member of the Spirit Rock teacher council.