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      "Sane and Skillful in Challenging Times through the Buddha’s Precepts" with Amie Diller and Diane Wilde in Sacramento

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      October 23, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      3111 Wissemann Drive , (Library room)
      Sacramento, California

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      "Sane and Skillful in Challenging Times through the Buddha’s Precepts" with Amie Diller and Diane Wilde

      Sane and Skillful in Challenging Times through the Buddhist Precepts ~ a class series on six Wednesdays and one Saturday morning,  October 23      7:00 - 9:00 p.m. October 30      7:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 6    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 13  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 20,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 23,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  December 4,    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost We offer this class series on a sliding scale of $40 - $100 for the entire series of classes.  Please note that we include a donation for the teachers in the registration, so register as generously as possible.  However,  we also turn away no one for lack of funds.  Please contact coordinator Jay Nair at to request a scholarship or for more information.  This Class Series Imagine if all humans lived according to Buddha’s precepts: the 5 fundamental precepts of not killing, not stealing, not lying, not misusing sexuality, and not using intoxicants; and the 5 additional later Mahayana precepts: Not speaking harsh words, not speaking divisively, not engaging in useless chatter, not cultivating ill will, not cultivating envy, correct Worldview.  Our world would be transformed! Poverty, war, violent crime and environmental destruction would all vanish. We would no longer cause suffering to ourselves or others through our actions. Sounds wonderful, right? But how do we hold the questions and complexity that arise when we try to live in accordance with the precepts?  What does each precept actually ask of us in our daily lives?  How do we find the ground of sanity in this troubled world? We will take a deep dive into the world of Buddha’s “Refuge Precepts” drawing on the Theravadan, Zen, and Tibetan traditions.  We’ll orient around the question of how to live them in such a way that we can become a ray of hope in this troubled world. Those who choose may have the opportunity to ceremonially take these precepts as a commitment and roadmap for their lives.  Taking these refuge precepts is how one “officially” becomes a Buddhist, according to the Buddha himself. Our Teachers In 1979 Amie Diller stumbled on Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, dropped out of college, and embarked on a life-long passion for the study and practice of Buddha Dharma.   She practiced at San Francisco Zen Center’s three training centers before becoming priest ordained by heart teacher Maurine Stuart Roshi. After Stuart Roshi’s untimely passing, Amie completed her Rinzai (Koan tradition) training with another teacher. For the past 15 years, she has been practicing & teaching in the Tibetan Gelupa tradition and is the Vice President of Tibet House California. Amie is currently completing her Soto Zen training with Sokaku Kathie Fischer.  Being a certified nurse-midwife and mother has also brought great joy, along with fertile ground for practicing in the world with a wise and compassionate heart. Diane Wilde has studied meditation in various traditions since 1990. In 2001 she was a founding member of Sacramento Insight Meditation. She founded the Buddhist Pathways Prison Project (BP3) in 2010.  Since 2003, she has been a BP3 prison chaplain and aids in the coordination of 75 volunteers who offer Buddhist services at numerous California prisons and jails. She is a graduate of Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy program and graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leadership Training Program. She is a board member of Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, Sacramento Dharma Center, Buddhist Pathways Prison Project and California Dept. of Corrections Volunteer Advisory Board. In 2015 she was lay-ordained as a Buddhist minister by her teacher Gil Fronsdal.

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