Aloka Vihara News

December 7: Community Workday at the vihara

We welcome you to join us on Saturday, December 7 for our last Community Workday of this year! No special skills required ~ there will be all kinds of work ~ heavy and light ~ outdoors and indoors. Please arrive by 8:30 am for a short meditation & reflection, to set the tone for the day. We will work from 8:30am – 3:30pm with a break for lunch at 11:00am. Please…
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November 6-16: Silent Retreat at Aloka Vihara

From November 6-16 the Aloka Vihara community will be in silent retreat. If you would like to come and offer a meal, please call us on 530 647 8262, otherwise the vihara is not open for visits over these 10 days. We are sharing the blessings of our practice with you and thank you for your kind support!
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Kathina will take place!

Just a quick note to let you know that Aloka Vihara’s 10th Anniversary Celebration will be taking place this Sunday as planned. While Pacific Gas & Electric has let us know that the Vihara’s power may be off this weekend as a fire prevention measure, please rest assured that the Vihara has a powerful generator which can power the entire house and all necessary functions for holding Saturday’s workday and…
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Book discussion group on “The Five Invitations”

Join Ven. Dhammadipa online for a five week discussion of death and what it teaches us about everyday life, Tuesdays at 3:30 PM Pacific US time, beginning October 15th. Our primary text will be “The Five Invitations” by Frank Ostaseski, and there will be occasional short readings from the suttas and the Zen koan tradition. There is also an online forum for written dialogue, as an alternative or supplement to…
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Dec 15: Half-Daylong in Diamond Springs, CA

The Buddha’s Words on Happiness    Join us for an afternoon of meditation, Dharma teaching and Q&A with Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Ahimsa December 15th, Sunday, 1:30 – 5:00 pm  In the Mangala Sutta the Buddha answers an important question, “What is happiness?” His explanation describes the Path from its beginning right through to full awakening. Using this sutta we will recognize the many wholesome ways the happiness is already…
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Aloka Vihara Board Council

Last weekend we met for our annual Board Council at the vihara. Please click here for more info about the Saranaloka Foundation board and officers. Lots of gratitude for your steady and skillful support over the years!
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Almsround (pindapata) at Placerville Farmers’ Market

On Saturday mornings from May 4 through November 9, 2019 a weekly Farmers’ Market is held in Placerville. This is a great opportunity for our nuns to meet people and receive offerings. This photo shows Ven Dhammadipa and Ayya Ahimsa with fresh greens in their almsbowls and big smiles all around. Here is a video of an almsround from last August. We will be at the Farmers’ Market for the…
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