July Newsletter

Midsummer arrived with wonderful weather, fireworks and natural beauty. When we met yesterday on “Independence Day,” we talked about the possibility of an “Interdependence Day.”

It seems that in this day and age it is helpful to remember all our interconnectedness, our inter-being-ness, as Thich Nhat Hahn called it. In the Dalai Lama’s teachings, he talks about an understanding of interdependence as a basis for “radical compassion,” a compassion that transcends boundaries and includes all in our care.

We are asking ourselves how we cultivate a sense of caring and interdependence in our lives, especially as the pull to fragment and contract is so strong in our society right now.
It is important to remember that experiencing interdependence makes us happy, gives us a sense of belonging, and replaces fear with love. And we all know that cultivating an attitude that is different from what the majority does, takes patience, commitment and steadiness.

We are planning to make practicing inter-being fun: Danjo San (Souken Danjo), our Japanese Rinzai monk friend is visiting from Japan. He is a beautifully light and a joyful teacher. He and his dancing monk friend Keiku, will be with us from the 10th to the 21st of July.

With the Solidarity and Compassion Project on July 11th, from 7 – 8:45 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church in SB, we will explore peacemaking through meditation, poetry, and music.
We want to join seriousness, (such as concern for our world and our vulnerable brothers and sisters, including animals, our environment, and our whole world,) together with joy and creativity through art, music, nature, community, meditation, and prayer.
There will be our yearly Japanese guests Rinzai Zen monk Souken Danjo (Danjo San) singing the Heart Sutra, Monk Keiku, Juliet Rhode-Brown with grace us with her singing. Poet laureates Enid Osborn and Perie Longo, as well as Teddy Macker, Dave Richo and Joe Bobrow will present poetry. Radhule Weininger and Michael Kearney will host the evening.

Also, around 2 pm on the 11th of June Danjo San will be performing a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the tea-house in the Botanic Garden. Danjo San will be also joining us on the 18th at 6 pm at the Museum of Natural History sitting, and the 20th at the Loft at La Casa de Maria. We hope Danjo San will also join us on the 17th in Isla Vista.

On the 19th of July at 7 pm, there will be a book release event at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara. I will read passages from my book Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion, 9 Simple Practices for Opening the Heart followed by snacks and mingling.

Looking ahead: 
On August 15th we will have our Solidarity and Compassion Project event at 7 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. We will have an interfaith evening with Rabbi Steve Cohen, Imam Yama Niazi, Rev. Julia Hamilton, Fr. John Hardin from the Mission and us Buddhists.

Our Solidarity and Compassion Project on September 12th will be featuring our concerns and love for the environment, for our world. Reverend Scott Claassen, Michael Smith and others will speak.

August 18 to 20 Marjorie Schuman and I will teach a silent weekend retreat: I and Thou, the Art of Living Authentically with Ourselves and Others. This retreat will be held at La Casa de Maria’s beautiful Spiritual Renewal Center. Please write to caroline@immaculateheartcenter.org or call La Casa de Maria.

There is also an offering by Joseph Bobrow:
Radical Inclusion: A Key To Peace. A half-day Zen retreat, July 22nd, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 2012 Chapala (at Mission).  Details at DeepStreams.org. Please register with Larry Barber, LCBARBER355@gmail.com.

For the 7th year, Michael Kearney and I will be holding our traditional New Year’s Retreat at La Casa de Maria, from 4 pm on the 31st of December to 4 pm on the 1st of January. We will be joined by Native American teachers Wolf and Lisa Wahphephah in this New Year’s retreat, where Indigenous and Buddhist wisdom, as well as Nature connection, will help us to remember deeply who we are in our essence, so we can cross into the New year with inspiration and a sense of purpose.

In January 2018, Michael Kearney and I will teach Heartwork: A Facilitator Training inMindfulness and Engaged Compassion at La Casa de Maria. This will be a three-module training, I. Laying Foundations of Practice, II. Cultivating Emotional Balance, III. Engaged Compassion: Acting Compassionately and Mindfully with the World in Mind. We will offer a Practitioner Certificate for those who take the basic training and a Facilitator Certificate, for those who will participate in additional group supervision, instruction, and internship. If interested please write to Radhule@gmail.com.

My improved website now provides a Calendar of Events as well as descriptions of all offerings and much more: radhuleweiningerphd.com

Our Summer/Fall Schedule of First Tuesdays will be altered due to holiday and travel schedules:
July 11th – Holiday Schedule – Poetry, Music & Peace-making
Aug 15th – Holiday Schedule – Interfaith Gathering
Sept 12th – Holiday Schedule – Engaging with our Environment
Oct 17th – Holiday Schedule
In the meantime, we will continue our regular gatherings as scheduled.

Let’s enjoy each other, as we care for ourselves and our world!
Love a lovely summer,

Ongoing offerings of One Dharma Sangha are meditations: 

  • Mondays at 7 pm at St. Michael’s Church In Isla Vista
  • First Tuesday 7 pm Trinity Episcopal Church
  • All other Tuesdays at 6 PM at the Natural History Museum in the MacVeagh House
  • Thursdays 6 pm at The Loft, La Casa.
  • Once a month there will be once a half-day Sunday afternoon retreat at La Casa de Maria lacasademaria.org
  • Saturdays 5 pm Harrison Heyl or Radhule will guide an hour of meditation at “Yes Dance,” Paseo Nuevo.

Every third week of the month Marjorie Schuman, Ph.D. will be guiding the group at the Museum and at La Casa de Maria. Due to Danjo Sensei’s visit, Marjorie Schuman will not teach in July, but instead, will teach on August 1st at the Museum

All offerings are free or on a donation only basis.

Recordings of One Dharma Sanga are available on the following website: www.radhuleweiningerphd.com/mindfulness-meditation

Another resource for Dharma Information in our community is a website by Kimberly Snow: SB Dharma Circle http://sbdharmacircle.net/