Heart to heart, face to face:
Open Door Dharma on Zoom
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Open Door Dharma Gatherings offer warm refuge, space to breathe and rest in a simple community of practice. Sharing practice cultivates stability, courage, and compassion. Open to all, free of charge.
We open with simple chanting (mics are muted), sit in stillness, and then reflect on wisdom that threads through the world’s cultures and spiritual traditions, orienting toward advaita, bhakti/devotion, and Buddhist practices.
- In January, we’ll reflect on the 5 Precepts as presented by Thich Nhat Hanh in For a Future To Be Possible.
January 2021 schedule, Pacific time:
Mon., Wed., & Fri. 8:30–9:30 am ~ Practice: Quiet chanting, meditation, and brief reflection.
Sundays 4:30–5:45 pm ~ Practice, opening to community check-ins & conversation.
Please NOTE: Seeing and hearing each other in real time is a treasure, and combined, they enhance communication. After meditation, if you’re speaking during conversations, it is helpful to have both your camera & mic on. If you prefer to have your camera off, you can include a photo on screen, of yourself or something dear to you. Zoom chat is also an option.
Sundays include time to check in and connect in community, supporting resilience and a sense of belonging. Regular practice in community (sangha, fellowship, or satsang) nurtures loving awareness and our ability to be present with whatever arises in our world.
These gatherings are free and all are welcome.
The zoom room opens a few minutes before the scheduled time; stop in when you can. The lightly structured format is inclusive and fluid.
Request Open Door email-reminders here. These twice-monthly posts are simple updates, but not a chat list. Privacy matters, and email addresses are never shared.
What is this path?
Fifty years ago, Neem Karoli Baba (Maharajji) drew Ram Dass and countless Indian and Western devotees to the profound yet simple path of devotion, wisdom, and service. These teachings continue to spread far and wide, opening hearts and enriching daily lives.
Our eclectic tapestry of devotion and service, Buddhist wisdom, chanting and meditation includes accents and strands from a range of the world’s spiritual traditions. Maharajji offers a path of engaged spirituality, a way to be active in the world and remember who we really are.
All backgrounds, traditions, and curiosity are welcome here. Sweet voices and creaking pipes all chant together, and longtime practitioners join friends new to meditation. Together we’re learning how rich the nonexclusive Western dharma centered on love and service can be.