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Special Events!

 

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The Soul of the Innermost Life
with DIANA LORENCE

Date: Friday August 29th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

An evening of stories, pictures and conversation recreating her years of simple, mindful living in an unelectrified cabin in the woods, at the heart of what she calls “the innermost life" Click here for more details. Please call to register.

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Truckee Tahoe Peace Award
It's Your Vote!


Who do you feel best represents the spirit of Peace in our community through their thoughts and actions? Nominate them for the Truckee Tahoe Peace Award!

It is our hope that by awarding this title to a community member, an example will be evident of how each and every one of us has the power to make a change and bring peace into their own life and the lives of others. Click here for more information and/or to nominate someone. Deadline September 8th.

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Trails and Vista's World Peace Concert

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6.
Time: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Music at 6:30 
Location: Shakespeare Stage, Sand Harbor State Park Nevada
Tickets:  Available online (lower gallery tickets available for $39 when you use promo code "concert14"): Buy World Concert Tickets

Overlooking stunning Lake Tahoe on the Shakespeare Stage,  Sand Harbor State Park

Musicians and dancers from near and far will perform for the evening with soulful flute by Ann Licater, a 30 piece symphony orchestra, aerial dance, Americana and Celtic music, and Afro-Brazilian funk. Featuring  Santa Cruz-based SambaDá, a funk band dubbed the “the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band”  and World renowned violinist Scarlet Rivera who performed with Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls.  www.trailsandvistas.org for more info.

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Introduction to Liberation Breathing - A New Expression of Rebirthing Breathwork
with Denise Dobbs

Date: Friday, September 5th
Time: 6-8pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

Join Denise Dobbs for an introduction to Liberation Breathing. Breathwork helps you trace complex issues in your life to the origins of your subconscious mind and supports you in finding solutions and resolutions to deep seated issues. Denise has been trained to guide your breath in a way that enables you to process the emotions, ideas, and breakthroughs that occur. Please call to register.

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Prajna Paramita Teaching with Polly Ryan

Date: Sunday, September 7th
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake, and via the internet

Prajna Paramita is the Great Mother; she is luminous clarity that is full of compassion. She is a deity, a symbol, and a sutra. Above all, she is the teaching that guides us to the experience of prajna, or transcendent wisdom. Click here for more information.

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Women Empowering Women Presents
Leisa Peterson - The Art of Mindful Wealth

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – Noon
Location: For Goodness Sake

Please join Women E mpowering Women as Leisa demonstrates how we can learn to use our personal challenges with money to create a life filled with love, creativity, abundance and joy. Click here for more details.

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Truckee Tahoe Peace Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, September 20th
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Community Arts Center, Truckee

Join us for this fun filled family event. Click here for details.

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Meditate for Peace Marathon

Date: Saturday, 20th September
Time: 8am-1pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

A variety of meditation practices will be offered to recognize and honor Peace Day. Join for 1 or more. Click here for details.

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Yoga for Peace with Shari Beard

Date: Saturday, September 20th
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Community Arts Center, Truckee

Bring a yoga mat and join Shari for a yoga class.  Come with the intention of who you will make peace with! No charge.

Shari Beard has joyfully taught Hatha Yoga with Alignment emphasis for the last 10 years to this beloved community. For more info about her go to sharibeardyoga.com.

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“Cycles of Life, Death and Transformation”  
Public Lecture with Chagdud Khadro

Date: Friday, October 3rd 
Time: 7-8:30 pm 
Location: For Goodness Sake
Cost: $15 – 20 per person
( no one turned away for lack of funds.)

Chagdud Khadro will begin by providing an overview of the six bardos, with emphasis on the moment of death and after-death states. She will also discuss special spiritual techniques for preparing for and easing the transition of death. Click here for details.

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P’howa Empowerment:  Weekend Retreat With Chagdud Khadro

Dates:
Saturday, October 4th and
Sunday, October 5th

Times: 9am - 5:30pm
Location: Truckee: location provided with registration
Cost: $125 - 225. ( no one turned away for lack of funds.)

The practice of p’howa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death, gives us confidence to live without dread of dying. The signs of accomplishment can be gained relatively quickly, without extensive retreat, and allow us to direct our minds toward a higher state of rebirth. Click here for details.

 

The Soul of the Innermost Life
with DIANA LORENCE

Date: Friday August 29th
Time: 6-8pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

 

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Join us for an evening of stories, pictures and conversation. For seven years Diana Lorence and her husband lived in an unelectrified, twelve-by-twelve-foot house they built themselves, hidden in the woods of Northern California, in a world lit only by fire. Ms. Lorence will speak about her simple, contemplative life in the woods recreating her years of simple, mindful living at the heart of what she calls “the innermost life"

Two years ago Diana Lorence emerged from her seclusion with her first essay that has been read in over one hundred nations of the world. That essay begins, "Innermost House is the latest of many very small houses my husband and I have occupied over twenty-five years, all for the same reason–to make possible a simple life of reflection and conversation.”

She reflects, “The currents of the world flow against those who love and long for a truly simple life. Before we came to the woods I moved with my husband more than twenty times, always in search of the Innermost Life that finally grew out of our need. The simple life is a luxury few feel they can afford today. Yet its price is little more than to surrender what you do not love and do not need. I have lived a lover’s life, suffering for and rejoicing in the things I truly love.”

“I have learned that simplicity for me lies in loving with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind. I have made my way to a simple life by loving the one thing that matters most to me as if nothing else mattered at all. It is living for love that led me to the heart of what I call the Innermost Life.”

Space is limited, please call to register.
For more information, visit www.innermosthouse.com.

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Prajna Paramita Teaching with Polly Ryan

Date: Sunday, September 7th
Time: 12-5:00pm
Location: For Goodness Sake, and via the internet

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During this afternoon teaching participants will learn the Prajna Paramita practice of Lama Tsultrim Allione and receive the transmission for this nature-of-mind practice from authorized teacher Polly Ryan, MA. The teaching includes the history of Prajna Paramita and a detailed explanation of the practice itself. Lama Tsultrim has condensed her 40 years of Vajrayana practice into a simple and complete Sadhana for cultivating the ultimate state of realization. This practice is accessible and straightforward, with each component leading naturally towards effortless resting in the Nature of Mind. Prajna Paramita is a core practice within the Truckee Tara Mandala Sangha.

Prajna Paramita is the Great Mother; she is luminous clarity that is full of compassion. She is a deity, a symbol, and a sutra. Above all, she is the teaching that guides us to the experience of prajna, or transcendent wisdom. She is a Wisdom Mother, rather than an Earth Mother, and is most closely related to Sophia in Western Tradition. She comes from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and is the principle of the foundation of reality and our own true nature.

The “jna” of Prajna is the same root as “gno” of gnosis, which indicates the possibility of a deep inner knowing, a knowing of the heart. Therefore, she is the teaching that guides us to the experience of prajna, or transcendent wisdom. Meditation slows down the confused grasping aspect of the mind (the ego) which perpetuates our ineffectual patterns of behavior and thinking. The cultivation of a quiet mind allows the natural luminous clarity of the mind, or “prajna”, to come forth. Prajna Paramita is the quality of sharp perception which comes with relaxation of the ego. The quality of compassion arises naturally and effortlessly out of this transcendent wisdom.

Prerequisite: Lama Tsultrim asks that participants have at least two years of consistent meditation or other internal arts such as yoga, chi gung, tai chi, etc., highly recommended, or permission from the teacher (530.587.1978 or pollyryanmft@yahoo.com).

Suggested Dana: $40-65 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds) Please call to register.

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Women Empowering Women Presents
Leisa Peterson - The Art of Mindful Wealth

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – Noon
Location: For Goodness Sake

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Please join Women Empowering Women as Leisa demonstrates how we can learn to use our personal challenges with money to create a life filled with love, creativity, abundance and joy. King Solomon said, “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.“ When we learn how to touch into our heart at its deepest level, we are able to understand life in meaningful and profound ways. Unfortunately, our busy and appointment filled days don't leave much time for inner reflection and inner development which means it is easy to lose sight of what is going on in our hearts, why we think and act the way we do and what can be done when we are ready to make some big life changes.

During this presentation, you will learn mindfulness-based strategies for looking at your experiences with money in a way that helps you to make positive and practical changes in your life. Not unlike many of us, Leisa spent much of her life looking for something more. For a long time it appeared as a desire for status, relationships, money and power. When a family tragedy occurred in 1999, the world she had based her life around began to collapse, not from a material standpoint (which actually started to thrive), but from a mental perspective.

Beginning with the catalyst of her father’s death, Leisa began a heartfelt and devoted meditation practice. Realizing that what she had been seeking was based on false premises and unstable beliefs, she still felt
powerless to make the needed changes. It took several more personal tragedies and career disruptions before Leisa began to develop a systematic way to turn breakdowns into breakthroughs. Eventually, Leisa’s life and lives of those around her started to improve, becoming happier and more fulfilled than she dreamed possible.

Learn about the final tragedy that led her to share her experience and become of service to others even in the face of death. This finally led Leisa to walk away from her financial advising and banking practice to create her new company WealthClinic. (To learn more go to www.wealthclinic.com).

Leisa is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™and lives in Truckee with her husband, Tim and two children, Zoe and Aidan.

Women Empowering Woman is dedicated to providing motivational speakers who address different aspects of
achieving balance and harmony through the Mind, Body and Spirit. For more information about our organization.
e-mail martha@omegaport.com.

Seating in For Goodness Sake is limited, so reservations are highly recommended. Please e-mail nttwomen@yahoo.com by September 5th to reserve your space. Thank you.

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Truckee Tahoe Peace Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, September 20th
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Community Arts Center, Truckee

This year the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project will be presenting the 4th Annual Peace Day Celebration on 20th of September 2014. Once again this will be a day to recognize International Peace Day, focus on peace and celebrate the message of peace around the world.

This family community event includes music, raffles, entertainment and exhibits for all ages as well as many creative activities, yoga, hula hooping, face painting, and a bouncy castle. Dance and sing along to music by local musicians, and enjoy performances by Inner Rhythms Dance Studio and choruses from SELS, Tahoe Expedition Academy and local preschools.

The third annual Tahoe Truckee Peace Prize will be presented to this year's winner. (click here for details on the Truckee Tahoe Peace Prize)

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“Cycles of Life, Death and Transformation”  
Public Lecture with Chagdud Khadro

Date: Friday, October 3rd 
Time: 7-8:30 pm 
Location: For Goodness Sake
Cost: $15 – 20 per person-|
( no one turned away for lack of funds.)

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We all circle and spin through countless cycles of birth, of death, of rebirth, cycles of coming together and falling apart, cycles of thoughts, emotions, activities, and relationships. Tibetan Buddhist masters describe the major cycles of existence as bardos, or intermediate states, three of which occur between the moment we are conceived and the moment our death becomes inevitable, three of which occur in the context of dying and after death.

 Chagdud Khadro will begin by providing an overview of the six bardos, with emphasis on the moment of death and after-death states. She will also discuss special spiritual techniques for preparing for and easing the transition of death.          

One of the most powerful preparations for death is the practice of p’howa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death. This practice of transference gives us both confidence to live with less fear of death and a method to direct our minds toward a higher state of rebirth at the time of death.     

**Please note:  You may attend just the Friday night lecture without committing to the entire weekend training. However, if you plan to attend the P’howa Empowerment Weekend retreat, it is highly recommended that the Friday night lecture be attended. ** 

Available in person and via streaming: Please call to register.

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P’howa Empowerment:
Weekend Retreat With Chagdud Khadro

Dates:
Saturday, October 4th and
Sunday, October 5th

Times: 9am - 5:30pm
Location: Truckee: location provided with registration
Cost: $125 - 225. ( no one turned away for lack of funds.)
Additional suggested Teacher dana: $45 - 90

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The practice of p'howa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death, gives us confidence to live without dread of dying. The signs of accomplishment can be gained relatively quickly, without extensive retreat, and allow us to direct our minds toward a higher state of rebirth. P'howa ensures that we won't die in a state of spiritual uncertainty and drift helplessly in the after-death bardo. Chagdud Khadro will explain the steps involved in P'howa training, the means of accomplishing p'howa at the time of death either for oneself or for others, and integrating p'howa into one's daily meditation practice. P'howa can be used by people of all faiths.

Please note this very important information about the P'howa training:

Please plan to participate for the entirety of both days if you wish to take Empowerment of P'howa (this enables you to do the practice). It is important to commit to the entire process due to the nature of the way empowerments are given and received. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend the entire weekend event, please come another time for this teaching.

About Chagdud Khadro

Khadro has trained in p'howa extensively under His Eminence Chagdud Tulku and her teachings have found a receptive audience not only among dharma students, but also among health professionals who are seeking new, more profound techniques to alleviate the pain and grief of those they work with. People of other faiths have likewise found the training of p'howa training valuable. The Amitabha Buddha empowerment required for p'howa will be offered. Chagdud Khadro compiled the teachings of the late master, H. E. Chagdud Rinpoche, into the P'howa Commentary. Since Rinpoche's Parinirvana in November 2002, Khadro serves as the spiritual director of the Chagdud Gonpa centers in Latin America. She lives in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where she teaches and writes. Click here for more information.

Lunch break from 12 - 2:30 each day.  Please bring a sack lunch, or eat at nearby restaurant.  No food is allowed in the conference room; only water bottles with caps are allowed.

Practice texts and commentaries will be available for purchase the weekend of the empowerment.

There will be ample chair seating and some meditation cushions provided, or bring your own cushion.

Pre-registration is required.  Pre-registration is required as sitting space is limited, registration on the day is only allowed if space permits.  Please call For Goodness Sake to register. Pay by credit card, check or cash at FGS.  Payment via Paypal is also accepted at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online.   Enter suzannelippuner@yahoo.com in "Their email" window. (Please check "gift" option, or "send money to friends and family").

We have the opportunity to offer dana to Chagdud Khadro for the weekend retreat (suggested amount $45 - 90).  Dana is our personal offering in support of the teachings. The teacher donates time in the service of the Dharma, and only receives what the students offer. If you wish to make such an offering, you may give this to her in person at the end of the teaching.

**Please note: The Empowerment will only be available in person. **   However, Chagdud Khadro has offered that she will organize a section of the teachings to those who wish to stream in and these will be made available either Saturday or Sunday.  Details as to the topic, and the time and cost of the teachings will be available by early September. She is now in retreat and the information not yet available.

For more information about Chagdud Khadro visit: http://www.chagdud.org

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Some Favorite Quotes:

1.  If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
Meister Eckhart

2.  Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

3. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

4.  For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  ~William Faulkner

6. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

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