The weekend of February 26 and 27 brings Randy Baker and Philip Starkman of Toronto’s Spring Rain Sangha to Buffalo to facilitate a special event. The Buffalo Mindfulness Community is sponsoring a Saturday all-day retreat preceded by a Friday night talk focusing on teachings of the Buddha.
According to advance publicity of the event, the teachings include “loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity.” These lead to “tranquility, an opening of the heart, emotional balance, and a direct experience of the interconnectedness of life.”
Philip Starkman is a psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. For twelve of his over 40 years of meditation experience, he studied in Asia. Randy Baker, who has been involved in meditation since 1977, studied at the Rochester Zen Center with Roshi Philip Kapleau.
Spring Rain Sangha is located in Toronto at 360 Bloor Street West. The phone number ithere s
(416) 444-9292. Its work emphasizes developing mindfulness, insights, and lovingkindness through meditation.
At the Buffalo event, on Saturday, a luncheon will be provided by Soupherb Gourmet, located in Williamsville, including a vegetarian soup, pita bread, and fruit and nuts.
Both events are slated for the small building of the Hindu Cultural Society in Getzville, New York. There is no charge, but donations are accepted to cover associated costs.
Registration is requested in advance so that the meeting space and lunch can be planned accordingly. The Friday night event is from 7:30-9:30 PM, with the doors opening at 7:00. The Saturday event runs from 9:30AM -5:00 PM, with the doors opening at 9:00.
Contact info@ buffalodharma.org to let them know how many in your party will attend.
The contact person in Buffalo for the event is Paul Lukasik at the Buffalo Mindfulness Community, 21 Linwood Avenue, Williamsville, New York 14221. The phone number for more information is 716-400-5899.