Buddhism Online Breakdown
All of Santa Barbara Buddhist Meditation’s in-person gatherings are on hiatus during the crisis with COVID-19, but at least the Tuesday Night Mindfulness Group has moved online. The evenings, that usually took place at Purnamaya Ayurveda & Sound Healing Center in Ventura and included a Dharma talk, sitting meditation and the opportunity to practice other mindfulness-building activities with occasional guest speakers, now takes place 7-7:30 pm weekly over Zoom at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/443644980. Visit www.meetup.com/Santa-Barbara-Buddhist-Meditation/events for details.
Bodhi Path Santa Barbara’s bountiful online offerings, which also feature Sangha-led meditation on Tuesday evenings, has a few recorded sessions specifically addressing the pandemic available. Dharma teacher Tsony posted a brief video teaching focusing on current events from a Buddhist perspective, the first of a planned weekly diary, at http://bodhipath.org/tsony-videos, while Karmapa has created two videos giving guidance on the Chenrezig practice and a teaching on “Change, Karma and COVID-19,” available at www.karmapa.org/chenresig-karma-change-covid-teaching. Meanwhile, some Bodhi Path teachers in North America are offering online courses for their students through GroupSpaces, some of which are already underway, including classes by Santa Barbara’s own resident teacher Dawa Tarchin Phillips, and another by Khaydroup. Visit http://groupspaces.com/BodhiPathOnline.