Tender Shoot of Joy in 2017

splendid friends & colleagues in Milwaukee

with whom we exchange visits throughout the year

Please see these recordings from previous encounters with TSoJ


Weathering Life's Storms: practices for grounding, deepening, compassion, & emptiness-freedom

January 25, February 22, April 12, & May 10

The recent election and its aftermath have been deeply troubling for many us. We struggle to make sense of what happened, find our grounding, and respond skilfully. Many of us are still shocked, sometimes we point fingers, and occasionally we despair. Yet many of us knew that whoever won the election, the nasty wounds that have been exposed would remain and require long-term healing. Similarly, financial stresses, serious illness, death of loved ones, family conflict, and climate disruption create storms externally and internally. Buddha-Dhamma and the fruits of its practice offer invaluable resources for weathering these storms as they blow through us. This series will present practical strategies for living with the inevitable storms of life and death.

We will review and test drive practices that, when sufficiently cultivated, give us the strength, balance, compassion, and wisdom to weather the storms that life inevitably contains, including death. While we have responsibility towards the outer storms, we have much more immediate influence upon the inner storms. And we can gather as Sangha to collectively respond to the storms that also effect how we act in groups.

Each night, the format will begin with a guided practice that is then debriefed together. Background explanations will be given as needed and questions will be raised and explored. Whilke each session stands on its own, there will be some continuity between sessions. Attending as many of the sessions as possible will be beneficial. Further, the Sangha will follow up with a related exploration of what it means to be "Sangha" inm such disturbed times.

This recording provides an overview of this theme.

from 2015

Buddha-Dhamma Confronting Racism:

series of Wednesday evening classes (follow link for details and audio links)

Please see these recordings from previous encounters with TSoJ

Past highlights with TSoJ