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Not Church, in our support of individual spiritual growth offers several opportunities for study. Visit one of the pages below to find out more and learn how you can join one of our groups:

• Monday Meditation with Ron
• Happiness Study Group in La Misión
• Norte Study Group
• Enneagram

New Book – Tao Te Ching

Tao Te ChingI am excited to announce that the Happiness Study Group will be starting our new book on March 17th, The Tao Te Ching. With some much-needed and appreciated guidance from our dear friend and scholar, Daniel Bisgaard, we will explore one of the most translated books in world literature. This twelfth selection is a bit of a departure, though most assuredly related to our continuing study of the Middle Way.

Authorship of the Tao Te Ching is credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi and the oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC. The Tao Te Ching… is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism. It strongly influenced other schools of Chinese philosophy and religion, including LegalismConfucianism, and Buddhism. In its 81 verses it delivers a treatise on how to live in the world with goodness and integrity: an important kind of wisdom in a world where many people believe such a thing to be impossible.

The edition we have chosen is: Tao Te Ching: With Over 150 Photographs by Jane English Paperback – November 1, 2011 by Lao Tzu (Author), Gia-Fu Feng (Translator), Jane English (Translator), Toinette Lippe (Translator), with introduction by Jacob Needleman.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

“For nearly two generations, this bestselling translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities. This beautiful oversized edition features over a hundred new photographs by Jane English that help express the vast spirit of the Tao. Also included is an introduction by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman.

Lao Tsu’s philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop “trying,” if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. Te—which may be translated as “virtue” or “strength”—lies always in Tao meaning “the way” or “natural law.” In other words: Simply be.”

The book is available from Amazon, ABE.com and other sellers. Other editions of the Feng and English translation are also suitable…particularly versions without photographs at lower prices.

Please contact Nadine if you would like to join the […]

By |2020-04-22T12:51:55-07:00February 28th, 2020|About Events, Happiness Study Group, Study|Comments Off on New Book – Tao Te Ching

Monday Meditation with Ron

Ron de Jong

Monday Meditation includes an introduction, a 20-25  minute meditation and a discussion afterward.  It’s a great way to start your week and a wonderful introduction to meditation. The group meets on Mondays at  8:30 am in Plaza del Mar.  

Everyone is welcome.

Please email notchurchbaja@gmail.com for details.

By |2020-02-15T12:44:45-08:00February 10th, 2020|Monday Meditation|Comments Off on Monday Meditation with Ron

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

The Happiness Study Group is starting a new book on January 7. We will be studying Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as we embark on our SIXTH year together. This will be the group’s TWELFTH book (if you count the second round of Elliott Dacher’s “Aware Awake Alive”)!

The Happiness Study Group meets Tuesdays at 2pm for meditation, study and discussion. Notes and general information are posted on the Group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/949524048429145/

Please contact Nadine at nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com if you would like to join our group and get directions.

You can check out the book and purchase it on Amazon here or elsewhere if you prefer.

By |2020-02-15T12:57:22-08:00December 22nd, 2019|Happiness Study Group|Comments Off on Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

Enneagram for Beginners

Enneagram Introduction with Martina

The workshop is meant to introduce you to the fundamentals of the Enneagram as a map for self-awareness and clarity, serving our spiritual exploration.

This introduction prepares one to join the ongoing weekly Community Enneagram Group. The introduction workshops will be offered 4 times a year. The next is planned for the end of January. Please let us know if the October date does not work for you, other arrangements can be made.

Location in the La Misión area will be given to confirmed participants

Suggested donation of $20

By |2020-02-14T16:47:53-08:00October 1st, 2019|Enneagram, Events, Home Page|Comments Off on Enneagram for Beginners

WHEN THINGS FALL APART: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

By Pema Chödrön 

On August 20th The Happiness Study Group will start our 9th book, our 10th if we count our second reading of “Awake Aware Alive!”

Our new selection will be Pema Chödrön’s “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times,” which is available here on Amazon.

Here’s what they have to say: “The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. Chödrön discusses:

  • Using painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
  • Communicating so as to encourage others to open up rather than shut down
  • Practices for reversing habitual patterns
  • Methods for working with chaotic situations
  • Ways for creating effective social action

If you’re interested in joining the group or would like more information, contact Nadine at nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Ron and Nadine’s on August 20th.

By |2020-02-15T12:58:32-08:00August 12th, 2019|Happiness Study Group|Comments Off on WHEN THINGS FALL APART: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Half-day Silent Meditation Experience

Summer Not Church Silent Meditation Experience

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Time: 9:30am ’til 1pm
Leader: Nadine de Jong with Ron de Jong
Location: Clubhouse at Bajamar
Directions: Take the Toll Road (1D) to Km 77.5 and exit toward Bajamar.
(Map below)
Fee: NO CHARGE

NOBLE SILENCE will be observed (no talking at all) upon entering the Clubhouse until after snacks and a brief after-snack sit

Pease RSVP to Anna by August 9: Anna  az@annazimmerman.com  or Nadine nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com

Questions:  Please contactAnna az@annazimmerman.com or Nadine nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com

WHAT TO WEAR & BRING

  • Sweater or light wrap because the room can be chilly
  • A favorite mat, floor cushion, blanket etc. (sofas and various chairs are also available)
  • Comfortable shoes  for walking and a hat
  • Notebook and pen if you like
  • Ready-to-serve finger food to share (Please consider bringing vegetarian and healthy snacks—no alcoholic beverages.)
  • Beverages, especially water.
    (Coffee and hot water for tea will be provided)

MAP to Bajamar Clubhouse

By |2020-02-15T12:59:36-08:00August 11th, 2019|Events, Happiness Study Group, Home Page|Comments Off on Half-day Silent Meditation Experience