eSangha is an advanced meditation class that meets once a week on Google Hangout, a group video chat forum. This ninety-minute class consists of Q&A related to meditation, Dharma, and other similar topics. If you are interested in joining but aren’t sure whether you fall into the category of “advanced,” please let me know! There are semi-regular 6-week intro classes for people wishing to join eSangha, as well.
Currently there is one weekly class for the Americas (which also works well for Australia/NZ), meeting Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 PM Pacific time.
First, fill out the form below to be added to our eSangha mailing list. The mailing list is well-moderated and relatively low-volume.
Each week, you’ll receive a link at start-time. All you need to do to join is be at a reliable internet connection in a fairly private and quiet location and click on the link in your email.
If it’s your first time joining us, your computer may need to automatically install the Google Hangout software and you may need to click through a few Google screens about setting up a profile (which you can leave blank). Note: If you try to join more than a few minutes early for your class, you may not be able to, or may get what looks like a frozen screen or an error message that will unfreeze around start-time. If you get that message, you don’t need to do anything but wait.
During eSangha, please turn off your cell phone and close all other windows and programs on your computer except eSangha. While it would of course be ideal to attend all 90 minutes of each class, if on certain weeks you can only attend part of this class, you are welcome to do so. However, if you come more than 30 minutes late, you may not have an opportunity to talk that week. If you are unable to access the internet, it is also possible to join eSangha by telephone, as long as you can be called at a US or Canadian phone number; if you’d like to do this, please let me know at least a few minutes prior to class.
Culadasa says “A teacher who teaches for free is someone who doesn’t teach very often.” eSangha has recently expanded to most of the day on Tuesday, and my hope is that if more people are interested, it can continue growing. However, it’s not possible for me to continue cutting back on time devoted to earning a living if I cannot support myself through teaching. Therefore, eSangha has a fee of $10 – $20 per class. If you would not be able to pay $10/class and still attend as often as you’d like, it is OK to pay less. If you can’t afford to pay anything, you’re welcome to attend for free for as long as you need to, but please let me know (since this helps distinguish people in financial need from people who forgot!).