Things You Can Do Online to Keep Yourself Sane
Updated: Apr 11
With the COVID-19 situation, many of us are not prepared for the sudden change in our lifestyle: our physical activities are suspended, sources of income are affected, social connections are disrupted, mental capacities are overloaded. As we're practicing shelter-in-place, let's not forget that we are not alone and we can go through this together. As such, SFYAD has put together a list of online events/resources that you can participate with us as a community. Whether you need to add routine in your life, or feel support from a community, we're here for you. Feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance or have any suggestions for online events.
All times are in PDT.
Online Events by SFYAD
Weekend Online Lunch Gathering
Every so often. Sign up here
Bring your own lunch to your own dining table and come online to hangout. The next few ones are on 4/12, 4/18 and 4/25. Sign up to be informed of the next one!
Daily Online Meditation
Every weekday 8:15am - 8:45am. Sign up here
This is an online daily meditation practice for anyone who'd like some routine or meditation buddies. No experience required.
Evening Online Yoga Sessions
Every Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm - 6pm. Sign up here
Maybe you haven't been moving much since forever. Maybe you have back pain. Or maybe you just wanted to hangout. This online yoga is meant to bring together exercise buddies to stretch out yourself.
Evening Online Chanting
Every Monday & Wednesday 7pm - 7:30pm. Sign up here
Chanting the Heart Sutra, reciting Prayer for Safety from the COVID-19, and dedicating the merits to everyone affected by the current situation.
Bi-weekly Thank Buddha It's Friday! Online Book Club
Every other Friday 7:30pm - 9pm. Sign up here
Discussion on the book "Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha" and how it can be applied to our lives.
For all other one-time events such as online movie watch party, gaming, podcast appreciation, retreats, talks, volunteering opportunities, please visit here or subscribe to our newsletter.
Online Events by North America YAD
Online Kung Fu Class
Every Monday, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 11am - 12pm EDT Sign up here Organized by: Montreal Learn traditional Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu) Online.
Online Vegetarian Cooking Class
Every Thursday, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 1pm - 3pm EDT Sign up here Organized by: Montreal Learning different recipes each week for a total of 2 main vegetarian dishes and 1 dessert.
Online events organized by San Bao Temple
Saturday Online English Dharma Service
Every Saturday 10:30am - 11:30am. Sign up here
We will be following Fo Guang Shan's English Dharma Service and have a Dharma discussion after.
Saturday Online Meditation Class
Every Saturday 9am - 10:15am. Sign up here
This online meditation session aims to help practitioners to continue their weekly communal practice. Light instructions will be provided.
Sunday Online Buddhism Class
Every Sunday 9am - 10:15am. Link to meeting
Discussion based on the book "Four Insights for Finding Fulfillment". In this book, Venerable Master Hsing Yun puts forth four discoveries that, when practiced, can bring peace, happiness, and success. Drawn from the Diamond Sutra--one of the most read, studied, and beloved Buddhist texts throughout the world--the four insights show us how to give, how to help others, how to live our lives, and how to develop ourselves.
For those who speak Chinese,
Sunday Online Chinese Dharma Service
Every Sunday 10:30am - 11:30am.
Live on Facebook. Every so often there will be full day dharma service that starts at 10am (for example, there’s Qing Ming Dharma Service on 4/5) Please visit their Facebook page for latest info.
Looking for more cultivation resources? Here are the Best Online Cultivation Resources for FGS and BLIA Members.
Looking for some english apps by Fo Guang Shan? Here's a good collection of them.
Once again, feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance or have any suggestions for online events. We can go through this together!