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The Alameda Sangha is sponsoring a daylong meditation with Aloka Vihara nuns Ayya Anandabodhi and Sister Jayati from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. The nuns will teach participants about metta and compassion and demonstrate sitting and walking meditation.

There will be a lunch break at noon. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and a little to share with the nuns. They are vegetarians who eat no dairy, wheat or sugar.

Gil Michaels

I will forever remember Sept. 11, 2001, as a day that I saw religion at its worst. Using horrific acts of violence and destruction that stunned the world, a group of suicidal Islamic jihadists murdered thousands of people they considered infidels in a brutal display of devotion to their god.

Today, Sept. 11, members of the Unity Movement, a New Thought philosophy, are observing a World Day of Prayer in an effort to show religion at its best: a means to peacefully reconcile the brotherhood of man with God.

The California Association of Realtors recently released the results of its 2014 investor survey. In its report, C.A.R. stated that rising home prices have induced an increasing number of investors to flip houses instead of renting them.

“In 2014, 28 percent of investors flipped their property, up from 20 percent last year. Fifty-eight percent of investors rented their properties in 2014, down from 73 percent in 2013,” C.A.R. reported.

For the third time in the past four years, a series of introductory classes in Buddhist Samatha ("calm concentration") meditation will be offered in Alameda.

Samatha meditation offers a way of training the mind towards peace, stability, clarity and freedom. As the mind becomes calmer and less reactive, a capacity for clear seeing of things as they are begins naturally to emerge. This path from calm to insight was followed by the Buddha himself and lies at the heart of all Buddhist meditation practice.

Meditation is a practical matter. By regular daily practice, the

High-speed Internet access at home is more important than ever to the success of students in East Bay public schools. Families who do not currently subscribe to Comcast and who have one or more children who qualify for free or reduced-cost school lunches are eligible for six months free broadband service, with a charge of $10 per month thereafter.