Saturday, August 4, 2018

Day of Mindfulness August 18 2018: with Brother Thay Phap Tri [aka Brother Ivar], at Riverside Church 10:00am-4:00pm

Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
invites you to a

Day of Mindfulness
Saturday August 18 🌻 10am to 4pm
The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, NYC,   Room 20T   

With our dear Monastic Brother
Thây Pháp Trí

Building a Statue of Responsibility
Thây, Nhat Hanh, our dearly beloved teacher, while answering questions after his talk at the US Library of Congress in 2003 said, "I think we have to make a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast of America in order to counterbalance (the Statue of) liberty. Because liberty without responsibility is not true liberty. You are not free to destroy.”
Figuratively speaking, as Buddhist practitioners in the Plum Village tradition, how can we help to realize his wish?  Could it be, as a concrete expression of our gratitude to him, that we accept responsibiity for our practice-to ourselves, our families, our community and the world we live in- and fulfill it by becoming a living Statue of Responsibility?  If so, Where would we start ?

Thây Pháp Trí, who some know as Br Ivar, first arrived in the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village to test the waters in late 1993,  the shoe fit, and he's been part of the community ever since. 

Thây Pháp Trí, received the robes of a novice monk in 1995, became fully ordained as a Bhikkhu in 1996, receiving the lamp as a Dharma teacher from Thây in 2001, at which time he  was transferred to Deer Park Monastery and practiced there until Blue Cliff Monastery opened in 2007 where he became Abbot  in 2010, a position he held until asking to go on sabbatical in March of 2012. 

He began his extended sabbatical years in Vermont, at the former Maple Forest Monastery. From the very beginning, and with the encouragement of Thay, he invited others to join him.  This has become Rose Apple Society, a contemplative center for self practice, open to all members of all folds of the Sangha,  who upon request, receive permission to come and practice there.

We will enjoy mindful breathing, sitting and walking meditations, eating together in mindfulness, a dharma talk and the opportunity to ask questions of Brother Tri.

Bring: Your own Vegetarian Lunch, & a sweater 🥦 Chairs and Cushions Available 
Please Do Not Wear Fragrances & kindly RSVP to

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Day of Mindfulness with Valerie Brown: Cultivating Mindfulness With Deep Listening on July 21 2018

Cultivating Mindfulness through Deep Listening
with Valerie Brown
A Day of Mindfulness of the
Community of Mindfulness NY/Metro on July 21, 2018
91 Claremont Avenue, room 20-T, The Riverside Church, NY, NY 10025

“You listen not for the purpose of judging, criticizing or analyzing. You listen only to
help the other person to express himself and find some relief from his suffering.”
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

“The first duty of love is to listen.”
Paul Tillich

Listening is a vital and overlooked life skill and the cornerstone of building trustworthy
relationships. Listening is an act of love, extending toward collegiality, agreeableness,
understanding, and compassion. It is a mindset of being rather than doing. Strong
listening skills are a critical aspect of cultivating peace within and peace in the world.
At the heart of authentic listening is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply, and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty.

The basis for cultivating listening skills is mindfulness, and this Day of Mindfulness focuses on basic mindfulness skills to support, greater awareness, understanding and relational trust.

To enhance individual and collective mindful awareness, this Day of Mindfulness will largely be held in silence with the exception of a period of deep listening practice in small and large groups.  

What to Bring/How to Prepare

Please bring a bring a journal for writing, a vegetarian lunch, yoga mat, and blanket for deep relaxation. Meditation cushions and chairs are provided.  Please review these deep listening guidelines by the Center for Courage & Renewal before the Day of Mindfulness:

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing for mindful movement.  Come for all or part of the Day of Mindfulness, and please do not wear fragrances.

Tentative Schedule  10:00 am to 4:30pm
(The schedule is subject to change.)

10:00-12:30 Opening Circle: Welcome and introductions, guided sitting and walking
meditation, mindful movement, Dharma talk, individual and group reflection

12:30-2:30/3:00 pm Silent lunch-mindful eating (Bring your own veggie lunch), deep
relaxation, outdoor walking-weather permitting

2:30/3:00-4:15 pm Individual and group reflection and sharing

4:15 pm Closing Circle


About Your Facilitator:  Valerie Brown, ‘True Sangha Power,' received Lamp Transmission at Plum Village, June 2018, and is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition, and has been a member of the Order of Interbeing since 2003.  She has been practicing in the Plum Village/Thich Nhat Hanh tradition since 1995. Valerie is a member of the Plum Village ARISE sangha [].  

Valerie transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections. Through her writing, she seeks to foster a more compassionate and peaceful world.

Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and as a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she helps ‘leaders’ discover the wisdom of the body.  She leads an annual transformational pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, Spain, to celebrate the power of sacred places.

Visit her website for more information:

Monday, June 18, 2018

Planting Seeds Generations Sangha Riverside Park Gathering [Family Practice]

Dear Friends,           

Our next sangha meeting will occur on July 1, 3:00-5:00.  We invite all our sangha friends to join us, for a nature walk in Riverside Park .

Please email me with any feedback, questions or comments.

Planting Seeds Generations Sangha - Meeting July 1, 2018

Sunday July 13:00-5:00
At Leora’s home
301 W 108th St., Apt. 10D
(NW corner of 108 and Broadway)
Cell phone: 917-477-9627
Subway No. 1 to W 110 St.
Buses  M104, M4, M5, M60

We are honored to host our Riverside Sangha friend and environment educator Jonathan Billig who offered to lead this next meeting.
Here is Jonathan’s description:
Green Friends: In this lightly guided walk we'll (most likely) explore the wonders of the plant world, learning a few plant names and asking a few questions as we connect with our natural neighbors in Riverside Park.

Please let us know if you plan to attend and who will come with you so we can plan accordingly; 
Feel free to forward this invitation to other children who might want to join.

Hoping for nice weather, we will meet at home first and walk to the park (about 600 feet). Please dress appropriately and bring water, or anything you might need.

Proposed agenda:
   Review Practice:
   Mindful Breathing, Walking, Inviting the bell
   A guided walk in the Park
   Reading a story
   Singing and learning a new song

Please aim to arrive at 2:50 so we can start on time. If you cannot stay for the whole duration or you need to arrive later, please come anyway. It’s about the togetherness. If you know in advance we will appreciate if you mention it in your response email.

Please email me, Leora, at
(1) If you are attending and include the names and ages of your children, and arrival and departure time [if needing to arrive later or leave earlier.]
(2) If you cannot make this meeting and want to be informed of next meetings, please let me know.

With metta, 

Leora Amira, Ph.D.