Sunday, August 18, 2019

Plum Village Earth Holder Community: Coordinated Earth Justice Practice

“Once we see that something needs to be done, we must take action.
Seeing and action go together. Otherwise, what is the point in seeing?”
                                                                        – Thich Nhat Hanh
Dear Plum Village friends everywhere,
An exciting invitation to join thousands of PV friends around the world
for coordinated Earth Justice practice! 
The Plum Village Earth Holder Community is encouraging sangha members
around the world to support young people on Sept 20 in the Global Climate Strike,
and then to follow this with various ways of caring for Mother Earth
and all its beings over the next 18 months.
You can find more about this coordinated worldwide mahasangha applied
practice opportunity:
·     Description of “Give Mother Earth 18 Months  
·     Information about the Supporting Student Climate Strike  
·     Flyer for Sept 20 event, customizable. Student Climate Strike Flyer -
For general information, if needed after reading the above documents,
please contact
Simona Coayla-Duba, Earth Holder Community Coordinator,
Please forward to your sanghas and practice networks a
nd help build momentum for a one-day worldwide coordinated applied Plum Village practice day on behalf of Mother Earth on Sept 20th!
In gratitude,
friends on the Compassionate Direct Action family of the PV Earth Holder Community.
We have to wake up to the fact that everything is connected to everything else.
Our safety and well-being cannot be individual matters anymore. 
If "they" are not safe, there is no way that "we" can be safe.
Taking care of other people's safety is taking care of our own safety.
To take care of their well-being is to take care of our own well-being.
It is the mind of discrimination and separation
that is at the foundation of all violence and hate.     
Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, August 2, 2019

Day of Mindfulness August 17, 2019 at Riverside Church: 20-T, 10:00am-4:00pm

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to:

facilitated by Heidi Spitzer

Saturday, August 17, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Riverside Church Room 20-Tower
91 Claremont Ave., NYC---(North of 120th Street and West of Broadway)

“This is all we have in this life, all we own:  a flowering, an opening, a gap between stones for tiny tender roots.”—Flowering, by Linda Buckmaster

Please join us for a day of guided sitting and walking meditation, contemplation, and practice of specific strategies to calm the mind and heal the heart.

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"Someday, if you need a topic for meditation, choose one that you care about, one that you find interesting so that it will command your attention.
It can be the sun, a caterpillar, a dewdrop, time, your face and your eyes before you were born." --The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh

The day will be facilitated by Heidi Spitzer.
Heidi practices with Sangha on the Hudson in Piermont, NY.
She was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2005.

Please bring your own vegetarian or vegan lunch. Please do not wear fragrances.
Come for all or part of the Day
Chairs and cushions available.
Beginners Welcome!

When: Saturday August 17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, 20th Floor, NY, NY

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Day of Mindfulness July 20, 2019

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness 

The Wave, The Water: Discovering the Essence of Everyday Life
With Tom Duva
July 20, 2019 at Riverside Church, 20-T

"Last Winter [a friend of mine] went through a tremendous spiritual crisis.  Hearing of this, I sent him a drawing of a wave riding on silky smooth water.  Beneath the drawing I wrote, "As always the wave lives the life of a wave, and at the same time the life of water. When you breathe, you breathe for all of us.
     As I wrote that sentence, I swam with him to help him get across that time of difficulty, and fortunately it helped us both. Most people view themselves as waves and forget that they are also water.  They are used to living in birth and death and they forget about no-birth and no-death.
    A wave also lives the life of water, and we also live the life of no-birth and no-death. We only need to know that we are living the life of no-birth and no-death.” 
[The Sun, My Heart. Thich Nhat Hanh. Kindle Location 1083-86. 1988.]

In our Day together with Tom Duva, we share the Practices of Sitting and Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation, a Dharma Talk, Deep Listening and Mindful speech in Dharma Sharing,, Mindful Eating, Mindful Movements and more: all grounded in mindful breathing and noble silence.*** 

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July 20, 2019: 10:00am-4:30pm
At Riverside Church, 20-T [91 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY]
10:00am-4:30pm. Arrive beginning at 9.50am. [Come for all or part of the Day, at anytime.]
Beginners Welcome.  
Chairs and Cushions Provided.
Please do not wear fragrances.
Bring your own vegetarian lunch.

***Noble Silence means: we refrain from all talking and "chit-chat" except during Dharma Sharing. Thus we support our Sangha Friends in their practice.  And the 'outer silence' allows us to look more deeply into our own life.