Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Touching the Earth Day of Mindfulness with the WakeUp Sangha, September 15th 2018

Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
invites you to a
Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, September 15 🌻 10am to 4pm
The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, NYC,   Room 20T

“Touching the Earth:
            Transforming the Suffering in and Around Us.”
        Facilitated by the Wake Up Sangha
We are a diverse group of young people practicing the living art of mindfulness and meditation.  We have grown out of the teachings and under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We are part of a worldwide movement of young Buddhists and non-Buddhists practicing mindful living. We share a determination to live in an awakened way, to realize the path of understanding and love, and to help our society, which is overloaded with intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger, and despair. We aim to experience joy and ease in our pursuits, keeping it real with the laughter, sanity, and friendship that bloom from practicing mindfulness together. Our practitioners are aged 18-35.

                   “We are thrilled to share our Wake Up practice with
                 the Whole Community at this Day of Mindfulness”🌻

Eleanor Milburn joined Wake Up NY in 2015 and has loved being a practitioner, facilitator, and caretaking council member for this supportive sangha. She currently works at an international NGO that helps vulnerable youth heal and develop skills through dance.
Morgan G. Long is a writer and an environmental activist. She works at a nonprofit by day and is interested in art making and strategizing on how to save the world at night.
James Lalino discovered the Plum Village tradition when a kind stranger gave him a copy of one of Thich Nhat Hahn’s books while he was riding a cross-country train traveling by himself through France. A veteran film industry lighting technician by day and political communications upstart by night, James has been practicing mindfulness with the Wake Up New York sangha for over four years now and serves on its sangha Care-Taking Council.
Donald R. Corr, Dharma name ‘Nourishing Freedom of the Heart,’ does his best to practice full awareness of breathing when washing the dishes. He is a professional photographer.

Bring: Your own Vegetarian Lunch, & a sweater 🥦 Chairs and Cushions Available
Please Do Not Wear Fragrances
Kindly RSVP to marjoriemarkus@aol.com

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 marjoriemarkus@aol.com

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:  http://www.couragerenewal.org/touchstones/

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 [https://arisesangha.org].  

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:  www.leadsmartcoaching.com