Saturday, February 9, 2019

Cultivating Mindfulness through Deep Listening with Valerie Brown

Cultivating Mindfulness through Deep Listening
with Valerie Brown
A Day of Mindfulness of the Community of Mindfulness NY/Metro
on March 16, 2019
91 Claremont Avenue, Room 20-T, Riverside Church, NY, NY 10025 
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“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 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 and the Order of Interbeing before the Day of Mindfulness:  and Trainings Eight and Nine of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings:

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

Registration not necessary: RSVP's appreciated: to

This Day of Mindfulness is offered by donation.
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.

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(Deep Listening Day of Mindfulness 2018)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Day of Mindfulness Saturday February 16, 2019: Love in Action, Action in Love

Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019  🌻 10am to 4:30pm
The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, NYC,   Room 20T

       Love in ActionAction in Love
                         facilitated by: Wake Up Sangha                   
❤👥🏽🙏🏽🗣 💕 ?

This month, we will explore the theme of the Four Immeasurables, also known as the Brahmaviharas: loving-kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), empathetic joy (mudita) and inclusivity/equanimity (upeksha).
These qualities are central to the Buddhist path of insight, transformation and healing, and are often referred by our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.
We will inquire:

• How do we know when our love to ourselves, to others or to the world is to be expressed through:
1) Outer loving action and doing” or
2) Inner acceptance and being? How can one balance these seemingly different aspects of love? How can one transcend the duality between them?
• How can one distinguish true love from lust or attachment?
• What are some concrete practices that can help us manifestthe Four Immeasurables in our daily lives?

Bring: Your own Vegetarian or Vegan Lunch: we eat together as a mindfulness practice.
🥦 Chairs and Cushions Available 
Please Do Not Wear Fragrances 

At: The Riverside Church, 20-T, 91 Claremont Avenue, 
Date/Time: February 16, 2019: 10:00am-4:30pm. Come for all or part of the Day.

Wake Up New York (WUNY) Sangha
We are a diverse group of young people practicing the living art of mindfulness and meditation. We meet on Friday evenings from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Still Mind Zendo Center in NYC. We are part of a worldwide movement (Wake Up) of young Buddhists and non-Buddhists practicing mindful living, which has grown out of the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, under his guidance. We share a determination to live in an awakened way, to realize the path of understanding and love, and to help our society face the roots of its ignorance, which manifests as the intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger, and despair that seems so commonplace today. 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 (roughly) aged 18-35.

Facilitated  by:
Max Weidmann began practicing meditation in the winter of 2014-15, initially focused on the wisdom wing” of the path, but increasingly in touch with the energy of compassion. He fell in love with Wake Up and the Plum Village tradition from his first visit in January 2015 and now practices regularly with Wake Up and Middle Way sanghas. He aspires to integrate his mindfulness practice with his work as a psychotherapist in training, continue sangha building in the metro area and deepen his practice through formal teacher training. 

Nicole Paola Kramer started practicing in 2011 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. She was highly engaged with that community for several years, though also influenced by Thich Nhat Hanhs book Old Path White Clouds” (tangerines are the universe!). In 2015, she visited Thai Plum Village and was awestruck by monastic life (it was like they lived full-time on retreat).. Encouraged by her monastic sisters and brothers, she joined Wake Up New York and started frequenting Blue Cliff Monastery (new best friends). Nicole is now the Communications Coordinator for the Thich Nhat HanhFoundation, and in her practice has been most recently engaged in questions of self, right effort and aimlessness (heh).

Nikolai Chapochnikov began his spiritual journey after reading The Heart of Buddhas Teaching in 2012. Strongly inspired by the practice, he has spent 5 months in Plum Village, France in 2013-14 and has since been regularly attending retreats in Thich Nhat Hanhs as well as in Theravada traditions. He is an active member of the Wake Up New York Sangha and also loves authentic relating, conscious dance, and other mind-body approaches for inner growth. He is a neuroscience researcher.

Josh Wright was a long-time dabbler in Buddhist Dharma, mindful movement, and Theravada practice, before finally establishing a personal meditation practice at the beginning of 2016. Since then, he has completed a course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has begun training as an MBSR instructor with the U. Mass Center for Mindfulness. Both previously and as part of his training, Josh has completed silent retreats in the Zen and Theravada traditions. He likes to think his salad days studying Sanskrit and the ancient Indian grammarians gives him a broader perspective on the origins of Buddhist thought, but these days he is more focused on applying and sharing mindfulness in the venues where he finds himself: corporate workplaces, the LGBTIQ community, and conversations on race relations. A labor economist by profession, Josh is passionate about making our workplaces emotionally healthier environments and helping our society make the most of every human life within it.

Tushar Bhagat was born and raised in the theravada buddhisttradition in India and became a practitioner of Vipassana (Goenka) meditation since 1997. During grad school in New York City he joined the Wake Up New York family in 2016. He is on the path to become a meditation Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher along with learning and including race relations and LGBTIQ into his mindfulness training.  A biomedical scientist and medical educator by the worldly profession, he aspires to integrate science and the understanding of core buddhist principles in his personal practice and teaching towards building a greater mindful, compassionate sangha along the way.

Bring: Your own Vegetarian/Vegan Lunch 🥦 Chairs and Cushions Available 
Please Do Not Wear Fragrances 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Day of Mindfulness January 19 2019

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness January 19 2019
Unborn and Indestructible
With David Flint
Thay [Thich Nhat Hanh] teaches us  that “the effect of meditation is the fire under a pot, the sun’s rays on the snow, and the hen’s warmth on her eggs….there is no attempt at reasoning or analysis, just patient and continuous concentration [allowing truth to reveal itself.]” With our patient and continuous practice we will “follow our breathing and meditate on the beginningless and endless nature of ourselves and the world.” [From The Sun, My Heart]
In our Day together, we share the Practices of Sitting and Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation, Dharma Sharing, Mindful Eating, Mindful Movements and more: all grounded in mindful breathing and noble silence.*** There will be guided meditations and suggestions for working skillfully with whatever presents itself. And there will also be silent meditations and Individual Practice time. Can we allow the 'ordinary' experiences of our breath and body; sensations and mental activities to reveal 'nirvana,' the 'unconditioned,' the 'Silence that is called Great Joy,' that which is Unborn and Indestructible.

Location: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, 20-T
Date/Time: Saturday January 19th. 10:00-4:30pm. [Come for all or part of the Day.]
10:00am-4:30pm. Arrive beginning at 9.50am. [Come for all or part of the Day, at anytime.]
10:00-12:50pm: Sitting and Walking Meditation, Mindful Movements, Personal Practice Time.
1:00-1:50: Lunch.  Eaten together in mindfulness and silence.  [Bring your own vegan or vegetarian lunch.]
2:00-2:40: Total Relaxation.
2:50-3:20:  Walking and Sitting Meditation
3:30-4:30: Dharma Sharing. Close the Day.
Beginners Welcome.  Chairs and Cushions Provided.
Please do not wear fragrances; Bring your own vegan or 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. We allow the calmness and silence to penetrate our flesh and bones.
Teachings for the Day
Unborn and indestructible,
Unborn and indestructible,
Beyond time and space,
Beyond time and space.
This body and these feelings,
Were transmitted to me,
By my mother and my father,
By my teachers, my friends and all living beings.
And that which is transmitted,
Is no less than the transmitter,
And I who receive the transmission,
What am I but that which is transmitted to me?
Unborn and indestructible,
Unborn and indestructible,
Beyond time and space,
Beyond time and space
I am my mother, I am my father,
I am my teachers, I am my friends,
I am one and yet I am many,
I am none, I am all, no beginning, no end.
Unborn and indestructible,
Unborn and indestructible,
Beyond time and space,
Beyond time and space
This body is not me,
These perceptions are not me,
And I am not limited by this body,
I am one with all life, I have always been free.
Where water, earth, fire, and wind have no footing:
There the stars do not shine,
the sun is not visible,
the moon does not appear,
darkness is not found.
And when a sage,
a brahman through sagacity,
has known [this] for himself,
then from form and formless,
from bliss and pain,
  he is freed
[Excerpt from ‘Bahiya Sutta,’]
When we see there is already a precious jewel in our pocket,
We give up every attitude of craving or coveting. Seeing that we are lions, we do not long to nurse from a mother deer.
Seeing that we are the sun, we give up the candle’s habit of fearing the wind.
Seeing that life has no boundaries, we give up all imprisoning divisions.
[Breathe! You are Alive, 3rd edition, Kindle location 841]