Thursday, January 30, 2020

Day of Mindfulness Saturday February 15, 2020: 'Who Am I,' at the Riverside Church, 10:00am-4:00pm

Community of Mindfulness NY/Metro! Inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh

Invites us to Practice together at our Day of Mindfulness
With Dharma Teacher John Bell
Who Am I?
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Saturday February 15, 2020 * 10am to 4pm
The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, NYC, Room 20T

We welcome back our old friend, John Bell, who will focus us on the theme of “Who Am I?” 
Each of us walks around with a certain story about
ourselves--who we are, where we come from, where we’ve succeeded, where we’ve fallen
short— and yet we know deep inside that this story is not all of who we are.
“Who Am I?” is a deep practice question. We will explore this question through sitting and
walking meditation, practicing “Touching the Earth”, enjoying a Dharma talk and questions,
through some paired exercises, total relaxation, and Dharma Sharing groups.

Please Arrive 9:45 to settle and sign in, Dana Appreciated!
Bring your Vegetarian/Vegan Lunch. Please Do Not Wear Fragrances

RSVP [Not required but very helpful}
Full Day participation highly recommended, but not required

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Day of Mindfulness January 18, 2020: Practice for a Winter Day

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

With Heidi Spitzer
Saturday January 18, 2020 10am – 4 pm

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“The broom forgets about the snow
as it sweeps the garden.” Basho

Please join us for a day of guided sitting and walking meditation, contemplation, Dharma Sharing,and the practice of specific strategies to calm the mind and nourish ourselves in Noble Silence.

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.
Saturday January 18, 10:00-4:00pm
Come for all or part of the Day.
Riverside Church, Room 20-T, 91 Claremont Ave, Manhattan
(Between 120-122nd Street and one block west of Broadway)
Bring your own vegan or vegetarian lunch. 
Chairs and cushions available.
Please do not wear fragrances.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Day of Mindfulness December 21 at Riverside Church, 20-T, 10:00-4:30pm

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

Walking Joyfully in the Ultimate Dimension
With David Flint
Saturday December 21, 10am – 4:30pm
  Riverside Church, 20-T, 91 Claremont Ave., NYC---(North of 120th Street and West of Broadway)

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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. 

Walking joyfully in the Ultimate Dimension,
Walk with your feet,
not with your head.
If you walk with your head you’ll get lost.

Teaching the Dharma in the Ultimate Dimension,
Falling leaves fill the sky.
The path is covered in Autumn Moonlight.
The Dharma is abundant in all Directions.

Discussing Dharma in the Ultimate Dimension,
We look at each other and smile.
You are me, don’t you see?
Speaking and listening are one.

Enjoying lunch in the historical dimension,
I feed all generations of ancestors
And all future generations.
Together, we will find our way.

Getting angry in the historical dimension,
We close our eyes and look deeply.
Where will we be in 300 years?
We open our eyes and hug.

Resting in the Ultimate Dimension,
Using snowy mountains as a pillow
And beautiful pink clouds as blankets.
Nothing is lacking.

Meditating in the Ultimate Dimension,
Sharing Prabhutaranta’s Lion Seat,
Every moment is a realization,
Every fruit is ripe and delicious.
[Cultivating the Mind of Love, Kindle Location 887; end of Chapter 14.]

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.
All are welcome!
***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.
Related Teachings for Contemplation
“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 “follow our breathing
and meditate on the beginningless and endless nature of ourselves and the world.”
[From The Sun, My Heart]”

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 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]

“Before you can answer the question, “What will happen to me after I die?” you need to answer another question,
“What is happening to me in the present moment?”
Examining this question is the essence of meditation.
If we don’t know how to look deeply to what is happening to us in the here and the now,
how can we know what will happen to us when we are dead?”
[This Silence is Called Great Joy, Thich Nhat Hanh]

The sun has entered me.
The sun has entered me together with the cloud and the river.
I myself have entered the river, and I have entered the sun with the cloud and the river.
There has not been a moment
when we do not interpenetrate.
But before the sun entered me,
the sun was in me —also the cloud and the river.
Before I entered the river,
I was already in it.
There has not been a moment
when we have not inter-been.
Therefore you know
that as long as you continue to breathe,
I continue to be in you.
[Interbeing, in Call Me By My True Names]