Welcome to the Community of Mindfulness New York Metro[CMNY], inspired by the teachings and practice of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. The CMNY is part of a network of national and international sanghas [communities]: a “fourfold community” of laywomen and laymen, nuns and monks. Email email@example.com to receive announcements.
December 19: Day of Mindfulness at Riverside Church, Room 8-T
We will celebrate Winter Solstice and Christmas with Thay's dharma talk on "the gift of non-fear" and on "no birth, no death."
And there will be a tea ceremony. Our Tea Ceremony includes a period of silent sharing together of tea and a snack. And then anyone who wants can share a song or play a musical instrument, offer a poem, a dance, etc.
In the Tea Ceremony we enjoy being together: the combination of silence and ceremony with letting go and having fun is quite pleasing.
As always, we will develop our Mindfulness of Breathing and practice sitting and walking meditation.
Those interested in attending the Day can send their RSVP to Nina Teng, at firstname.lastname@example.org and also let Nina know if you can help with the tea ceremony.
Here is the schedule of the Day [subject to change]:
October 17:10-4:30pm, at Riverside Church, room 10-T
Joanne Friday will lead this Day. Joanne is ordained as a Teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh and will offer a Dharma Talk, and respond to questions. And there is Sitting and walking meditation, eating mindfully, singing, and more. Bring a vegetarian lunch for yourself.
Chairs and cushions available.
At 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway.
Our August Day of Mindfulness is Saturday August 15, 10-4:30pm, at Riverside Church, room 8-T. The Day will be led by Ishmael, of the Riverside Sangha, and Walter, who practices with the Morningstar Sangha and Riverside Sangha [Queens and Manhattan.]
There is a Day of Mindfulness this Saturday, August 15, 10-4:30pm, at Riverside Church, room 8-T. The Day will be facilitated by Ishmael Wallace and Walter Lyons. Ishmael practices with the Riverside Sangha and Walter with the Morningstar Sangha [Queens] and the Riverside Sangha.
Over and over Thay [Thich Nhat Hanh] instructs us to practice mindfulness of breathing and this will be a focus of the Day: in sitting, walking, eating, dharma sharing and so on. Sometimes we may be calming and resting in the breath; sometimes the breath is supporting us in staying present with a difficult feeling or in looking deeply. Or we may look into the impermanent and interbeing nature of the breath [and 'the breather'].
The Day includes sitting and walking meditation; eating together in mindfulness; dharma sharing; walking outside [weather permitting]; mindful movements and more.
Chairs and cushions available; bring a vegetarian lunch for yourself; please do not wear fragrances.
Riverside Church is between 120-122nd St. at 91 Claremont Avenue, one block west of Broadway. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive announcements.
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Day of Mindfulness, Saturday July 18 10-4:30pm.
at Riverside Church, 8-T, 91 Claremont Avenue, Manhattan
The Theme for this Day of Mindfulness is integrating Mindfulness practice into every day life – focusing especially on deep listening. "We have to listen and to touch the positive things within us and around us to get nourished and to transform"--- Thich Nhat Hanh.
Facilitated by Judy Weaver and Susan Hoff who practice with Mindfulness by the Shore in Neptune, NJ.
2:00 – 2:45 – Deep relaxation2:45 – gentle mindful movements
3:00 – 3:45 – A Sangha exercise reflecting on deep listening as a mindfulness practice.
4:00 – 4:30 – Dharma sharing and Closing
Chairs and cushions available. Please bring a vegetarian lunch. Please do not wear fragrances.
[One block west of Broadway, between 120-122nd St. 1 train to 116th St/Broadway. M104, M5 buses to 120th/Broadway or 120th Riverside Drive. Street parking usually available, or church parking lot at 120th, between Claremont/Riverside.]
Day of Mindfulness with the Rock Blossom Sangha [Brooklyn]
Our April Day of Mindfulness is this Saturday, April 18, 10-4:30, in room 8-T at Riverside Church. Ishmael Wallace and Walter Lyons will facilitate. Ishmael practices with with the Riverside Sangha, and Walter with the Morningstar Sangha [Queens] and the Riverside Sangha.
The poet T. S. Elliot wrote that "April is the cruelest month, breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/ Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain..."
The Day will include practicing the Earth Touchings* and exploring the question of 'our roots and our place in the world,' engaging with the above words of T. S. Elliot.
We will also practice Total Relaxation.
As always, and right now, conscious breathing is the heart of our practice.
Chairs and cushions available. Bring your own vegetarian lunch. Please do not wear fragrances.
At 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway. Walk past security desk and go to elevators on the right. Room 8-T
*The Earth Touchings are found in the Plum Village Chanting Book, and in the book Touching the Earth
Day of Mindfulness Saturday March 21, 10-4:30, Riverside Church
Meditating on the changing of the seasons and the vernal equinox will be our entry into interbeing and non-duality. And we will absorb the "Dharma Rain" of a talk by Thay. So lets enjoy a Day of Mindfulness together.
The practice of Conscious Breathing and the presence of our friends on the path support each of us, and strengthen our mindfulness and concentration.
Schedule for the Day
10-10:15--arrive and settle in
10:15-11 Sitting and walking meditation
11-11:50; Dharma Talk
Noon-2pm: Walking meditation [outside if weather permits];Dharma Sharing; Lunch
2-2:30 Mindful Movements
2:30-3:15pm: Sitting and walking meditation
3:20-4pm: Singing/5 Mindfulness Trainings
4-4:30: Dharma Sharing/Close
Chairs and cushions available. Bring a vegetarian lunch. Please do not wear fragrances.
Facilitated by Nina Teng David Flint. Nina practices with the Morningstar Sangha [Queens] and Riverside Sangha [Riverside Church and Rutgers Church meetings.] David practices with the Riverside Sangha.
Room 8-T, Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, one block west of Broadway, between 120-122nd Street.
Sunday March 22: Celebrate World Water Day: David Ostwald and Birgitte Moyer offer a mindful observation of World Water Day. 11-4:30pm, West Village apartment overlooking the Hudson.
Bring: vegetarian lunch and reflect on how water is a part of it, and was used to grow, process and prepare it. Bring your questions, concerns, information about water availability, economics, sustainability, sanitation and so on. We will do some practices incorporating these.
Schedule: 11:00-Sitting and walking meditation; 12:30-Vegetarian Pot Luck Lunch; 1:45-Water, The World and Us: 3:45-Brief Meditation; 4-Sangha Sharing; 4:30-Close.
Call 212-6450834; email dostwald.att.net for address. David and Birgitte practice with the Riverside Sangha and also in California with Dharma Teacher Lyn Fine.
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
In this New Year, we will Begin Anew by engaging in stopping, resting and looking deeply. Our 'teacher' and guide will be the Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra. [Thay has said that he felt 'like the happiest person on earth' when he found this teaching.] We will practice somewhat in the 'classical' manner, following the order of the meditations: the breath and body; feelings; mind states; impermanence and interbeing.
10am-4:30pm: lunch is around 1:15-2:15. We eat together in silence: bring a vegetarian lunch. Cushions and chairs available.
In room 630-MLK, at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway.
Welcome to the Community of Mindfulness New York Metro. The Community of Mindfulness/NY Metro [CMNY] is inspired by the teachings and practice of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The CMNY is part of a network of national and international sanghas [communities]: a “fourfold community” of laywomen and laymen, nuns and monks. Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic training and retreat centers are Plum Village, France, Blue Cliff Monastery in New York [www.bluecliffmonastery.org], the Deer Park Dharma Center, Escondido, California and in Vietnam.
To practice in community is a great gift. As a community of mindfulness we support each other in cultivating mindfulness and the capacity to embody and offer love in our daily lives: for ourselves, our families, friends and co-workers, and for the well-being of our society and our planet. Our practice has included weekly and biweekly meditation groups, days of mindfulness and weekend retreats, affinity groups for people with common interests, study groups, community sings, socially engaged practice and the practice of organizing and making decisions in a mindful and harmonious way. All of our activities and gatherings are grounded in the practices of conscious breathing and silent sitting and walking meditation. Beginners are welcome.
CMNY affinity groups have included the Being with Children Group, Touching Our Root Traditions, Being With Illness and Healing, and Socially Engaged Practice. Individuals have offered mindfulness practice with women and staff of an alternative to incarceration program, at a program for people suffering from mental illness, at centers for homeless people, at workplaces, schools, at the Open Center, at Columbia University and through the arts.
See 'Ongoing Meetings' link and 'Upcoming Events' link for listing of meetings. _______________________________________
“When we are in a Sangha [community], we are like a drop of water in a river. We allow the Sangha to hold us and transport us. Don’t be like a drop of oil in the river, not mixing with the other drops of water—that way you arrive nowhere. Allow yourself to be transported by the Sangha so that your pain, sorrow, and suffering are recognized and embraced. You have to trust the Sangha. Imagine you are a drop of water that would like to go to the ocean. If you go alone, you might evaporate, but if you allow yourself to be embraced and transported by the Sangha, then you will get there. You suffer only when you are a separate drop of water. Please remember this.” [Thich Nhat Hanh in Peace Begins Here, pages 42-3]