Monday, January 12, 2009

Day of Mindfulness March 21, 2009

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
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.



Faciliated by David Flint, davidrflint@gmail.com



See the 'Ongoing Events' link for weekly meetings.



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Monday, January 5, 2009

Welcome to the Community of Mindfulness 2010

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]

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