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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive announcements.
Riding the Waves of Change Fearlessly Buddhist Practices for Being at Peace in Turbulent Times
A Day of Mindfulness with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday
10-4:30 Saturday, November 19 Riverside Church, Room 423 MLK 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd one block west of Broadway. Lunch is around 1-2 PM Please bring your own vegetarian lunch. Chairs and Cushions available. Please do not wear fragrances.
Come for all or part of the Day.
Our day will include Sitting and Walking Meditation, Relaxation, a Dharma Talk and Dharma sharing, Singing and Eating as a Mindfulness Practice and Noble Silence.
Joanne Friday is a Dharma Teacher in the Order of Thich Nhat Hanh. She received Lamp Transmission from him in 2003. She feels that the Dharma is the greatest gift she has ever received and her greatest joy is sharing it with others.
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of ThichNhatHanh
Long Live Impermanence! is the theme of our Day of Mindfulness Saturday October 15. The Day will be facilitated by Practitioners Rachel Rampil, Zack Foley, Anne Court and James Lalino--- from our Wake Up and Middle Way Sanghas.***
Our Practices during the Day include Mindful breathing, Sitting and Walking Meditation, Dharma Sharing. Total Relaxation, Singing, Eating as a mindfulness practice, and Noble Silence.
When: 10:00am-4:30pm, Saturday October 15th. Come for all or part of the Day.
Lunch is around 1:00-2:00pm [may be a little earlier or later.] Bring your own vegetarian Lunch.
Where: The Riverside Church, Room 20-T, 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway.
Chairs and Cushions available. Please do not wear fragrances.
Rachel Rampilis a lay mindfulness practitioner and facilitator at Wake Up Sangha and Riverside Sangha in New York City. She is an M.S.W. candidate of Clinical Practice at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She began her path of mindfulness three years ago with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practice and has since found her spiritual home in the Plum Village tradition.
James Lalino discovered the Plum Village tradition when a lay practitioner gave him a copy of one of Thay's books while traveling on a train through France. He lives on the Upper West Side and works in the film industry.
Anne Court is currently working part time in a school as a teaching assistant and taking part time grad classes in Educational Psychology. She lives with her four year old son and husband in Astoria and facilitates with Middle Way Sangha.
Zack Foley began practicing the art of mindful living with the Riverside Sangha in 2004. Sangha life inspired Zack to pursue a masters in social work. He is now a LMSW working in inpatient psychiatry at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn. Zack is also a jazz singer and an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing. His OI name is True Precious Life.
"The perceiving of impermanence, bhikkhus, developed and frequently practiced, removes all sensual passion, removes all passion for material existence, removes all passion for becoming, removes all ignorance, removes and abolishes all conceit of "I am."
If we look into the first Dharma Seal, impermanence, we see that it doesn’t just mean that everything changes. By looking into the nature of things, we can see that nothing remains the same for even two consecutive moments. Because nothing remains unchanged from moment to moment it therefore has no fixed identity or a permanent self. So in the teaching of impermanence we always see the lack of an unchanging self. We call this “no self,” the second Dharma Seal. It is because things are always transforming and have no self that freedom is possible.
We are happy to announce October 9 and October 23rd Queens Sangha Meetings, 10:00am-Noon, after our enjoyable and beneficial September 25th meeting.
We will gather at the home of Walter Lyons. Walter lives about 10 minutes from 7 train 46th street/Queens Blvd. [See Below for Address.] There will be two rounds of sitting and walking meditation, and then Dharma Sharing.
Please RSVP to Matt if you will attend. Or, If you cannot attend this meeting, but are interested in Sangha meetings in Queens, also let Matt know. Email to email@example.com.
Please arrive between 9.45-10.00am. Enter the house without ringing bell and walk upstairs.
Chairs available. Bring your your own cushion or bench.
[***For about six + years the Queens Morningstar Sangha met, first at the home if Nina Teng and then at Walter's home for the last 6 years. Some years before that, Sangha Sister Ruth Klein also hosted a Queens meeting.]
WHERE WE MEET: 48-19 44th Street, 2nd floor, Sunnyside, Queens
HOW TO GET THERE :Take the #7 train to the 46th St./Bliss stop
Exit the station on the west stairway (stairway closest to Manhattan) Walk two blocks west (toward Manhattan) on Queens Blvd. You will come to 44th St. Turn left (south) onto 44th St. and continue for two blocks
After one block you will come to a six-way intersection of Greenpoint Ave. 47th Ave. & 44th St.
After two blocks you will arrive at 48th Ave. You will see a small laundromat. Continue past the laundromat on 44th St.
48-19 will be the second house on the left after the laundromat.
There is no doorbell - just walk up to the second floor.
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to
The Breath and the Steps
Using the awareness of breathing and walking to transform difficulty, and to water the seeds of joy! Breath awareness and mindful steps are there for us, for whatever is coming up.
Day of Mindfulness * September 17, 2016 *
10am-4:30pm [Please arrive 9.45pm]
The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont, NYC *Room 20T*
Our Day of Mindfulness will be led by by Tom Duva, who is a co-founder of the PoJama Sangha in Connecticut, which formed in 1997. He received Ordination into the Order of Interbeing, in August 2007.
Tom says that: "I was reflecting recently on my early days of practice at Green Mountain Dharma Center, and Maple Forest. How much suffering I had in my consciousness and how these practices of breath awareness and of walking meditation helped me to transform. And how now after so many years these two practices remain essential to me: they nourish joy and ease."
Our Day will include sitting and walking meditation, walking outdoors, Dharma sharing, singing, deep relaxation and mindful eating. Chairs and cushions available.
Remember to bring your veggie bag lunch & Refrain from wearing fragrances Your donations make our Days of Mindfulness possible.
Come for all or part of the Day. Lunch is at 1:00-2:00pm.
We are happy to have Michael Nguyen as our Teacher for the May 21 Day of Mindfulness. [As a Monk, Michael was known as Brother ‘Bear’, aka Brother Phap Uyen, or Brother Michael]. The Day will have usual mix of sitting and walking meditations, mindfully eating lunch together, and other practices in the Plum Village Tradition, grounded in Breath Awareness There will also be Q and A time with our Brother Michael.
Brother Michael’s path to monastic life is unusual. Born in Vietnam, his family came to the US as immigrants when he was two years old. Thirteen years later, in 1989, he met Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat and took the five mindfulness trainings. However, two years later, rather than moving in the direction of spiritual practice, he took his life in a different direction and joined the Navy. He served in Iraq during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, from 1992-1994.
His return to civilian life was difficult. As mentioned in a Huffington Post article about him, “when he went to sleep he returned to the combat zone, battling ghoulish enemies in dreams that were so intense that while he was sleepwalking he would punch out the walls of his bedroom. ‘I would be constantly fighting, kicking, screaming, swearing, having to patch up my walls pretty much every single week.’” Suffering from PTSD, it was difficult for him to keep a job or maintain a relationship.
Eventually, he found his way back to a spiritual path, attending a retreat at Plum Village in France in 2002 and staying on to ordain as a monastic. Phap Uyen received full ordination in 2007, and has been a Dharma teacher since 2010. In recent years, with the encouragement of Thich Nhat Hanh, he has focused his teaching on working with veterans and their families.
In January 2016, Brother Michael left Monastic Life, as felt that his mission of helping others heal from Trauma, and especially veterans, was best served as a layperson.
When: Saturday May 21, 10:00am-4:30pm. Attend for all or part of the Day.
Where: The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY, room 20-T. Between 120-122nd street, on Claremont Avenue, one block west of Broadway.
Chairs and cushions available. Bring your own vegetarian lunch. Please do not wear fragrances.
Lunch/rest period is generally around 1:00-2:00pm.
Beginners are welcome. No experience necessary.
Noble Silence is maintained throughout the Day.
In recognition of theme of the Day we have included the Buddha’s Teaching on the ‘Two Arrows,’ from Accesstoinsight.org .
Sallatha Sutta: The Arrow
translated from the Pali by
"Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person feels feelings of pleasure, feelings of pain, feelings of neither-pleasure-nor-pain. A well-instructed disciple of the noble ones also feels feelings of pleasure, feelings of pain, feelings of neither-pleasure-nor-pain. So what difference, what distinction, what distinguishing factor is there between the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones and the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person?"
"For us, lord, the teachings have the Blessed One as their root, their guide, & their arbitrator. It would be good if the Blessed One himself would explicate the meaning of this statement. Having heard it from the Blessed One, the monks will remember it."
"In that case, monks, listen & pay close attention. I will speak."
"As you say, lord," the monks responded.
The Blessed One said, "When touched with a feeling of pain, the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person sorrows, grieves, & laments, beats his breast, becomes distraught. So he feels two pains, physical & mental. Just as if they were to shoot a man with an arrow and, right afterward, were to shoot him with another one, so that he would feel the pains of two arrows; in the same way, when touched with a feeling of pain, the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person sorrows, grieves, & laments, beats his breast, becomes distraught. So he feels two pains, physical & mental.
"As he is touched by that painful feeling, he is resistant. Any resistance-obsession with regard to that painful feeling obsesses him. Touched by that painful feeling, he delights in sensual pleasure. Why is that? Because the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person does not discern any escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure. As he is delighting in sensual pleasure, any passion-obsession with regard to that feeling of pleasure obsesses him. He does not discern, as it actually is present, the origination, passing away, allure, drawback, or escape from that feeling. As he does not discern the origination, passing away, allure, drawback, or escape from that feeling, then any ignorance-obsession with regard to that feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain obsesses him.
"Sensing a feeling of pleasure, he senses it as though joined with it. Sensing a feeling of pain, he senses it as though joined with it. Sensing a feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain, he senses it as though joined with it. This is called an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person joined with birth, aging, & death; with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs. He is joined, I tell you, with suffering & stress.
"Now, the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones, when touched with a feeling of pain, does not sorrow, grieve, or lament, does not beat his breast or become distraught. So he feels one pain: physical, but not mental. Just as if they were to shoot a man with an arrow and, right afterward, did not shoot him with another one, so that he would feel the pain of only one arrow. In the same way, when touched with a feeling of pain, the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones does not sorrow, grieve, or lament, does not beat his breast or become distraught. He feels one pain: physical, but not mental.
As he is touched by that painful feeling, he is not resistant. No resistance-obsession with regard to that painful feeling obsesses him. Touched by that painful feeling, he does not delight in sensual pleasure. Why is that? Because the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones discerns an escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure. As he is not delighting in sensual pleasure, no passion-obsession with regard to that feeling of pleasure obsesses him. He discerns, as it actually is present, the origination, passing away, allure, drawback, and escape from that feeling. As he discerns the origination, passing away, allure, drawback, and escape from that feeling, no ignorance-obsession with regard to that feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain obsesses him.
"Sensing a feeling of pleasure, he senses it disjoined from it. Sensing a feeling of pain, he senses it disjoined from it. Sensing a feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain, he senses it disjoined from it. This is called a well-instructed disciple of the noble ones disjoined from birth, aging, & death; from sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs. He is disjoined, I tell you, from suffering & stress.
"This is the difference, this the distinction, this the distinguishing factor between the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones and the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person."
The discerning person, learned,
doesn't sense a (mental) feeling of pleasure or pain:
This is the difference in skillfulness
between the sage & the person run-of-the-mill.
For a learned person
who has fathomed the Dhamma,
clearly seeing this world & the next,
desirable things don't charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
& rejection are scattered,
gone to their end, do not exist.
Knowing the dustless, sorrowless state,
he discerns rightly,
has gone, beyond becoming,
to the Further Shore.
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a
Day of Mindfulness
Saturday - April 16,2016
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cultivating Compassion and
with Dharma Teacher Chau Yoder
Chau Yoder, born in Hanoi, Vietnam, has a deep aspiration to share specific methods of mindful living, emphasizing self-awareness in body and mind. An engineer by profession, Chau retired after 25 years as a manager of Information Technology and as an Applied Behavioral Science consultant. Chau received training in mindfulness from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a Dharma Teacher, and was ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003. Since 1989 she has been offering workshops and classes on Mindful Leadership, Mindful Living and Chi Gung, with the aim to promote healthy and happy living.
WE will enjoy Sitting , Walking & Eating Meditation (bring a veggie bag lunch), Deep Relaxation & Dharma Sharing.. We are a Fragrance Free Environment.
The Riverside Sangha is happy to announce that Sister AyyaYeshe will join us Tuesday May 3, to share her experiences in 'socially engaged practice' in India,' as a Buddhist Nun. Sister Yeshe is ordained in a Tibetan tradition, and also received ordination as a Bhikshuni from Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village. She is a founder of the Bodhicitta Foundation.
She says that "I am an Australian Buddhist nun and I work for Bodhicitta Foundation, a charity that works with ex 'untouchable' Indian Buddhists in the slums of India. We have a program that empowers adolescent girls to become change makers and social workers, women's job training, and change the lives of 2000 people per year. I was ordained by Thich Nhat Hahn as a Bhikshuni in 2006 and have been to Plum Village three times. I am a socially engaged nun and practice mainly in the Tibetan tradition, but I think of myself as fairly non sectarian. I enjoyed practicing with Thay's sangha (among others) before I ordained in 2001. Sister Chang Khong has often given us dana to help in the slums and I know Shantum Seth, who is part of the Order of Interbeing in India, of which I am a member." See www.bodhicitta-vihara.com for more on Sister Yeshe and her work.
We will offer our Dana for that evening to Sister Yeshe.
Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 7:00-9:00pm [arrive by 6.55 if possible. However it is okay to arrive late.]
Location: #323-MLK at The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway.