Saturday, September 2, 2017

Discovering our True Home: A Day of Mindfulness September 16 2017, with John Bell

inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh 
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness with *John Bell Saturday September 16th 10am-4pm � Discovering Our True Home 

Deep inside, each of us knows we are whole. But we forget because we’ve been conditioned to think that we are separate. On this Day we will experience mindfulness practices that give us glimpses of our inherent connections and free us from the feelings of separateness in order to inhabit our true home.

*The Day will be Facilitated by Dharma Teacher John Bell who has practiced with Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 30 years and was ordained as a Dharma teacher in 2010. In addition to guiding the Mountain Bell Sangha near Boston and leading Mindfulness Retreats across the USA, John co-founded Youth Build USA which offers education, construction training and leadership development to low-income young people across the USA and Internationally.

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 Please RSVP: � Please Arrive by 9:45 Remember to Bring your Vegetarian Bag Lunch & Refrain from Wearing Fragrances.

Chairs and Cushions Available.

Saturday September 16: 10:00am-4:00pm.
At The Riverside Church *Room 20T* , 91 ClaremontAvenue. Between 120-122 Streets, Manhattan.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

August 19 2017: No Day of Mindfulness at Riverside Church; We will Attend 'Walk With Me' documentary and mindfulness activities at Rubin Museum; August 20th

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,
We will not have our August 19 Day of Mindfulness at Riverside Church in order to participate in and support the opening of the  'Walk With Me' documentary at the Rubin Museum.   Walk With Me "is a cinematic
journey into the world of a monastic community who practice the art of mindfulness with Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh." is the link to purchase tickets: there are two showings on Friday August 18, three showings on Saturday, and more on Sunday August 20th and during the following week.  

Friday August 18 
6.30-8.30: showing of 'Walk with Me' followed by Q and A.
8:50: Silent Meditation.
9:30-11:00pm: Walk With Me.
There will be Monks and Nuns from Blue Cliff Monastery attending and offering Mindfulness Practice:  It is possible to practice together from 10:00-3.50pm, as below.  Or to come for later showings and activities.
  10:00am-11:30-Sitting and Walking Meditation in Union Square led by Monastics
    11:30-12:30pm: Mindful Lunch at the Rubin Museum [bring or buy your food.]
    12:30-2:00pm:  Meet and Greet Monastics [Rubin Museum]
    2-3:30pm: Walk With Me.
   3:40-3:50:  Sitting Meditation
   4:00-5:30pm. Walk With Me
   5:40-5:50:  Sitting Meditation
    6:00-7:30pm: Walk With Me

  3:00-4:00pm: Monastic Meet and Greet [Rubin Museum]
  4:00-6:00pm:  'Walk with Me' followed by Q and A.

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 15 2017: Day of Mindfulness. The Secret of Transformation

The Secret of Transformation: A Day of Mindfulness

"The present moment
Contains past and future.
The secret of transformation
Is in the way we handle this very moment."

In our July 15, 2017 Day of Mindfulness, we will explore this 'Secret of Transformation,'   with the Practices of Sitting and Walking Meditation, Dharma Sharing, Mindful Eating, Mindful Movements and more: all grounded in mindful breathing

"When we realize that afflictions are no other than enlightenment,
We can ride the waves of birth and death in peace"
Is this our experience right now?
Can this Teaching become a question to plant into the Storehouse Consciousness?

We will maintain Noble Silence***, supporting each other with our presence and practice.  
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.

Beginners Welcome.
Chairs and Cushions provided.
Lunch is from 1:00-2:00pm: bring your own vegetarian lunch.
Please do not wear fragrances.

          ***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.

          When: Saturday July 15, 10:00-4:30pm: come for all or part of the Day.
          Where: The Riverside Church, #20-T, 91 Claremont Avenue, in Manhattan.
By Donation [Dana, Free-Will Donation, Generosity]: Donations mainly pay the rent to Riverside  
               Church and the CMNY also donates to the TNH fund.

         David Flint will lead the Day.  David is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village/Thich Nhat Hanh lineage,  receiving Lamp Transmission from Thay in 2011. He practices with the Riverside and Queens Sangha.

                                                            The Path of Practice
Meditating on the nature of interdependence
Can transform delusion into enlightenment.
Samsara and suchness are not two.
They are one and the same.
Even while blooming, the flower is already in the compost,
And the compost is already in the flower.
Flower and compost are not two.
Delusion and enlightenment inter-are.
Don't run away from birth and death.
Just look deeply into your mental formations.
When the true nature of interdependence is seen,
The truth of interbeing is realized.
Practice conscious breathing
To Water the seeds of Awakening.
Right view is a flower
Blooming in the field of mind consciousness.
When sunlight shines,
It helps all vegetation grow.
When mindfulness shines,
It transforms all mental formations
We recognize internal knots and latent tendencies
So we can transform them.
When our habit energies dissipate,
Transformation at the base is there.
The present moment
Contains past and future.
The secret of transformation
Is in the way we handle this very moment.
Transformation takes place
In our daily life.
To make the work of transformation easy,
Practice with a Sangha
Nothing is born, nothing dies.
Nothing to hold onto, nothing to release.
Samsara is nirvana.
There is nothing to attain.
When we realize that afflictions are no other than enlightenment,
We can ride the waves of birth and death in peace,
Traveling in the boat of compassion on the ocean of delusion,
Smiling the smile of non-fear."
 [From Transformation at the Base, Thich Nhat Hanh]


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Day of Mindfulness June 17 at Riverside Church

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites everyone to
A Day of Mindfulness

Achieving Happiness in Stressful Times
Saturday, June 17, 2017


Please join us for a day of meditation, contemplation, and practice of specific strategies to calm the mind.  We will enjoy guided sitting and walking meditation, 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.  

Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, Manhattan
(North of 120th Street and West of Broadway)
Please bring your own vegetarian lunch.
Chairs and cushions available.  Please do not wear fragrances.

Beginners Welcome!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission Ceremony July 9 2017

Dear Friends,

On Sunday July 9,  there will be the opportunity to formally receive the  Five Mindfulness Trainings, in a Transmission Ceremony.  The Transmission will be offered by our four New York Dharma Teachers: Dennis Bohn [Rock Blossom Sangha]; Jeanne Anselmo [Green Island Sangha]; David Flint [Riverside Sangha, Queens Sangha] and Marjorie Markus [Riverside Sangha, Birdbath Sangha.]
The Five Mindfulness Trainings are “a concrete expression of the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world. “
When we receive the Trainings in a Transmission Ceremony, we are supported and nourished by the collective energy of the Sangha.  

You can receive only those Trainings you feel in accord with and committed to practicing, as well as receiving all Five Trainings.

Those who wish will receive a Dharma Name, along with the Certificate of Transmission.  The Dharma Name reflects your aspirations and is an inspiration to stay connected to your aspiration. If you are interested in receiving the Trainings, and/or learning more about it, please contact:   
David Flint,,  Marjorie Markus,, or Dennis Bohn,
[If you do practice in a Sangha Meeting feel free to contact the one of us already known to you.]

See the Five Mindfulness Trainings and commentary at:

Date/Time: July 9, 6.30-8.30pm.  
Location: Gethsemane Church 1012 8th Avenue Brooklyn [Rock Blossom Sangha.]
Take care,
David Flint

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 20 Day of Mindfulness: Precepts, Concentration and Insight

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh

"Precepts, concentration, and Insight--the nature and function of all three are one." In our Day of Mindfulness, we will explore this insight.  Being wonderfully together we practice sitting and walking meditation, enjoy singing and total relaxation, mindful eating, mindful breathing and engage with the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. 

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10:00-1:00pm: Sitting and walking meditation,
                           Mindfulness Practices

1:00-2:00pm: Lunch

2:00-4:30pm: Total Relaxation, Dharma Sharing
                         Sitting and Walking Meditation

Our Day will be led Zack Foley.  Zack has been practicing mindfulness with the Riverside Sangha since 2004. In 2011, he helped co-found the Wake Up NYC young adult sangha with several close sangha friends. Zack was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2013.  In 2015, he helped co-found the Middle Way all ages sangha with "graduates" of Wake Up NYC.  He is also one of the co-facilitators of the newly formed Planting Seeds Sangha for Parents and Children.
Zack is a social worker and a jazz musician. Zack says that Sangha Practice brings him great joy, solidity and freedom.   
AtThe Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, 20-T
When:  Saturday, May 20th: 10:00am-4:30pm: come for all or part of the Day.

Chairs and Cushions Available.
Bring your own vegetarian lunch.
Please do not wear fragrances.

The great way of Reality,
Is our true nature’s pure ocean.
The source of Mind penetrates everywhere.
From the roots of virtue springs the practice of compassion.
Precepts, concentration and insight –
The nature and function of all three are one.
The fruit of transcendent wisdom,
Can be realized by being wonderfully together.
Maintain and transmit the wonderful principle,
In order to reveal the true teaching!
For the realization of True Emptiness to be possible,
Wisdom and Action must go together.

Zen Master Lieu Quan, root teacher of the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village Lineage.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 21 2017 Touching Freedom from Fear, with Dharma Teacher Dennis Bohn and Order of Interbeing Member Anne Wood, at Wainwright House

Wainwright House & Quiet Harbor Sangha invite you to
“Touching Freedom from Fear”
Day of Mindfulness 
in the traditioof Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh 
With Dharma Teacher Dennis Bohn and Order of Interbeing Member Anne Woods
Sunday, May 21, 2017:  10:00am–4:00pm
Day of Mindfulness is a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in meditation practice. Through guided breathing, walking, eating, and other practices, we will work with and transform our fears.  No prior experience is necessary.  

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Here are some things to keep in mind so you will have a fulfilling day:
• Bring a vegetarian lunch and water bottle or mug with a lid
• Wear comfortable clothes and footwear for walking on the shore of the Sound if weather permits
• We will have cushions, blankets, and chairs but feel free to bring your own
• Come with an open heart
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To register, call 914-967-6080 or visit us at
All proceeds to benefit Wainwright House
$45 per person(WM),  $50 per person (NM)
Code 6410, WM = Wainwright Member, NM = Non-Member
260 Stuyvesant Avenue,, Rye, NY 10580

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 15 Day of Mindfulness: Nowhere to Go, Nothing to Do

Saturday April 15 is our monthly Day of Mindfulness, at Riverside Church.  As we practice sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, Dharma Sharing, and total relaxation we will explore what it means to have a practice of  "Nowhere to Go, Nothing to Do."

At one level, these words are an invitation to relax and be fully present at our Day; at another level perhaps they are an invitation and instruction on how to relate to our experience.

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10:00am-12:00pm: Sitting and Walking Meditation; Mindful Movements

12:10-1:00pm: Personal Practice [ Each of us can practice in accord with our needs: sitting, walking, contemplating a teaching and so on.]

1:10-2:00pm.  Lunch

2:10-2:40: Total Relaxation

2:45-3pm: Walking Meditation

3:00-3:30: Sitting

3:30- 4:20: Dharma Sharing/Close

At: The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, 20-T
When:  10:00am-4:30pm: come for all or part of the Day.
Chairs and Cushions Available.
Bring your own vegetarian lunch.

Please do not wear fragrances.

Friday, February 24, 2017

March 18 Day of Mindfulness: Breathing into Silence

Breathing Into Silence: A Day of Mindfulness

 March 18, 2017. At Riverside Church, 20-T, 10:00am-4:30pm

Together we will begin our Day cultivating  mindfulness of breathing; calming the body; and  experiencing ease, joy and quiet.

With this nourishment of calm, ease and joy we then can look deeply into impermanence of body and mind, and touch Silence.

Our Day will include time for personal practice.***

The schedule of the Day is something like this:

10-11:10am: Sitting and Walking Meditations/Mindful Movements.
                       “Breathing in, I am aware of the whole body,
                         Breathing out, I smile to my body”

11:15-12:10: Sitting and Walking Meditation:
Breathing with Impermanence [of the body, of the mind]:

12:15-12:55: Personal Practice

1:00-1:50: Lunch [Bring your own vegetarian lunch; we eat mindfully, in silence.]

2:00-2:30: Total Relaxation Exercise

2:40-2:55pm:  Walking Meditation/Mindful Movements

3:00-3:25pm:  Sitting Meditation: ‘This Silence is called Great Joy.’

3:30-4:20: Dharma Sharing/Closing

***Personal Practice is when each of us can choose our practice: we may sit, walk, move, contemplate a teaching, write.  It is done in Silence.

10:00am-4:30pm, Saturday March 18, In Room 20-T.
At Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue.
Between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway.
Come for all or part of the Day.

Chairs and Cushions are Available.  
Please do not wear perfumes or fragrances.