Saturday, November 11, 2017

Day of Mindfulness November 18 2017, at Riverside Church

When Mindfulness Shines

When sunlight shines,
It helps all vegetation grow.
When mindfulness shines,
It transforms all mental formations
   Dear Friends,
Together we will begin our Day of Mindfulness by  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 the nature of our body and mind, suffering and well-being.

We will practice what Thay calls Active Concentration:
“In Active Concentration, the mind dwells on whatever is happening in the present moment, even as it changes.  We don’t think about or long for anything else."

The wind whistles
and the bamboo dances.
When the wind stops
The bamboo grows still.”
             “A Silver Bird flies over the Autumn Lake.
        When it has passed,
        The lake’s surface does not try to hold on to the image of the bird.”
        As the bird flies over the lake, its reflection is lucid.  After it is gone, the lake reflects the clouds and the sky just   as clearly.  When we practice active concentration, we welcome whatever comes along….We just dwell in the present moment with all our being.  Whatever comes, comes.  When the object of our concentration has passed, our mind remains clear, like a calm lake.” [Thich Nhat Hanh, Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, p. 105-6]

The schedule of the Day is something like this:
10-12:10 Sitting and Walking Meditations/Mindful Movements.
                      12:15-12:55: Personal Practice***
1:00-1:50: Mindful Lunch [Bring your own vegetarian lunch; we eat mindfully, in silence.]
2:00-2:30: Total Relaxation Exercise
2:40-3:20:  Walking Meditation/Mindful Movements/Sitting Meditation
3:30-4:20pm:  Dharma Sharing
4:20-4:30: End of Day
***Personal Practice is time where each of us chooses what to do: sitting, walking, movements, journeying, resting, etc.

Noble Silence supports our practice throughout the Day.  [Meaning we do refrain from conversation during the Day, except during Dharma Sharing.  This allows us to deepen our concentration, and look into the habit-energies that drive much conversation and chit-chat.]

Beginners Welcome.
Chairs and cushions available.
Please do not wear fragrances.
Bring your own vegetarian lunch.

When: Saturday November 18, 2017.
          10:00am-4:30pm [Come for all or part of the Day.]
Where: Riverside Church, Room 20-T.  91 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY 10025. [Between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway.]
The Day will be facilitated by David Flint.
David received Lamp Transmission from Thay in 2011
and practices with the Riverside Sangha and the Queens MorningStar Sangha.
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“For the Tathagata [Buddha] feelings are known as they arise, as they are present, as they disappear; perceptions are known as they arise, as they are present, as they disappear; thoughts are known as they arise, as they are present, as they disappear.”

[Quotation in “The Island,” by Ajahns Passano and Amaro. Original Source is The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha.]

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Preparing for Winter: Day of Mindfulness October 21, 2017

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

Preparing for Winter: Mindfulness as Medicine
October 21: 10:00am-4:30pm, at Riverside Church, 20-T

Dear Friends,
Winter can bring many challenges from increased illness to low mood, malaise and depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder). In addition to a flu shot for our immune system, we can strengthen our spiritual life. We'll explore some methods of PM---Preventative Maintenance or Medicine-- to help nourish us through these months. 
We will use the Buddha's insights, as transmitted by our Teacher Thay, and informed by the Sutras. And we will incorporate some of the findings from neuro-science 

Our Day includes sitting and walking meditations, Dharma Sharing, Mindful Eating and singing, and breathing together in Community.



Come for all or Part of the Day.
No Experience Necessary.

The Day will be led by Dennis Bohn.  Dennis received Lamp Transmission from Thay in 2011, and practices with the Rock Blossom Sangha in Brooklyn.
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When: Saturday October 21: 10:00-4:30pm
Where: 91 Claremont Avenue, The Riverside Church, Room 20-T
Chairs and Cushions available.
Bring a vegetarian lunch. [Lunch is around 1:00-2:00pm.]
Please do not wear fragrances.





Saturday, September 2, 2017

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

COMMUNITY OF MINDFULNESS/ NEW YORK METRO 
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: MarjorieM4@juno.com � 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."

http://rubinmuseum.org/events?event_series=5493 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.
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Saturday 
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.
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   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

Sunday
  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
10:00am-4:00pm

     

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, davidrflint@gmail.com,  Marjorie Markus, marjoriemarkus@gmail.com, or Dennis Bohn, dbohn@pipeline.com
[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: http://communityofmindfulnessnewyorkmetro.blogspot.com/search/label/Mindfulness%20Practices

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