Saturday, June 8, 2019

Day of Mindfulness June 15 2019 at Riverside Church

This is the path that goes to the shore of no-birth and no-death

Thay teaches us that: “When we see there is already a precious jewel in our pocket,
We give up every attitude of craving or coveting. Seeing that we are lions, we do not long to nurse from a mother deer.
Seeing that we are the sun, we give up the candle’s habit of fearing the wind.
Seeing that life has no boundaries, we give up all imprisoning divisions.”
[Breathe! You are Alive, 3rd edition, Kindle location 841]
In our Day together, we share the Practices of Sitting and Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation, Dharma Sharing, Mindful Eating, Mindful Movements and more: all grounded in mindful breathing and noble silence.*** 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.

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“Just as space is not produced, does not age, does not suffer death, does not pass out of existence, does not come into existence, cannot be forcibly handled, cannot be carried away by thieves, rests on nothing, is the pathway of birds, presents no obstacles, is endless,
– so also Nibbæna is not produced,
does not age, does not suffer death, does not pass out of existence, does not come into existence, cannot be forcibly handled, cannot be carried away by thieves, rests on nothing, is the pathway of the Noble, presents no obstacles, is endless.”
[From The Island, Ajahn Amaro]
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Date: June 15, 2019
At Riverside Church, 20-T [91 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY]
10:00am-4:30pm. Arrive beginning at 9.50am. [Come for all or part of the Day, at anytime.]
10:00-12:50pm: Sitting and Walking Meditation, Mindful Movements, Personal Practice Time.
1:00-1:50: Lunch.  Eaten together in mindfulness and silence.  [Bring your own vegetarian lunch.]
2:00-2:40: Total Relaxation.
2:50-3:20:  Walking and Sitting Meditation
3:30-4:15: Dharma Sharing. Close the Day.
Beginners Welcome.  Chairs and Cushions Provided.
Please do not wear fragrances.
Bring your own vegetarian lunch.

***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.
Teachings
The Buddha taught that [instructions to Bahiya].
"Then, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cognized. That is how you should train yourself. When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no you in terms of that. When there is no you in terms of that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of stress."
“Before you can answer the question, “What will happen to me after I die?” you need to answer another question,
“What is happening to me in the present moment?”
Examining this question is the essence of meditation. If we don’t know how to look deeply to what is happening to us in the here and the now,
how can we know what will happen to us when we are dead?

I don’t care at all what happens to me when I die. That’s why I have a lot of time to care about what is happening to me in the here and the now. When I walk, I want to enjoy every step I take. I want freedom and peace and joy in every step. So joy and peace and lightness are what I produce in that moment. I have inherited it and I pass it on to other people.
If someone sees me walking this way and decides to walk mindfully for him or herself,
then I am reborn in him or in her right away—that’s my continuation.”
[Excerpted from “This Silence is Called Great Joy”]

Sunday, May 12, 2019

May 18: Kindness: A Day of Mindfulness with Dharma Teacher John Bell

Kindness
A Day of Mindfulness with John Bell
  May 18, 2019, 10:00am-4:30pm.
At Riverside Church,, 20-T
Please rsvp to marjoriemarkus@aol.com
                                                                                       
The practice of kindness is central to freedom.  Kindness to our bodies, our minds, our family and friends, our sangha.  Receiving kindness and offering kindness. Kindness in our speech, our thoughts, our actions. Kindness in a toxic political environment. Kindness to our “enemies.” Kindness as fierce opposition to injustice. Kindness to animals, plants, and minerals.
Kindness towards the past, the future, our ancestors and the unborn.
Enjoy a day of practicing kindness! Share ways we have shown kindness and have received kindness. Learn or deepen practices that cultivate kindness in all directions.
Our practices include mindful breathing, sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, singing and movement, Dharma Sharing and more.

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At:  Riverside Church, 20-T, 91 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY 10025
         Date: Saturday May 18, 2019: 10:00am-4:30pm
        Bring: vegan or vegetarian lunch; wear comfortable clothing
        Chairs and cushions available
        By Donation

Friday, May 3, 2019

Blue Cliff Monastics at ABC Home May 11 for a Day of Mindfulness

Day of Mindfulness: Appreciation for our loved ones 

Facilitated by monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery and lay Dharma teachers in the tradition of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh.
Saturday, May 11, at ABC Home  
Our parents play an important role in our lives. Whether they are still alive or have passed away, whether we have a good relationship with them, difficult relationship with them, or no relationship at all, strengthening our relationship with the people who gave us life can be a nourishing and healing practice.

DAY OF MINDFULNESS SCHEDULE

doors open at 10:15am
10:30am - gathering and singing, Sitting Meditation
11:30-12:30pm - walking meditation, & Dharma talk
1:00-2:00pm - mindful lunch (please bring your own drinks and vegetarian food, being mindful of the environment with your food storage)
2:30-3:30 pm - deep relaxation
03:45-05:00- Dharma sharing // Q&A with monastics
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held in deepak homebase, on the mezzanine of abc home, 888 broadway at e 19th st
donations gratefully accepted at the door. Register at   https://maydom.eventbrite.com

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Community of Mindfulness New York Metro invites you to Day of Mindfulness 
with Zack Foley
Drink Your Tea, Drink Your Cloud
Saturday April 20, 10:00-4:30pm
At The Riverside Church, 20-T, 

We will enjoy Tea together this Day, along with sitting and walking Meditation, mindful movements, total relaxation, mindful eating and dharma sharing practice: all grounded in mindful breathing.

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When: Saturday April 20th, 10:00-4:30pm. Come for or part of the Day.
Where: 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Streets, one block west of Broadway, room 20-T
Bring your own vegetarian or vegan lunch: we eat together in mindfulness and silence, around 1:00-2:00pm.
Chairs and cushions available.
Please do not wear fragrances.
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Zack is a Co-founder of WakeUp NYC and Middle Way Sanghas, and currently practises with the Riverside Sangha. He received Ordination into the Order of Interbeing in 2013.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Blue Cliff Monastics at ABC Home April 13th: TURNING THE TIDE OF INDIVIDUAL and COLLECTIVE HABIT ENERGIES: Sustaining A Revolution For Mother Earth

The Community of Mindfulness New York Metro invites you to:
A Day of mindfulness
With Monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery
TURNING THE TIDE OF INDIVIDUAL and COLLECTIVE HABIT ENERGIES: Sustaining A Revolution For Mother Eart

At ABC Home, 888 Broadway, between 18th-19th Street
April 13, 10:30am-5:00pm

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Learn how the practice of mindfulness can effect sustainable change in our lives to support our health and our environment. Join us for a Day of Mindfulness to renew our commitment to a more wholesome way of living, and to strengthen our capacity to overcome inertia in the face of challenge.

Facilitated by monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery and lay Dharma teachers in the tradition of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh.

Saturday, April 13th

DAY OF MINDFULNESS SCHEDULE
doors open at 10:15am at ABC Home, 888 Broadway between 18th and 19th street
10:30am – gathering and singing
11:30-12:30pm – walking meditation, guided sitting meditation & Dharma talk
1:00-2:00pm – mindful lunch (please bring your own drinks and vegetarian food, being mindful of the environment with your food storage)

2:30-3:30 pm – deep relaxation
03:45-05:00- Dharma sharing // Q&A with monastics
held in deepak homebase, on the mezzanine of abc home

donations gratefully accepted at the door

Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-of-mindfulness-sustaining-a-revolution-for-mother-earth-tickets-57138353353

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Cultivating Mindfulness through Deep Listening with Valerie Brown

Cultivating Mindfulness through Deep Listening
with Valerie Brown
A Day of Mindfulness of the Community of Mindfulness NY/Metro
on March 16, 2019
at
91 Claremont Avenue, Room 20-T, Riverside Church, NY, NY 10025 
[RSVP to marjoriemarkus@aol.com]

“You listen not for the purpose of judging, criticizing or analyzing. You listen only to
help the other person to express himself and find some relief from his suffering.”
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

“The first duty of love is to listen.”
Paul Tillich

Listening is a vital and overlooked life skill and the cornerstone of building trustworthy
relationships. Listening is an act of love, extending toward collegiality, agreeableness,
understanding, and compassion. It is a mindset of being rather than doing. Strong
listening skills are a critical aspect of cultivating peace within and peace in the world.
At the heart of authentic listening is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply, and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty.

The basis for cultivating listening skills is mindfulness, and this Day of Mindfulness focuses on basic mindfulness skills to support, greater awareness, understanding and relational trust.

To enhance individual and collective mindful awareness, this Day of Mindfulness will largely be held in silence with the exception of a period of deep listening practice in small and large groups.  

What to Bring/How to Prepare

Please bring a journal for writing, a vegetarian lunch, yoga mat, and blanket for deep relaxation. Meditation cushions and chairs are provided.  Please review these deep listening guidelines by the Center for Courage & Renewal and the Order of Interbeing before the Day of Mindfulness:  http://www.couragerenewal.org/touchstones/  and Trainings Eight and Nine of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings:  https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness-practice/the-14-mindfulness-trainings/

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing for mindful movement.  Come for all or part of the Day of Mindfulness, and please do not wear fragrances.

Registration not necessary: RSVP's appreciated: to marjoriemarkus@aol.com

This Day of Mindfulness is offered by donation.
Tentative Schedule  10:00 am to 4:30pm
(The schedule is subject to change.)
10:00-12:30 Opening Circle: Welcome and introductions, guided sitting and walking
meditation, mindful movement, Dharma talk, individual and group reflection

12:30-2:30/3:00 pm Silent lunch-mindful eating (Bring your own veggie lunch), deep
relaxation, outdoor walking-weather permitting

2:30/3:00-4:15 pm Individual and group reflection and sharing

4:15 pm Closing Circle 

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 About Your Facilitator:  Valerie Brown, ‘True Sangha Power,' received Lamp Transmission at Plum Village, June 2018, and is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition, and has been a member of the Order of Interbeing since 2003.  She has been practicing in the Plum Village/Thich Nhat Hanh tradition since 1995. Valerie is a member of the Plum Village ARISE sangha [https://arisesangha.org].  

Valerie transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections. Through her writing, she seeks to foster a more compassionate and peaceful world.

Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and as a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she helps ‘leaders’ discover the wisdom of the body.  She leads an annual transformational pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, Spain, to celebrate the power of sacred places.

Visit her website for more information:  www.leadsmartcoaching.com
For more information about this event:  www.communityofmindfulnessnewyorkmetro.blogspot.com





(Deep Listening Day of Mindfulness 2018)