Sunday, August 18, 2019

Plum Village Earth Holder Community: Coordinated Earth Justice Practice

“Once we see that something needs to be done, we must take action.
Seeing and action go together. Otherwise, what is the point in seeing?”
                                                                        – Thich Nhat Hanh
 
Dear Plum Village friends everywhere,
An exciting invitation to join thousands of PV friends around the world
for coordinated Earth Justice practice! 
The Plum Village Earth Holder Community is encouraging sangha members
around the world to support young people on Sept 20 in the Global Climate Strike,
and then to follow this with various ways of caring for Mother Earth
and all its beings over the next 18 months.
You can find more about this coordinated worldwide mahasangha applied
practice opportunity:
·     Description of “Give Mother Earth 18 Months  
·     Information about the Supporting Student Climate Strike  
·     Flyer for Sept 20 event, customizable. Student Climate Strike Flyer -
For general information, if needed after reading the above documents,
please contact
Simona Coayla-Duba, Earth Holder Community Coordinator,
simona.coayladuba@gmail.com
Please forward to your sanghas and practice networks a
nd help build momentum for a one-day worldwide coordinated applied Plum Village practice day on behalf of Mother Earth on Sept 20th!
In gratitude,
friends on the Compassionate Direct Action family of the PV Earth Holder Community.
We have to wake up to the fact that everything is connected to everything else.
Our safety and well-being cannot be individual matters anymore. 
If "they" are not safe, there is no way that "we" can be safe.
Taking care of other people's safety is taking care of our own safety.
To take care of their well-being is to take care of our own well-being.
It is the mind of discrimination and separation
that is at the foundation of all violence and hate.     
Thich Nhat Hanh




Friday, August 2, 2019

Day of Mindfulness August 17, 2019 at Riverside Church: 20-T, 10:00am-4:00pm

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to:

MINDFULNESS FOR A SUMMER DAY
facilitated by Heidi Spitzer

Saturday, August 17, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Riverside Church Room 20-Tower
91 Claremont Ave., NYC---(North of 120th Street and West of Broadway)

“This is all we have in this life, all we own:  a flowering, an opening, a gap between stones for tiny tender roots.”—Flowering, by Linda Buckmaster

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

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"Someday, if you need a topic for meditation, choose one that you care about, one that you find interesting so that it will command your attention.
It can be the sun, a caterpillar, a dewdrop, time, your face and your eyes before you were born." --The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Please bring your own vegetarian or vegan lunch. Please do not wear fragrances.
Come for all or part of the Day
Chairs and cushions available.
Beginners Welcome!

When: Saturday August 17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, 20th Floor, NY, NY

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Day of Mindfulness July 20, 2019


Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness 

The Wave, The Water: Discovering the Essence of Everyday Life
With Tom Duva
July 20, 2019 at Riverside Church, 20-T

"Last Winter [a friend of mine] went through a tremendous spiritual crisis.  Hearing of this, I sent him a drawing of a wave riding on silky smooth water.  Beneath the drawing I wrote, "As always the wave lives the life of a wave, and at the same time the life of water. When you breathe, you breathe for all of us.
     As I wrote that sentence, I swam with him to help him get across that time of difficulty, and fortunately it helped us both. Most people view themselves as waves and forget that they are also water.  They are used to living in birth and death and they forget about no-birth and no-death.
    A wave also lives the life of water, and we also live the life of no-birth and no-death. We only need to know that we are living the life of no-birth and no-death.” 
[The Sun, My Heart. Thich Nhat Hanh. Kindle Location 1083-86. 1988.]

In our Day together with Tom Duva, we share the Practices of Sitting and Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation, a Dharma Talk, Deep Listening and Mindful speech in Dharma Sharing,, Mindful Eating, Mindful Movements and more: all grounded in mindful breathing and noble silence.*** 

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July 20, 2019: 10:00am-4:30pm
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.]
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. 

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.