Saturday, November 9, 2019

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness 
Cultivating Resilience, Community, and Compassionate Right Action
in Response to the Ecological and Climate Crisis.
With Brother Fulfillment (Aaron) [AKA Phap Man] 
Saturday, November 16, 10am – 4:30pm
  Riverside Church, Wellness Center on C level, 91 Claremont Ave., NYC---(North of 120th Street and West of Broadway)


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Please join us for a day of stopping,calming, resting and looking deeply, with Phap Man.
Together we will enjoy mindful sitting and walking meditation, total relaxation, mindful eating and other practices, grounded in conscious breathing.
We will explore practices that cultivate the solidity, connection, and mindful presence needed to bring healing to this Earth and Ourselves.

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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 November 16, 10:00am-4:30pm
Where: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, , NY, NY
in the Wellness Center Nursery, C Level


Monday, October 21, 2019

Brother Phap Man joins Riverside Sangha October 22, 2019

Dear Friends,

Brother Fulfillment (Aaron) [AKA Brother Phap Man] will be at our Riverside Sangha Meeting Tuesday October 22nd, and, in his words "will lead a short program which is a kind of interactive Dharma talk/Dharma sharing, relating some my recent experience with embodied communication & community, trauma resilience, and how that was important for our recent action of going to jail RE the climate crisis, and also holding space for climate chaos related experiences and emotions."

We will have a sitting and walking meditation and then Brother Fulfillment will share, as described above.

Please join us and feel free to bring a friend.

When: 7-9pm, Tuesday October 22, 2019
Where: The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY
            In the Wellness Center Nursery on the C Level 
Chairs and Cushions Available

Friday, October 4, 2019

Day of Mindfulness October 19, 2019 at Riverside Church

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness 
Dear Beloved Community,
We are experiencing a time of great political, social and physical turmoil. It is now more important than ever to calm body and mind so we can rest and heal. The Day of Mindfulness on October 19 will provide the chance to nourish and heal. The day will be offered by Jenny Hamp and Dennis Bohn.

There may be a Dharma Talk based on the needs of those who are planning to attend. If you have questions that have been in your heart, or a topic that you would like to see addressed,  please share with an email to happysanga@pipeline.com
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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 October 19, 2019: 10:00am-4:30pm
Where: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, 20th Floor, NY, NY

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Day of Mindfulness September 21, 2019

Embracing Our Practice, Embracing Our Planet
A Day of Mindfulness in the Plum Village Tradition
Of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh


Saturday, September 21
10am – 4pm
  Riverside Church Room 20-Tower
91 Claremont Ave., NYC---(North of 120th Street and West of Broadway)

“There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us.  We need to wake up and fall in love with the Earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depend on it.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Please join us for a day of respite and renewal in the midst of Climate Week NYC.  Together we will enjoy mindful sitting, mindful movement, and mindful eating, and explore practices that cultivate the solidity and mindful presence needed to bring healing to our troubled planet.

“We practice to have enough strength to confront problems effectively.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Please bring your own vegetarian or vegan lunch, and a notebook or journal. 
Please do not wear fragrances.  Come for all or part of the Day
Chairs and cushions available.
All are welcome!

The day will be facilitated by Anne Woods.
Anne practices with Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha in Great Barrington, MA.



She was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2011.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Plum Village Practitioners Join Youth Climate Strike



 
  • Schedule
    =>9:30 a.m. Plum Village practitioners gather with PV monastics for sitting, walking, singing
    at Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain, City Hall Plaza
    10:30 a.m. All-Buddhist gathering begins. Same location.
    11:50 a.m. Walking meditation to youth strike site at Foley Square
    12:00 p.m. Sitting and walking meditation in support of Youth Climate Strike
    1-2:00 p.m. Peaceful walking meditation to Battery Park rally
    3-5:00 p.m Battery Park rally. Greta Thunberg speaks at 5 pm
    Instructions and guidance for sangha friends for Sept 20 Climate Strike events
    •   Sangha members are invited to practice peacefully at any or all of the events above
    •   Sangha members encouraged to wear brown; OI members wear brown jackets; bring bells!
    •   Join the sangha at any point in the above schedule. Look for a six foot high banner with Thay’s
      image and quote, and the Earth Holder logo  or a long horizontal banner
    •   Basic practice at Foley Square and Battery Park: sitting in silence (if feasible) and/or a silent walking meditation (if feasible), and some practitioners holding a sign (“Concerned About Mother Earth? Sister/Brother Citizen Willing to Listen.” Or “Questions or Concerns? Willing to Listen”)
    If there is an appropriate moment, we may invite our bells together. A few posters will be available, or bring your own. Note: wood, plastic, or metal “sticks” are illegal; cardboard & light plastic posts are okay.
    •   We agree to practice non-violent, calm, peaceful, attentive presence. It’s possible that we might get separated due to crowd size or other unforeseen possibilities. Look for six foot high banner with Thay’s image, quote, and the Earth Holder logo. However, if separated, please remember that our presence is important, even if not in the sangha group. Maintain mindful breathing and walking as best you can. Support a peaceful and calm environment around you..)
    •   After the events, post photos, stories, learnings, to Earth Holder Facebook page to inspire others, Snapchat, and Instagram, labeled “Earth Holder Community-Sept 20thUse Twitter hashtags: #EarthHolders4ClimateStrike, or, #EHC4ClimateStrike


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”]