Thursday, December 15, 2022

Beginning Anew: A Zoom Half-Day of Mindfulness December 17 2022: 10:00-1:00pm


Beginning Anew: A Zoom Half Day of Mindfulness Saturday December 17: 10:00-1:00pm

 With David Flint and Andrew Friedman


Meeting ID: 884 8732 0351   Passcode: peace

Dial in: 646 558 8656, 646 931 3860  Dial-in Passcode:  828353

Breathing In and Breathing Out and ‘Being Wonderfully Together’ we will practice ‘Beginning Anew’ nourished by Sitting and Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation , Dharma Sharing, Singing and more.

“To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech and thoughts and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationships with others.” 

Schedule [Subject to Change]

10-11:15: Sitting and Walking Meditation; Guided ‘Beginning Anew’ Meditation

11:30-Noon: Total Relaxation

12:10-12:50: Dharma Sharing

12:50-1:00pm: Closing



Beginning Anew

With great respect, we turn towards the conqueror of afflictions,

offering heartfelt words of repentance.

We have lived in forgetfulness for a long time.

As we have not had the opportunity to encounter the Dharma,

our habit energies have led us into suffering.

We have made many mistakes out of unskillfulness.

We have been blinded by our wrong perceptions

for a very long time.

Our heart’s garden is sown with attachment, hatred, and pride.

In us are seeds of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, and lies.

Our everyday deeds and words do damage.

All these wrong actions are obstacles to our peace and joy.

Let us begin anew.


We see that we have been thoughtless,

straying from the path of mindfulness.

We have stored up afflictions and ignorance,

which have brought about so much aversion and sorrow.

There are times we have been weary of life

because we are so full of anxiety.

Because we do not understand others,

we are angry and resentful.

First we try to reason with each other, then we blame.

Every day the suffering increases, making the rift greater.

There are days when we are unwilling to speak to each other,

unwilling to look each other in the face.

And we create internal formations, which last for a long time.

Now we turn to the Three Jewels.

Sincerely recognizing our errors, we bow our heads.


We know so well that in our consciousness

are buried all the wholesome seeds —

seeds of love and understanding and seeds of peace and joy.

But because we do not know how to water them,

the wholesome seeds do not sprout fresh and green.


We continue to allow sorrow to overwhelm us

until there is no light in our lives.

When we chase after a distant happiness,

life becomes but a shadow of the reality.

Our mind is occupied by the past,

or worrying about this or that in the future.

We cannot let go of our anger,

and we consider of no value the precious gifts of life

which are already in our hands,

thereby trampling on real happiness.

As month follows month, we are sunk in sorrow.

So now in the precious presence of the Buddha,

fragrant with sandalwood incense,

we recognize our errors and begin anew.


With all our heart we go for refuge,

turning to the Buddhas in the Ten Directions

and all the Bodhisattvas, noble disciples, and self-achieved Buddhas.

Very sincerely we recognize our errors

and the mistakes of our wrong judgments.

Please bring the balm of clear water

to pour on the roots of our afflictions.

Please bring the raft of the true teachings

to carry us over the ocean of sorrows.

We vow to live an awakened life,

to practice smiling and conscious breathing,

and to study the teachings, authentically transmitted.

Diligently, we shall live in mindfulness.


We come back to live in the wonderful present,

to plant our heart’s garden with good seeds,

and to make strong foundations of understanding and love.

We vow to train ourselves in mindfulness and concentration,

practicing to look and understand deeply

to be able to see the nature of all that is,

and so to be free of the bonds of birth and death.


We learn to speak lovingly, to be affectionate,

to care for others whether it is early morn or late afternoon,

to bring the roots of joy to many places,

helping people to abandon sorrow,

to respond with deep gratitude

to the kindness of parents, teachers, and friends.


With deep faith we light up the incense of our heart.

We ask the Lord of Compassion to be our protector

on the wonderful path of practice.

We vow to practice diligently,

cultivating the fruits of this path.

[bell, bell]

[In Chanting from the Heart]

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Sangha Meetings October/November 2022

                                      Community of Mindfulness/New York Metro   

Inspired by the Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh 

and the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism


Dear Friends, 

   This is the email group, of the Community of Mindfulness New York Metro. Zoom and In-Person Sangha Meetings for October 2022 are listed below this section.  

   Each Sangha Meeting also has its own list, and links to subscribe are below: individual Sangha lists may post information about resuming in-person meetings, Study Groups and other special events for that Sangha Meeting.

   More Links to Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Buddha are at the end of the email.

     We can offer financial support to our Monastic Community, and the Plum Village Community, at .

In-Person Sangha Meetings: ‘Special Events’:

Sunday 10/23@2:30pm: Walking Meditation at the Battery Labyrinth in Lower Manhattan

 The gathering lasts about an hour and a half with an introduction / orientation, walking into the labyrinth, reflections at the center, walking out of the labyrinth, and brief closing. We will bear continued witness to local and worldwide violence. Step by step, we will support each other as we renew our commitments to healing, justice and peace. 

   PLEASE RSVP to BY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND to confirm your participation, receive any last-minute updates, and get directions

Sunday November 27th In-Person Day of Mindfulness: 10:00-2:00pm

‘Am I Sure?/Perception is Deception/A Broken Clock is Right Twice a Day

With David Flint and hosted by the Queens MorningStar Sangha

We will investigate our emotional attachment and 'self- identity view' around our political/social/spiritual/etc views and the 'us' versus 'them' mindset that comes along with this. Details to follow.

In-Person Ongoing Sangha Meetings

In-Person Queens MorningStar Sangha Meeting: 10:00-Noon-2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month

Next Meeting is Sunday October 23th.

At 35-30 81st street, Jackson Heights, 11372  #1H [Arrive on time between 9:50-10:00am]

Wake Up New York: Fridays: In-Person 7:30pm-9:30pm [Wake Up is a 'Young Adult' Sangha-age range 18-35]

In-person at the Still Mind Zendo, 37 W. 17th Street, 6W [arrive no later than 7.45pm]

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Rock BlossomSangha In-Person Meetings:first Sunday of each month: 6:30-8:30pm

Church of Gethsemane, 1012 8th Ave, Brooklyn. Please plan to arrive by 6:15/6:20 to settle in for our start time at 6:30. This Meeting has Covid ‘policies’ and RSVPing in advance is required. Email: to receive emails.


Zoom Sangha Meetings

Sundays@10:00-11:30am Queens MorningStar Sangha Zoom Meeting

     [This is a separate meeting and happens when there is also an in-person meeting.]

Meeting ID: 824 3237 9616 Passcode: 758620  Dial-In: 16465588656

Sundays: 10-11:30am: Green Island Sangha Zoom Sangha

 [pre-Covid met in Syosset, NY]:

Meeting ID: 863 1190 9843    Passcode: 910499  Dial-In: 1 929 205 6099  

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Sundays: 6:30-8:30pm, Zoom Rock Blossom Sangha. Enter beginning 6:15pm

[This Zoom Happens when there is also a separate in-person meeting]

Meeting ID: 899 1756 9015  Passcode: 241354    Dial-In: +16465588656

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Stonybrook Zoom Sangha: Mornings Monday through Friday: 7:30-8:00am                            

 Meeting ID: 154 822 492 Passcode: 074791,  Dial-In: 646-558-8656

Chrysanthemum Sangha’s 1rst and 3rd Monday LGBTQIA+ and allies Sangha: 

October 3 and 17th 8:00-9:30pm     

Meeting ID: 876 4920 9787     Password:  peace    

Dial-in:  +1 929 205 6099 US (New York), Passcode: 622089[for dial-in]

Tuesdays Zoom Riverside Sangha: 7:00-9:00 pm 

[Pre-Covid met at Riverside Church, Manhattan] [valid through 11/29/22]

Meeting ID: 886 1905 5393  Passcode: 959151    Dial-in 646-558-8656,

Thursdays:  Zoom St Mark's Sangha: 8:00am-9:30 am  

[Pre-Covid: met at St. Mark's Church Manhattan]

Meeting ID: 821 6083 9379   Passcode: 505070  [Link valid through 12/1/22]

Dial-in 646-558-8656

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Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm:  Zoom Rock Blossom Sangha: [Enter beginning 6:15pm]

Meeting ID: 899 1756 9015  Passcode: 241354    Dial-in 646-558-8656

 Thursdays 8:00-10:00pm:  Chrysanthemum Sangha: an LQGBTIA+ Sangha 

in the Plum Village tradition! Open to all practitioners who identify as LGBTQIA+  Meeting ID: 876 4920 9787     Password:  peace         Dial-in:  +1 929 205 6099 US Passcode: 622089 [for dial-in] 

For more info, you can join our Facebook group here:

Breathe you are online – Làng Mai

Wake Up New York: Fridays:@7:30-9:30pm  

[Wake Up is a 'Young Adult' Sangha-age range 18-35]

Zoom:  Meeting ID: 778749815    Passcode: breathe  

WUNY Dharma Hall   

This is a 24/7 virtual Dharma hall that WUNY members may use at any time.  Join anytime and see who else is online, or invite others to sit with you on Zoom outside of the Friday night practice. Meeting ID: 747 524 725    Passcode: wakeup 

Saturdays 9-10:30am: Stony Brook Sangha [pre-Covid met in Stony Brook, NY]

    Meeting ID: 683 720 024       Passcode: 051883    One tap mobile: 646-558-8656      



Sangha Email Groups:  The CMNY group is the 'Parent' group that all of us belong to. The individual Sangha email groups post events and information specific to those Sangha Meetings. To subscribe to Individual Sangha Email Groups see list below.


 [This is the 'Parent' Email Group that all are subscribed to.]  [For those interested in viewing Dharma Talks by Thay or other senior practitioners and then having a zoom Dharma Sharing .]  [Young Adult Sangha]

_________________________________  [Donations to support our Monastic Communities, and the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, may be made here.]

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 More Teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village and the Buddha

Freedom From Thinking, Sr. Anabel:

What is Mindfulness?:

'Continuation' and Honoring Thay:  

“The Spirit of Plum Village”  

“This is the Buddha’s Love,” Thich Nhat Hanh

'You Can't Find Me In a Stupa'-Thich Nhat Hanh

Happiness, Where Are You?

Now We Have A Path: Plum Village Dharma Seals: Sister Annabel 

The Twelve Nidanas: Sr. Chan Duc 

Sutra on Transforming Violence and Fear: [The Five Remembrances and the Five Awarenesses]

Thich Nhat Hanh on meditation:

Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing - Meditation Teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh  

First two tetrads:

Tetrad three and four: