Sunday, January 6, 2019

Day of Mindfulness January 19 2019

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness January 19 2019
Unborn and Indestructible
With David Flint
Thay [Thich Nhat Hanh] teaches us  that “the effect of meditation is the fire under a pot, the sun’s rays on the snow, and the hen’s warmth on her eggs….there is no attempt at reasoning or analysis, just patient and continuous concentration [allowing truth to reveal itself.]” With our patient and continuous practice we will “follow our breathing and meditate on the beginningless and endless nature of ourselves and the world.” [From The Sun, My Heart]
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. Can we allow the 'ordinary' experiences of our breath and body; sensations and mental activities to reveal 'nirvana,' the 'unconditioned,' the 'Silence that is called Great Joy,' that which is Unborn and Indestructible.


Location: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, 20-T
Date/Time: Saturday January 19th. 10:00-4:30pm. [Come for all or part of the Day.]
Schedule
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 vegan or vegetarian lunch.]
2:00-2:40: Total Relaxation.
2:50-3:20:  Walking and Sitting Meditation
3:30-4:30: Dharma Sharing. Close the Day.
Beginners Welcome.  Chairs and Cushions Provided.
Please do not wear fragrances; Bring your own vegan or 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. We allow the calmness and silence to penetrate our flesh and bones.
Teachings for the Day
Unborn and indestructible,
Unborn and indestructible,
Beyond time and space,
Beyond time and space.
This body and these feelings,
Were transmitted to me,
By my mother and my father,
By my teachers, my friends and all living beings.
And that which is transmitted,
Is no less than the transmitter,
And I who receive the transmission,
What am I but that which is transmitted to me?
Unborn and indestructible,
Unborn and indestructible,
Beyond time and space,
Beyond time and space
I am my mother, I am my father,
I am my teachers, I am my friends,
I am one and yet I am many,
I am none, I am all, no beginning, no end.
Unborn and indestructible,
Unborn and indestructible,
Beyond time and space,
Beyond time and space
This body is not me,
These perceptions are not me,
And I am not limited by this body,
I am one with all life, I have always been free.
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Where water, earth, fire, and wind have no footing:
There the stars do not shine,
the sun is not visible,
the moon does not appear,
darkness is not found.
And when a sage,
a brahman through sagacity,
has known [this] for himself,
then from form and formless,
from bliss and pain,
  he is freed
[Excerpt from ‘Bahiya Sutta,’  www.accesstoinsight.org]
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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]
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Monday, October 29, 2018

Day of Mindfulness December 15 2018 and November 20th 2018



COMMUNITY OF MINDFULNESS/ NEW YORK METRO
Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
invites you to a 

๐ŸŽ„“APPy” Holiday๐Ÿ“ฑ
Day  of Mindfulness
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Sitting begins at 10 am ๐ŸŽ„Day  concludes at 4:30pm
Please RSVP:  marjoriemarkus@aol.com (very helpful but not required to attend) 

 ๐Ÿฅ—

In the Morning We will experience the benefits of practicing with the New 
Plum Village APP (available free at app store)
and reflect on how it may  support and enliven our individual practice.
๐ŸŒบ
In the Afternoon We will  enjoy our  annual  mindful POTLUCK 
veggie/vegan  lunch, Deep Relaxation  and Co-Creating  an afternoon of Joyful deep Connections
…   ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ Please bring a Seasonal Song, Poem, Remembrance, Musical Instrument if you like

                                                                                                                                                                           & Back By Popular Demand
                                                                                                                                                                                        SanghCarol                                                                                                                                                              

      ๐ŸŽ Veggie/Vegan Offering for POT LUCK MIndful Lunch will be appreciated ๐Ÿฅฆ
                        ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿฝ  We aspire to be  a Fragrance Free Environment 
                                   Please RSVP:  marjoriemarkus@aol.com (very helpful but not required to attend) 
                                       Riverside Church * Room 20T*  91 Claremont Avenue,  120-22nd, W of Broadway




                    Thay & Sr Chan Khong being introduced to the computer world (PV 1996)                            




Chan Khong












Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness November 20th


When Mindfulness Shines
With David Flint


“When sunlight shines                                              
It helps all vegetation grow
When mindfulness shines
It transforms all mental formations”


Image result for “When sunlight shines                                               It helps all vegetation grow When mindfulness shines It transforms all mental formations
In this Day of Mindfulness we allow the Sunlight of Awareness to naturally generate mindfulness, concentration and insight with 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.***


Thay teaches us that "In the historical dimension, every dharma is a conditioned dharma. In the ultimate dimension, every dharma is an unconditioned dharma."  "If we are skillful we can touch Nirvana with our insight into interdependent co-arising, impermanence and non-self. We see that Nirvana lies right here in the present moment: in the table, the chair, the mountain, the cloud and each cell of our body."


Can we allow the 'ordinary' experiences of our breath and body; sensations, emotions and mental activities to reveal their true nature: '' the 'unconditioned,' ‘the ultimate dimension,’the 'Silence that is called Great Joy.'


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.
[And the ‘concepts’ of unconditioned/conditioned; ‘Silence that is called Great Joy’, Nirvana, etc. can and will only lead to more concepts, not to freedom.  So what do we do?]
Schedule
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
3:30-4:30: 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. We allow the calmness and silence to penetrate our flesh and bones.
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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."


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]