Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day of Mindfulness, Holiday Potluck on December 20

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
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Day of Mindfulness December 20
Lily Zwyns will guide us in deepening our understanding and practice of compassionate communication using the way of Non-Violent Communication [NVC]. We will begin our Day with sitting and walking meditations, and maintain our practice of breath awareness throughout the Day.
Schedule: 10am-11:10-Sitting and walking meditation
11:15-12:30 [more or less]: NVC exercises
12: 40-1:15-Walking outside, or walking and sitting inside, depending on weather.
1:20-2:30: Lunch/Rest
2:30-4:15: Mindful Movements [Lily Z];
Five MindfulnessTrainings/Dharma Sharing/Close
The room gets cold: dress in layers so you can be comfortable.
Chairs and cushions available. Bring a vegetarian lunch. Please do not wear fragrances.
In room 630-MLK, at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd St., one block west of Broadway. Led by Lily Zwyns and David Flint.

Saturday December 20th we will have a Sangha Holiday Potluck with lots of singing and hanging out and the occasional bell ringing and quiet moments too. Bring yourself and bring bells, a musical instrument, and vegetarian food/non-alcoholic drinks to share--most important is your presence.
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Home of Marleenee Tamarong, 230 Riverside Drive, 3-M [95th Street at Riverside Drive, 1,2 or 3 train to 96th St./Broadway].
Take care,
David Flint

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Day of Mindfulness August 16 2008

August 16 is a Day of Mindfulness, at Riverside Church, room 630-MLK,10-4pm.

The Day includes sitting and walking meditation, eating together in mindfulness, Dharma sharing, reciting the Five Mindfulness Trainings, singing and more. Bring your own vegetarian lunch. Lunch is around 1:15-2:30. Chairs and cushions available.

Beginners welcome. Please do not wear fragrances. At 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Breath! You are Alive. Day of Mindfulness July 19 2008

Day of Mindfulness, July 19, 10-4:30

We have a Day of Mindfulness this Saturday, 10-4:30pm, at Riverside Church in Manhattan. Our practices include sitting and walking meditation, Dharma sharing, singing, mindful movements, eating together and more.

This Saturday we will be guided by Thay's book Breath! You are Alive, which presents the Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra [Anapanasati] of the Buddha. Our meditation practice will begin with a focus on stopping and calming and ease through awareness of breathing and then of the whole body. We will then look into the impermanent and interbeing nature of the body and mind. Our intention is to maintain contact with each in-breath and each out-breath.

Lunch is from 1:15-2:15-- Bring a vegetarian lunch. Chairs and cushions available. Please do not wear fragrances.

I will facilitate the Day.

At 91 Claremont Avenue, room 630-MLK, in Riverside Church. The church is one block west of Broadway between 120-122nd St. [1 train to 116 Street]. Walk past the security desk, turn left and walk across lobby and take elevator to sixth floor.

Take care,

David Flint

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Day of Mindfulness June 21, June 22 Dharma Teacher at Queens Sangha

The Community of Mindfulness Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh invites you to enjoy a Day of Mindfulness Solstice Saturday June 21, 2008 , at Riverside Church, 19-T. 10-4:oopm
"Solstice" is derived from two Latin words: "sol" meaning sun, and "sistere," to cause to stand still. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before. In this sense, it "stands still." (googled)At this Day of Mindfulness let's stand and sit together as the sun of mindfulness rises, sharing the stillness of the moment.
Please arrive a bit before 10 am so that we may begin together enjoying sitting meditation, walking meditation- in and out doors- Five Mindfulness Trainings, mindful eating (outdoor picnic, weather permitting), deep relaxation, Dharma sharing, singing ... -
Please bring your own vegetarian bag lunch Please, refrain from wearing fragrances to protect those with environmental allergies.
Sunday, June 22nd, 4:30-6:30
Our good Friend and Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday will join the Morning Star Sangha (Sunnyside, Queens Sangha Meeting) this Sunday, June 22, 4:30-6:30pm. Please arrive on time, between 4:15-4:25. [Address is below]
There may be time to 'hang out' and socialize after the meeting too.
Joanne offers a strong and joyful presence, love of sharing Thay's teachings and direct guidance in how to apply the practice to our lives.
She will also address some sangha questions around the 'aspirant mentoring process' and what it means to be a member of the Order of Interbeing. [The 'brown jackets' at retreats are lay members of the Order of Interbeing.] Please join us for this special event.
At Walter's home: 48-19 44th Street, Queens, second floor
From Manhattan: Please take the #7 train to the 46th/bliss stop. Exit the station on the west stairway {stairway closest to Manhattan}. Walk two blocks west {toward Manhattan} on Queens Blvd.
You will come to 44th st. Turn LEFT {south} onto 44TH ST and continue for two blocks. After 1 block you will come to a 6 way intersection of Greenpoint Avenue, 47th Avenue and 44th St. After 2 blocks you will arrive at 48th avenue. On the southeast corner of 48th avenue you will see a small church. Continue past the church on 44th st. 48-19 will be the second house on the left after the church. Please press the top doorbell for the 2nd floor apartment

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

"The Path of Practice," and Sitting and Walking Meditation

The Path of Practice by Thich Nhat Hanh.

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]

Mindfulness Meditation: Walking and Sitting

“Your Steps are Most Important: What activity is most important in your life? To pass an exam, get a car or a house, or get a promotion in your career? There are so many people who have passed exams, who have bought cars and houses, who have gotten promotions, but still find themselves without peace of mind, without joy, and without happiness.

The most important thing in life is to find this treasure, and then to share it with other people and with all beings. In order to have peace and joy, you must succeed in having peace within each of your steps. Your steps are the most important thing. They decide everything.”

“Your half-smile and your peaceful steps are bright and shining pearls. They are beautiful but they are separate. The breath is the string that brings them together into a necklace, without a single gap between them. Be conscious of your breath and your walking meditation will be truly fruitful.”

“Walk more slowly than you usually do, but not too slowly, while breathing normally. Do not try to control your breathing. Walk along this way for a few minutes. Then notice how many steps you take as your lungs fill and how many steps you take as they empty. In this way, your attention includes both breath and steps. You are mindful of both….Your half-smile brings calmness and delight to your steps and your breath….After a few hours of serious practice, you will find that the four of them—the breath, the counting, the steps, and the half-smile—blend together in a marvelous balance of mindfulness. This is equanimity, created by the practice of walking meditation. The four elements of breathing, counting, stepping, and the half-smile become one.” [From A Guide to Walking Meditation, by Thich Nhat Hanh.].


Sitting Posture: “Sit or lie down in a way that allows your body to rest. Sitting, your head and spine form a straight line. Relax all your muscles. Find a way of sitting that allows you to sit for at least 20 minutes without becoming too stiff or tired. As soon as you sit down, pay attention to your breath. Then notice your posture, a little bit everywhere. Relax the muscles in your face. If you are angry or worried, those muscles will be tense. Smile lightly, and you will relax hundreds of muscles in your face. Then notice your shoulders, and let go of the tension there. Don’t try too hard. Just breathe mindfully, and scan your whole body.”

Mindfulness of Breathing: “Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.”“The object of mindfulness is your in-breath and your out-breath, and nothing else. Observe the reality of your in-breath all throughout its duration. Stay at one with your out-breath all the way through”“You don’t need to make an effort to stop your thinking. Just by concentrating on your breathing one hundred percent, your thinking will quiet itself. You don’t need to force yourself to be mindful. Just enjoy your breathing.”

“A period of sitting meditation is time worth living. Don’t interfere with your breathing. Breathing takes place by itself. Just light the lamp of mindfulness and shine it on your breathing. Don’t modify, bend, or make your breathing the way you think it is supposed to be. If your in-breath is short, let it be short. If your out-breath is long, let it be long. Become aware of your in-breath and out-breath as they are….After a few minutes you will notice an improvement in the quality of your breathing, and a feeling of well-being will be born in you.”Mindfulness and Concentration“Mindfulness makes our eyes, our heart, our non-toothache, the moon, and the trees deep and beautiful. And when we touch our suffering with mindfulness, we begin to transform it. Mindfulness is like a mother holding her baby in her arms and caring for her baby’s pain. When our pain is held by mindfulness it loses some of its strength….Mindfulness recognizes what is there, and concentration allows you to be deeply present with whatever it is. Concentration is the ground of happiness. If you live twenty-four hours a day in mindfulness and concentration, one day is a lot.”

Quotations from Thich Nhat Hanh, in The Mindfulness Bell, Issue 23, pages 1,4.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Day of Mindfulness March 15 and other events

Below is a listing of some upcoming and ongoing Sangha meetings. The events listed are all 'inspired by the teachings and practice' of Thich Nhat Hanh and self-identity as part of the 'Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.' They are interconnected with each other, and include experienced practitioners who share responsibiliity for facilitating. All practice in the same way, and each has its own flavor.

Ongoing Meetings:

Tuesday Night 7-9:30pm, Room #630, Riverside Church [91 Claremont Avenue].

Thursday Afternoon: 12:30-2pm, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, Daniel Russell Room

Days of Mindfulness: Next Day is May 17, 10-4:30, at Riverside Church, as above.

Brooklyn: Sundays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, in basement of the Church of Gethsemane, 1012 8th Avenue. [F train to 7th Avenue] See

Queens: Second and Fourth Sunday of the month, 4:30-6:30pm. At Walter's home: 48-19 44th street, apt 2, Sunnyside, Queens, Contact person is Tasha, Please take the #7 train to the 46th/bliss stop. Exit the station on the west stairway {stairway closest to Manhattan}. Walk two blocks west {toward Manhattan} on Queens Blvd. You will come to 44th st. Turn LEFT {south} onto 44TH ST and continue for two blocks. After 1 block you will come to a 6 way intersection of Greenpoint Avenue, 47th Avenue and 44th St. After 2 blocks you will arrive at 48th avenue. On the southeast corner of 48th avenue you will see a small church. Continue past the church on 44th st. 48-19 will be the second house on the left after the church. Please press the top doorbell for the 2nd floor apartment. * It takes ONLY 15 minutes from Grand Central to Sunnyside, Queens!

Queens Study Group: first Thursday of the month. Contact Tasha as above, same address as above.

For Rockland County and Westchester see 'north of nyc'label and also for mid-Hudson valley.

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Valentine from the Buddha: February 16 2008

Day of Mindfulness February 16, 10am-4pm.
Receive a Valentine from the Buddha.

At, the Riverside Church, room 630 MLK-wing. At 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd St., one block west of Broadway. Lunch is around 1-2pm: bring your own vegetarian lunch. Please do not wear fragrances. Beginners welcome. Chairs and cushions available.
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