Sunday, February 5, 2012
Who are We? A Day of Mindfulness February 18 at Riverside Church
Who Are We ?
are we our perceptions? are we our skin color? are we our parents and ancestors? are we our livelihood or lack of livelihood?
Please join us for a Day of Mindfulness on February 18, 10 am - 4:30 pm at Riverside Church, Room 411 MLK, 91 Claremont Avenue, north of 120th Street, Manhattan.
We will explore touching our true identity/ finding our true voice through the practice of sitting and walking meditations, total relaxation, dharma sharing, and singing. We will also watch an interview with Sister Dang Nghiem from Colors of Compassion, a film of Thich Nhat Hanh's first People of Color Retreat at Deer Park Monastery in 2004. Sister Dang Nghiem (adornment with nondiscrimination) was ordained as a nun in the Plum Village tradition in 2000; she is also the author of the book, Healing, a woman's journey from doctor to nun.
All are welcome to join us for any part of the day. No experience necessary. Please arrive before 9:50 if you intend to start the day with us.
Chairs and cushions will be available. Please bring a vegetarian lunch. Our practice of mindful eating will take place between 12:30 and 1:30 pm.
We will enjoy a fragrance-free, smoke-free, and alcohol-free environment.
The Day will be facilitated by Nina Teng and Marjorie Markus of the Riverside Sangha.
" Wherever we stand, wherever we sit, we are the true person. We are masters of ourselves and wherever we are, we are ourselves ......... Our true person is truly without sign, without basis or foundation, and is not created by causes and conditions. But our true person is very alive. Right in this moment that person is present and we have to be able to recognize that person"
- Thich Nhat Hanh, Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go
"To love is first of all to accept yourself as you actually are. 'Knowing thyself' is the first practice of love."