Monday, November 10, 2014

Path of Practice: A Day of Mindfulness November 15, 10-4:30pm, Riverside Church, Room 20-T

Hello Friends,

This Saturday, November 15, we can enjoy our Day of Mindfulness together.  During the Day we practice sitting and walking meditations, eating in mindfulness, mindful movements and Dharma Sharing, in the spirit of 'nowhere to go, nothing to do.'

We will use Thay's teaching: "The Path of Practice" to guide us. 


10:00-10:20: Sitting Meditation
10:20-10:40: Walking Meditation, Mindful Movements
10:45-11:10:  Sitting Meditation
11:15-11:50 Dharma Sharing focused on 'The Path of Practice'
12:00-12:30: Walking outside [Weather permitting]

12:45-1:45  Lunch and rest

2:00-2:30:  Total Relaxation [Lying down body awareness meditation]
2:40-3:10: Walking Meditation, Mindful Movements
3:15-3:40  Sitting Meditation
3:40-3:55 Walking Meditation
4:00-4:30 Dharma Sharing/Close

Come for all or part of the Day.   
Bring a vegetarian lunch.  
Beginners welcome.  
Chairs and cushions available.  Please do not wear fragrances.

Saturday November 15: 10am-4:30pm [Arrive beginning 9:45]
In room 20-T, at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue.

Take care,
David Flint

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]