Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2015 Schedule and Announcements

Caretaking Council, March 12
There will be a Caretaking Council meeting on 3/12/15  open to all in Blooming Lilac Sangha. (see calendar for time and location) Even if you are not able to attend, please consider proposing items for the agenda. Reply to the monthly e-mail if you would like to request an e-mailed copy of minutes for the past few Caretaking Council meetings.

Meeting schedule now on the BlogSpot
We will be posting our regular meetings on an easy-to-use Calendar at the sangha's blog. Click on each event for details. 

Reminder – It can be cold at the Zen Center and other venues.  Please dress warmly and in layers!

Day of Mindfulness, March 14
Day of Mindfulness for families, children and the young at heart!  all are welcome. Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:30 am to 3 p , see more Information in the calendar! 

April Retreat at Springwater with Joanne Friday, April 16-20
Update: Residential spots almost full! There are a few beds left in shared rooms and plenty of commuter spots.

Sharing on line with the BLS Google Group
Want to share and get support for your practice online?  Share with the BLS Google Group! To Join: email Robin at To visit the group, view existing discussions, and post new topics, go to Blooming Lilac Discussion Group. To send a posting direct from your email use the address

2015 Schedule for Days of Mindfulness
Mark your calendars now!  Contact Annie at 585-346-0557 if you would like to host any of these, or lead them.

March 14:            10:30 to 4 Sat. (Families)

April                     No day of Mindfulness (April Retreat)

May 9:                 10:30 to 4 Sat.   

June 14:               12:30 to 6 Sun.

July 11:                10:30 to 4  Sat.

August 9:             12:30 to 6 Sun. (Families)

September 12:      10:30 to 4  Sat.

October 11:          12:30 to 6 Sun.

November 14:       10:30 to 4 Sat.

December 13:       12:30 to 6 Sun.

Finding Our Way
From “I am That: Dialogues of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj"
Maharaj: You must find your own way. Unless you find it yourself it will not be your own way and will take you nowhere. Earnestly live your truth as you have found it -- act on the little you have understood. It is earnestness that will take you through, not cleverness -- your own or another's.

Questioner: I am afraid of mistakes. So many things I tried -- nothing came out of them.

M: You gave too little of yourself, you were merely curious, not earnest.

Q: I don't know any better.

M: At least that much you know. Knowing them to be superficial, give no value to your experiences, forget them as soon as they are over. Live a clean, selfless life, that is all.

Q: Is morality so important?

M: Don't cheat, don't hurt - is it not important? Above all you need inner peace - which demands harmony between the inner and the outer. Do what you believe in and believe in what you do? All else is a waste of energy and time.