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Monday, March 10, 2014

March 2014 schedule and announcements

Dear Sangha
Below is our March schedule and further below announcements and offerings:  1.  Gift of Deep Relaxation from Anna Kristina and Dustin- only available until 3/11                    2.  Stillness & Presence  reminder  3.  A note from St. Fiacre Microfarm
4. From Arlene: the poem read on 3/2         5. Reminder about deadline re our local April Retreat. There are still 7 beds left at the retreat center. 
6. Information regarding the MARCH 29 ALL DAY SITTING at Springwater Center
7. SAVE THE DATE:   AN EARTH VIGIL EVENT:  April 22

SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 2014:
Tuesday, Thursday  morning every week from  7:15 - 8:15 a.m.  at the home of Xiaoping and Min.  Their address is: 375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.  On Tuesday, we practice sitting meditation for about 40 minutes and then have  a reading. On Thursdays, we start with a guided meditation, then practice walking meditation, continue to sit silently and have a short reading at 8 am. We are reading No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arrive and leave as needed for all sittings.

--- Sunday, March 2  -ZEN CENTER:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old)  
Please RSVP by Feb. 1st, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by replying to this e-mail
--SUNDAY, March 2, ZEN CENTER:  4 - 6 pm: Meditation, Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma Sharing.

--  Thursday, March 6, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.
so the next meeting will be on February 9.

-- Sunday, March 9, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Wake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;   NEW LOCATION: ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607

- March 15 - Deadline for lower retreat cost (see below)

- Sunday, March 16 - 
ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607:   4 - 6 pm, Guided and Silent Meditation;  Readings; Dharma Sharing  If you wish, please bring a reading.

--  Thursday, March 20, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607

-- Sunday, March 23, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Wake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;    ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607

MARCH 29 OR MARCH 30 - DAY OF MINDFULNESS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN!    (Which day works for you?  -Please respond by March16 if interested in attending). Location: 257 Fishell Rd., Rush, 14543
ANNOUNCEMENTS & OFFERINGS:1. From Anna Kristina and Dustin:  a guided deep relaxation with songs. "I believe we all need more periods of rest than we get in order to reconnect with our bodies and release tension, stress and toxins....may this recording help you with that and bring joy and centeredness into your life."
You can download it here: http://we.tl/mpu4SQLsoe.
The recording is online until March 11 only. Please give Anna and Dustin feedback!

2.  Stillness & Presence  reminder
The Stillness & Presence group process explores the common ground between Buddhist meditation and wordless prayer. We are using these books to launch our discussion and practice.  We just finished The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh), and coming up we plan to explore When The Well Runs Dry: Prayer Beyond the Beginnings by Thomas H Green S.J. and Purifying the Heart: Insight Meditation for Christians. 
For more information go to https://sites.google.com/site/stillnesspresence/ or call Chris at 305-6949.

3.  A note from St. Fiacre Microfarm
Dear Sangha,
I operate St Fiacre Microfarm with a community of volunteers. This work is inspired by the Mindfulness Trainings, by the social change vision of the Catholic Worker movement, and by Socially Engaged Buddhism.
We care for a network of large gardens, berry patches and adopted orchard trees or grapevines around Greater Rochester. We try to plan on a surplus for gifting to the hungry. We usually offer a Winter CSA, for about 10 families to receive crates of fresh food from November to May. We aim to conduct all consumer transactions as a gift economy. We follow a philosophy that celebrates manual labor and all work as a fruit of the mindfulness and compassion within the human spirit. Labor is a fundamental expression of our relation with all beings. And so our work is also given as a gift. Every form of wealth arises from the generosity of the Earth, from whom we take our lead. We try to anchor our work in contemplative awareness. I share this with those who are interested by inviting microfarm volunteers to meet for silent meditation and morning prayer on Mondays.

I would like to offer Blooming Lilac members surplus from the 2014 winter harvest.  Small quantitites of fresh carrots, apples, kale, arugala, parsley, spinach and other winter roots and greens are available.
If you are interested, please call or email me to find out how the farm makes arrangements for mutual gifting....... and to arrange for picking up produce at my home on Merchants Rd in the city. Thank you.  
Chris Phillips;   Microfarm # 310-2963
www.localharvest.org/farms/m20386

4. From Arlene: Here's the poem I read from HOW WE AGE  by Marc Agronin, MD  
written by Zelda:

In the morning, I thought:
LIfe's magic will never return, it won't return.
Suddenly in my house, the sun is a living thing,
and the table with its bread - gold.
And the flowers and the cup - gold.
And the sadness?
Even there - radiance.

5.  Reminder that the reduced registration for:
Free at Last: Transforming Our Suffering Into Joy, Retreat with Dharma Teacher: Joanne Friday
April 10 - 14, 2014  is due March 15
There are six-seven beds left at this moment with a possible single still available.

RETREAT COSTFor those registering by March 15, 2014, the cost of lodging and food only for the 4 day retreat is $285 (sharing a room.)
There are a limited number of single rooms at a cost of $390.  
If you are commuting, the cost is $185
For those who cannot attend the full retreat, the cost is prorated. However, residential spots will be given first to full time participants. Complete retreat cost is due at time of registration.  
After March 15, please add $10 for late registration.  
Registration ends when we are full or on April 1, 2014

6. MARCH 29TH ALL DAY SITTING AT SPRINGWATER CENTER
FROM SPRINGWATER:  "a gentle day of quiet sitting meditation & inquiry for everyone, both new & experienced.  One of the teachers will give a talk & be available for any questions that may arise. Please email to reserve."
8:30-10:00      Timed Sitting                            12:30 – 1:30 Break
10:00-10:30    Break/Open Sitting                  1:30 – 2:30   Sitting
10:30-11:00     Timed Sitting                             2:30 – 3:30 Dialogue
11:00-12:00 Talk followed by Open Sitting 3:30 – 4:00 Sitting
12:00-12:30 Lunch and Communal Clean Up 4:00 Refreshments

Springwater Center 7179 Mill St. Ext. Springwater, NY 14560 call 585 669-2141 for details or to make reservations to stay overnight or you may email info@springwatercenter.org. You may also visit www.springwatercenter.org for other info.
info@springwatercenter.org


$15 includes vegetarian lunch served Please email to reserve a space.
                         
Springwater Center 7179 Mill St  Springwater, NY 14560 (off Rt. 15)For more information & directions phone (585) 669-2141, email info@springwatercenter.org  or visit our website: www.springwatercenter.org
7. SAVE THE DATE:   AN EARTH VIGIL EVENT:  April 22

The Rochester Zen Center and The Lost Bird Project have scheduled another Rochester downtown event, on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 5 -7:00 PM.  We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls and have a 2-hour silent meditation to raise awareness about, and bring healing energy to,The Genesee River, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.  All are invited, including those who meditate, those who would like to learn how, as well as those who want to come to support this vigil.
Our Mission:
By holding silent public demonstrations, 
Earth Vigil is a quiet intervention into the busyness that denies the urgency of our environmental crisis. It is our belief that silence can speak louder than words and that stillness has the power to move. Vigil: A purposeful watch.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February 2014 Schedule

Dear Sangha,  Here is our schedule for FEBRUARY 2014, subject to updates! 

SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 2014:
Tuesday, Thursday  morning every week from  7:15 - 8:15 a.m.  at the home of Xiaoping and Min.  Their address is: 375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.  On Tuesday, we practice sitting meditation for about 40 minutes and then have  a reading. On Thursdays, we start with a guided meditation, then practice walking meditation, continue to sit silently and have a short reading at 8 am. We are reading No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arrive and leave as needed for all sittings.

--- Sunday, February 2  -ZEN CENTER:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old)  
Please RSVP by Feb. 1st, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by replying to this e-mail
--SUNDAY, February 2, ZEN CENTER:  4 - 6 pm: Meditation, Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma Sharing.

--  Thursday, February 6, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.
so the next meeting will be on February 9.

- Saturday, February 8, 3- 7 pm, St. Stephens Church,  Facilitated by Wendy Sullivan and Judy Zettek.  This afternoon of mindfulness will  incorporate teaching  on mindfulness in daily living, loving kindness, sitting and  talking  meditations, the Blue Tarp Labyrinth, handouts and a silent  meal. Participants are asked to bring mats or blankets for sitting. Cost:   Suggested  donation  $20  (Registration is  requested for meal  and materials planning).
To register or for more information: Call St.  Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 328-0856 or email: sullybrown@gmail.com

-- Sunday, February 9, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Wake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;   MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at 929 South Plymouth, Rochester, NY 14608. 

- Sunday, February 16 - 
ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607:   4 - 6 pm, Guided and Silent Meditation;  Readings; Dharma Sharing  If you wish, please bring a reading.

--  Thursday, February 20, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607

-- Sunday, February 23, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Wake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;   MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at 929 South Plymouth, Rochester, NY 14608. 

Would you like a   DAY OF MINDFULNESS in February?  What day is good for you?

In January, our day of mindfulness included sharing photos and memories of those who had passed on.  Here is a passage from
Thay on the topic:
Finding a Lost Love One
by Thich Nhat Hanh, from No Death, No Fear. 
When I lost my mother I suffered a lot. When we are only seven or eight years old it is difficult to think that one day we will lose our mother. Eventually we grow up and we all lose our mothers, but if you know how to practice, when the time comes for the separation you will not suffer too much. You will very quickly realize that your mother is always alive within you.

The day my mother died, I wrote in my journal, "A serious misfortune of my life has arrived." I suffered for more than one year after the passing away of my mother. But one night, in the highlands of Vietnam, I was sleeping in the hut in my hermitage. I dreamed of my mother. I saw myself sitting with her, and we were having a wonderful talk. She looked young and beautifUl, her hair flowing down. It was so pleasant to sit there and talk to her as if she had never died. When I woke up it was about two in the morning, and I felt very strongly that I had never lost my mother. The impression that my mother was still with me was very clear. I understood then that the idea of having lost my mother was just an idea. It was obvious in that moment that my mother is always alive in me.

l opened the door and went outside. The entire hillside was bathed in moonlight. It was a hill covered with tea plants, and my hut was set behind the temple halfway up. Walking slowly in the moonlight through the rows of tea plants. I noticed my mother was still with me. She was the moonlight caressing me as she had done so often, very tender, very sweet ... wonderful! Each time my feet touched the earth I knew my mother was there with me. I knew this body was not mine alone but a living continuation of my mother and my father and my grandparents and great-grandparents. Of all my ancestors. These feet that I saw as "my" feet were actually "our" feet. Together my mother and I were leaving footprints in the damp soil.

From that moment on, the idea that I had lost my mother no longer existed. All I had to do was look at the palm of my hand. feel the breeze on my face or the earth under my feet to remember that my mother is always with me, available at any time. 

Contemplation of No-Coming, No-Going
from the Ceremony for the Deceased in Chanting from the Heart
This body is not me,
I am not limited by this body.

I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
Manifestations from my wondrous true mind.

Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.

So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.

We meet today,
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mindfullness Bell App for your iphone/ipad/ipod

Dear Friends,

I have tried several apps. This one is the best but cost 99 cents. You can set starting time and ending time and how often you get the reminding bell. I like it because it is simple! I did tried another app on my PC for my last year-end retreat. It miss bells some time!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindfulness-bell/id380816407?mt=8

Thanks!

Xiaoping

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 2014:
Tuesday, Thursday  morning every week from  7:15 - 8:15 a.m.  at the home of Xiaoping and Min.  Their address is: 375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.  On Tuesday, we practice sitting meditation for about 40 minutes and then have  a reading. On Thursdays, we start with a guided meditation, then practice walking meditation, continue to sit silently and have a short reading at 8 am. We are reading No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arrive and leave as needed for all sittings.

--  Thursday, January 2, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607. 

--- Sunday, January 5  -
ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park, 14607:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old)  
Please RSVP by January 4, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by replying to this e-mail
--SUNDAY, January 5, ZEN CENTER:  4 - 6 pm: Meditation, Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma Sharing.

-- Sunday, January 12, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Wake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;   MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at 929 South Plymouth, Rochester, NY 14608. 

--  Thursday, January 16, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607

- Sunday, January 19 - 
ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607:   4 - 6 pm, Guided and Silent Meditation;  Readings; Dharma Sharing  If you wish, please bring a reading.

- Thursday, January 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - OI Aspirant meeting. Location TBD

--PROPOSED:    DAY OF MINDFULNESS: January 25 OR 26. Vote for which date works best for you and what themes or practices you would like by responding to this e-mail.

1.  Second Body Practice: 
Blooming Lilac Sangha encourages members to find people within the group with whom to do Second Body practice.  This is a kind of "buddy system" for mindful living.  Chris Phillips puts together a list of interested parties every year or so in order to help folks pair with a Second Body.
For more information, please go to: 
https://sites.google.com/site/secondbodypracticeforum/ 

2. What do I really want in 2014? What do I let go of?
Dharma sharings from Mitchell Ratner:  Dharma teacher ordained by Thay who lives in Maryland
12/26/13
Several years ago Sister Pine came to a Thursday evening at Still Water. When someone asked her how she manages to be mindful throughout each day, she answered, “It is by keeping in mind what I really want.”

With the first day of a new year coming up next week, and the transmission of the five mindfulness trainings a few days later, I’ve been thinking about Sister Pine’s comment, and thinking generally about resolutions, aspirations, and trainings. What role do they play in mindfulness practice? What role do I want them to play in my life? 

After my mind spun around with English words such as volition, intention, will, and aspiration, I found it helpful to go back to an ancient framework first developed in commentaries on the Buddha’s teachings -- called the Abhidharma -- which were written around the third century BCE. These early interpreters listed the mental energies or formations that allow the mind to apprehend the characteristics of an object and also provide an orientation toward the object. Later Buddhist thinkers altered the list; Thich Nhat Hanh often refers to the 51 mental formations which is a list developed in the Mahayana tradition.

In the list of 51, there are five universal mental formations which are always present in every thought, spoken word, or action. Cetenā is one of the five. It is often translated as volition or intention, but I like better the translation “urge” because it may not be conscious, or may be only partially conscious.  Thich Nhat Hanh says it is “the energy that pushes you to do something, to run after something or to run away from something.”

Another group within the 51 are the five particular mental formation which may or may not be present. One of them is chanda, often translated as desire, intention, or aspiration -- it is the awareness of what we want. We are more likely to be conscious of our chanda than of our cetenā.

The remainder of the 51 mental formations are grouped according to their moral/ethical qualities. When these energies are present, are we creating more suffering for ourselves and others? Or are we reducing the suffering that we and others will experience, or stated positively, are we nourishing peace, joy and love? Among the 51 mental formations there were 11 considered to be virtuous or wholesome mental qualities, such as equanimity, non-harming, and conscientiousness, and 26 that were considered to be unwholesome, such as anger, envy, and greed. To complete the 51, there were 4 mental formations that were changeable, sometimes leading to suffering, sometimes not, such as drowsiness and discursive analysis.

Now back to Sister Pine. When we practice mindfulness, we develop our capacity to be aware of the mental formations that manifest in our minds. Over time we become more aware in meditation and in daily life of our conscious desires and intentions (chanda), the often more subtle urges (cetenā) that are propelling our desires, and the wholesome or unwholesome mental formations that may concurrently be present.

When Sr. Pine said “It is by keeping in mind what I really want,” my expansion of what she was saying is “It is my deep aspiration to bring peace, joy, and love into the world and that if I can keep that in mind, and know that it depends on the quality of the mental formations I nourish, then it is easier to be mindful moment by moment.” (I will send this to her and see if she agrees.)

As I see it, the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings create another set of condition to help us remember what it is we really want. We affirm in front of our family, friends, and fellow practitioners that when certain situations arise our aspiration is to act in a way that reduces our suffering and the suffering of others.
12/31/13
In our Dharma discussion last week, We began with the quote from Sister Pine.  After a brief focusing meditation, many of us shared what arises when we ask ourselves what it is we really want. Participants commented on how surprisingly tender the topic is. It seems very personal. And there is some fear: If I tell you, what will you think of me? Will you think I am selfish because I have wants? Even if they are spiritual wants / aspirations?


The next day Carlos Munoz mentioned at our after-Friday-morning-sitting breakfast that the other side of What do I really want?” is What do I really want to let go of? “We should talk about that.”

This Thursday, after our sitting meditation, we will begin our program with a brief focusing meditation on letting go. Carlos will then lead us through a ceremony in which we write down what we want to let go of and place our lists of no longer desired ideas and things in a container. Later the lists will be burned and the ashes returned to the earth. 

The idea of “letting go,” of relinquishing unhelpful ideas, emotions, habits, and things, has been a central theme of mindfulness practice through the millennia. The Buddha includedUpekkha as one of the Four Sublime States (brahmaviharas), and one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment. The Mahayana school included Upeksha, the Sanskrit equivalent, as one of the 11 wholesome mental formations in its list of 51 mental formations. What is upekkha? Bhikku Bodhi explains:
As a spiritual virtue, upekkha means equanimity in the face of the fluctuations of worldly fortune. It is evenness of mind, unshakeable freedom of mind, a state of inner equipoise that cannot be upset by gain and loss, honor and dishonor, praise and blame, pleasure and pain. Upekkha is freedom from all points of self-reference; it is indifference only to the demands of the ego-self with its craving for pleasure and position, not to the well-being of one's fellow human beings. (From the essay: “Toward a Threshold of Understanding”.)
In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching Thich Nhat Hanh clarifies the meaning of upeksha in the context of the Four Elements of True Love, his term for the Four Brahmaviharas: 
[Upeksha means] equanimity, nonattachment, nondiscrimi nation, even-mindedness, or letting go. Upe means “over,” and ksh means “to look.” You climb the mountain to be able to look over the whole situation, not bound by one side or the other.  . . . People who do not understand Buddhism sometimes think upeksha means indifference, but true equanimity is neither cold nor indiffer ent. If you have more than one child, they are all your children. Upeksha does not mean that you don’t love. You love in a way that all your children receive your love, without discrimination.
The  Theravadan teacher, Achaan Chah, encourages us to “Just let go.”
Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.
3. Happy Educators Change the World
a mindfulness course for educators in the tradition of  Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh
July 23-27, 2014 Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, New York
This course offers mindfulness practice to counteract the stress educators and their students so often experience. Mindfulness promotes awareness of feelings and thoughts, alleviates personal suffering, fosters tolerance, and helps resolve conflict. Participants will learn new ways to take care of themselves, and by doing so, to take better care of their students. They will also learn effective methods to enhance focus, attention, and concentration inside and outside the classroom and learn relaxation practices that can be helpful to both them and their students.

Information and registration available at
   www.bluecliffmonastery.org  (Starting Early 2014)
Information about the Wake Up Schools Program available at
   www.wakeupschools.org Facilitated by Richard Brady, Valerie Brown, John Bell
and the Monks and Nuns of Blue Cliff Monastery.

Richard Brady is a writer, conference coordinator, and educational consultant. He is a founding member and president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is an editor of  Tuning in: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning (2009). Other writings of Richard's can be found at www.mindingyourlife.net. In 2001, he received the Lamp Transmission from Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh, ordaining as a Dharma Teacher with a special focus on cultivating mindfulness in young people.

 
Valerie Brown, J.D., M.A., ACC is a consultant, leadership coach, and principal of Lead Smart Coaching LLC,(www.leadsmartcoaching.com) specializing in leadership and mindfulness training for school and leaders and others. As a lawyer, lobbyist and meditator, her expertise is in working with educational organizations and other non-profits seeking societal transformation and conflict resolution. She was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing by Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003.
John Bell is Vice President for Leadership Development at YouthBuild USA. He has 47 years experience in the youth field as a teacher (elementary through college), counselor, community organizer program developer, leadership trainer, director, and parent. John has done training and consulting work for the Peace Corps in Africa and South America. He received the Lamp Transmission as a Dharma Teacher by Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2010.  John's website is   www.beginwithin.info.

 
Blue Cliff Monastery is a Mindfulness practice center in the tradition of Venerable Master Thich Nhat Hanh nestled on the 80 peaceful acres of woodland in the southern Catskill region of New York State. It is home to a thriving community of Buddhist Monks and Nuns who share the art of mindful living with thousands of visitors each year.

-- 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Second Body" Practice

Blooming Lilac Sangha encourages members to find people within the group with whom to do Second Body practice.  This is a kind of "buddy system" for mindful living.  Chris Phillips puts together a list of interested parties every year or so in order to help folks pair with a Second Body.

For more information, please go to:
https://sites.google.com/site/secondbodypracticeforum/

Interfaith Practice Support

STILLNESS & PRESENCE INTERFAITH GROUP

Sangha member, Chris Phillips, leads an interfaith group which explores and practices Buddhist Shamata-Vipassana practice and wordless prayer.  New members are welcome to join the original group, which meets in east Irondequoit every 3 weeks on Tuesdays, or to join a new group which will be forming this winter.

Where is the common ground?  What are some differences? 
How can we support each other to live these contemplative lifestyles?

For more information, please visit:  
https://sites.google.com/site/stillnesspresence/
or call 585-288-1073.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

December 2013 schedule and announcements


Dear Sangha, Below is the updated schedule Please note  Wake Up is joyfully continuing on December 8!  we are having a  "Mindful Business Meeting" on Dec. 12 and a day of mindfulness on SATURDAY, Dec. 21.   In addition, the following announcements and sharing: 
1. Second Body Practice   2.  Stillness and Presence Interfaith Group  3.  New Year's Eve Alternative Celebration and Sharing 
4. Save the dates for more retreats and other practice supports!   
Reply to this e-mail if you have questions regarding the schedule or Blooming Lilac Sangha

Updated schedule:
Tuesday, Thursday  morning every week from  7:15 - 8:15 a.m.  at the home of Xiaoping and Min.  Their address is: 375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.  On Tuesday, we practice sitting meditation for about 40 minutes and then have  a reading. On Thursdays, we start with a guided meditation, then practice walking meditation, continue to sit silently and have a short reading at 8 am. We are reading No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arrive and leave as needed for all sittings.

--- Sunday, December 1  -ZEN CENTER:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old)  
Please RSVP by November 30, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by replying to this e-mail
--SUNDAY, December 1, ZEN CENTER:  4 - 6 pm: Meditation, Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma Sharing.

--  Thursday, December 5, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607. 

-- Sunday, December 8, 4-6 pm, Wake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;   MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at 929 South Plymouth, Rochester, NY 14608. 

--  Thursday, December 12, 7 - 8:30 pm  Mindful Sangha Business Meeting. All welcome! Location to be decided.

- Sunday, December 15 - 
ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607:   4 - 6 pm, Guided and Silent Meditation;  Readings; Dharma Sharing  If you wish, please bring a reading.

--  Thursday, December 19, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Buddha Body, Buddha Mind   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607. 

--Saturday, December 21,    DAY OF MINDFULNESS. Times to be decided. Location: 42 Southridge Trail, Fairport NY 14450    Give feedback on what themes and practices you need for this day. 

--Tuesday, December 31, Tea Ceremony New Year's Eve!, 5- 10 pm, 257 Fishell Rd., Rush 14543.  More information below! 


  Announcements & Sharing:1. SECOND BODYThe Blooming Lilac Sangha encourages members to find people within the group with whom to do Second Body practice.  This is a kind of "buddy system" for mindful living.  Chris Phillips puts together a list of interested parties every year or so in order to help folks pair with a Second Body.  
For more information, please go to: https://sites.google.com/site/secondbodypracticeforum/

2.STILLNESS & PRESENCE INTERFAITH GROUP
Sangha member, Chris Phillips, hosts an interfaith group which explores and practices Buddhist Shamata-Vipassana practice and Christian silent prayer.  New members are welcome to join the original group, which meets in east Irondequoit every 3 weeks on Tuesdays, or to join a new group which will be forming this winter.  Where is the common ground? What are some differences? How can we support each other to live these radical lifestyles?
For more information, please visit:   https://sites.google.com/site/stillnesspresence/

3 . Alternative Celebration New Year’s Eve on Tuesday December 31, 2013, 5 - 10 pm
Vegetarian Potluck.... plus bring something of yourself to share:  a song, a movement or dance, a poem, a piece of art, a tall tale, a joke, a story, a dream, a skit, a spontaneous utterance, something you find inspiring or  something you created - let it be something from the heart.
that gives you INSPIRATION and INTENTION for 2014

bring family members or friends! ---Dress casual
The potluck dinner will be from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, so if you wish, please bring food or a nonalcoholic beverage to share and include what you are bringing in the RSVP.
Location:    257 Fishell Rd., Rush, 14543
PLEASE RSVP BY December 27: 
533-1461 or jchaize@rochester.rr.com

4.  Save the dates: 
February 6-9, 2014  Retreat with Dharma teachers: Michael Ciborski and Richard Brady :Tending the Hearth: Nourishing Ourselves Deeply in the Winter Season, at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH.  For more information go to:   www.8limbsHolisticHealth.com  , click on: Regional Retreat.

-- April 10 - 14, 2014 ,  Rochester, NY, sponsored by Blooming Lilac Sangha:  Retreat with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday at Springwater Center.
BLUE CLIFF MONASTERY EVENTS  (just 4 hours from here in the Catskills!)
2013November '13  - February ' 14 - (3 month winter retreat - come to any part)
Thanksgiving Weekend        Nov 28-Nov 29 (Thu-Fri)
Holiday Retreat Dec 29-Jan 02 (Sun-Thu)
2014
TET Celebration JAN  30 - FEB 2

Young Adult Retreat       MAR 19 - 23

Interfaith Retreat         APR 17 - 20

Order of Interbeing Retreat       APR 23 - 27

Canadian Sangha Weekend       MAY  8 - 11

Mother's Day Weekend     MAY  9 - 11

Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)    MAY 23 - 25

People of Color Retreat     JUN   4 - 8

Father's Day Weekend    JUN 13 - 15

Vietnamese Retreat     JUN 18 - 22

Summer Family Retreat     JUN 30 – JUL 6

Open House       JUL 19

Educators Retreat    JUL 23 - 27

August Mindfulness Retreat AUG 5 - 10

Law Retreat SEP 5 - 7

Wake-Up Retreat SEP 12 - 14

Creative Arts Retreat SEP 24 - 28

Health Professionals Retreat OCT 9 - 12

Veterans Retreat NOV 5 - 9

Thanksgiving Weekend NOV 27 - 30

Christmas Celebration DEC 24

Holiday Retreat DEC 28 – JAN 1