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Friday, November 21, 2014

November- December 2014 Schedule


Dear friends, Here is our updated schedule.  Announcements :
 1.  Update on Thich Nhat Hanh's health:  go to :
http://plumvillage.org/news/an-update-on-thays-health-16th-november/
2.  Below the schedule:  Announcement from Chris regarding honoring our loved ones who have moved on from this world

mid-November through December 2014 schedule for Blooming Lilac Sangha

Tuesday, Thursday  mornings 
 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 Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arrive and leave as needed for all sittings.

-You are welcome to attend Tuesday evening Mindfulness Meditation  facilitated by Judy Zettek, BSN, RN and based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. from 7 -8 pm at St. Stephens Church, 350 Chili Avenue, note that Tuesday 11/25/14 & Tuesday 12/23/14  are cancelled due to holidays

-Wednesday, November 19, 6 pm - 7:30 pm, then stay for Potluck! Ceremony for the Sick to continue to support Thay, Erin& Emily's house, Rochester NY 14611 585-455-1260erin.dandelion@gmail.com:   6 - 7 pm Meditation and Ceremony for the Sick, 7 - 7:30 Dharma Sharing, 7:30 Potluck Dinner, If you cannot bring anything, no problem.  Erin will make a lot of rice and squash soup!
8:30 Sing-along with musical instruments?   Please bring: cushions if you have them

--  Thursday, November 20, 7:00- 8:30  pm     375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607. Sitting and chanting for Thay. (Note that this replaces our usual Meditation and Dharma Study for the 3rd Thursday) - all are welcome to join.

- Saturday, November 22. 7 PM - Buddhist Peace Fellowship meeting- Zen Center, 7 Arnold Park  - After entering link, turn left into  "#5" Arnold Park - the meeting will either be to your right once you enter, or they may move to the dining room at #7 Arnold Park if it is a big group. Call Jay F. Thompson 576.6073 for more information.

-- Sunday, November 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pmWake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;    ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607

-- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1/2 DAY OF MINDFULNESS: 12:30 pm to 6 pm, at Karen H's home in Webster. Please submit your wishes for practices such as The Three (or Five) Earth Touchings; Gatha writing and sharing, Singing! and other activities by Nov. 25.   There will be an update with more information (based on your wishes), including address and directions soon.

--  Thursday, December 4, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Cultivating the Mind of Love   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

--- Sunday, December 7  -ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome (must RSVP)  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old)
Please RSVP by Dec.6, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by sending an e-mail to laurie.breathe@gmail.com

--SUNDAY, December 7 - ZEN CENTER:  4 - 6 pmMeditation, Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma Sharing.

-- MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 7:00 – 8:45 pm. - Chris Phillips House, A casual ceremony for those we love who have passed on
  364 Merchants Rd., Rochester 14609.   If you have a loved one you wish to celebrate, please bring a picture and be prepared to tell us a little about them.  rsvp to skunkowl@yahoo.com, or 585-305-6949. Please call or write for more information or directions.  See more information about this after the other announcements 


-- Saturday, December 13 - Full day of Meditation8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Springwater Center (springwatercenter.org). $15. donation includes vegetarian lunch.
RSVP required by calling the receptionist at Springwater or e-mailing her: info@springwatercenter.org. by December 11.  To see the schedule, go to: http://www.springwatercenter.org/retreats/schedules/saturdaysitting/  


-- Sunday, December 14, 4:00 - 6:00 pmWake Up Practice Sessions for those age 18 - 35ish: sitting and walking meditation, 5 mindfulness trainings discussion, group sharing;    ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607

--.- Sunday, December 21 , 4- 6 pm - ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607:  Guided and Silent Meditation;  Readings; Dharma Sharing  If you wish, please bring a reading.

--SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 5- 10 PM -  Alternative Celebration  for New Year’s 
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 2015

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.
Call for Location
PLEASE RSVP BY December 26:
533-1461 or jchaize@rochester.rr.com
2.   Announcement from Chris regarding honoring our loved ones who have moved on from this world
Dear sangha,       
Quite a few of us among the Blooming Lilac Sangha have had deaths of family and friends this year or so.  I'd like to invite folks to come over to my house to gather round the wood stove and share a casual ceremony for the deceased recitation for those we have lost. This is a ceremony that was developed by Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastics in Plum Village, based on original Vietnamese Buddhist ceremonies.  It will be on Monday, Dec 8, 7:00 – 8:45 pm. Call for location, Rochester 14609. The recitation takes about an hour. This will be followed by tea and dharma sharing.
 If you have a loved one you wish to celebrate, please bring a picture and be prepared to tell us a little about them.
 rsvp to skunkowl@yahoo.com, or 585-305-6949. Please call or write for more information or directions.
 Yours,
 Chris Phillips

Friday, November 14, 2014

It is time to bring our beloved teacher to mind


Brothers and sisters,

It is time to bring our beloved Thay to mind, to whom we wish to send the healing energy of love and compassion. Let us sit and enjoy our breathing for a few moments, allowing our beloved Thay to be present with us now. Thay is in the hospital and considered to be gravely ill. He entered into a coma Tuesday Nov 11 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.

We are gathering as a sangha daily this week to give spiritual support to our dear teacher. We will be practicing the Plum Village “Ceremony to Support the Sick.”

Thursday 7:00 pm      Chris Phillips' house, 364 Merchants Rd., 
     Rochester 14609      305-6949, skunkowl@yahoo.com
Friday 7:00 pm           Laurie Brewer's house, 800 East River Rd., 
     Rochester 14623      698-7664, laurie.breathe@gmail.com
Saturday 4:00 pm       Janet & Jim Chaize's house, 257 Fishell Rd., 
     Rush 14543            533-1461, jchaize@rochester.rr.com

Even if you cannot attend at one of these times, you may like to do any of these simple suggestions from sister Chan Khong.

Thank you for your offer to practice together for Thay. I feel moved by this. Let us fix a time during the week when we can meet together as a Sangha in the light of loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, thereby creating a collective healing energy that can surround our dear Teacher and spiritual Father.

I suggest each Tuesday and Thursday between 11.00 am and 12.00 am and from 20 hours in the evening (French time). 

Please send your energy to Thay for 5, 10, or 15 mn, resting in silence, wherever you are, from your office or anywhere else. You could also practice a 15mn walking meditation instead.”


We will have an opportunity to have a ceremony on Sunday at our regular sangha meeting at the Zen Center on Arnold Street 4:00 – 6:00, followed by dharma sharing. Please arrive a few minutes before 4:00, as the door is locked after the greeter joins the practice in the dharma hall.

We've been asked not to contact the monasteries during this sensitive period, to give them the space and time they need.

Please be in touch if you would like to know about future local meditation ceremonies to support Thay while he is in these conditions.

With love and understanding!


for further info:
bloominglilacsangha.blogspot.com
305-6949

Thursday, October 16, 2014

mid-Oct to mid-Nov 2014 schedule


Dear friends, Here is our updated schedule. Please read through and note all the additional opportunities for support for Autumn deep looking and enjoyment!
Below the schedule is the following:
1. BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP restarting, 2. BLOOMING LILAC SANGHA'S GOOGLE GROUP 3.  Thich Nhat Hanh's (Thay's) birthday request

mid-October to mid-November 2014 schedule for Blooming Lilac Sangha

resumes 10/21:Tuesday, Thursday  mornings 
 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 Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arrive and leave as needed for all sittings.
Note:  the following dates are cancelled for morning meditation: 10/14 and 10/16

--  Thursday, October 16, 6:30- 8:30  pm  SANGHA CARE TAKING COUNCIL   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607. (Note that this replaces our usual Meditation and Dharma Study for the 3rd Thursday) - all are welcome to join.

- Saturday, October 18 - 7 pm, Zen Center, 7 Arnold Park,  Buddhist Peace Fellowship Meeting  see below for more information

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

-- Thursday, October 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:  14 Mindfulness Training Study Group, Laurie Brewer's House, 800 E. River Rd.

- October 24 - Discounted registration for November 7 - 11 retreat due by today 

-- Saturday, October 25 - Full day of Meditation8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Springwater Center (springwatercenter.org). $15. donation includes vegetarian lunch.
RSVP required by calling the receptionist at Springwater or e-mailing her: info@springwatercenter.org. by October 23.  To see the schedule, go to: http://www.springwatercenter.org/retreats/schedules/saturdaysitting/  

-- Sunday, October 26, 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

- October 30 - Registration closes for November  7- 11 retreat

-- Saturday, November 1, 1/2 day of mindfulness at St. Stephen's Church 3- 7 pm, 350 Chili Ave.Rochester, NY 14611- Facilitated by Judy Zettek, BSN, RN
RSVP and registration required by October 29 at the latest.  See below attached more information about Tuesday meditations at St. Stephen's church and the registration form for the 1/2 day of mindfulness- Suggested donation is $20 which includes a mindful meal.

--- Sunday, November 2  -ZEN CENTER:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome (must RSVP)  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old) 
Please RSVP by Nov.1, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by sending an e-mail to laurie.breathe@gmail.com

--SUNDAY, November 2, ZEN CENTER:  4 - 6 pmMeditation, Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma Sharing.
and after meditation, more opportunities for sharing:

CANCELLED DUE TO RETREAT STARTING NEXT DAY:--  Thursday, November 6  7- 8:30  pm  Study group at 375 Westminster Rd.

- Friday, November 7- Tuesday, November 11,  2014  at Mercy Prayer Center, Rochester, NY,  
A Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher:   Michael Ciborski.   
see attached registration:


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



 
1. BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP LOCAL GROUP STARTING UP AGAIN.    MORE INFORMATION from Jay:
After a very encouraging meeting last month, we'll have a another meeting of the BPF this Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm.  Again, it will be at the Rochester Zen Center (7 Arnold Park) 
-With a dozen of us in attendance last meeting,  we spent time sharing our personal responses to the BPF's 10 Principles of Our Radical Rebirth (if you didn't catch that: http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/10-principles-of-our-radical-rebirth/ ), with an eye towards discovering where we, members of the the Rochester chapter, want to direct our energies.  Climate change, racism, drone warfare, and the prison system are the issues many folks are drawn to (sorry if I've forgotten something!  we didn't take notes), and the range of actions proposed run the gamut from flash-mob sittings to education to our monthly peace vigils to disruptions of business-as-usual.  
-We also realize that we already have a lot of resources: a Rochester BPF Chapter website is in place at http://www.rochesterbpf.org ; we've got some money to pay for incidentals; we've got the Zen Center generously providing us with a space to meet; Dawn Haney of the national BPF organization has offered to come out and help/train/do whatever we need (read about her at http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/about-bpf/staff/ ); and, above all, we've got us!  It was inspiring, also, to see those at the meeting understand so clearly that social action, to be effective, has to be grounded in practice and in the effort to see through self and other.
It's early days yet, and we're still just getting to know each other.  Come to the Zen Center next Saturday, and let's see what we can kick up!
-Jay F. Thompson,  Cell: 585.576.6073 

2. BLOOMING LILAC SANGHA'S GOOGLE GROUP:
To visit the group, view all postings, and make postings go to
 
*https://groups.google.com/d/forum/blooming-lilac-sangha * 
 
 -If you are sharing something new make sure your message has a clear 
subject line conveying the essence of your post, and either email it or go 
to the site and choose “NEW TOPIC.”
- If you are replying to someone else's topic, choose “REPLY” and the 

conversation will be kept together by the google-group.
 -To send a posting direct from your email use the address
 blooming-lilac-sangha@googlegroups.com

3.  Thich Nhat Hanh's (Thay's) birthday request
Thay's birthday was last Saturday. He is quoted as saying the greatest gift we can offer is:
“Of course we can buy a present from the market and we put a lot of love into it. But to tell you the truth, my hut in Upper Hamlet in not large enough to store all these kinds of presents. I would like to have a kind of present that I can enjoy every day and you also can enjoy every day - a present that can last for a long time, a present of the heart.
I think that the best kind of present you may like to offer is a promise that you are sure you can honor, like: “Dear Thay, I promise that from now on, every time I hold a cup of tea, I will see the cloud in the tea and the cloud within myself.” That kind of present would be wonderful. Don’t make a big promise, like: “Dear Thay, I promise that from now on every step I make will be in mindfulness.” That may be a little bit too difficult!
So, look deeply and make the kind of promise that you believe you can honor. Not too much, just one. And the maximum is two...I suggest only one promise...the kind of promise you are sure you will do. Just a little promise that will last all your life. That would be the most wonderful birthday present for Thay.”



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 2014 schedule


Are you are planning on going to the Nov. 7- 11 retreat with Michael Ciborski here in Rochester?  Please e-mail: jchaize@rochester.rr.com with a request if you would like registration material or more information.  

October 2014 schedule for Blooming Lilac Sangha
Tuesday, Thursday  morning 
 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 Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh. Arrive and leave as needed for all sittings.
Note:  the following dates are cancelled for morning meditation: 10/14 and 10/16

--  Thursday, October 2, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Cultivating the Mind of Love   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

--- Sunday, October 5  -ZEN CENTER:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome (must RSVP)  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old) 
Please RSVP by Oct. 4, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by sending an e-mail to laurie.breathe@gmail.com
--SUNDAY, October 5, ZEN CENTER:  4 - 6 pmMeditation, Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 5 Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma Sharing.
and after meditation, more opportunities for sharing:
- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5: 6 pm- ?:  Erin Bullock - who just returned from Plum Village recently - and housemate Emily would like to host a potluck and bonfire sing-along at their house:
 1134 Genesee St., Rochester, on the corner of Oak Hill View.  "Let's gather at 6pm and eat together, hopefully the weather will be nice like it is now.  Please bring a dish to share!  Bring musical instruments and songbooks!  Let's be mindfully joyful!  RSVP to erin.dandelion@gmail.com   Hope to see you there!  -Erin"

--WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7 - 8:30 pm , at 375 Westminster Road   Meditation and Questions and Answers with Bhikkhu Kailu, who lived at Plum Village for many years. (see attached)      PLEASE RSVP BY REPLYING TO THIS E-MAIL by October 5

---SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11,  1 - 5 pm: Meditation and Dharma talk with Bhikkhu Kaiyin.  at 375 Westminster Road  
You are invited to attend a 1/2 day meditation and teaching with Dharma teacher Bhikkhu Kaiyin,  a highly recognized master of samatha (tranquility) and vipassana (insight) meditation.  Bhikkhu Kaiyin is also an artist and tea master.   He is the Dharma teacher of Xiaoping and Min, our hosts at 375 Westminster Rd.  Topics: Benefits of meditation practice, Loving Kindness Practice, Guided meditation practices, Tea Practice with Question and Answer period. RSVP required by October 8, 2014. RSVP by e-mailing Blooming Lilac Sangha: bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com or  jchaize@rochester.rr.com

-- Sunday, October 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;    ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607

--  Thursday, October 16, 6:30- 8:30  pm  SANGHA CARE TAKING COUNCIL   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607. (Note that this replaces our usual Meditation and Dharma Study for the 3rd Thursday)

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

-- Thursday, October 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:  14 Mindfulness Training Study Group, Laurie Brewer's House, 800 E. River Rd.

-- Sunday, October 26, 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

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

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.