Sunday, January 11, 2015

January schedule Update


Dear friends, Please note the following announcements and updated calendar below
1.  There will be a Caretaking Council meeting on 1/8.  Even if you are not able to attend, please look at the agenda (See #1 further below) and consider offering your perspective by responding to this e-mail.  
2. The Saturday, January 10 Day of Mindfulness in Fairport will be a wonderful opportunity to start the New Year with Beginning Anew practices as well as meditation, Dharma talks, and sharing.  For schedule, See #3 further below   

3.     Do you find it relatively easy to be mindful when alone, but kind of lose your mindfulness in conversations or in the way you communicate with yourself? Judith Lardner is offering three, fourteen week programs on Mindful Communication, starting in a few weeks. Information about each program is below the schedule. (See #2).  You can learn more about what Judith does by going to:  http://judithlardner.com/  or call her at 317-9168.The programs incorporate mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication and talking circles. Judith is a delight and this is a remarkable opportunity.
5.  SAVE THE DATE!  April 16 - 20, 2015. RETREAT WITH JOANNE FRIDAY AT SPRINGWATER CENTER. Your input is needed as to theme and practices.  Please reply to this e-mail or write to Janet (JChaize@rochester.rr.com) with your suggestions by January 15.
6.   Watch a dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh on 12/19/13. In this Dharma Talk, Thay teaches us with great power and humour, how to prepare ourselves for the coming of the New Year.  http://plumvillage.org/news/how-to-make-your-new-year-truly-new/
UPDATED SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, Thursday  mornings  from  7:15 - 8:15 a.m.  at the home of Xiaoping and Min.  Their address is: 375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607 (between Canterbury Rd and Harvard St).  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.

 --  Thursday, January 1, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Cultivating the Mind of Love   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

--- Sunday, January 4  -ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome (must RSVP)  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old)  
Please RSVP by Jan 3, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by sending an e-mail to laurie.breathe@gmail.com

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

-- Monday, January 5,  12 noon to 1 pm- Buddhist Peace Fellowship peace sitting at the FEDERAL BUILDING, at 100 State Street. Outdoors, so dress warmly.

-- Thursday, January 8, 6:30- 8:30  pm  SANGHA CARETAKING COUNCIL, held quarterly. All welcome 375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.  see further below for agenda.   

SATURDAY, January 10,  DAY OF MINDFULNESS. 12:45 - 6 pm- a Includes potluck dinner
See further below for schedule and directions

-- Sunday, January 11, 4:00 - 6:00 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, January 15, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Cultivating the Mind of Love or other book   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

--.-Sunday, January 18 , 4- 6 pm - ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607:  Guided and Silent Meditation;  Readings; Dharma Sharing  If you wish, please bring a reading.

--  Thursday, January 22, 6:30 - 8:30  pm  OI Study Group , 800 E. River Road,  Rochester 14623

-- Sunday, January 25, 4:00 - 6:00 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. 

1. SANGHA CARETAKING COUNCIL AGENDA
Proposed Agenda for: Thursday, January 8, 6:30- 8:30  pm    375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607
OPENING: Inviting the Bell, Process and Goals, SilenceFollowups from October 2014 meeting
1.     Electronic Communication - Followup and current status - NOTE: Xiaoping has assumed additional responsibilities and will need to back off of some or all of his electronic support activities - important to address in JAN.
2.     Days of Mindfulness - Followups
3.     Meditation to Dharma Sharing transition - next steps?
4.     Welcoming people with interest in the Sangha - review and next steps?
Suggested topics not addressed at last meeting
5. Sangha Building - share any information that may be of use for BLS
6. Areas of practice to facilitate: dana, serving tea, Second body practice, others?
7. Support and contacts with Stillness & Presence Groups
Other suggestions/concerns:
8. Retreat Issues: Wrap-up Fall retreat, Planning for Spring retreat, other issues  (Incl. Consideration of refund policy for unavoidable retreat non-attendance)
9. Caretaking Council - Meeting time - other or alternating options
10. Activities related to Thay’s illness
11. Actions or gatherings in support of peace, justice, and non-violence CLOSING and Informal time


2.  UPCOMING MINDFULNESS COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS WITH JUDITH LARDNER:
   (1)Connection, Disconnection, Reconnection:

A fourteen week Peer Practice program
In this program you will become more familiar with the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model as well as deepen your consciousness of NVC. We will do this by linking our experiences to each of the four steps of the NVC model, and by exploring the topics of Connection, Disconnection, and Reconnection.
• Duration: from January 15th to April 23rd, 2015 • Requested contribution: $80 - 160 / €60 - 140 • To apply, or to ask any questions: please email judith.lardner@gmail.com,
by January 2nd, 2015
If you are new to the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and if you are someone who learns by doing you will most likely find the program very engaging. People who want frequent and regular opportunities to practice the language of NVC with a small group of patient and engaging partners also find the program very supportive. People who support or faciliate practice groups may also find the program useful.
To join a conference call with more information about the programs on either December 13, at 11am EST (Rochester NY) / 4pm GMT (Ireland & UK), please emailjudith.lardner@gmail.com to take part
(2) Dialog and the Vernacular
A fourteen week Peer Practice program
In this program you will have the opportunity to deepen your ability to speak with a clear and authentic voice. Working with different topics, we will repeatedly translate, and re-translate, from our habitual forms of expression and listening, into the language of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and back into the vernacular.
• Duration: from January 29th to May 7th, 2015 • Requested contribution: $80 - 160 / €60 - 140 • To apply or to ask any questions, please email judith.lardner@gmail.com,
by January 16th, 2015
Who will enjoy this program? If you are familiar with NVC and want frequent and regular practice; or, if you want more opportunities to play with the language of NVC to see what works and how and why it works. This program will bring you many opportunities to shift from a less effective and habitual way of communication, to an effective and mindful way of communication.
To join a conference call with more information about the programs on December 13, at 11am EST (Rochester NY) / 4pm GMT (Ireland & UK), please emailjudith.lardner@gmail.com to take part

(3) Self-empathy
A fourteen week Peer Practice program
In this program you will learn three kinds of self-empathy, as well as establish a regular self-empathy practice, and explore any blocks to practicing regular self-empathy.
• Duration: from Thursday February 12th to May 21st, 2015 • Requested contribution: $80 - 160 / €60 - 140 • To apply or to ask any questions, please email judith.lardner@gmail.com,
by January 30th, 2015
The program was developed for people who have a competency with NVC skills, want to deepen a sense of self-connection, and want to establish a regular self-empathy practice.
To join a conference call with more information about the program on January 3rd, at 11am EST (Rochester NY) / 4pm GMT (Ireland & UK), please emailjudith.lardner@gmail.com to take part

General information about Peer Practice:
Peer Practice programs value how much we can support each other in our practice, as well as how much we have to learn from each other. Each small group will have between five and seven people. People gain most from the program by giving it approximately three hours of their attention each week.
Beginning with identifing your personal learning goal or learning edge, you will have daily reflections to do alone, weekly practices to do with a partner, and a monthly circle in which to share our learning and experiences with the group. In addition you will have an empathy buddy, and a monthly call with the facilitator.
All the programs will be offered again in September 2015. The programs can also be offered any time a small group of people come together to share a peer practice for a stated amount of time.

3. Saturday January 10 Day of Mindfulness Schedule and directions to location
12:45-1 pm         Arrive/settle in
1:00- 1:20 pm         Sitting Meditation
1:20 – 1:30 pm                  Walking Meditation
1:30 – 2 pm         Dharma Talk by Tu Nghiem: Begin Anew
2:00 – 2:10 pm         Walking Meditation
2:10 pm – 3 pm                  Beginning Anew Practices
3:00-4:00                   Chanting/singing, Bringing Thay to Mind
4:00-5:00                   Dharma Sharing
5:00-5:15                  Silent Break and prep for potluck
5:15-6:00                  Potluck dinner-first 10 minutes in silence

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 2014 - January 2015 schedule

December 2014- January 2015 schedule

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.
--  Thursday, December 18, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Cultivating the Mind of Love   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

-- Saturday, December 20 , 4 - 7 pm Solstice celebration and Potluck.  
Schedule:   4 pm.   ARRIVE
4:30 to 5:15.  Sitting meditation and Earth touching
5:15 – 6:30 pm Pot luck
6:30   Lighting of candles for the solstice followed with the Elm Dance, singing, music etc.
You are welcome to bring guests, songs and instruments.
Please RSVP by Friday, December 19 to Diane at 223-8663

-- 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.
-Saturday, December 27 1:00PM - 5:00PM   Fulfilling the four Bodhisattva Vows.  Workshop with Kit Miller on non-violence, conflict resolution and deep looking.  See more information below the update from Plum Village.  Location: M. K. Ghandi Institute , 929 Plymouth Ave S.  Rochester, NY 14608 
--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.
PLEASE RSVP BY December 26:
533-1461 or jchaize@rochester.rr.com
 
--  Thursday, January 1, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Cultivating the Mind of Love   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

--- Sunday, January 4  -ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park:  3 p.m.: Newcomers Welcome (must RSVP)  ; guided meditation and sitting instruction (For new and old)  
Please RSVP by Jan 3, if you or a friend are attending the 3 pm session by sending an e-mail to laurie.breathe@gmail.com

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

-- Thursday, January 8, 6:30- 8:30  pm  SANGHA CARETAKING COUNCIL, all welcome 375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

SATURDAY, January 10,  DAY OF MINDFULNESS.  Location to be decided.  We usually meet from 11:45 am – 6 pm meditate, listen to a Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh and follow other Plum Village practices plus have a potluck. Please write to Annie O'Reilly with your ideas for topic, practices, etc.

-- Sunday, January 11, 4:00 - 6:00 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, January 15, 7- 8:30  pm  Study and Meditation:  Cultivating the Mind of Love or other book   375 WESTMINSTER ROAD 14607.

--.-Sunday, January 18 , 4- 6 pm - ZEN CENTER, 7 Arnold Park 14607:  Guided and Silent Meditation;  Readings; Dharma Sharing  If you wish, please bring a reading.

--  Thursday, January 22, 6:30 - 8:30  pm  OI Study Group , 800 E. River Road,  Rochester 14623

-- Sunday, January 25, 4:00 - 6:00 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. 

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

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.