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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.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Update Page

Dear readers and followers:

I have started using the update page for this blog. You can find the link just below the header. Here is the link:
http://bloominglilacsangha.blogspot.com/p/latest-update.html

It keeps everything Janet sent in her email.

Thanks

In the Dharmma

Xiaoping

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New web site to download dharma talks from Thich Nhat Hanh - FREE

Dear friends,
I have created a new web site for listening to recent dharma talks by our
Teacher. Most talks have been available on the Vietnamese site for some
years, but some English-speaking users find it difficult to navigate and
there is no automatic notification when new talks are posted. Therefore,
this new site will allow you to subscribe using iTunes or RSS. It will
include English language dharma talks and you may listen to the talk on the
web site and/or download the file to your computer.
At this time, the three most recent talks have been posted (from November).
I would highly recommend the talk "Deep Desire: Spiritual Strength" from
November 5. In this talk, Thich Nhat Hanh explore the idea of aspiration. He
also suggests a new part to the Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission
Ceremony liturgy.
Get started at http://tnhaudio.org
Enjoy. Kenley. Chân Niem Hy - True Recollection of Joy, Ojai, CA