Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
The day will start with a dharma talk on compassion by Sister Annabel Laity. (see below for brief bio).
Please arrive by 10:30 am so that you can hear the full talk. This Day of Mindfulness complete schedule will be available soon.
If you would like to share a snack, that would be appreciated but not expected. Snacks and tea will be provided by Diane.
Bring a bag lunch for yourself instead of a potluck dish.
Sister Annabel Laity Bio
Sister Annabel Laity, (Chan Duc, True Virtue), was born in England, and studied Classics and Sanskrit before going to India to study and practice with Tibetan nuns. She has been a disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh since 1986, and in 1988, in India, she was the first woman from the West to be ordained as a nun by Thich Nhat Hanh. She became a Dharma Teacher in 1990, and was Director of Practice at Plum Village for many years.She is currently Dean of Practice at the European Institute for Applied Buddhism in Germany, and divides her time between there and Thailand, where she teaches newly ordained novices at Thailand Plum Village.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Much gratitude to Jackie Siwicki for putting together wonderful gathas for the April retreat at Springwater, she has offered them to all of us here.
Thay gave a wonderful talk about losing our balance and falling, citing the high number of people in France (that particular year) who had fallen down. He gave a lovely visual of bamboo bridges in the countryside in Vietnam. A single bamboo trunk would traverse a river or stream. To aid the bridge crossing person, there would be wires strong across at arm level to grasp on to in order to prevent an accident.
Thay went on to say that we can also “mentally fall down” He recommended using gathas such as the ones that Jackie put together, to act as our guide wires, and to help keep the positive seeds awake in us.
Here are the gathas which can be printed for your own use!
Monday, April 11, 2016
Our dear friend and diligent student of meditation, Ramya Kane, passed away on April 5th at age 85. A celebration of her life will be held on June 18th at 12:30 pm at: White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534.
Credit Blair Hornbuckle.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Carmel and Richard invite friends of Blooming Lilac Sangha to consider becoming a pen pal with Jason, an inmate. He has served l9 years of a 35 year sentence, has almost no visitors and would benefit from more contact with the outside world to help him combat depression. Our ability to visit him has been greatly curtailed since his transfer from Attica to Wallkill last Summer. Email email@example.com for further information.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
It is with great joy that we have the Registration ready for our April 15- 19 Retreat with Joanne Friday! Please remember that we are unable to process retreat registrations on line or over the phone. Please print out the registration which is the third page of the retreat flyer. Then mail your registration and check by regular postal mail as instructed in the retreat flyer. Please mail as soon as possible as this retreat fills up quickly. With a bow to your awakening! -Janet & Adam
Update - March 24th, 2016: All rooms have been filled at the retreat center (Springwater Center). There are, at the moment, about 3 commuter spots open.
Community member Wendy Smith a documentary film educator and producer, and quigong instructor is seeking a ride to retreat, Saturday and back Sunday morning or down and back Saturday. Wendy can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 585-546-3063
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The next Sangha Caretaking Council meeting will be held on Thursday March 10th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, at 375 Westminster Rd, the lovely home of Xiaoping and Min. All are welcome to attend.
The Caretaking Council is a gathering to review our past practices and choices, our current circumstances, and to make recommendations, choices and decisions for the future. Like any other practice opportunity its goal is to address these tasks in mindfulness, to be a place where the concrete and practical are approached with awareness.
These meetings happen three or four times a year. They are a pleasant way to learn about the planning and intentions behind sangha events, and to share amongst us the stewardship work which makes the Blooming Lilac Sangha possible. Please send short proposals for agenda items to Chris Phillips, email@example.com. Or call Chris at 585-305-6949.
For the meeting we are in need of volunteers for our three rotating roles – chairing, note taking, and bell keeping.
The chair leads the group in making a final agenda selection at the meeting's start, and then moves the discussion along, watching the time allotted for each item, inviting the group to decide on action items, next steps, or the need for more information, further conversation etc.
The note taker records minutes including highlights of the conversation, with special attention to plans, action items, and those who have volunteered to do any caretaking for the sangha. She or he circulates the notes to those in attendance for review, then sends them to the entire sangha through our general announcements and blog.
The bell keeper fosters an atmosphere of mindfulness by inviting the bell at the start and end of meetings, at transitions between agenda items, and whenever the dynamics of the conversation will benefit from a centering reminder to return to our breathing in the present moment.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
We've recently explored selling our latest CD from bcm (healing songs) on-line through CD baby and iTunes. We are interested to know more about the music needs and interests in our larger sangha, and what interest there is for making more of our music available for on-line sales and/or free listening sites.
Please fill out this short questionnaire to help us gather collective wisdom about how to proceed with this. there are only 8 simple questions and your input is very important to us!
Here's the link to fill out the survey: Link
Monday, February 22, 2016
We begin with a short sitting period, read the trainings aloud, and then we may have a topic of study or dharma sharing. We try to relate our sharing to the practice of the 14 Trainings.
The 14 Mindfulness Trainings are an expanded set based upon the 5 Mindfulness Trainings. The 5 Trainings represent that ethical conduct aspect of the Dharma Path, and are common to all schools of Buddhism.
50 years ago this year, Thich Nhat Hanh founded the Order of Interbeing in Vietnam, based upon these 14 new Trainings. The Order is intended to be a practical application or update of Dharma to the needs and gifts of the modern world, leading to a "socially engaged Buddhism."
Order members meet regularly around the world to recite the 14 Trainings and look deeply into them together. Order members attempt to serve the Dharma and support communities of mindfulness.
Everyone is welcome to join these evenings.
For more information, please contact Laurie, her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org