Monday, September 26, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Satipatthana* & Emotions Retreat
(Dwelling happily in the present moment could be the subject of an entire retreat!! If you would like a consultation about these four skills and some ideas for experimenting with them during your meditation, please give me a call and we will set up a time.)
Thurs Sept 29 7 – 9 pm Erin Bullock's Wild Hill Farm, Ionia NY
Thanks to Carmel Merrill and Richard Lunt for kindly arranging the hospitality for us with this pleasant meeting space. On Elmwood Ave in Brighton, Brickstone is on the south side approx 8/10th of a mile from the corner of Rt 15A, East Henrietta Rd, or coming from the east about 5/10th of a mile from the corner of South Clinton. Please park on the street side of the parking lot near the front door of the center.
Wild Hill Farm 2176 Elton Rd Bloomfield NY Hamlet of Iona
Take Monroe Avenue east to Pittsford. Turn right on Clover St. (Rt. 65) and travel 1.9 miles. Turn left on Tobey Rd. travel 9/10 mile. Tobey Rd. turns into Stone Rd. go another 4/10 mile. Make a slight right onto NY 64. Travel 10.3 miles. You are now in Ionia. Turn right onto Elton Rd and go 6/10 mile and look for the grey barn and sign Windy Hill Farm. We can carpool from Rochester.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
What? We will unpack key practices conveyed by the Buddha in his Suttra on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthana). We will use the intro session to cover important concepts from the early Buddhist teachings, such as Body Awareness, Feeling-tones, Mental Formations, and the 6 Sense Spheres. There is an homework assignment to get in the groove for the retreat, with which we will apply these teachings to our own direct experience of sensory life. On the retreat day itself we will try various practices implied by the Four Foundations framework. We will build upon Mindfulness of the Body to explore the windows into freedom offered by Mindfulness of Feeling-tones and Mindfulness of Mental Formations.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
The August 2016 Day of Mindfulness Connecting and Healing with Nature is Sunday, August 14th with a different start time then usual. Erin Bullock has invited us to her beautiful organic CSA farm in Bloomfield, NY (just south of Mendon). The day starts at 10:30 am and ends at 3 pm.
We will be meditating and walking outside quite a bit so dress for the weather. We may also gather in a lovely old barn. See inline document below for schedule, directions, and photos of this amazing space! Please bring water, sun protection (hats, sun lotion) meditation cushions and blanket or folding chair and a contribution to our potluck lunch.
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.