Sunday, December 27, 2020

BLS Newsletter - January 2021

New Year’s Eve Gathering!!

Grief and Gratitude:
A New Years Eve of Reflection, Practice, Grieving and Celebration


Dear Friends,

Normally Blooming Lilac Sangha has celebrated New Year’s Eve by gathering in person and having a fun, meaningful, and joyful Tea Ceremony. This year we cannot do that in person and somehow it didn’t see feasible to do it on Zoom. However, Dharma Teachers Larry Ward, Peggy Rowe Ward and many others including Sister Hai An are offering a chance for “Deep togetherness, ritual, play, music and practice as we bid farewell to 2020 and welcome 2021”:

Sliding Scale, $0-$108

8pm EST - doors open

8:15pm EST - Welcome, silent meditation, and reflection practice - with Kim Fleisher

9pm EST - Joe Reilly will offer songs from his heart to honor the growth of the past year and encourage us to continue on the path of healing and transformation, inviting us to sing along and move together with joy!

10pm EST - Peggy and Larry will offer some somatics exercises, talk and guided meditation practicing with joy and grief.

11pm EST - Improvising on the Tar, Shahriar Panahi will offer pieces in classical Iranian music with a Plum Village spirit.

11:30pm EST - Sister Peace and HaiAn will offer practices to connect to our ancestors and descendants as we bid farewell to 2020 and welcome 2021.

12:30 am EST- Happy New Year and good night!

Come to part or all of it. Bring paper, a pen, and a candle.

Grief & Gratitude Registration

Conscious Being Day of Mindfulness

When: Saturday, January 16, 2021; 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Zoom - a link will be sent
If you liked Michael Ciborski’s retreat in early December or if you missed it, you will surely want to attend this Day of Mindfulness. The theme is Conscious Being, based on the talks and guided meditations offered that day. Please email Annie at ukemiracle1@gmail.com if you would like to help plan. See you then.

Listening Circles for Healing White Racism

BLS Listening Circles for Healing White Racism, with Cedar Cabin and Apple Blossom Sanghas.

JAN 19, 7- 8:30 PM via ZOOM: Reflecting and Looking Ahead

Based on the work of John Bell, Dharma Teacher, educator and community activist, Blooming Lilac Sangha has been hosting a series of Listening Circles for Healing White Racism. This is the last of our 4 scheduled sessions.

Listening Circles provide a safe, structured space for white people to listen and be listened to, separate from their friends of color, about the emotional, heart level damage they have experienced by being soaked in racism and white supremacy conditioning. They provide a way for us to begin to transform and heal so we can become better allies, and act mindfully as we take on the work of dismantling cultural and institutional racism.

Our first sessions in September, October and November were deeply appreciated by participants, with nearly all wishing to continue the process. Sessions have focused on exploring our own experience of racial identity, our needs for healing, and recognizing the effects of white privilege on others and in ourselves.

For whom is this intended and what will this involve? It’s intended for practitioners practicing with the Blooming Lilac, Cedar Cabin and Apple Blossom Sanghas who self-identify as white. Again it will involve a commitment to a single 90-minute Zoom gathering It will require a capacity for compassionate listening and mindful speech (with the aspiration to listen and look deeply as if we were the Buddha) There are no fees associated with participation There is an expectation of respectful confidentiality, during and after the session, as we would do for Dharma Sharing Follow-up sessions may be possible if interest exists, but are not yet planned.

To learn more or register please email us at bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com. The link should automatically begin a new email in your default email client with “Listening Circles for Healing White Racism” in the Subject line and begin the message body should auto-populate beginning with a sentence where you can indicate if you have participated in the prior BLS Listening Circle sessions or not, simply delete the incorrect statement in "I have/have not participated". If that doesn't work for you, please enter these manually in your email client of choice. Note: If you have already emailed BLS that you plan to attend - no need to re-send

Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region

Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) has changed its name, created a new brand, and launched a new website! We are now... climategfl.org

Why this change? Words matter. This name clearly articulates who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Our new name better reflects our focus on catalyzing effective climate action among governments, organizations and citizens across our nine-county region. It highlights the urgency of the climate crisis that drives our work and our community's ability to quickly implement systemic solutions.

Try these tips to reduce your personal carbon footprint:

Use this Carbon Footprint Calculator to find out which of your day-to-day activities could be “greener.”

Upgrade the energy efficiency of your home and get a heat pump and/or consider Go All Electric!

Eat less meat and other animal products -The Rochester Area Vegan Society can help you learn how to eat in a more climate friendly way. Purchase locally produced and seasonal foods, which Headwater Food Hub and Taproot Collective can provide. Eat organic food, or pesticide and synthetic nitrogen fertilizer-free foods - visit NOFA-NY for more information

In gratitude for sharing these resources with you!
Karen Smith

Earth Holder Online Sangha

Please enjoy the following recent Earth Holder Sangha recordings.


November: Living & Practicing in Times of Crisis with Brother Man.
Brother Fulfillment (Brother Phap Man, Br. Man for short) is a monastic ordained at Plum Village in 2007. He received the Dharma Teacher lamp transmission in 2016. Brother Man is currently part of Dharma Pathways, a new monastic collective of monastics who are outside of the PV monasteries supporting communities and projects like social justice. Living in NYC is a current 'sacrifice/practice'—the question/koan he is looking at: how to bring beauty/joy/peace/nature/wilds and deep connections back to our city spaces. https://www.dharmapathways.org

December: The Insight of Remembering: Mother of Indonesia, Ibu Pertiwi, and You
Led by Brian Kimmel (BK), who was offered the Dharma Name True Lotus Concentration, by Thich Nhat Hanh and in 2006, and the lineage name, Health-giving Music of the Heart, in 1999. BK is located in Seattle, and is in private practice as a mental health counselor, bodyworker, musician-songwriter, and movement educator.

For more Earth Holder Community resources, please visit us at earthholder.org.

In gratitude for the earth, a beautiful jewel in the cosmos,
Karen Smith

Blooming Lilac Sangha Schedule

Sundays: 4 pm – 6 pm: Zoom session starts anytime from 3:45 pm on. Please arrive by 3:55 pm. Format: Meditation from 4 pm to 5 pm with twenty-minute sittings and 5-minute walking meditation. We offer a recorded Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, a reading, or a guided meditation.

Tuesday & Thursday mornings: 7:15 am - 8:15 am: Zoom available starting at 7 am. Please arrive by 7:10 am. Tuesday is silent meditation from 7:15 to 8 am. Thursday offers a guided meditation and walking from 7:15 to 8 am. We enjoy a short reading (3 to 5 minutes) after the meditation. The meditation (silent or guided) goes from 7:15 am – 8 am. Then at 8 am we take turns reading from a chosen book. We are currently reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book: Good Citizens.

1st & 3rd Thursday evenings: Meditation & Study 6:45 pm. Meditation starts at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:55 pm. We enjoy a short meditation and a longer reading (usually a chapter) together on 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings. ---On the 1st Thursday evening we are reading afresh the book: The Heart of the Buddha’s teaching- Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, & Liberation. The four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path & Other basic Buddhist Teachings.----On the 3rd Thursday evening we are reading the book: The Art of Living, Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now.

14 Mindfulness Trainings recitations: We meet on the 4th Thursday of the month. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:25 pm.

Zoom information: You may use a phone, smartphone, iPad, or computer. If you have a camera on your smartphone or computer you can have a video connection as well as audio. Computers and laptops should automatically install Zoom as you enter the meeting. If you are using an Apple iPhone/iPad, or an Android device you will need to download and install the app in advance. Email bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com for log-in information.

Practice Resources in a Time of Uncertainty

Enjoy Dharma talks by Thich Nhat Hanh and other Dharma teachers in the Plum Village Tradition.

BLS Newsletter - December 2020

Conscious Breath, The Gateway to Understanding and Transformation in the Present Moment

December 4 - 6, 2020
An Online Mindfulness Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh With Dharma Teacher: Michael Ciborski

Each fall since 2007, Blooming Lilac Sangha has held a retreat led by Dharma teacher, Michael Ciborski. Since we will not be able to meet in person this year, we are having an online retreat with many opportunities to practice together and also space to be off screen.

We will begin on Friday evening with a welcome/introduction session, a Dharma talk, and a meditation period. On Saturday and Sunday, sessions will include meditation, Dharma talks, discussion periods, and other mindful activities separated by personal practice periods offline. See detailed schedule and registration form further below.

With training, conscious breathing becomes a stable base from which we can look deeply into the nature of ourselves, our suffering, our joy, our world. And we can develop the capacity, breath by breath, to let go, heal, transform and renew.

In this online retreat, we will go deeply into the experience of breathing, learning to transform each ordinary moment into one of presence and meaning. We will cover many aspects, including: the basics of breath mechanics, strengthening our breathing, a basic study of Anapanasati (the Buddha’s breath teachings), deepening concentration, and, through contemplation on impermanence and interbeing, the development of meditative understanding. Through all of this our intentions will be to apply the practice of conscious breathing to self-care, emotional health, and the transformation of difficult relationships and life situations.

Retreat is almost full.
email: bloomingLilacSangha@gmail.com to check on availability. You will need to fill out a registration form and email it back to us by Dec. 2. And offer Dana to Michael Ciborski: For this retreat we invite you to act with generosity to support our teacher for this retreat.

Offer dana to Michael by going to: truemiddleway.org. You will see the donate button on the home page. Or you can mail dana via check to:

Michael Ciborski, 120 Rose Apple Lane,
Alstead NH 03602.

Dana is the practice of cultivating generosity. There is no set fee. Many of us are struggling during this time of great upheaval, so please consider what amount is possible given your situation. As a guide, we suggest $80 - $150. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

SCHEDULE

Friday
3:00 - 4:30 pm Individual Consultations with Michael
5:00 pm Group Consultation for OI members
7:00pm - 9:00pm: Welcome and Orientation, Dharma talk, meditation, includes brief Dharma sharing groups for introductions; Meditation and chant
Saturday
9:00 - 11:30: meditation, Dharma talk with 15 minute break of mindful movement, dharma sharing; Mindful eating instructions
11:30 - 12:30: break for mindful lunch
12:30 - 2:30: Deep Relaxation; Mindful movements; meditation, talk, Q&A
3 - 4:30 Individual Consultations with Michael
Late afternoon/Evening: personal practice offline
Sunday
9:00 - 11:30: meditation, 5 MT Recitation, Mindful Movement, Dharma talk,
11:30 - 12:30: break for mindful lunch
12:30 - 2:30: Dharma talk, Dharma sharing, Celebration & Closing

Blooming Lilac Sangha Schedule

Sundays: 4 pm – 6 pm: Zoom session starts anytime from 3:45 pm on. Please arrive by 3:55 pm. Format: Meditation from 4 pm to 5 pm with twenty-minute sittings and 5-minute walking meditation. We offer a recorded Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, a reading, or a guided meditation.

Tuesday & Thursday mornings: 7:15 am - 8:15 am: Zoom available starting at 7 am. Please arrive by 7:10 am. Tuesday is silent meditation from 7:15 to 8 am. Thursday offers a guided meditation and walking from 7:15 to 8 am. We enjoy a short reading (3 to 5 minutes) after the meditation. The meditation (silent or guided) goes from 7:15 am – 8 am. Then at 8 am we take turns reading from a chosen book. We are currently reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book: Good Citizens.

1st & 3rd Thursday evenings: Meditation & Study 6:45 pm. Meditation starts at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:55 pm. We enjoy a short meditation and a longer reading (usually a chapter) together on 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings. ---On the 1st Thursday evening we are reading afresh the book: The Heart of the Buddha’s teaching- Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, & Liberation. The four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path & Other basic Buddhist Teachings.----On the 3rd Thursday evening we are reading the book: The Art of Living, Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now.

14 Mindfulness Trainings recitations: We will not meet on the 4th Thursday of November or the 4th Thursday of December due to holidays. Instead we will meet on Thursday December 10th: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:25 pm.

Zoom information: You may use a phone, smartphone, iPad, or computer. If you have a camera on your smartphone or computer you can have a video connection as well as audio. Computers and laptops should automatically install Zoom as you enter the meeting. If you are using an Apple iPhone/iPad, or an Android device you will need to download and install the app in advance. Email bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com for log-in information.

Excerpt from Answers from the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh

Q. What can help us take comfort that our loved ones will continue on in other forms after they die?

A. When you look at an orange tree, you see that the orange tree is producing beautiful green leaves, fragrant orange blossoms, and sweet oranges. Those are the things an orange tree has to offer to the world. A human being is like that too. In her daily life she produces thoughts, speech, and actions. Our thoughts may be beautiful, compassionate, and loving. Our speech may also be compassionate, inspiring, full of love and understanding. And our actions may also be compassionate, protecting, healing, and supporting others and ourselves. Looking deeply in the present moment we can see that we're producing thoughts, speech, and actions. In the Buddhist tradition, our thoughts, our speech and our actions are our true continuation.

Once we've produced a thought it will be here for a long time. Once we've said something, our words will remain for a long time. Once we've taken an action, our action can have an effect far into the future. Suppose you produce a thought of compassion and forgiveness. Right away that thought has a healing effect on your body and your mind. It also has an immediate healing effect on the world, and it will continue to have a healing effect into the future. So it's very important to be able to produce a thought of compassion, nondiscrimination, and forgiveness.

Many people believe that after the disintegration of the body there's nothing left. Even many scientists still believe that. But our thoughts, our speech, and our actions are the energies we produce, and they will continue for a long time. We can assure a beautiful continuation by producing good thoughts, speech, and action. You can't destroy a human being. You can't reduce him or her to non-being. Just as it's impossible for a cloud to die, it's impossible for a human being to become nothing. So looking deeply like that into our true nature, looking deeply into the nature of other people around you, you'll have the kind of insight that will liberate you from sorrow, fear, and anger. Non-fear, the insight that there's no birth and no death, is the greatest gift given to us by the practice of looking deeply.

Monday, November 30, 2020

BLS Newsletter - November 2020

Caption against blue backdrop with a wave pattern from top left to bottom right with small green air bubbles "DOING THE WORK Contronting & Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism".

Listening Circles for Healing White Racism

BLS Listening Circles for Healing White Racism, with Cedar Cabin and Apple Blossom Sanghas, NOV 17, 7- 8:30 PM via ZOOM: Focus on White Privilege

Based on the work of John Bell, Dharma Teacher, educator and community activist, Blooming Lilac Sangha has been hosting a series of Listening Circles for Healing White Racism.

Listening Circles provide a safe, structured space for white people to listen and be listened to, separate from their friends of color, about the emotional, heart level damage they have experienced by being soaked in racism and white supremacy conditioning. They provide a way for us to begin to transform and heal so we can become better allies, and act mindfully as we take on the work of dismantling cultural and institutional racism.

Our first session in September was deeply appreciated by participants, with almost all wishing to continue the process. Most recently 18 of us met on October 20 to deepen our practice. Our 3rd session, with a focus on White Privilege, will be held on Tuesday evening, NOV 17, 7-8:30 PM, via Zoom.

For whom is this intended and what will this involve?
It’s intended for practitioners practicing with the Blooming Lilac, Cedar Cabin and Apple Blossom Sanghas who self-identify as white. Again it will involve a commitment to a single 90-minute Zoom gathering
It will require a capacity for compassionate listening and mindful speech (with the aspiration to listen and look deeply as if we were the Buddha) There are no fees associated with participation There is an expectation of respectful confidentiality, during and after the session, as we would do for Dharma Sharing Follow-up sessions may be possible if interest exists, but are not yet planned.

To learn more or register please email us at bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com and include “Listening Circles for Healing White Racism” in the Subject line.
(Please also indicate if you have participated in the prior BLS Listening Circle sessions or not.)

Michael Ciborski Fall Retreat

We are still working on a Fall Retreat or Day of Mindfulness with Michael Ciborski possibly November 21 or December 5, so stay tuned.

Blooming Lilac Sangha Schedule

Sundays: 4 pm – 6 pm: Zoom session starts anytime from 3:45 pm on. Please arrive by 3:55 pm. Format: Meditation from 4 pm to 5 pm with twenty-minute sittings and 5-minute walking meditation. We offer a recorded Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, a reading, or a guided meditation.

Tuesday & Thursday mornings: 7:15 am - 8:15 am: Zoom available starting at 7 am. Please arrive by 7:10 am. Tuesday is silent meditation from 7:15 to 8 am.

Thursday offers a guided meditation and walking from 7:15 to 8 am. We enjoy a short reading (3 to 5 minutes) after the meditation. The meditation (silent or guided) goes from 7:15 am – 8 am. Then at 8 am we take turns reading from a chosen book. We are currently reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book You are Here. You can order it from Amazon in audio or book form and from Parallax Press in kindle. When we finish that book, we will start: Good Citizens.

1st & 3rd Thursday evenings: Meditation & Study 6:45 pm. Meditation starts at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:55 pm. We enjoy a short meditation and a longer reading (usually a chapter) together on 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings.

On the 1st Thursday evening we are reading afresh the book: The Heart of the Buddha’s teaching- Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, & Liberation. The four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path & Other basic Buddhist Teachings.

On the 3rd Thursday evening we are reading the book: The Art of Living, Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now.

14 Mindfulness Trainings recitations: We will not meet on the 4th Thursday of November or the 4th Thursday of December due to holidays. Instead we will meet on Thursday December 10th: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:25 pm.

Zoom information: You may use a phone, smartphone, iPad, or computer. If you have a camera on your smartphone or computer you can have a video connection as well as audio. Computers and laptops should automatically install Zoom as you enter the meeting. If you are using an Apple iPhone/iPad, or an Android device you will need to download and install the app in advance. Email bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com for log-in information.

Learning the Earth’s Practice of Equanimity

From Creating True Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Buddha taught Rahula, his own young son who became a monk, that the Earth could receive and transform anything that is poured on it. If you put garbage or waste on the Earth, she will receive it without being offended or repulsed. If we pour perfume, milk, or fragrant water onto the Earth, she does not become proud or arrogant. The Earth can turn what appears to be the most repulsive substance into beautiful flowers or delicious vegetables in just a few weeks. It is the virtue of the Earth to receive everything—ugly or beautiful—with equanimity. We should practice like the Earth.

Sometimes, even those people to whom we are closest pour anger, hatred, and misperceptions on us. Maybe you cannot yet receive and transform the hatred, anger, and misperceptions that others pour on you and you fight back. But if you remember that you are a son or daughter of the Earth, you can learn to be as she is—strong, constant, steady. Please go back to Mother Earth and learn her way of receiving and transforming everything with equanimity. Each time you suffer, touch the Earth in your mind and say, “Earth, I suffer so much; please help me to receive this.” You are not separate from her; you are the Earth herself. When you practice like this, you suffer less. When we learn the practice of equanimity from our mother Earth, we learn to accept all things. We do not suffer; we transform our pain, and on our face we have a loving smile for the person who has harmed us.

Call for Submissions

For the upcoming issue of the Mindfulness Bell, (Summer 2021 Issue: Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels) please share submissions of stories from your personal practice and from your heart on:

A happy memory of meeting Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat or in person and how you’ve applied what Thich Nhat Hanh has taught you to transform your difficulties or make a difference in your community/society.

How your practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings helps you practice with any of the three jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, or the Sangha.

Whether you’re a new or longtime practitioner in the Plum Village tradition, how you aspire to practice beginner’s mind whenever you facilitate your Sangha or study the Buddha’s teachings.

Please send your submission (no more than 1,500 words) in Word format, a photo with a file size of at least 1MB to illustrate your submission, a photo of yourself, and a 2-3 sentence bio with your Dharma name (if any) here by Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Submissions of artwork and photography are also welcomed.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

BLS Newsletter - October 2020

BLS Newsletter - October 2020

Photo Credit: Annie O'Reilly

October Day of Mindfulness

When: Sunday, October 18, 2020, 12 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy a lovely October day outside for 2-3 hours. Soak in the sights, smells, colors, temperature of a crisp Fall day.

Come with your lunch for silent mindful eating, or eat lunch and then join us at 1:00 PM for movement meditation: walking, stretching, QiGong or other offerings. We encourage you to silently sit at home in the morning.

Where: To be decided. Stay tuned.

How to Fight Racial and Social Injustice Without Hating With Dharma Teacher, Valerie Brown

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:30- 8:30 pm via Zoom

Who is putting on this event? Three Rochester Sanghas: Rochester Zen Center; Dharma Refuge, and Blooming Lilac Sangha

What will this evening offer? Many of us are compelled to stand up for racial and social justice as the events in our city and throughout our country make it clear that without substantial change, great suffering continues. But how do we maintain equanimity and not succumb to anger or helplessness in our efforts to bring about change?
The evening will offer meditation, a short talk by Valerie, a question and answer period and an opportunity for the greater community to share in small groups.

Who is Valerie Brown? A Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. For more about Valerie Brown, please see this interview:

How do I register? This is a free event, though donations are welcome.
Please register here. Once you have registered you will be sent the link to the program.

Want more information about the topic for the evening?
This article by Valerie is a fairly quick read:

Valerie is offering us this free course on the topic, more in-depth.

Valerie facilitated an in-person 2 ½ day retreat in Rochester in August 2019, open to the public. We hope to do that again in 2021, if conditions are safe regarding COVID-19.

Black Lives Matters (BLM) Memorial

Blooming Lilac Sangha’s Bell will be the bell invited during this ceremony led by elders from many spiritual traditions, including Carmel Merrill. See flyer for more info.

Online options with Michael Ciborski: November Modified Retreat or Monthly Days of Mindfulness with MorningSun?

Looking for feedback about trying a Zoom retreat with Michael Ciborski in November. His vision of it would be to have a 2 day retreat with something like this format: a guided meditation in the morning and a Dharma talk with a break in between for breakfast, then an afternoon break where we would practice walking and sitting meditation on our own and then to come back for Dharma Sharing and perhaps another activity.

Michael suggested that alternatively we could attend monthly Days of Mindfulness and other online opportunities at Morning Sun

Please cast your vote by October 9 so we can proceed by writing to bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com

September Day of Mindfulness at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Thank you to Chris Phillips for facilitating and to Annie O’Reilly for organizing a deep and beautiful Day of Mindfulness on September 19, seven of us enjoyed sunshine up on a hill in Mt. Hope Cemetery practicing sitting and walking meditation and connecting to and honoring our biological and spiritual friends and ancestors.

Blooming Lilac Sangha Schedule

Sundays: 4 pm – 6 pm: Zoom session starts anytime from 3:45 pm on. Please arrive by 3:55 pm. Format: Meditation from 4 pm to 5 pm with twenty-minute sittings and 5-minute walking meditation. We offer a recorded Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, a reading, or a guided meditation.

Tuesday & Thursday mornings: 7:15 am - 8:15 am: Zoom available starting at 7 am. Please arrive by 7:10 am. Tuesday is silent meditation from 7:15 to 8 am.

Thursday offers a guided meditation and walking from 7:15 to 8 am. We enjoy a short reading (3 to 5 minutes) after the meditation. The meditation (silent or guided) goes from 7:15 am – 8 am. Then at 8 am we take turns reading from a chosen book. We are currently reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book You are Here. You can order it from Amazon in audio or book form and from Parallax Press in kindle. When we finish that book, we will start: Good Citizens. Go here to order:

1st & 3rd Thursday evenings: Meditation & Study 6:45 pm. Meditation starts at 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:55 pm. We enjoy a short meditation and a longer reading (usually a chapter) together on 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings.

On the 1st Thursday evening we are reading afresh the book: The Heart of the Buddha’s teaching- Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, & Liberation. The four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path & Other basic Buddhist Teachings. . Go here to order, or alternatively find them on Amazon.

On the 3rd Thursday evening we are reading the book: The Art of Living, Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now. Go here to order:

4th Thursday evening: 14 Mindfulness Trainings recitations 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:25 pm.

Zoom information: You may use a phone, smartphone, iPad, or computer. If you have a camera on your smartphone or computer you can have a video connection as well as audio. Computers and laptops should automatically install Zoom as you enter the meeting. If you are using an Apple iPhone/iPad, or an Android device you will need to download and install the app in advance. Email bloominglilacsangha@gmail.com for log-in information.

RPCC Update

Celebrate Climate Week and RPCC’s 6th birthday by supporting local climate solutions
Over the last few months, I was able to meet some of the RPCC Staff, attend their annual meeting (and vote on the new Board of Directors) and listen to the volunteers who helped implement Color Your Community Green. A toolkit and support is available for anyone who might want to work with their town to implement environmental actions. I was able to connect with someone who has just begun work on “Color Ogden Green”. It has been educational and eye-opening to learn about the town board and their work by reading past minutes. I look forward to attending those meetings twice a month this fall to develop a deeper understanding of their viewpoints, and identify where we can begin this work. Thanks for supporting BLS Membership in this Alliance of Climate Change Organizations! Karen Smith

Upcoming RPCC Events:

Color Your School Green Launch-Info Webinar is Oct. 6 – RPCC
Wed., Oct. 7: Color Fairport Green Launch-Info Webinar
Thurs., Oct. 15: Introduction to the Clean Energy Communities Program