June 2008 is "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Month:
- Buddhist "Quote of the Week"
- Sunday evening meditation topics at "Breath of Life" at Unity Church of Dallas
- SUMMER SOLSTICE Meditation & Potluck
Dinner -- Sunday, June 22
- Interfaith "Day of Mindfulness"
RETREAT -- Saturday, June 28, 9 am - 5 pm <--- IMPORTANT !
- Special "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Workshop -- Sunday, June 29, 5 pm - 9 pm
- EDINA Energy Healing Workshop with Melissa Long -- Saturday, June 28, 10 am - 3 pm <--- New !
- Divine Mother AMMA in Dallas (the Hugging Saint from India) -- Monday, June 30, 10am and 7pm <--- New !
- Awakening Heart Sangha -- Thursdays 7-9 pm at Center for Spiritual Living
- Monthly "Mini-Sanghas" (small groups) forming soon (last call to fill out Questionnaire)
- Request for 10 persons to make a $108 Monthly Pledge
- There are a few meditation cushions and mats still available for purchase
- Beginners' Meditation Manual -- available online at: http://weblife.org/beginning/
- We need more volunteers on Sundays at "Breath of Life"
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"To enter the human realm, to establish a ground for spiritual life,
requires that we bring awareness to all the actions in our world, to
our use of intoxicants, our speech, to all of our actions.
Establishing a virtuous and harmonious relationship to the world
brings ease and lightness to the heart and steadfast clarity to the
mind. A foundation of virtue brings great happiness and liberation in
itself and is the precondition for wise meditation. With it we can be
conscious and not waste the extraordinary opportunity of a human
birth, the opportunity to grow in compassion and true understanding in
"There is a sign outside a casino in Las Vegas that says, 'You must be
present to win.' The same is true in meditation. If we want to see
the nature of our lives, we must actually be present, aware, awake.
Developing samadhi is much like polishing a lens. If we are looking
to see the cells and workings of the body with a lens that has not
been ground sufficiently, we will not see clearly. In order to
penetrate the nature of the mind and body, we must collect and
concentrate our resources and observe with a steady, silent mind.
This is exactly what the Buddha did: he sat, concentrated his mind,
and looked within. To become a yogi, an explorer of the heart and
mind, we must develop this capacity as well.
"Built on the foundation of concentration is the third aspect of the
Buddha's path of awakening: clarity of vision and the development of
wisdom. In our lives there is much we don't see. We are too busy to
see, or we forget or haven't learned about our capacity to see in new
ways. Our steady and careful observation of the body, heart, and mind
can bring about the growth of understanding and wisdom.
"Wisdom comes from directly observing the truth of our experience. We
learn as we become able to live fully in the moment, rather than being
lost in the dreams, plans, memories, and commentaries of the thinking
mind. There is a big difference between drinking a cup of tea while
being there completely, and drinking a cup of tea while thinking about
five other things. There is a big difference between taking a walk in
the woods and really being there, and taking a walk and spending the
whole time thinking about visiting Disneyland or what you are going to
cook for dinner, or imagining all the stories you can tell your
friends about what a great walk in the woods you had. It is only by
being fully in the moment that the fundamental questions of the heart
can be answered: it is only in the timeless moment that we can come to
that intuitive, silent knowing of the truth. It is the intuitive
wisdom that liberates us."
— by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield
(from Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation)
At "Breath of Life" on Sundays at 5:30-7:30 pm at Unity Church
of Dallas, we will focus on "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" during the
month of June. Please see Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi's website
for a fuller explanation of what "BIG MIND" is: www.Genpo.org. In
short, BIG MIND is an innovative and effective process which blends
traditional Zen and contemporary psychotherapy to facilitate a maximum
number of persons in a relatively short time into the experience of
initial "awakening / enlightenment" or "KENSHO" (the Zen word meaning
"to see one's true nature"). It does not negate the necessity of
further deepening and integration/embodiment through meditation, etc.
But it is definitely going to bring your current spiritual practice to
a whole new level, in just a few hours rather than several years.
|JUNE 2008 is "BIG MIND / BIG HEART"
||Br. ChiSing facilitating;
music by Michael Gott
||*** Interfaith SUMMER SOLSTICE Celebration !!!
Br. ChiSing facilitating;
and special guest musicians
(plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)
||*** Special "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Evening Workshop !!!
facilitated by Alan Davidson from Houston, TX
(training under Genpo Roshi)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Suggested donation: $10 - $60 (dinner is provided)
* please invite friends; you won't want to miss this!
Our next Community Potluck Dinner after meditation will be on
SUMMER SOLSTICE, Sunday, June 22 (meditation is at 5:30 pm,
dinner is at 7:30 pm). here will be special guest musicians, and
Br. ChiSing will share a very powerful message from his heart. Please
bring a vegetarian dish and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share.
Expecting about 50 persons or so. Click for more information on Breath of Life
Please sign up for the next "Day of Mindfulness" Retreat in
Dallas on Saturday, June 28, 9 am - 5 pm. Together we will
experience a day of "Meditation, Inspiration, and
Transformation" as facilitated by Br. ChiSing. Recommended
by Christian ministers, Catholic nuns, Jewish rabbis, Buddhist
priests, Zen teachers, and Interfaith healers. Click here for more information and to download a flyer.
On Sunday, June 29, 5 - 9 pm, we at "Breath of Life" will host
a very special "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Evening Workshop
facilitated by Alan Davidson from Houston, TX (training under Genpo
Roshi). The suggested donation is: $10 - $60 and dinner is provided.
Please invite friends; you won't want to miss this!
Please see Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi's website for a fuller
explanation of what "BIG MIND" is: www.Genpo.org. In short, BIG MIND is an
innovative and effective process which blends traditional Zen and
contemporary psychotherapy to facilitate a maximum number of persons
in a relatively short time into the experience of initial "awakening /
enlightenment" or "KENSHO" (the Zen word meaning "to see one's true
nature"). It does not negate the necessity of further deepening and
integration/embodiment through meditation, etc. But it is definitely
going to bring your current spiritual practice to a whole new level,
in just a few hours rather than several years.
For those who are not attending the "Day of Mindfulness" retreat,
please consider joining Melissa Long in her EDINA healing energy
workshop on Saturday, June 28, 10 am - 3 pm, at the
Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln., Dallas, TX 75230. For
more info, go to: www.edinahealingtemple.com, and contact Melissa.
Get a hug from the Divine Mother AMMA right here in Dallas!
Her blessing is real and powerful. She will be in Dallas on
Monday, June 30, 10am and 7pm, at the Hotel Inter-Continental in
Addison, TX. For more info, go to:
The Awakening Heart Sangha (Community of Mindful Living), which
meets for meditation on Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm, will be
meeting at a new location during the summer at the Center for
Spiritual Living (CSL). Facilitated by Monica Lecrone and Cornell
Kinderknecht, with two sitting meditation periods and a walking
meditation between, followed by teaching and discussion. Click for more information.
Br. ChiSing would like to encourage members of the "Breath of
Life" community to form "mini-sangha" affinity groups that
could meet once-a-month outside of the larger weekly Sunday sangha.
During the next several months this year, Br. ChiSing will work
closely with those who are strong enough in their own mindful practice
to start and facilitate a "mini-sangha." Please share your ideas with
Br. ChiSing or the "Seva" Volunteer Support Team.
* Br. ChiSing and Monica Lecrone will be co-facilitating a
"Diving Deeper" mini-sangha starting in June for those who are
ready to go deeper in their meditation practice and spiritual growth
(location and day/time to be determined). Open to those who are
fairly committed to their personal practice and sangha practice. More
info coming soon. . . .
* THIS IS THE LAST CALL FOR YOU TO FILL OUT THE ONLINE SANGHA QUESTIONNAIRE. Click here to participate.
We are looking for 10 persons to make a pledge of
$108/month for this year in support of the spiritual work that
Br. ChiSing and the Interfaith Mindfulness Ministries are doing, not
only here in Dallas, but also in other states and countries (so
far, we have about 5 persons). Br. ChiSing wants to be able to
continue offering free or low-cost retreats and workshops to
youth and college students in Texas and around the country. He
has already offered or will be offering free retreats and workshops
this year in in several ciites and college campuses.
etc. Please help us to bring the message of mindfulness to more
people who cannot afford high-cost retreats and workshops.
You can give online by credit card at: http://intermindful.com/contact/support.htm. Or, you can send a check to:
Thank you for your practice of "dana" (generosity).
Interfaith Mindfulness Ministries
P.O. Box 863961
Plano, TX 75086
There are still a few meditation cushions and mats (zafus and
zabutons) left for purchase. Please come by to "Breath of Life" on
Sundays before 5:30 pm and after 7:30 pm to take a look at what's
One of the best beginners' meditation manuals is available
online in its entirety. It is called "Beginning to See" by
Sujata, based on Vipassana ("Insight Meditation"). Here
is the link: http://weblife.org/beginning.
Here is a link for meditation instructions from a Zen perspective:
Would you like to volunteer on Sundays at "Breath of
Life"? If so, please contact Ministry Assistant Melissa Long.