- Christian Meditation Retreat in Houston — February 22-24
- Sunday series on "The Teachings of Enlightenment on Happiness and Suffering"
- Beginners' Meditation Manual -- available online
- Regional "Weekend of Mindfulness" Retreat (near Austin) — March 7-9
- Monthly Community Potluck Dinner after Meditation — Sunday, March 9
- "Mini-Sanghas" forming for Young Adults, People of Color, 12-Step Recovery, etc.
- Gay Men's "Mini-Sangha" Dinner @ Michael Gott's — March 22 or 23 (please vote)
- "Day of Mindfulness" Retreat — Saturday, March 29
- Request for 10 persons to make a $108 Monthly Pledge
- Would you like to purchase meditation mats and cushions?
- "A Season for Nonviolence" —
* Listen to recent Dharma Talks by Br. ChiSing and others at: www.InterMindful.com (audio/visual page)
This weekend, Friday-Sunday, February 22-24, there is a wonderful
Christian Meditation Retreat in Houston, TX, facilitated by the
world-renowned Fr. Laurence Freeman. Br. ChiSing will be attending
this very special retreat. More info is at: www.wccm.org and
Last Sunday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, at "Breath of Life," began a two month
series (from Lunar New Year to Earth Day) on the Buddha's Four Noble
Truths and Eightfold Path: "The Teachings of Enlightenment on
Happiness and Suffering":
The Four Noble Truths ("Shit Happens") — Br. ChiSing
||Right View ("The Voice of Big Mind") — Rod Koen
||Right Thought ("Spiritual Mind Treatment")|
— Dr. Cynthia Rexroat, RScP
(this is also "Volunteer Appreciation Sunday")
— Br. ChiSing facilitating
||Right Mindfulness & Concentration (part 1) — Br. ChiSing|
(plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)
||Right Mindfulness & Concentration (part 2) — Monica Lecrone
||Right Effort (Easter) — Br. ChiSing
||Right Speech — The Shambhala Community
||Right Action & Livelihood (part 1) — Br. ChiSing
||Right Action & Livelihood (part 2) — Michael Gott, RScP
||The Four Noble Truths Re-Visited (Earth Day) — Br. ChiSing
(plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)
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:
Please attend the "Weekend of Mindfulness" retreat (near
Austin, TX) on March 7-9. Join meditators from around
Texas and adjacent states for this annual Southwestern weekend retreat
inspired by the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat
Hanh. Facilitated by Br. Chan Huy, an ordained Dharma Teacher
from Canada. Sponsored by the Plum Blossom Sangha of
Austin. Theme: "Peace Is Every Step." More info at:
Our next Community Potluck Dinner after meditation will be on
Sunday, March 9 (meditation is at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 7:30
pm). Please bring a vegetarian dish and/or non-alcoholic drinks to
share. Expecting about 50 persons or so. Click
here for more info on "Breath of Life".
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." Some possibilities
include a "Young Adults" mini-sangha, a "People of
Color" mini-sangha, a "GLBT Friends & Allies" mini-sangha,
a "12-Step Recovery" mini-sangha, a "Musicians"
mini-sangha, etc. Please share your ideas with Br. ChiSing or the
"Seva" Volunteer Support Team.
The newly formed "Gay Men's Mini-Sangha" will meet at
Michael Gott's beautiful house in Dallas for meditation,
sharing, dinner, music and games on either Friday or Saturday
evening, March 21 or 22. Please vote on which evening works best
for you. If this weekend does not work for you, PLEASE suggest an
alternative weekend ASAP.
Send e-mail to: GMminisangha //at// AOL
Please register soon for the next "Day of Mindfulness" retreat
facilitated by Br. ChiSing at the Unity Church of Dallas on
Saturday, March 29, 9 am - 5 pm. Space is limited to the first
30 registrants. The last retreat became full very quickly, so please
register soon to ensure your space for this next retreat. Click here for more info.
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.
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 Austin,
San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denton and St. Louis, 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
We are also looking to raise $600+ this month so that we can
purchase 10+ more sets of meditation mats & cushions to
accommodate our growing numbers of meditators (each set costs about
$60 each). Also, if you would like to purchase your own set
for personal use at home, this will help us get the discount rate
for bulk orders. If we can put in just one order by next month, then
we will only have to pay one fee for shipping and handling. Please
let us know soon if you would like to purchase a set, or if you would
like to make a generous donation toward helping us to buy more sets
for sangha use. Thanks.
Go to the "Season for Nonviolence" website every day to get
your daily message of peace now through April 4 at: www.64-days.org
QUOTE OF THE WEEK — "We must not become discouraged every
time we meet with difficulty. Solutions should be sought in the very
midst of hardship. If we practice equanimity, we will not be bothered
by insults and slander. The people who slander us cannot harm us.
They only harm themselves. When a man spits at the sky, the sky is
not sullied. The spit falls back in the face of the one who spat."
— Buddha (from Old Path,
White Clouds, by Thich Nhat Hanh)