InterMindful Weekly - Newsletter for the Sangha - Dallas, Texas
InterMindful Weekly
Week of Apr 20, 2008

Earth Day April 2008 is "Celebrate EARTH AWARENESS" Month:

  1. Buddhist "Quote of the Week"
  2. Sunday evening meditation topics at "Breath of Life" at Unity Church of Dallas
  3. EARTH DAY Meditation & Potluck Dinner -- Sunday, April 20 <--- IMPORTANT !
  4. Monthly "Mini-Sanghas" (small groups) forming soon
  5. Request for 10 persons to make a $108 Monthly Pledge
  6. Ordered meditation mats & cushions will arrive by April 27
  7. Beginners' Meditation Manual — available online at: weblife.org/beginning
  8. We need more volunteers on Sundays at "Breath of Life"

  1. May is Enlightenment Month QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
    "Our aim is to have complete experience or full feeling in each moment of practice. What we teach is that enlightenment and practice are one, but my practice was what we call stepladder Zen: 'I understand this much now, and next year,' I thought, 'I will understand a little bit more.' That kind of practice doesn't make much sense -- I could never be satisfied. If you try stepladder practice, maybe you too will realize that it is a mistake.

    "If we do not have some warm, big satisfaction in our practice, that is not true practice. Even though you sit, trying to have the right posture and counting your breath, it may still be lifeless zazen [sitting meditation], because you are just following instructions. You are not kind enough with yourself. You think that if you follow the instructions given by some teacher, then you will have good zazen, but the purpose of instruction is to encourage you to be kind with yourself. Do not count your breaths just to avoid your thinking mind but to take the best care of your breathing.

    "If you are very kind with your breathing, one breath after another, you will have a refreshed, warm feeling in your zazen. When you have a warm feeling for your body and your breath, then you can take care of your practice, and you will be fully satisfied. When you are very kind with yourself, naturally you will feel like this."

         — by Shunryu Suzuki
         (from Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen)

  2. At "Breath of Life" on Sundays at 5:30-7:30 pm at Unity Church of Dallas, we are finishing up our series on the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path: "The Teachings of Enlightenment on Happiness and Suffering"
    APRIL 2008 is "Celebrate EARTH AWARENESS Month"
    April 20: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION — Br. ChiSing
    Music by Robin Hackett & others
    (plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)
    April 27: Spiritual Movie Night, facilitated by Monica Lecrone
    May 4: "Awakening to Enlightenment" (part 1) — Br. ChiSing
    Music by Michael Gott
    May 11: "Awakening to Enlightenment" (part 2) — Br. ChiSing
    Music by Robin Hackett
    May 18: *** WESAK: Celebration of BUDDHA's Enlightenment Day !!!
          — Br. ChiSing
    Music by The Dreamsicles and others
    (plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)

  3. Our next Community Potluck Dinner after meditation will be on EARTH DAY, Sunday, April 20 (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".

  4. 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 May 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…

  5. 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 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:

    Interfaith Mindfulness Ministries
    P.O. Box 863961
    Plano, TX 75086

    Thank you for your practice of "dana" (generosity).

  6. Thank you to those who contributed to the purchase of more new meditation mats & cushions. All orders will be arriving by the end of the month, so if you ordered a personal set, please pick it up on April 27 or May 4 (and bring your checkbook with you). Thanks!

  7. 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: http://www.mro.org/zmm/teachings/meditation.php

  8. Would you like to volunteer on Sundays at "Breath of Life"? If so, please contact John Lochner at: JohnLochner  aol.com