InterMindful News - Newsletter for the Sangha - Dallas, Texas
InterMindful News
June 10, 2009

Bird of Paradise Dear mindful friends of "Awakening Heart" —

The summer months are here with the official start of summer coming on the Summer Solstice later in June. Brother ChiSing is currently on his 108-day sabbatical and he plans to come back to speak once a month (usually the last week of the month) until he returns in September. Click here to read Br. ChiSing's first letter from his sabbatical.

You may listen to a Thich Nhat Hanh quote and a message that Brother ChiSing gave at Awakening Heart during his visit on May 31:
Brother ChiSing: Message for the Sangha (12 min.)
May 31, 2009 - Dallas, Texas
Several new talks have been added to our website. Please visit the Audio/Visual section at www.AwakeningHeart.org.

During ChiSing's sabbatical, the Sunday Awakening Heart (Community of Mindful Living) gathering will continue with our regular weekly gatherings to practice, hear a message, and share music. We'll here talks by some of our sangha members as well as some guest speakers. Click here to see the Awakening Heart schedule.

On the last weekend in June, Brother ChiSing will be in Dallas, visiting from his sabbatical and will be pariticipating in and leading several events:
Saturday, June 27, 2009 - noon to 10 pm
SUMMER SOLSTICELEBRATION "We are all one under the Sun"
Indoor and outdoor festival and performances sponsored by Earth Rhythms
Theater shows:
1 pm - "Enchanted Dallas"
Chanting of ancient and modern call-and-response chants, featuring Brother ChiSing / Awakening Heart, Ananda Dallas Meditation Center, and Kalachandji's Kirtan Band
3 pm - "Bohemia" - A variety show with eclectic acts that challenge perceptions.
6 pm - "Singing in the Sun" - Songwriters and poets whose compositions elevate the human spirit and celebrate the sun.
8 pm - "Spirit is Calling" - Inspirational music, song, photography and poetry.
(Additional details of the festival and shows below)
Admission to the festival is free.
Theater show admission $5/person for each show.
Location: Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218
For more information, visit the EarthRhythms website.
Sunday, June 28, 2009, 11 am
Unity Center of Light
Brother ChiSing will be the guest speaker at the morning service.
Location: Unity Center of Light
     Heard Museum, Science Resource Center
     1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069 website
Sunday, June 28, 2009, 1-4 pm
Afternoon of Mindfulness
Facilitated by Brother ChiSing.
Experience a heart-opening afternoon of peace, joy, wisdom,
and community through sitting and walking meditation, journaling,
mindful movement.
Suggested offering: $30
Location: Unity Center of Light
     Heard Museum, Science Resource Center
     1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069 website
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Monthly Community Potluck Dinner with Brother ChiSing @ Awakening Heart
Brother ChiSing facilitating, visiting during his summer sabbatical.
Monthly community potluck dinner following Meditation & More.
Bring a vegetarian dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share.
Bring family and friends.
5:30pm Meditation & More. Yoga at 4:00pm. Dinner at 7:30pm.
Location: Unity Church of Dallas
     6525 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75230
The Metamorphosis sangha that meets on at Unity Church in Grapevine on Tuesdays will take a scheduled break during the month of June and will resume weekly gatherings on Tuesday, July 7, 7:00-8:30pm. Click here for more information about Metamorphosis.

Summer SolstiCelebration
"We are all one under the Sun"
June 27, Saturday, noon to 10 pm

Bath House Cultural Center building & grounds
521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218 (off Northcliff & Buckner Blvd)
Map and venue information at www.BahHouseCultural.com
Festival information at www.EarthRhythms.org or 214-261-5599

Earth Rhythms is proud to announce the return of Summer SolstiCelebration, the popular White Rock Lake tradition, after a hiatus of five years. The event captures the rising optimism and cooperation of our time with its unique array of activities.

  • The Sun and Earth we share is celebrated in two summer ceremonies: an Egyptian solar ritual at noon and a sunset seasonal circle. A Living Peace Sun event concludes the festival.
  • Tent villages of eclectic and hand-crafted wares beneath the shoreline trees, plus unique holistic and metaphysic vendors, offer roving entertainment and buskers' circles for eclectic free-show opportunities.
  • A Stone Circle Stage beneath the live oaks hosts unique performances and activities, including a Cirque de SolstiCelebration and a sunset drum and dance circle
  • A labyrinth walk allows a moment of reflection and connection to the Sun and Earth in this special time. It concludes with a yoga and movement circle.
  • A Chill Zone on the back porch has misters and fans to keep everyone comfortable, plus beverages, snacks and free cold water.
  • Inside the Bath House are live shows of consciousness raising music and a live art/music demonstration, plus a vegetarian cafe, henna tattoos and more.
In the Theater:

Experience the very best in inspired music and arts. Admission to each show is $5. Limited space, advance or early ticket purchase suggested. Tickets on sale at the web site or at the event. Produced by Rodney Steman.

1 pm: Enchanted Dallas
Audience participation chanting of ancient and modern call-and-response chants, presented by local spiritual centers and musicians, representing a world of traditions. Hosted by Rodney Steman.
3 pm: Bohemia
A variety show with eclectic acts that challenge perceptions. Hosted and directed by Amy Martin.
6 pm: Singing the Sun
Tom Prasada-Rao & Cary Cooper www.thedreamsicles.com perform and host fellow songwriters and poets whose compositions elevate the human spirit and celebrate the Sun.

8 pm: Spirit is Calling
Inspirational music, song, photography and poetry by performers from New Thought churches and other spiritual centers. Hosted by Rev. Dr. Petra Weldes of Center for Spiritual Living www.csldallas.org. Directed by Cornell Kinderknecht www.cornellk.com.

See the schedule for all of our weekly and special events on our calendar.

Place your reservation now for Thich Nhat Hanh's 2009 U.S. Teaching Tour.
Information and registration at www.tnhtour.org

August 11-16, 2009 :: English Retreat :: Stonehill College, Easton, MA
Title: Be Peace, Be Joy, Be Hope
August 21-26, 2009 :: English Retreat :: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
Title: One Buddha is Not Enough - Awakening our True Potential
September 8-13, 2009 :: English Retreat :: Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA
Title: The World We Are - Planting Peace, Harvesting Happiness
September 23-27, 2009 :: Vietnamese Retreat :: Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA
Title: Mindfulness Makes Life Beautiful
October 2-6, 2009 :: English Retreat :: Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, NY
Title: Enlightenment is Now or Never

Information about all 2009 US reteats: www.tnhtour.org