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Happy Summer Solstice - S.O.S. Letter
From Brother ChiSing
June 21, 2013

Dear Supporters of the Dallas Meditation Center,

DMC SOS Fundraiser Today is Summer Solstice and this Sunday is the Full Moon. This weekend is the perfect time to "BEGIN ANEW" and start afresh and anew with your spiritual practices. Please renew your vows and refuges today and/or this Sunday 5-7 pm.

A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a beautiful meditation celebration with Rev. Michael Gott for 208 persons at the Unity Church in Houston. It was very well-received, and I have been invited to come again in the Fall. And tonight, I will be giving an Interfaith lecture on "Intro to Buddhism" there as well.

For the next few months, I will be traveling and speaking at various churches in various cities around the country, sharing the message of mindfulness, meditation and spiritual rejuvenation. For example, I fly to Minneapolis to lead meditation workshops and retreats for over 100 college students every semester at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College. Because of YOUR support of the Dallas Meditation Center, this is all made possible.

Also, I am planning on producing my next music CD of modern Buddhist kirtan chants (in Sanskrit) by next year. Once I raise $5,000 to do this important project, I will begin recording it very professionally and beautifully. I want to offer this CD for FREE to all monasteries around the world.

I also want to start and finish writing my very first book by next year as well. Here are some sample chapter titles in my upcoming book:

"Buddha in the Bible Belt"
"From Baptist to Bad Boy to Buddhist and Beyond"
"Manifesting the Miracles of Mindfulness"
"Turn Your Karma into Dharma"
"God Has a Sense of Humor"
"Jesus as Rabbi, Avatar, Bodhisattva"
"The Buddha of Infinite Light, Infinite Love, Infinite Life"
"I Am Safe, I Am Loved, I Am Free"
"I Am Home, Thy Will Be Done, All Is Well"
"The Harmony of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism (Heaven, Earth and Humanity)"
"One Dharma: Good News for All from the Lotus Sutra"
"Beloved Thay, Beloved Teacher: Thich Nhat Hanh"

With your support, I hope to be able to write a bestselling book (or at least a well-written one!). I wouldn't be able to do any of this without you. Thank you!

And, of course, there are our usual monthly operating expenses with rent, utilities (we need to upgrade our air conditioning system), part-time staff salaries, website updates, Sunday Evening Children's Mindfulness Programs, guest speakers, guest musicians, etc. For a small center, we do so very much. And we are very efficient and frugal with all the donations we receive. Everything goes to essentials. So that we may be a light of mindfulness and hope in the Dallas area (and beyond).

Did you know that there are persons buying our music CDs and listening to the Dharma teachings online, all the way in Indonesia and Poland and many other places around the world? Because of YOUR support, the Light of Mindfulness is reaching out to those who may or may not have any meditation centers near their home. Because of you, they have received a spark of light and hope, all the way from Dallas, Texas.

As you know, the Dallas Meditation Center offers most of its meditation, yoga and qigong classes on a BY DONATION BASIS. We are one of the few centers in North Texas to do so, rather than charging a set fee. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. We can only continue doing this because of YOUR generous and regular support. The Awakening Heart (Community of Mindful Living) which primarily meets on Sundays 5-7 pm is one of the largest lay Sanghas in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in all of Texas. Your support of Awakening Heart helps us spread the universal message of meditation, mindfulness and the inclusive teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh in North Texas and beyond.

* One of our Awakening Heart members has generously offered to match up to $10,000 if we can raise money by June 30 (which is just a week away). So far, we have raised $5,000, so we are halfway to our goal of $10,000. If 100 persons gave $100 for a monthly or a one-time gift or if 10 persons gave $1,000 for the whole year, we would easily raise the needed $10,000. Please support Awakening Heart and the Dallas Meditation Center this week with your generosity and presence. Let's raise $10,000 and receive a matching donation of $10,000 by June 30. Please attend this Sunday and next at 5-7 pm, as we celebrate Summer Solstice and the Full Moon, as we embrace our abundance and flow in the here and now, for the sake of all beings. We can do it! YES!
Click here for details about this campaign and links to donate

Thank you, thank you, thank you! :-)

In joyful gratitude,
Brother ChiSing


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