4/30/16

Sunday, May 1

Tree will facilitate on the Five Remembrances, which the Buddha recommends we recite every day. The Five Remembrances help us make friends with our fear of growing old, getting sick, being abandoned and dying. We will practice a guided meditation on impermanence.

4/14/16

Sunday, April 17

Loretta will be facilitating this Sunday on the topic of "practicing engaged Buddhism as a path to creating an enlightened society."

4/8/16

Sunday, April 10

Dear Sangha,

Our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay, said there is nothing which causes more suffering than the untrained mind. He said there is nothing which brings more wellbeing and happiness than the well trained mind. Our practice is training our minds to be awake to the fullness of the present moment, to behold the beauty, truth and goodness of the here and now, and to know and transform suffering by being open to it, seeing its causes and taking care of it. We cultivate the mind of love, the mind of enlightenment through mindfulness, concentration and insight, through meditation, which is the exercise of our big mind, primarily through silence. Through our practice we grow a much larger perspective.

In our practice we use thought to point our attention to what is not thought. This is an example of right thinking, the second step of the 8 Fold Noble Path, after Right View.

Right thought is thought which does not distract from the silence

Rather it enhances it

Right thought points to our essential wonderfulness

To the many causes and conditions for our happiness which exist right now

The Buddha taught the businessmen brought to him by his chief lay disciple, Anathapindika, that it is possible to be happy in the here and now because he knew they were too busy to appreciate the present moment.

This Sunday we will practice opening our heart-minds and training ourselves to be here now, savoring reality as a whole, in the present moment. Our practice is to open our hearts and minds to all the wonders of life that are present here and now and discover for ourselves the source of wellbeing, joy and happiness right here and now in ourselves and in the world.

Keith

3/31/16

Sunday, April 3

Karen will share about Right View and the Third of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: Freedom of Thought, in the context of cultivating compassion during the 2016 election. She will offer a loving kindness/metta guided meditation.

3/25/16

Sunday, March 27

Marge, Keith and Pete will co-facilitate Sunday and will lead the recitation of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings. They will also share about the process of becoming members of Thay’s Order of Interbeing (OI) and committing to using the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in daily life. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about deepening one’s practice with the trainings, working with a mentor, being ordained as an OI member, and being a sangha builder.

3/16/16

Sunday, March 20

Dear friends,
This week we have a unique opportunity as dharma teacher Richard Brady facilitates "I have arrived. I am home. Bringing the practice home.”

Richard Brady, “True Dharma Bridge”, co-founded the Washington Mindfulness Community (DC) in 1989 and the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community (VT) in 2008. A retired mathematics teacher, his passion is supporting mindfulness practice in educational settings. Richard became a member of the Order of Interbeing in 1992 and received Lamp Transmission from Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in 2001 to be a Dharma teacher.

3/11/16

Sunday, March 13

Pete will continue our exploration of the Four Establishments of Mindfulness.

3/4/16

Sunday, March 6

This Sunday, Karen and Heather will share about the Four Foundations of Mindfulness from Brother Phap Hai's book, Nothing to It.

2/25/16

Sunday, February 28

Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,
This Sunday, I will be facilitating on the Five Mindfulness Trainings in a different way than usual. There will be a panel of 5 OHS members who will recite the Trainings and will share with us how a particular Training is helping them grow in their practice. If there is enough time, the panel participants will also be available for brief Q & A period (questions and answers period). The panel and I hope you can join us as we continue to bloom as a flower together and bring light, love, and peace to the world.
Bowing in Gratitude,
Loretta