A Day of Mindfulness led by Anh-Huong & Thu Nguyen

cffwindowCloud Floating Free Sangha Presents A Day of Mindfulness, October 21, 2017

A Day of Mindfulness, October 21, 2017, 9:00AM-3:30PMIn the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

In the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

with Meditation Teachers Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen,

The principal teachers at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax

 

 

 

At Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church: Unitarian Universalist, the Social Hall

715 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

To be mindful is to be aware of what is going on in our body, in our feelings, in our mind, and in the world. The purpose of mindfulness practice is to experience and demonstrate that happiness is possible right here and now. Mindfulness is the basis for transforming ourselves and creating a more harmonious family and society.

On this day, we come together to learn and practice the art of mindful living as a community. We will learn to enjoy the practice of mindful breathing, sitting, walking, movement, and mindful eating.

Dress comfortably and bring a mat, cushion for the sitting and blanket for the deep relaxation. Chairs will be available. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at lunch.

Registration, fee: $40.00 + donation cloudfloatingfree@gmail.com

 Schedule:

9:00     – Registration – Welcome

9:30     – Guided Meditation

10:30   – Mindful Movements

11:00   – Indoor walking meditation

11:30   – Outdoor walking

11:50   – Orientation on mindful eating

12:00   – Potluck preparation – Lunch

1:30     – Deep relaxation

2:30     – Dharma talk, Q/A

3:30     – End of day of mindfulness

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Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen have been practicing mindfulness in the tradition of the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 30 years. They have led mindfulness retreats in the United States since 1988 and in 1992 were among the first students to be ordained as meditation teachers by Thich Nhat Hanh. Anh-Huong is the author of “Opening the Heart of Compassion”, a guided meditation CD and co-author with Thich Nhat Hanh of “Walking Meditation”, a multimedia manual on mindful walking. She has translated several of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books into English including “The Sun My Heart” and “The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion.” They are principal teachers at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax (www.mpcf.org).

Registration fee: $40.00 + donation

DOM register and inquiries email: cloudfloatingfree@gmail.com

Anh-Huong & Thu: Public Talk to be Held in Cville, Oct 20, 2017

Cloud Floating Free Sangha Presents

A Public Talk By Anh-Huong & Thu Nguyen

For a Future to be Possible: The Wisdom of Interbeing

October 20, 2017, 6:30-8:00 PM

 

At Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church: Unitarian Universalist in the Sanctuary

715 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen have been practicing mindfulness in the tradition of the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 30 years. They have led mindfulness retreats in the United States since 1988 and in 1992 were among the first students to be ordained as meditation teachers by Thich Nhat Hanh. Anh-Huong is the author of “Opening the Heart of Compassion”, a guided meditation CD and co-author with Thich Nhat Hanh of “Walking Meditation”, a multimedia manual on mindful walking. She has translated several of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books into English including “The Sun My Heart” and “The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion.” They are principal teachers at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax (www.mpcf.org).

Donations at the Door

register and inquiries email: cloudfloatingfree@gmail.com

The Sun Always Shines, Thich Nhat Hanh

#233 The Sun Always Shines

Your True Home, Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

When it is raining, we think there is no sunshine. But if we fly high in an airplane and go through the clouds, we rediscover the sunshine again. We see that the sunshine is always there. In a time of anger or despair, our love is also still there. Our capacity to communicate, to forgive, to be compassionate is still there.

You have to believe this. We are more than our anger; we are more than our suffering. We must recognize that we do have within us the capacity to love, to understand, to be compassionate. If you know this, then when it rains you won’t be desperate. You know that the rain is there, but the sunshine is still there somewhere. Soon the rain will stop, and the sun will shine again. Have hope. If you can remind yourself that the positive elements are still present within you and the other person, you will know that it is possible to break through, so that the best things in both of you can come up and manifest again.

Beyond Labels

As human beings, we’re exactly the same. But the many layers of labels prevent other people from seeing you as a human being. Thinking of yourself as or calling yourself a “Buddhist” can be a disadvantage, because if you wear the title “Buddhist” this may be an obstacle that prevents others from discovering the human being in you. The same is true whether you are

Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. This can be an important part of your identity, but it is not the whole of who you are. People are caught in these notions and images, and they cannot recognize each other as human beings. The practice of peeling away all the labels so that the human being can be revealed is truly a practice of peace.

 

Your True Home the everyday wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

Go Back to the Body

GO BACK TO THE BODY

Breathing mindfully takes our mind back to our breath and, if we continue, to our whole body. We go back to our body and reconcile with it. We get to know what’s going on in our body, the wrongs we have done, the conflicts we’re having, and we’ll know what to do and what not to do in order to be on good terms with our body. With mindful breathing, we come to recognize our body as our home. We might say:

Breathing in, I am aware of my body.
Breathing out, I smile to my whole body.

—Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Living by TNH

A message from Plum Village.

Dear Dharma Brothers & Sisters,

 

We’re very happy to announce the publication next week, on June 6, of Thay’s book THE ART OF LIVING, an edited selection of Thay’s unpublished teachings from 2013-14. It includes Thay’s remarkable teachings from the June 2014 21-day Retreat in Plum Village, France (the last 21-day retreat taught by Thay), with the theme “What happens when we die? What happens when we’re alive?” So perhaps the title of the book could also be, “THE ART OF LIVING AND DYING”

 

We hope those of you who were at the 21-Day Retreat will appreciate reading a full exposition of Thay’s teachings on the Cosmic Body, reincarnation, life-force, and so on. And those who missed the retreat will have a chance to discover some of Thay’s precious teachings before his stroke.

 

In THE ART OF LIVING, Thay’s insights are set within the context of the Seven Concentrations he focussed on in the last year or two of his teachings: combining the 3 Doors of Liberation with the last 4 Exercises of Mindful Breathing (making a total of 7).

 

We are grateful for the support of HarperOne publishing, in allowing us to produce an accessible yet profound Dharma book, that we hope will be an inspiration for Thay’s students everywhere, and a support for the deepening of our collective practice.

 

We hope that many of you will have a chance to read and study the book, as individuals and as sanghas. We invite you to get involved by writing an honest review on THE ART OF LIVING Amazon page, and by participating in discussions on the book’s Goodreads page. We’d especially love to see comments and reviews from those of you who attended the 2014 21-Day Retreat, and who’ve already had a chance to put these teachings into practice.

 

Perhaps, in the future, monastic and lay Dharma Teachers may be able to offer some structured study of the book, along the lines of Br Phap Hai’s wonderfully successful “The Sun My Heart” Book Club. If you have any ideas for this, please let us know.

 

We welcome your feedback.

 

With gratitude and appreciation,

 

Sister True Dedication

on behalf of the Plum Village Editorial Team

editors@plumvillage.org

 

 

 

A Lotus for you, A Buddha to be

A Lotus for you, A Buddha to be                  

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

The tradition of joining our palms together and bowing when we meet someone is very beautiful. Millions of men and women in Asia and around the world greet each other that way every day. Forming a lotus bud with your hands is very pleasant. I hope you will try it from time to time. If a tulip blossom is more familiar for you to envision, you may want to say, “A tulip for you, a Buddha to be.” A tulip possesses the Buddha nature just like a lotus.

When someone offers me a cup of tea, I always bow respectfully. As I join my palms, I breathe in and say, “A lotus for you.” As I bow, I breathe out and say, “A Buddha to be.” To join our hands in a lotus bud is to offer the person standing before us a fresh flower. But we have to remember not to join our palms mechanically. We must be aware of the person we are greeting. When our respect is sincere, we remember that she has the nature of the Buddha, the nature of awakening.

If we look, we can see the Buddha in the person before us. When we practice this way regularly, we will see a change in ourselves. We will develop humility, and we will also realize that our abilities are boundless. When we know how to respect others, we also know how to respect ourselves.

As I bow, mindfulness becomes real in me. Seeing my deep reverence, the person to whom I bow also becomes awake, and he may like to form a lotus and bow to me, breathing in and out. With one greeting, mindfulness becomes present in both of us as we touch the Buddha with our hearts, not just with our hands. Suddenly, the Buddha in each of us begins to shine, and we are in touch with the present moment.

Sometimes we think that we are superior to others – perhaps more educated or intelligent. Seeing an uneducated person, a feeling of disdain may arise, but this attitude does not help anyone. Our knowledge is relative and limited. An orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows to make a beautiful well-proportioned shell. Compared with this kind of knowledge, our knowledge is not worth boasting about, no matter how much formal education we have. We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail and join our palms reverently before the monarch butterfly and the magnolia tree. Feeling respect for all species of living beings and inanimate objects will help us recognize a part of the Buddha nature in ourselves.

In the West, some people prefer to shake hands. Whatever form you use, if you greet others mindfully and respectfully, the Buddha is present.