Cloud 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 email@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Digging Deep p66
Practicing loving kindness meditation is like digging deep into the ground until we reach the purest water. We look deeply into ourselves until insight arises and our love flows to the surface. Joy and happiness radiate from our eyes and everyone around us benefits from our smile and our presence. If we take good care of ourselves, we help everyone. We stop being a source of suffering in the world, and we become a reservoir of joy and freshness. Here and there are people who know how to take good care of themselves, who live joyfully and happily. They are our strongest support. Whatever they do, they do it for everyone.
Immeasurable Minds p81
Loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are described as unlimited states of mind because they continue to grow and they cannot be measured. The more you practice, the more you see your love growing and growing until there is no limit. The more you practice compassion, the more it grows. The more you cultivate joy the more joy you will feel and be able to share. The more you understand, the more you love: the more you love, the more you understand. They are two sides of one reality. The mind of love and the mind of understanding are the same.
We should practice in such a way that every moment is fulfilling. We should feel satisfaction in every breath, in every step, in every action. This is true fulfillment. When you breathe in and out, there is fulfillment. When you take a step, there is fulfillment. When you perform any action, there is the fulfillment that comes from living deeply in the present moment.
Natural Happiness p87
If you walk with true awareness of every step, without having a goal to get anywhere, happiness will arise naturally. You don’t need to look for happiness. When we’re in touch with the wonders of life, we become aware of the many conditions of happiness that are already there, and naturally, we feel happy. The beauty around us brings us back to the present moment so we can let go of the planning and worries that preoccupy us. When you look at the person you love, if he is absorbed in anxiety, you can help him get out. “Darling, do you see the sun? Do you see the signs that spring is coming?” This is mindfulness; we become aware of what is happening now and we are in touch with the conditions of happiness that are there, inside us and all around us.