Stillness Is The Foundation of Understanding

     Cloud Floating Free Sangha

How to Fight, Thich Nhat Hanh

When we observe or listen to other people, we often don’t see them clearly or really hear what they are saying. We see or hear our projections and prejudices instead. We have wrong perceptions about others, which color what we see and hear. Even if a friend gives us a compliment, we find it difficult to receive their kind words. Most of the time, our mind, thoughts, and feelings aren’t calm. They’re like the water in a muddy lake, which can’t reflect the sky because it’s been churned up by a storm. If we’re not calm, we can’t listen deeply and understand. But when our mind is calm, we can see reality more clearly, like still water reflecting the trees, the clouds, and the blue sky. Stillness is the foundation of understanding and insight. Stillness is strength.

 

Nondiscrimination

from The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace and compassion go hand in hand with understanding and nondiscrimination. We choose one thing over another when we discriminate. With the eyes of compassion, we can look at all living reality at once. A compassionate person sees himself or herself in every being. With the ability to view reality from many viewpoints, we can overcome all viewpoints and act compassionately in each situation.

The Energy of Love

Thich Nhat Hanh, Answers From The Heart

The teaching of the Buddha aims at helping us to generate the energy of love and understanding. If we can practice that energy, it will first of all help us to satisfy our need to be loved. And then, with that capacity of love and understanding, we can embrace the people who are with us now. We can make them happy while we are happy ourselves.

 

Dialogue On Race

I have copied this information from the Dialogue on Race Facebook page so that you can be informed about what is happening here in Cville.

Maggie and I are attending the Tuesday evening Circle. Hope to see some of you there…

Dialogue on Race is Back (bet you knew that already!) Come be part of a community initiative to translate dialogue into action. To learn more about the Dialogue on Race, please visit our website or call us at (434) 970-3023. we will have 2 different days of the week for meetings. YOu can choose either Tuesday or Saturday meeting days.
Our Weekday Study Circles will be kicking off on Sept. 26 from 6-9 pm at the Jefferson School Heritage Center. The Study Circles will meet once a month for 3 hrs from September through November with some reading materials to accompany the curriculum. To sign up to be a part of a weekday study circle, tell us you’re coming on this event and please fill out our application, which can be dropped off/mailed to the Office of Human Rights 106 5TH St. NE OR you can email it to dialogue@charlottesville.org
* Childcare will be made available upon request
** refreshments will be provided

Upcoming Times

Tue Sep 26 6:00 PM

Tue Oct 3 6:00 PM

Tue Nov 14 6:00 PM

Our Saturday Study Circles will be kicking off on Sept. 30 from 1-4 pm at the Jefferson School Heritage Center. The Study Circles will meet once a month for 3 hrs from September through November with some reading materials to accompany the curriculum. To sign up to be a part of a Saturday study circle, tell us you’re coming on this event and please fill out our application, which can be dropped off/mailed to the Office of Human Rights 106 5TH St. NE OR you can email it to dialogue@charlottesville.org
* Childcare will be made available upon request
** refreshments will be provided

Upcoming Times

Sat Sep 30 1:00 PM
Sat Oct 7 1:00 PM
Sat Nov 11 1:00 PM

Walk With Me Screening in Cville

 

A screening of Walk With Me has been scheduled here in Charlottesville, VA.

7:30 PM on October 24, 2017 at Regal Cinema in Stonefield.

Follow this link to purchase your ticket NOW: https://gathr.us/screening/21279

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With unprecedented access, WALK WITH ME goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist

community who have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of

chastity for one common purpose – to transform their suffering, and practice

the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

Filmed over three years, in their monastery in rural France and on the road

in the USA, this visceral film is a meditation on a community grappling

with existential questions and the everyday routine of monastic life.

As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ pursuit for a deeper connection to

themselves and the world around them is amplified by insights from

Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

 

Watering the seeds in the ground of love

16299107_1661521150542076_6310428942049543838_nYou have two gardens: your own garden and that of your beloved. First, you have to take care of your own garden and master the art of gardening. In each one of us, there are flowers and there is also garbage. The garbage is the anger, fear, discrimination, and jealousy within us. If you water the garbage, you will strengthen the negative seeds. If you water the flowers of compassion, understanding, and love, you will strengthen the positive seeds. What you grow is up to you.

– Thich Nhat Hanh
(Painting: Van Gogh)

Internal Knots, Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

cffwindowIn Buddhist psychology, the word samyojana refers to internal formations, fetters or knots. When someone says something unkind to us, for example, if we do not understand why he said it and we become irritated, a knot will be tied in us. The lack of understanding is the basis for every internal knot. It is difficult for our mind to accept that it has negative feelings like anger, fear, and regret, so it finds ways to bury these in remote areas of our consciousness. We create elaborate defense mechanisms to deny their existence, but these problematic feelings are always trying to surface. If we practice mindfulness, we can learn the skill of recognizing a knot the moment it is tied in us, so that the work of untying them will be easy. Otherwise, they will grow tighter and stronger.