Morning Sun Online Day of Mindfulness: From the World of Confusion to the Place of Freedom and Inclusiveness Sunday, June 21st 10:00am-3:00pm, online Zoom MorningSun Community wholeheartedly welcomes you to spend a day of mindfulness in our beloved community. This is an online Day of Practice together with a ceremony to honor and practice with the present struggles and awakening of our society, namely many deaths and hardships caused by racism and covid-19.
No matter where we are in the world, what is happening in our lives, we can put down our projects, individual schedules, and sense of isolation and grief, as we drop deeply into the spirit of community presence together.
We are grateful to have senior Dharma Teacher Fern Dorresteyn and OI members Aurora Leon and Sara Henry share their experiences from their hearts and compassion. They will convey how this time of suffering can be a profound opportunity for deepening our spiritual practice and strengthening our capacity to be compassionately present with our suffering.
These crises of racism and covid-19 are experienced both collectively and individually. This is a rare chance to heal ourselves and our collective lives, touch true compassion with each other, and still experience the interbeing of life. Now is the time to practice as one spiritual family, and journey deeper into the heart of our practice than ever before. Registration: http://morningsuncommunity.org/event/online-day-of-mindfulness-2020-06-20/ Questions: Sara Henry, firstname.lastname@example.org All dana of this day will be given to Susu Healing Collective’s BIPOC Farming and Land Fund.
TEACHINGS ON LOVE with Sister Hai An Wednesdays May 13 - June 24 (7 sessions) , 7:00pm EST virtual on Zoom In a time of Isolation it is essential to know how to generate love from the inside, no matter our outer conditions. The Brahma Viharas, or The Four Immeasurable Minds, are the Buddha’s teachings on love. The four qualities of friendliness, compassion, resonant joy, and equanimity offer a time-tested path that anyone can follow to nurture the deepest love for all beings, including ourselves. Registration https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSV-eJU2O-jjM2M1E0UPJFzIaDkHg8PCzWfJ0mHxUdn6_foQ/viewform?usp=sf_linkYou will receive both the Zoom link to join the live course and recordings to study at your own pace.
SUTRA STUDY with Brother Phap Vu Mondays May 18 - June 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm EST virtual on Zoom Each Monday will be an open-ended class on Buddhist sutras and commentaries. Each week will be assigned reading in which we will share and discuss. Anyone can join any class as long as they have read and digested the assigned reading listed below. You will need to register in order to receive the zoom invitation and notices at Registration The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentary by Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh May 18th to June 25
Chapter Reading List Class 1 May 18 Author’s Preface The Cloud and the Cave The Heart Sutra (Take a look at the other versions in the back of the book, pages 124, 128) How do they differ? How are they the same? Class 2 May 25 Interbeing Empty of What? The Way of Understanding Long Live Emptiness Class 3 June 1 The Mark of Emptiness Happy Continuation Can You See the Sunflowers? Class 4 June 8 Roses and Garbage The Moon is always the Moon What’s in a Name? Class 5 June 15 Stars are Consciousness Everything is a Formation The Path of Happiness Class 6 June 22 Chasing Butterflies Freedom No Longer Afraid Class 7 June 29 Who is Enlightened? The Mantra A Tangerine Party
DAILY EMPATHY CIRCLES with Brother Phap Man Mondays - Fridays, 4:00 - 5:30pm EST, Zoom One of the gifts of this crisis and this extraordinary time is the recognition of our need for connection. Empathy Circles offer a safe place to feel what we're feeling, and to embrace each other with care and support. We acknowledge that many of us are experiencing pain, anxiety, stress, and other strong emotions. Through the practice of active listening and reflecting, we cultivate deeper understanding and compassion. Connecting to the elements of joy and gratitude, we grow our capacity to hold more and more of our experience. All are welcome to join this exploration in healing and mutual aid. Please familiarize yourself with the practice guidelines and vision here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aEzitjrsD9CwezGlOT2FciCyWShDjh9CTEFP62YuuKc Zoom link:https://zoom.us/j/7480173553?pwd=ZDRMRnRuemR3RS92MHozNmpnSGVsdz09
WEEKLY DROP-IN MEDITATION AND SHARING with Sister Hai An Thursdays 4:00 - 5:15pm EST, until May 28 Join Sister Hai An for a meditation practice from the comfort of your own home. We will start with a brief check-in, 30 minutes of meditation with some guidance, 30 minutes to reflect and ask questions, and close with a brief loving kindness meditation. The practice will be based in the Buddhist tradition but is open to people of all and no particular religious beliefs, oriented towards people new-ish to meditation and open to all. Email: email@example.com for the Zoom link and instructions.
BOOK DISCUSSION: The Other Shore: A new translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh Every Second Sunday of each month, 10:40 - 11:40am. The Start Center, 37 Start Road, Camden, ME Hosted by The True Heart Sangha, this on-going event is open to the public, available to any beginner of Buddhism, Zen, or meditation. The gatherings are open ended with open enrollment = sequential attendance not necessary. Cost: free, donations welcome. For more information, contact Rob Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org
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