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InterMindful Weekly
Week of Mar 9, 2008

Lotus This week:
  1. Buddhist "Quote of the Week"
  2. Sunday series on "The Teachings of Enlightenment on Happiness and Suffering"
  3. Monthly Community Potluck Dinner after Meditation — Sunday, March 9
  4. "Day of Mindfulness" Retreat — Saturday, March 29
  5. "Mini-Sanghas" forming for Young Adults, People of Color, 12-Step Recovery, etc.
  6. Gay Men's "Mini-Sangha" Dinner @ Michael Gott's — March 22 or another evening (please vote)
  7. Lunafest Film Festival — March 28
  8. Request for 10 persons to make a $108 Monthly Pledge
  9. Would you like to purchase meditation mats and cushions?
  10. Beginners' Meditation Manual — available online at: weblife.org/beginning
  11. "A Season for Nonviolence" — daily messages at: www.64-days.org
  12. We need more volunteers on Sundays at "Breath of Life"

  1. QUOTE OF THE WEEK — "Your body is not yours alone. It also belongs to your ancestors, your parents, future generations, and all other living beings. Everything, even the trees and the clouds, has come together to bring about the presence of your body. Keeping your body healthy is the best way to express your gratitude to the whole cosmos, to all ancestors, and also not to betray future generations. You practice this precept for everyone. If you are healthy, everyone can benefit from it. When you are able to get out of the shell of your small self, you will see that you are interrelated to everyone and everything, that your every act is linked with the whole of humankind and the whole cosmos. To keep yourself healthy in body and mind is to be kind to all beings. … Wholesome, spiritual nourishment can be found by looking at the blue sky, the spring blossoms, or the eyes of a child. The most basic meditation practice of becoming aware of our bodies, our minds, and our world can lead us into a far more rich and fulfilling state than drugs ever could. We can celebrate the joys that are available in these simple pleasures. … To take good care of yourself and to take good care of living beings and of the environment is the best way to love God. This love is possible when there is the understanding that you are not separate from other beings or the environment. This understanding cannot be merely intellectual. It must be experiential, the insight gained by deep touching and deep looking in a daily life of prayer, contemplation, and meditation."
         — by Thich Nhat Hanh (from Living Buddha, Living Christ)

  2. At "Breath of Life" on Sundays at 5:30-7:30 pm at Unity Church of Dallas, we are continuing a two month series (from Lunar New Year to Earth Day) on the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path: "The Teachings of Enlightenment on Happiness and Suffering":
    Mar. 9: Right Mindfulness & Concentration (part 1) — Br. ChiSing
    (plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)
    Mar. 16: Right Mindfulness & Concentration (part 2) — Monica Lecrone
    Mar. 23: Right Effort (Easter) — Br. ChiSing
    Mar. 30: Right Speech — The Shambhala Community
    April 6: Right Action & Livelihood (part 1) — Br. ChiSing
    April 13: Right Action & Livelihood (part 2) — Michael Gott, RScP
    April 20: The Four Noble Truths Re-Visited (Earth Day) — Br. ChiSing
    (plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)

  3. Our next Community Potluck Dinner after meditation will be on Sunday, March 9 (meditation is at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 7:30 pm). Please bring a vegetarian dish and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share. Expecting about 50 persons or so. (We will also have a discussion on "mini-sangha" groups). Click here for more info on "Breath of Life".

  4. Please register soon for the next "Day of Mindfulness" retreat facilitated by Br. ChiSing at the Unity Church of Dallas on Saturday, March 29, 9 am - 5 pm. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. The last retreat became full very quickly, so please register soon to ensure your space for this next retreat. Click here for more info.

  5. Br. ChiSing would like to encourage members of the "Breath of Life" community to form "mini-sangha" affinity groups that could meet once-a-month outside of the larger weekly Sunday sangha. During the next several months this year, Br. ChiSing will work closely with those who are strong enough in their own mindful practice to start and facilitate a "mini-sangha." Some possibilities include a "Young Adults" mini-sangha, a "People of Color" mini-sangha, a "GLBT Friends & Allies" mini-sangha, a "12-Step Recovery" mini-sangha, a "Musicians" mini-sangha, etc. Please share your ideas with Br. ChiSing or the "Seva" Volunteer Support Team.

  6. The newly formed "Gay Men's Mini-Sangha" will meet at Michael Gott's beautiful house in Dallas for meditation, sharing, dinner, music and games on either Friday evening, March 21 or another evening. Please vote on which evening works best for you. Send e-mail to: GMminisangha //at// AOL //dot// com

  7. Lunafest Dallas Film Festival (Friday, March 28, 2008 - 6:00 pm) — Short films by, for, about women. Hosted by Dr. Ronit Mor.
    Guest artists: Michael Gott and Charity Lankford.
    Information at: www.LunafestDallas.com
    Center for Spiritual Living: International Place, 4801 Spring Valley Road, Dallas TX 75244

  8. We are looking for 10 persons to make a pledge of $108/month for this year in support of the spiritual work that Br. ChiSing and the Interfaith Mindfulness Ministries are doing, not only here in Dallas, but also in other states and countries. Br. ChiSing wants to be able to continue offering free or low-cost retreats and workshops to youth and college students in Texas and around the country. He has already offered or will be offering free retreats and workshops this year in Austin, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denton and St. Louis, etc. Please help us to bring the message of mindfulness to more people who cannot afford high-cost retreats and workshops.

    You can give online by credit card at: http://intermindful.com/contact/support.htm. Or, you can send a check to:

    Interfaith Mindfulness Ministries
    P.O. Box 863961
    Plano, TX 75086

    Thank you for your practice of "dana" (generosity).

  9. We are also looking to raise $600+ this month so that we can purchase 10+ more sets of meditation mats & cushions to accommodate our growing numbers of meditators (each set costs about $60 each). Also, if you would like to purchase your own set for personal use at home, this will help us get the discount rate for bulk orders. If we can put in just one order by next month, then we will only have to pay one fee for shipping and handling. Please let us know soon if you would like to purchase a set, or if you would like to make a generous donation toward helping us to buy more sets for sangha use. Thanks.

  10. One of the best beginners' meditation manuals is available online in its entirety. It is called "Beginning to See" by Sujata, based on Vipassana ("Insight Meditation"). Here is the link: http://weblife.org/beginning.

    Here is a link for meditation instructions from a Zen perspective: http://www.mro.org/zmm/teachings/meditation.php

  11. Go to the "Season for Nonviolence" website every day to get your daily message of peace now through April 4 at: www.64-days.org

  12. Would you like to volunteer on Sundays at "Breath of Life"? If so, please contact John Lochner at: JohnLochner //at// AOL //dot// com