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InterMindful Weekly
Week of June 1, 2008

Yin Yang June 2008 is "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Month:

  1. Buddhist "Quote of the Week"
  2. Sunday evening meditation topics at "Breath of Life" at Unity Church of Dallas
  3. SUMMER SOLSTICE Meditation & Potluck Dinner -- Sunday, June 22
  4. Interfaith "Day of Mindfulness" RETREAT -- Saturday, June 28, 9 am - 5 pm <--- IMPORTANT !
  5. Special "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Workshop -- Sunday, June 29, 5 pm - 9 pm
  6. Awakening Heart Sangha -- Thursdays 7-9 pm at Center for Spiritual Living <--- New Location !
  7. Monthly "Mini-Sanghas" (small groups) forming soon (last call to fill out Questionnaire)
  8. Request for 10 persons to make a $108 Monthly Pledge
  9. There are a few meditation cushions and mats still available for purchase
  10. Beginners' Meditation Manual -- available online at: http://weblife.org/beginning/
  11. We need more volunteers on Sundays at "Breath of Life"

  1. Big Mind / Big Heart Month
    QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
    "Zen is not for those who are expecting some kind of spectacular result from meditation, such as levitation or the attainment of superhuman psychic powers. Of course, these are not precluded, if they come as a natural and unsought fruit of long years of practice, but they are not what Zen is about. The best that Zen has to offer cannot be fathomed by those who look to it for some ulterior motive.

    "What Zen offers is an invitation to "taste and see," the quiet joy of simply BE-ing, of sitting, of standing, walking, laughing, crying. Getting up in the middle of the night to soothe a crying baby back to sleep. Waking up in the morning, washing one's face. Going to work, coming home. Playing with the children. Listening to music. Putting out the garbage. Sorting out plastics and bottles for recycling. Writing a letter to one's senator. Joining a picket line. Lining up in a soup kitchen. Getting tired. Growing old. Battling with cancer. Dying of AIDS. Just that. And in the midst of all this, to experience a Miracle.

    "To embody the Way of the Awakened in our daily life is just that -- nothing more than living every moment, just as it is, emptied of ego, filled with a sense of mystery and wonder.

    "With Zen practice, one grows into an awareness that every heartbeat, every breath, or even every hair on my head, as well as every newborn baby, every blade of grass, every pebble by the wayside, is something 'unthinkable,' something that calls forth a sense of wonder on every count: a veritable miracle.

    "It is the recovery of this sense of wonder and mystery of everything that can heal the rift I find between myself and nature, between myself and my fellow humans. As I live every moment replete with this sense of wonder and mystery, such a mode of awareness encompasses the whole of nature, all human beings, as well as my own self, and grounds the vivid sense of my connectedness with everything in the universe."

         — by Ruben Habito
         (from Healing Breath: Zen Spirituality for a Wounded Earth)

  2. At "Breath of Life" on Sundays at 5:30-7:30 pm at Unity Church of Dallas, we will focus on "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" during the month of June. Please see Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi's website for a fuller explanation of what "BIG MIND" is: www.Genpo.org. In short, BIG MIND is an innovative and effective process which blends traditional Zen and contemporary psychotherapy to facilitate a maximum number of persons in a relatively short time into the experience of initial "awakening / enlightenment" or "KENSHO" (the Zen word meaning "to see one's true nature"). It does not negate the necessity of further deepening and integration/embodiment through meditation, etc. But it is definitely going to bring your current spiritual practice to a whole new level, in just a few hours rather than several years.

    JUNE 2008 is "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Month"
       
    June 1: Br. ChiSing facilitating
    June 8: Monica Lecrone facilitating;
    Rod Koen and Melissa Cunningham speaking;
    music by Robin Hackett
    June 15: Br. ChiSing facilitating;
    music by Michael Gott
    June 22: *** Interfaith SUMMER SOLSTICE Celebration !!!
    Br. ChiSing facilitating;
    and special guest musicians
    (plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)
    June 29: *** Special "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Evening Workshop !!!
    facilitated by Alan Davidson from Houston, TX
    (training under Genpo Roshi)
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Suggested donation: $10 - $60 (dinner is provided)
    (need-basis scholarships are available for those who ask in advance)
    * please invite friends; you won't want to miss this!

  3. Our next Community Potluck Dinner after meditation will be on SUMMER SOLSTICE, Sunday, June 22 (meditation is at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 7:30 pm). here will be special guest musicians, and Br. ChiSing will share a very powerful message from his heart. Please bring a vegetarian dish and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share. Expecting about 50 persons or so.

  4. Please sign up for the next "Day of Mindfulness" Retreat in Dallas on Saturday, June 28, 9 am - 5 pm. Together we will experience a day of "Meditation, Inspiration, and Transformation" as facilitated by Br. ChiSing. Recommended by Christian ministers, Catholic nuns, Jewish rabbis, Buddhist priests, Zen teachers, and Interfaith healers. Click here for more information and to download a flyer.

  5. On Sunday, June 29, 5 - 9 pm, we at "Breath of Life" will host a very special "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Evening Workshop facilitated by Alan Davidson from Houston, TX (training under Genpo Roshi). The suggested donation is: $10 - $60 and dinner is provided. Please invite friends; you won't want to miss this!

    Please see Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi's website for a fuller explanation of what "BIG MIND" is: www.Genpo.org. In short, BIG MIND is an innovative and effective process which blends traditional Zen and contemporary psychotherapy to facilitate a maximum number of persons in a relatively short time into the experience of initial "awakening / enlightenment" or "KENSHO" (the Zen word meaning "to see one's true nature"). It does not negate the necessity of further deepening and integration/embodiment through meditation, etc. But it is definitely going to bring your current spiritual practice to a whole new level, in just a few hours rather than several years.

  6. The Awakening Heart Sangha (Community of Mindful Living), which meets for meditation on Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm, will be meeting at a new location during the summer at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL). Facilitated by Monica Lecrone, with two sitting meditation periods and a walking meditation between, followed by teaching and discussion. Click for more information.

  7. 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." Please share your ideas with Br. ChiSing or the "Seva" Volunteer Support Team.

    * Br. ChiSing and Monica Lecrone will be co-facilitating a "Diving Deeper" mini-sangha starting in June for those who are ready to go deeper in their meditation practice and spiritual growth (location and day/time to be determined). Open to those who are fairly committed to their personal practice and sangha practice. More info coming soon. . . .

    * THIS IS THE LAST CALL FOR YOU TO FILL OUT THE ONLINE SANGHA QUESTIONNAIRE. Click here to participate.

  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 (so far, we have about 5 persons). 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 in several ciites and college campuses. 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. There are still a few meditation cushions and mats (zafus and zabutons) left for purchase. Please come by to "Breath of Life" on Sundays before 5:30 pm and after 7:30 pm to take a look at what's available.

  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. Would you like to volunteer on Sundays at "Breath of Life"? If so, please contact Ministry Assistant Melissa Long.