June 2008 is "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Month:
- Buddhist "Quote of the Week"
- Sunday evening meditation topics at "Breath of Life" at Unity Church of Dallas
- SUMMER SOLSTICE Meditation & Potluck
Dinner -- Sunday, June 22
- Interfaith "Day of Mindfulness"
RETREAT -- Saturday, June 28, 9 am - 5 pm <--- IMPORTANT !
- Special "BIG MIND / BIG HEART" Workshop -- Sunday, June 29, 5 pm - 9 pm
- Awakening Heart Sangha -- Thursdays 7-9 pm at Center for Spiritual Living <--- New Location !
- Monthly "Mini-Sanghas" (small groups) forming soon (last call to fill out Questionnaire)
- Request for 10 persons to make a $108 Monthly Pledge
- There are a few meditation cushions and mats still available for purchase
- Beginners' Meditation Manual -- available online at: http://weblife.org/beginning/
- We need more volunteers on Sundays at "Breath of Life"
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
"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
— by Ruben Habito
(from Healing Breath: Zen Spirituality for a Wounded Earth)
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"
||Br. ChiSing facilitating
||Monica Lecrone facilitating;
Rod Koen and Melissa Cunningham speaking;
music by Robin Hackett
||Br. ChiSing facilitating;
music by Michael Gott
||*** Interfaith SUMMER SOLSTICE Celebration !!!
Br. ChiSing facilitating;
and special guest musicians
(plus Community Potluck Dinner afterwards)
||*** 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Thank you for your practice of "dana" (generosity).
Interfaith Mindfulness Ministries
P.O. Box 863961
Plano, TX 75086
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
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:
Would you like to volunteer on Sundays at "Breath of
Life"? If so, please contact Ministry Assistant Melissa Long.