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InterMindful Weekly
Week of June 15, 2008

Mandala 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. EDINA Energy Healing Workshop with Melissa Long -- Saturday, June 28, 10 am - 3 pm <--- New !
  7. Divine Mother AMMA in Dallas (the Hugging Saint from India) -- Monday, June 30, 10am and 7pm <--- New !
  8. Awakening Heart Sangha -- Thursdays 7-9 pm at Center for Spiritual Living
  9. Monthly "Mini-Sanghas" (small groups) forming soon (last call to fill out Questionnaire)
  10. Request for 10 persons to make a $108 Monthly Pledge
  11. There are a few meditation cushions and mats still available for purchase
  12. Beginners' Meditation Manual -- available online at: http://weblife.org/beginning/
  13. We need more volunteers on Sundays at "Breath of Life"

  1. QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
    "To enter the human realm, to establish a ground for spiritual life, requires that we bring awareness to all the actions in our world, to our use of intoxicants, our speech, to all of our actions. Establishing a virtuous and harmonious relationship to the world brings ease and lightness to the heart and steadfast clarity to the mind. A foundation of virtue brings great happiness and liberation in itself and is the precondition for wise meditation. With it we can be conscious and not waste the extraordinary opportunity of a human birth, the opportunity to grow in compassion and true understanding in our life.

    "There is a sign outside a casino in Las Vegas that says, 'You must be present to win.' The same is true in meditation. If we want to see the nature of our lives, we must actually be present, aware, awake. Developing samadhi is much like polishing a lens. If we are looking to see the cells and workings of the body with a lens that has not been ground sufficiently, we will not see clearly. In order to penetrate the nature of the mind and body, we must collect and concentrate our resources and observe with a steady, silent mind. This is exactly what the Buddha did: he sat, concentrated his mind, and looked within. To become a yogi, an explorer of the heart and mind, we must develop this capacity as well.

    "Built on the foundation of concentration is the third aspect of the Buddha's path of awakening: clarity of vision and the development of wisdom. In our lives there is much we don't see. We are too busy to see, or we forget or haven't learned about our capacity to see in new ways. Our steady and careful observation of the body, heart, and mind can bring about the growth of understanding and wisdom.

    "Wisdom comes from directly observing the truth of our experience. We learn as we become able to live fully in the moment, rather than being lost in the dreams, plans, memories, and commentaries of the thinking mind. There is a big difference between drinking a cup of tea while being there completely, and drinking a cup of tea while thinking about five other things. There is a big difference between taking a walk in the woods and really being there, and taking a walk and spending the whole time thinking about visiting Disneyland or what you are going to cook for dinner, or imagining all the stories you can tell your friends about what a great walk in the woods you had. It is only by being fully in the moment that the fundamental questions of the heart can be answered: it is only in the timeless moment that we can come to that intuitive, silent knowing of the truth. It is the intuitive wisdom that liberates us."

         — by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield
         (from Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation)

  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 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)
    * 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. Click for more information on Breath of Life

  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. For those who are not attending the "Day of Mindfulness" retreat, please consider joining Melissa Long in her EDINA healing energy workshop on Saturday, June 28, 10 am - 3 pm, at the Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln., Dallas, TX 75230. For more info, go to: www.edinahealingtemple.com, and contact Melissa.

  7. Get a hug from the Divine Mother AMMA right here in Dallas! Her blessing is real and powerful. She will be in Dallas on Monday, June 30, 10am and 7pm, at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Addison, TX. For more info, go to: www.amma.org/tours/amma-tours/dallas-jun08.html
  8. 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 and Cornell Kinderknecht, with two sitting meditation periods and a walking meditation between, followed by teaching and discussion. Click for more information.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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