Taking care of our eight manifestations of body

Good afternoon dear friends

In the Art of Living, Thich Nhat Hanh talks about our eight different bodies: our human body, our Buddha body, our spiritual practice body, our community body, our body outside the body; our continuation body, our cosmic body, our ultimate body. Phew! Sometimes it may seem difficult to simply take a shower being fully mindful of this imperfect skin and bones body in the body!

How can we manifest in the world through all eight bodies? This question allows us to explore our experiences as part of the concentration of “signlessness.”

Please join us this evening as we share, in particular, our experiences as spiritual practice bodies…. If you are unwell; if you are needed within your family, your workplace; if it is a challenging way to come physically to Sangha…. Please honour your spiritual practice body – even if only for a moment – and you will be with those of us who have the privilege of being in the physical zendo this evening.

Smiling, with love, Bethan

The seven concentrations: Practices for 2018

Good afternoon dear friends -

It was wonderful last week to practice our recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings with so many Sangha members! We experience the powerful energy of coming together with careful and loving intention.

This evening at Waves and Water Sangha we will begin a period of study and practice with the seven concentrations: emptiness, signlessness, aimlessness, impermanence, non-craving, letting go and nirvana. The first three are known as the three doors of liberation and, Thay tells us, common to all traditions of Buddhism. The next four are based on the teachings in the Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing.

Bethan, Susu, Alda and Louise will facilitate different ways we can practice these seven concentrations – and all Sangha members are invited to contribute their understanding and insights through Dharma discussion and, if you would like, by offering elements of the program.

We will base our practice on different resources – centrally The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

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And also we will practicing with Touching the Earth: Guided Meditations
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Please join us….

New Year’s Eve Celebration – correction

Dear Friends

My apologies for sending out the wrong draft of the blog. This is the amended version with the correct links.

This is just to remind you that Waves and Water Sangha will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Mountain Rain Community and Insight Meditation Society at the multi-sangha event hosted by Mountain Rain. Beginning at 7pm, we will be sitting, walking and chanting for peace, ending with the invitation of 108 bells at midnight. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the evening.

Throughout the evening, each sangha will be offering a version of the metta chant. Waves and Water will be offering ours (Discourse on Love) at 7:50 pm. We invite your beautiful voices to join us in our chant for peace. The sutra Discourse on Love and the MP3 of the chant by Sr. The Nghiem can be found HERE.

Click here for details about the evening. We look forward to welcoming the New Year with you.

May everyone be happy and safe, and may all hearts be filled with joy.

susu, on behalf of
Waves and Water Sangha

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Dear Friends

Just to remind you that Waves and Water Sangha will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Mountain Rain Community and Insight Meditation Society at the multi-sangha event hosted by Mountain Rain. Beginning at 7pm, we will be sitting, walking and chanting for peace, ending with the invitation of 108 bells at midnight. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the evening.

Throughout the evening, each sangha will be offering a version of the metta chant. Waves and Water will be offering ours (Discourse on Love) at 7:50 pm. We invite your beautiful voices to join us in our chant for peace. The sutra Discourse on Love and the MP3 of the chant by Sr. The Nghiem can be found HERE.

Click here for details about the evening. We look forward to welcoming the New Year with you.

May everyone be happy and safe, and may all hearts be filled with joy.

Waves and Water Sangha

Solstice candle celebration Thursday

Good evening dear friends -

Just a reminder that we have our annual solstice gathering on Thursday. We will sit and walk and sit and walk within the darkness lit by candles. We will have tea and treats, songs, poetry, readings, stories…. Please come, come, wherever you are – and bring simply yourself and/or some treats and/or something to contribute to the circle.

Warmly, Waves and Water

Nourishing ourselves and others – December at Waves and Water

Good evening dear friends

As we move forward toward the longest night and our solstice Sangha gathering on December 21, we can continue to look deeply at how we nourish ourselves and others. We can also look deeply into the consequences of our habit energies and practice making friends with our obstacles to wholesome action!

On our Day of Mindfulness December 16, we will look at how “celebration” ” manifests (or not) both in our every day and special day lives. This is an opportunity to stop and be still for a few hours – a seasonal gift not only to ourselves but to everyone around us – and all beings.

Please note : there will be no Sangha gathering on Thursday December 28.

On New Years Eve, please join our traditional practice with Mountain Rain Zen Community and BC Insight Meditation Society. Beginning at 7pm, we will be sitting, walking and chanting for peace, ending with the invitation of 108 bells at midnight. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the evening. Click here for details.

A wonderful song to guide us in our practice during what can be a stressful time can be found here – enjoy! Take your time [Words and MP3].

This Thursday, we will begin the month with the Ceremony to Recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings. For the rest of December, we will continue with our exploration of Mind Consciousness and Karma, including Dharma study, discussion, and celebration – all within the container of our sitting, walking and tea meditation.

In the New Year, after our recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings on January 4, we will explore Beginning Anew. To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech and thoughts and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationships with others. Whether with ourselves or others, the practice of Beginning Anew is a four-part process. Flower Watering (sharing appreciation and shining light on the strength), Sharing Regrets (sharing any unskillfulness in our actions, speech or thoughts that we have not yet had an opportunity to apologize for), Sharing a Hurt (in private or with the guidance of an elder sibling) and Asking for Support with a specific difficulty. Practising kind speech and deep listening, we have an opportunity to nourish the positive elements within ourselves and others.

May your hearts be joyful and at peace during the holiday season.

Autumn into Winter, supporting Sangha member, Lu….

Good evening dear friends –

As late Autumn moves into Winter, we are once again in a transitional place .The growing darkness and shifting colours of the autumn leaves offer us an opportunity to appreciate the fragile beauty of transformation. Our Thursday evening practice takes place in still darkness and we can look forward to our solstice candlelight and cookie practice on December 21. Our Day of Mindfulness December 16 will support our mindful practice of celebration over the holiday season.

During November and December we will continue our study and practice of the Discourse on the Four Kinds of Nutriments, looking more deeply into the nature of consciousness – the fourth nutriment. We will also explore the recitation included in the Four Nutriment Sutra Service: Repentance and Taking Refuge for Life. There is so much to gather into our heart from these teachings!

We also invite you to nourish your practice with an episode on CBC Radio’s Tapestry : Coming Home to the Present: The Life and Teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh at http://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/coming-home-to-the-present-the-life-and-teaching-of-thich-nhat-hanh-1.4375595

As many of you may know, Lu – our good spiritual friend and joyfully committed Sangha member – suffered a workplace injury last month. With the support of family, friends and Sangha members – as well as his diligent self-care – Lu is making good progress with his healing. Nevertheless, there have been challenging financial consequences. Some friends have developed a YouCaring site that we ask you to respond to and circulate wherever it seems appropriate: www.youcaring.com/LuLamRecoverFund. By allowing us the opportunity to practice generosity, the first paramita or perfection, Lu offers us a great gift.

In gratitude, Bethan

October at Waves and Water Sangha Plus….

Good evening dear friends

We will begin the month with the Ceremony to Recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings this Thursday. There will be moon cakes!

We will continue with our exploration of the Four Nutriments as they manifest in our lives. We have spent time with Edible Foods and Sense Impressions. Volition/ Intention and then Consciousness (individual and collective) will be our next focus. We will continue with Dharma study, discussion, and celebration – all within the container of our sitting, walking and tea meditation.

Our Dharma friend Tracey Pickup from Calgary has warmly extended an invitation to join the Wild Rose Sangha (Calgary) in a retreat November 10-12.  The retreat will be led by Dharma Teacher Chan Huy from Montreal.  More information is available at their sangha website www.wildrosesangha.ca This is not a residential retreat, arrangements can be made to stay with a sangha member or at the retreat centre itself.

A reminder to those who might be interested in taking the online ecosattva training from One Earth Sangha that the session began Oct 1.  Even if you missed the first session, you may still be able to join the following ones.

For more information: https://oneearthsangha.org/programs/2017-ecosattva-training/

Please send metta – loving kindness – to all those who are suffering in the world – including our Sangha friends who have illness or injury. We hold all in our hearts….

SUPPORTING OUR GOOD SPIRITUAL FRIENDS

THAY RETURNS TO VN AS WE CONTINUE OUR PRACTICE 

Thay arriving in VNGood afternoon dear friends

Throughout September we have the opportunity to support each other in deepening our commitment to practice. On September 7, the first Thursday, we will recite the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings as we support our Sangha sister Alda in her aspirancy for the Order of Interbeing. Alda will be formally asking the support of the sangha for her aspirancy – and we will joyfully and lovingly respond.

On September 9, we have an extended Day of Mindfulness that will include a Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission Ceremony followed by a simple community dinner. Please attend to support the five (or more) practitioners who have come forward to Take Refuge and receive the Trainings. You may contact Bethan at wwsangha[at]gmail.com if you wish to receive or renew the Five Mindfulness Trainings.  Please click here for details about the day.

We began our study and practice of the Sutra on the Four Kinds of Nutriments in August.  We will continue to deepen our everyday practice by looking deeply at the nutriments.

NEWS ABOUT OUR TEACHER – THAY

In a formal statement from Plum Village: We are very happy to confirm that earlier yesterday 29th August 2017, at 12h35 local time, our dear Teacher landed safely at ?à N?ng airport in Vietnam. This is his first visit to Vietnam since 2008.

In recent weeks Thay has expressed a strong wish to visit his home country once more, and the sangha is delighted to have been able to realise his wish. Thay’s trip will include a visit to Plum Village’s Root Temple, Chùa T? Hi?u, in Hu?, where Thay began his monastic training in 1942. The full release is here:  https://plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-arrives-in-vietnam/

A news article is here:  http://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel-life/culture-arts/famed-zen-master-thich-nhat-hanh-returns-to-vietnam-3634418.html

ONE EARTH SANGHA

One Earth Sangha is offering their third session of Ecosattva training in October and November: Cultivating Courage, Connection and Devotion in the Anthropocene.

This online course is open to all. Louise St. Pierre is our sangha’s Ecosattva and she will be pleased to share her experience of the Ecosattva Training and answer questions.  You can reach Louise through wwsangha[at] gmail.com or in person at sangha.

For more information: https://oneearthsangha.org/programs/2017-ecosattva-training/

Taking Refuge and Receiving the Mindfulness Trainings

At Waves and Water Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness, September 9, 2017, there will be an opportunity to take Refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and to receive the Mindfulness Trainings. You may choose to receive any or all of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. At the same time, others may choose to renew or add to their earlier transmission. You may find the Five Mindfulness Trainings at this link.

You do not need to be a long-term or consistent practitioner. You do not need to currently attend a Sangha in the Tiep Hien/ Interbeing tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. You simply have, in your heart, an aspiration to do your best in your daily life to increase happiness and decrease suffering in the world.

In this way, coming forward to take Refuge and receive the Mindfulness Trainings is an act of generosity. You are expressing generosity not only to yourself, your family and friends but also to all beings – animal, vegetable, and mineral. As we are taught, none of us are separate-self entities. All
our actions of body, speech and mind are interconnected.

Our Day of Mindfulness will begin at 10:00 in the morning. The Ceremony will take place at 3:00 in the afternoon and last approximately an hour. Each of us brings our own bag lunch and we will offer a light social supper following the Ceremony. Family and friends are welcome to join for the Day of Mindfulness or simply for the Ceremony and/or the supper.

If you wish to take Refuge and receive some or all of the Trainings, please let us know as soon as possible (wwsangha[at]gmail.com) so we can send you an Application. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you are interested in attending the Day of Mindfulness and/or the social supper let us know in advance so that we prepare. There is no charge. A suggested donation is $20-$40; any amount is gratefully accepted!