A Thousand Mothers: film showing and meditation

Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to pass on the following invitation from Mountain Rain Zen Community to:
A Thousand Mothers: film showing and meditation , Sunday, June 25, 7:00-9:00, Mountain Rain Zendo, 2016 Wall St. Vancouver.


The invitation from Mountain Rain Zen Community :
Please join us for this inter-sangha event. We will start with a period of meditation, followed by a showing of A Thousand Mothers, a film by Kim Shelton, and discussion time.

A Thousand Mothers is a visually poetic glimpse into the little known world of Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar. While the choices available to girls and women are quite limited, the film reveals unexpected opportunity and beauty as young orphans find a refuge, an education and a healthy environment, living with older nuns who have dedicated their lives to service and generosity.

Sponsored by Mountain Rain Zen and BC Insight Meditation. No charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.
More information at : www.mountainrainzen.org

Missing washroom key

Dear Friends,

The key to the washroom down the hall from the zendo went missing after our Day of Mindfulness on May 13. If you attended our last Day of Mindfulness, please take a look to see if you took it home by accident. It is a single key on a (blue?) plastic tag. And if you do have it, please return it as soon as possible or email us at wwsangha@gmail.com to make arrangements for its return. We really need it!!

Thanks very much,

Day of Mindfulness Saturday: Being “caught”

Good morning dear friends –

Please join us this Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 to 3:00 for a Day of Mindfulness. In the morning we will have two periods of sitting and walking, a Sutra Service (The Better Way to Live Alone) and walking meditation. Please bring a bag for a formal meal (tea provided). After lunch we will practice Deep Relaxation. In Dharma Discussion, we will explore through the lens of our Sutra Service, what it means for us “to be caught” in experiences we that are pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.

Everyone is welcome. We are located at 2016 Wall Street (Mountain Rain Zen Community).

For more information, please contact us at wwsangha[at]gmail.com

Int’l Day Against Racism March this Sunday

Dear friends -

Please join other Buddhist practitioners in Vancouver’s March Against Racism this Sunday, March 26. It will be held from 1 to 4 pm, beginning at Thornton Park (Main Street Sky Train Station – 1166 Main Street), winding through Chinatown, ending at Victory Square Park. Some members of the Waves and Water Sangha will be joining our sister Sangha Mindfulness Community of Vancouver in the march. Please email us at wwsangha[at] gmail [dot] com for place and time of gathering — or look for mindful protest signs that Brother Dzung has made for us.

On March 30, the fifth Thursday of the month, Waves and Water Sangha will be practicing with an informal Tea Ceremony. Please bring songs, poems and stories to share. Musical instruments are most welcome. We will provide the tea and treats.

In March…. including Day of Mindfulness this Saturday

Good afternoon dear friends –

There are snow drops everywhere! Bringing the joy of spring and warmth and caring for all beings – the animals, plants and minerals…. Every Thursday evening we have more light. Over the next weeks, regular Sangha practitioners can watch time change by noticing the degree of light left when we begin and how long it lasts. In the end, it will be light from beginning to end – and then it won’t!


Our Thursday evenings in March almost always include an hour of sitting and walking meditation, followed by tea. An opportunity for sustained concentration and mindfulness as we change postures.

Last week, March 2, we recited the 5 Mindfulness Trainings – both our current version and the version Thay put forward from the time of the Buddha and includes in Old Path White Clouds

This week, March 9: Alan will engage us with the Dharma through Practice Songs

This Saturday, March 11: DAY OF MINDFULNESS Please join us from 10:00 to 3:00 for sitting, walking, Sutra Service, walking, sitting. Please bring a bag lunch for a formal meal (tea provided). After lunch we will practice Deep Relaxation. Please bring your favourite book in the Plum Village tradition and we will share paragraphs and Dharma discussion. After sitting and walking, we will leave refreshed, renewed.

Next week, March 16: Bethan will introduce the first of the Eight Realizations – impermanence – and we will practice with the phrase: “political regimes are subject to fall”

March 23: Catherine will talk about how her environmental engaged practice is supported by the Dharma. There will be a short reading and Dharma discussion.

The FIFTH Thursday, March 30: Waves and Water Sangha practices with a Tea Ceremony where we share songs, dance, poems, stories – Please bring your instruments! We’ll bring the cookies!


Our Earth Holder Sangha has a new website: earthholder.org. There are Calls-to-Action, videos, teachings and news. As time passes, there will be many more additions.


Our ARISE Sangha: Awakening Through Race, Intersectionality and Social Equity has a website at https://pvracialequity.wordpress.com/ Please consider looking deeply at their work.

Sangha cancelled tonight – Thursday Feb 9

Dear Friends,

Due to heavy rainfall and flood warnings in the metro Vancouver area, Waves and Water Sangha will not be meeting tonight. Environment Canada’s advice is to “consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve”.

May all beings be safe. We look forward to practising together again next Thursday.

Global Day of Prayer – Sunday, February 12 – 10 AM EST

Dear Friends,

I am forwarding an invitation to Global Day of Prayer, sent by Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday (Chan Lac Thi) .  This is an invitation to friends of all faith traditions so, please share widely.  
May all have peace.
SuSu (Chan An Dinh)



Sunday, February 12 - 10 AM EST

Aware of the suffering and serious division that is being created in the US and around the world, by opposing views and lack of understanding, we will be observing a Global Day of Prayer on Sunday, February 12. It is our hope that you will join with us at 10 AM EST, which would be 11 PM in Beijing, when for an hour or two we can practice prayer and meditation. We will send our energy of love and peace to all who have lost awareness of our interconnection as a human family, part of the larger family of all life. Let us help to create conditions for peace on earth to manifest. We hope you will be willing to be a part of this effort.

If the timing is inconvenient for you in your time zone, we also invite people to join at 10 AM in your own time zone. Then we will have the energy of prayer circling the globe all day long, which would be wonderful.

February Practice at Waves and Water Sangha

Dear Friends

On Thursday, Feb 2, we will begin the new Lunar Year with the Full Ceremony and Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. This will be followed by an evening of practicing with music on Feb 9 when we will be learning some Plum Village songs. In the weeks to follow, we will be introduced to the Forty Tenets of Plum Village and sharing readings and engaging in dharma discussion.

Save the Date

The Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound will be holding a spring retreat at beautiful Camp Indianola on the Kitsap Peninsula from Monday afternoon April 10 to Sunday afternoon, April 16th, 2016.

This year’s retreat will be guided by Dharma Teachers Michael Ciborski, and Fern Dorresteyn. Gifted teachers, musicians and parents, practicing within family, intimate relationships and parenting as well as work and community are very much alive in their teaching. There will be additional support to the weekend family program this year.

MCPS has generously offered a member rate to all Canadian practitioners to offset the unfavourable exchange rate.

Please visit the MCSP website for details.

The warmth of Sangha with Saturday’s Day of Mindfulness

Dear friends -

Even though it is cold outside, inside the meditation hall we have been warm and loving in our practice! Please join us tomorrow for a Day of Mindfulness – the schedule is below. It is possible to arrive and leave according to your own circumstances.

9:45 Arrival and settling in the meditation hall
10:00 Sitting and walking meditation (two periods
11:00 Sutra Service: Measuring and Reflecting
11:30 Sitting and walking meditation (one period)
12:00 Lunch (bring brown bag lunch and tea is provided)
1:00 Deep relaxation
1:30 The Five Touchings of the Earth
2:00 Dharma Sharing
2:45 Dedication of Practice
2:50 Closing – Restoring the Meditation Hall

This isn’t a Caravan of Despair – January Practice

Dear Friends

We concluded our 2016 practice year with candle light and practice songs as we celebrated Solstice. One of the songs touching our hearts was adapted from a poem by Rumi :

Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,
And come, come, whoever you are
This isn’t a caravan of despair.
‘Cause it doesn’t matter if you’ve broken your vows
a thousand times before and yet again
Come again come and yet again, come.
(Lyrics and mp3 here)

We will carry this song into the  New Year by practicing Beginning Anew with the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Tomorrow, the first Thursday of 2017, we will recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings. A panel of Sangha members will then share their experiences of practicing with the Five Mindfulness Trainings not only as individuals but also as a collective: A Caravan of practitioners, helping each other sustain and deepen our commitment. Please bring your stories to share – the panel will open into a Dharma Sharing.

January 12 our Sutra Service will centre on the Discourse on the Dharma Seal – the basic teachings of all Buddhas. January 19 our Dharma Discussion will focus on what we do, individually and collectively, as “practice.” January 26 our Reading from Touching the Earth will explore #13 Recognizing Feelings and Emotions.

DAY OF MINDFULNESS: On January 14 we will hold a Day of Mindfulness practicing and exploring The Five Touchings of the Earth. (More information on Days of Mindfulness here.)

April 20-23, 2017, Dharma Teacher Larry Ward will offer a People of Color Retreat in the Plum Village Tradition. This retreat is presented by and for people of colorBlack, Asian, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander—to share and practice in a supportive environment. It will take place at Great Vow Monaster, Clatsaknie, OR.
Register: https://www.zendust.org/event/colors-compassion
Questions: (503) 728-0654 or info@zendust.org