Date correction for Day of Mindfulness with Trish Thompson

Dear Friends,

We would like to correct the error on our previous blog announcement for the July Day of Mindfulness with Trish Thompson and Waves and Water Sangha. The date is SATURDAY JULY 28 — not the 29th. We apologize for our unmindfulness. If you have already registered and paid for the day but are unable to attend on July 28, please let us know so we could reimburse you.

Day of Mindfulness: Saturday, July 28
Location : Mountain Rain Zen Centre, 2016 Wall Street, Vancouver
Dharma talk by Dharma Teacher Trish Thompson (see below)
A Journey on the Path of Social Justice and Loving Work
Please register at wwsangha@gmail.com
Sliding scale $15-30 If possible, please e-transfer in advance.

Trish Thompson, Chan An Dinh (True Concentration on Peace), is founder of the Loving Work Foundation and serves as its managing director ( http://www.lovingworkfoundation.org/) From the website: She has been living and building community in Viet Nam for over a decade, drawing on a lifetime of dedicated engagement in diverse cultures around the globe A native South Carolinian (USA), she … has traveled extensively for work and pleasure, and has done social work with communities of most of the ethnic minority groups in the U.S. …. She became a student of the Zen Master, the Venerable Thích Nhat Hanh in 1997. … Knowing of her love for the country and her commitment to live and work there, he encouraged her to organize Mindful retreats in Viet Nam and to continue the social work he and his earliest students began there in the mid-1960′s.

A statement on Thay’s health

Dear Friends

After a beautiful Day of Mindfulness at Waves and Water Sangha, I returned home (and to Facebook) to find that Dzung has posted this link to an interview with Sr Chan Khnong.

Please find her statement on his health here: https://www.lionsroar.com/thich-nhat-hanh-getting-stronger-every-day/

With a smile and a bow

Bethan

Save exciting Saturdays: June 9 and July 28

For information concerning Days of Mindfulness see: http://wavesandwater.org/site/practice/days-of-mindfulness/

Day of Mindfulness: June 9
Facilitated by Order of Interbeing Aspirant Alda Ngo
Nourishing Seeds of Love and Compassion
Please register at wwsangha@gmail.com
Sliding scale $10-20 If possible, please e-transfer in advance.

Day of Mindfulness: July 28
Dharma talk by Dharma Teacher Trish Thompson (see below)
A Journey on the Path of Social Justice and Loving Work
Please register at wwsangha@gmail.com
Sliding scale $15-30 If possible, please e-transfer in advance.

Trish Thompson, Chan An Dinh (True Concentration on Peace), is founder of the Loving Work Foundation and serves as its managing director ( http://www.lovingworkfoundation.org/) From the website: She has been living and building community in Viet Nam for over a decade, drawing on a lifetime of dedicated engagement in diverse cultures around the globe A native South Carolinian (USA), she … has traveled extensively for work and pleasure, and has done social work with communities of most of the ethnic minority groups in the U.S. …. She became a student of the Zen Master, the Venerable Thích Nhat Hanh in 1997. … Knowing of her love for the country and her commitment to live and work there, he encouraged her to organize Mindful retreats in Viet Nam and to continue the social work he and his earliest students began there in the mid-1960′s.

Waves and Water Sangha asks for your support

Good afternoon dear friends

We are moving into the green and fruitful time of summer! How nourishing it can be to feel the warmth of the sun and to breathe the fresh air in our cool dark forests. During this time of transition, the Caretaking Council of Waves and Water Sangha asks that you read this message with an open heart.

Over the last six months we have experienced some changes in our consistent, core community of 10-13 practitioners. Causes and conditions arise from Sangha members’ family, education and work lives, as well as experiences of ill health, aging and death. These have led to smaller numbers attending both Thursday evenings and Days of Mindfulness. As a result our resources have been taxed. At the same time, our community practice has maintained its loving and joyful, nourishing and deep, nature.

SERVICE RESOURCES: There are currently four of us who provide consistent service in organizing and presenting the every week activities of the Sangha. We would be very happy to have others join us! And we are also very happy to continue….

FINANCIAL RESOURCES: We are not currently receiving sufficient Dana (financial contributions) to meet our rent commitment to Mountain Rain Zen Community. We need to receive $4,000 a year for our expenses. Without a change in our donations we will not be able to continue in our current form. We could meet our expenses in different ways:

8-16 practitioners offering dana every week ($5-10 each)
10 practitioners offering vancity or e-transfers every month ($35 each)
20 practitioners offering an annual or one-time donation ($200 each)

Of course, what is most realistic is a combination of these! We realize not everyone who would like to support the continuation of Waves and Water Sangha can attend regularly. Please know there are several ways to support us:

  1. In-person: Donations placed in the Dana basket in the Zendo.
  2. VanCity transfers: From your VanCity account to ours (Waves and Water # 2711689)
  3. E-Transfers: wwsangha@gmail.com
    (Let us know the answer to your security question)
  4. Cheque to Waves and Water Sangha : #30 – 234 East 15 Avenue Vancouver V5T 2P9

Unfortunately we cannot offer income tax donation receipts.

These changes our Sangha are experiencing are not only individual or familial. They arise also from social conditions such as the cost of housing that requires many to live at a farther distance, or to move elsewhere. Our transit system does not provide easy access to the meditation hall. For financial and ecological reasons fewer of us have vehicles to offer rides. Our increasing need to engage in social justice activism, concerning not only the environment, but also the impact of poverty, racism, and gender diversity, takes time and energies. Some also find their primary refuge in retreats with monastics, informal and close-to-home meditation groups and/or a more secular mindfulness that takes place in ever increasing locations.

We would very much like to continue holding the space at our nourishing Zendo and we welcome any amount of financial generosity that may help us do that.

In gratitude, the Caretaking Council:

Bethan Lloyd    Susu Myint    Alda Ngo    Louise St. Pierre

Walk With Me – film screening, panel discussion, community walking meditation

Dear Friends

I am forwarding this message from our Brother Dzung.  I hope you will be able to join us on April 15 .

“Walk With Me” will be showing at Vancity Theater on April 15 & 16. This special documentary film looks into the lives of the monastic community practicing the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Some of it may have even been filmed in Vancouver during the 2011 retreat!

Please join us to enjoy the film screening together on April 15, with a sangha (community) walking meditation before the 4:45pm screening, and a panel discussion afterwards. We will be meeting on April 15 at 4:00pm, at Emery Barnes Park, western corner (corner of Davie Street and Seymour Street) for the walking meditation, then proceed to the theater. (Backup plan in case of rain is to meet inside the Vancity Theater atrium). The panel discussion with local sangha members will be in the theater, immediately following the film screening. All are welcome to join the walking meditation, free of charge. The film screening and panel discussion requires ticket purchase.

Details on the Community Walking Meditationhttp://mindfulnessvancouver.org/walk-with-me-screening-sangha-walking-meditation-panel-discussion-april-15/

Tickets & other showtimes: https://viff.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam%3A%3AWScontent%3A%3AloadArticle%3A%3Apermalink=fc9702-walk-with-me

Film info & Trailer: http://walkwithmefilm.com/

Flyers (for sharing in print or social media):
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Please join us, and share with your friends and family!

“Walk With Me” Comes to Vancouver, April 15 – 16

Dear Friends,

I am very, very pleased to pass on the wonderful message below from our Brother Dzung. I hope you will all have an opportunity to see this film.
susu

Dear Friends

The film “Walk With Me” is coming to Vancouver as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s (VIFF) year round series! This is a very special look into the lives of the monastic community that practices in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. Some of it may have even been filmed in Vancouver during Thich Nhat Hanh’s 2011 retreat, I remember seeing the film crew at that retreat. We’ll have to watch the movie to find out!

Please help spread the word as well!

Film Info & Trailer: http://walkwithmefilm.com/

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/407682533008957/

VIFF (tickets will be on sale on April 9): https://viff.org/Online/

If there is interest maybe we can watch the film together as a sangha :)

Warmly,
Dzung

Sat. March 10 : Day of Mindfulness with Waves and Water Sangha

Dear Friends

Waves and Water Sangha will be offering a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, March 10, 10am-3pm. Please join us for a day of sitting and walking meditations, sutra service, a formal lunch (please bring a bag lunch), Deep Relaxation and dharma discussion. Please arrive by 9:50 in order to settle yourselves with mindfulness.

This Saturday, our practice will touch on nourishing the seeds of love and compassion for ourselves as well as for all sentient beings. Our Dharma sister and Order of Interbeing aspirant Alda will lead us in exploring ways of loving and caring for oneself through the lens of the Dharma.

All are welcome. We practice at Mountain Rain Zen Centre, 2016 Wall Street in East Vancouver. Attendance by donation.

Please feel free to contact us for further information at : wwsangha[at]gmail.com. If possible, please let us know that you will be joining us. We look forward to practising with you.

susu
on behalf of Waves and Water Sangha

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
touching the earth cover

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