Once a month, the nuns of the Kim Cang Temple offer an afternoon of mindfulness practice for us. This is an opportunity to practice mindfulness in a monastic setting. The nuns practice mindfulness moment by moment. Since mindfulness has been developed over thousands of years by monastics, this is a chance to experience the joyful and nourishing roots of our practice.
Su co Nguyen, the head sister, will offer a Dharma talk in English, after the rounds of sitting and walking meditation. And there will be time for group sharing of our personal reflections. At 4 pm you are invited to join the sisters for social time, tea, and, if we are lucky, a delicious Vietnamese treat. You are welcome to bring a dish to share, as well.
COMMUNIVERSITY Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness Led by Steve Spring and Leslie Ross of the Quad Cities Mindfulness Community (meditationqc.org)
Catalog description: Loving kindness is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. We will explore mindfulness practices to cultivate and deepen our capacities for friendliness and goodwill.
Sunday February 1, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday February 8, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday February 15, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday February 22, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
and select course #23: Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness.
To enroll by mail: Download and print this form (http://www.communiversity.org/registration2015.pdf) and select course #23: Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness.
Cushions, mats and chairs will be available. Communiversity requests that you register soon, if possible.
Thanks to all who joined us for our winter Day of Mindfulness at the St. Ambrose University gathering space. Many of you have requested links to the dharma talks and guided meditations we used during the course of the day, so they are linked below. Feel free to comment on this post or send us an email if you have further questions.
“Awakening the Heart” with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Here is the segment that we listened to:
Here is the segment of the talk that we did not listen to:
Here is a link to many guided meditations and dharma talks by Tara Brach. We used “Guided meditation:Vipassana Meditation” in the morning and “Guided meditation:Taking Refuge in the Beloved” in the afternoon.
Join the Quad City Meditation Group for a
DAY OF MINDFULNESS
“Awakening the Heart”
A Meditation Retreat
With members of the Quad City Meditation Community
Date/Time: Saturday, January 10th, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: St. Ambrose University Christ the King Chapel
*Financial Assistance: A limited number of scholarships are available.
Contact Leslie at email@example.com for more information.
To Register: access downloadable registration form at meditationqc.org; click on “Day of mindfulness information” link located on top menu bar.
For more info, please see http://meditationqc.org/ or contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: To ensure a spot, please register early for the retreat. The deadline is January 5th.
Venerable Somnieng, a dear Buddhist monk from Cambodia, is leading our meditations on Friday. The 4 pm group meditation is at Prairie Oaks and the 7 pm group meditation is at the Yoga School’s Bettendorf location.
For those not familiar with Somnieng, he is a prominent monk in Cambodia. His temple is located in Siem Reap, where he oversees an orphanage, a shelter for at-risk young women, a sewing school, a language school and a junior high school. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia, with many hungry people, especially children.
Somnieng is a practitioner of what Thich Nhat Hanh calls engaged Buddhism – the coupling of moment to moment mindfulness with effective social action for the poor. Contemplation and compassion.
Somnieng is only with us for 5 days and Friday is our one opportunity to practice mindfulness with him.