Somnieng’s New Role

We were graced by the presence in our Community of the Venerable Somnieng, a Buddhist monk from Siem Reap, Cambodia. Somineg was with us for 2 1/2 years and largely developed the foundation for our Mindfulness Community, using Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation of Buddhism into Western mindfulness practice.

Somnieng is beginning the transition, at age 36, from the monkhood towards an unknown secular role in his homeland. He has a singular commitment to working for and providing an articulate voice for the poor and vulnerable, especially the orphan children. He shares their roots and early life experience. And he full of joy and unceasing smiles.

Somnieng is courageously embarking on an uncertain and unmarked journey. He sends us greetings as his good friends. May we travel the path, mindfully, with Somnieng, and share the merit of our Community practice with him and the vulnerable poor.

Mindfulness practice at Kim Cang Buddhist Temple 2 – 4 PM Saturday, April 18th

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.


Register for Our CommUniversity Class on Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness

COMMUNIVERSITY Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness Led by Steve Spring and Leslie Ross of the Quad Cities Mindfulness Community (

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

TO ENROLL ONLINE: go to this link (

and select course #23: Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness.

To enroll by mail: Download and print this form ( and select course #23: Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness.

Cushions, mats and chairs will be available. Communiversity requests that you register soon, if possible.

“Awakening the Heart” meditation retreat a success!

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.

Tara Brach Guided Meditations

“Awakening the Heart”: Join us for a day of mindfulness

Join the Quad City Meditation Group for a
“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
Cost: $15.
*Financial Assistance: A limited number of scholarships are available.
Contact Leslie at for more information.
To Register: access downloadable registration form at; click on “Day of mindfulness information” link located on top menu bar.
For more info, please see or contact Leslie at
Deadline: To ensure a spot, please register early for the retreat. The deadline is January 5th.