"I had been taking notes the entire time, thinking about things from the outside. But during the song, I stashed away notebook and pen and sat on the ground in lotus position. I tried to align my breaths with the music, and focused on each note. The song helped me to let go of thought, of yesterday and tomorrow, and to focus on just breathing. My breaths became deeper, and I no longer felt the ache in my left shoulder from the previous night, or the strain in my lower back from sitting in a chair.
It helped me not just to understand, but to experience his fundamental message: “I have arrived. I am home.” For that brief moment, it was true."
Barbara Chai for the Wall Street Journal...link below...
I hope that you are all well and happy and completely at home, wherever you are!
We were able to be with Thay at the Blue Cliff retreat and in NYC and it was all very wonderful and nourishing. He was so clear and very animated. It was wonderful to be able to be with him again. You can access the talks from the retreat at tnhaudio.org. I have included some articles about the tour below.
Last evening there was a flash mob meditation at Union Square organized by the WakeUp! sangha (18-35 year olds) which was attended by hundreds of folks...sitting amidst the hustle and bustle of NYC being peace! Then we had silent walking meditation to ABC to view Thay's calligraphy and then were invited to attend the regular Friday night sit of the WakeUp group. It was so inspiring to see so many young people so sincerely engaged in the practice! What joy!
If anyone is interested in attending the Peace Walk with Thay in Boston on Sunday, Sept. 15 and would like to ride share, please contact Cindy West (firstname.lastname@example.org ) who has been kind enough to offer to organize it.
This is a reminder that there will be a gathering at Cindy West's home this Sunday evening at 6 PM. There will be sitting/walking and sitting meditation and Dharma sharing about Thay's book on "Fear". I hope you will be able to be there.
The sangha in West Hartford is offering a Day Of Mindfulness on Saturday, October 26 and has invited me to offer the teachings. I hope that you will be able to join us...and if you have friends in CT please let them know. There is some info below and our website bodhisattvas have been kind enough to post the info and registration forms at http://joannefriday.com/calendar/ or contact:
I hope you will be able to be with us. It is always a wonderful day.
Speaking of websites, Jennifer has built an amazing website for the RI Community of Mindfulness... http://www.mindfulnessri.org it has lots of links to the various sanghas and all of the Plum Village resources. Words can not adequately describe it you need to go there! A deep bow of gratitude for Jennifer!
I need to keep this brief as we are still helping with the tour...apologies if I have omitted anything. I will add any omissions to next week's email.
with much love, many hugs and the joy of going as a river with all of you,
PS:A youtube video for your enjoyment and a sweet reminder...
Jason Mrasz, Living in the Moment....
love from New York!
DIRECTIONS TO CINDY'S
We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!
A Day of Mindfulness With Thich Nhat Hanh - from the Wall Street Journal
Google seeks out wisdom of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh - from the Guardian