Before the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha breaks for July and August, let us pause and reflect on our inspirational guide, Thich Nhat Hanh, who passed away at age 95 on January 22, 2022. His spirit and teachings continue on. We have been very fortunate to have Thich Nhat Hanh quietly and practically lead us for most of his life.
In The Way Out Is In podcast, Meditation on Grief, May 17, 2022, Brother Phap Huu beautifully said, “We have to allow ourselves to be sad, we have to allow ourselves to feel the grief, because in grief, it also expresses what that person meant to us.”
“Even though our loved ones may not still be here, through the eye of meditation, we can see them through the new form, by the way they have impacted us – and the experience that they have offered us is now them, in another form, through us.” As Thay explained, “A cloud never dies.”
Listening to the podcasts from The Way Out Is In may help guide you through the summer months.
I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
Please join us for three practices in June. We will reconvene in September, either on Zoom, in person, or a combination of the two.
Online Zoom Schedule: Tuesday 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
June 7 Five Mindfulness Training Recitation – We will finish reading from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness teachings from Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet.
June 14 Tea Ceremony – Bring your cup of tea
June 21 Dharma Reading – Enjoy learning together
If you are new to our Sangha, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can introduce ourselves first.
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