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June 2019 Mindfulness Sessions

Plum Village Thailand

Dear Friends

The weather has been beautiful as we have enjoyed our walking meditation outdoors these past couple of weeks.

We have four more sessions before our Sangha takes a break for the July and August summer months.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019:    Deep Relaxation  (Bring your yoga mat)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019:  Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings

Tuesday, June18, 2019:   Dharma Reading

Tuesday, June 25, 2019:  Mindful Tea Meditation 

Our sessions will resume on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Please arrive at St. Stephen’s Church a few minutes early to start our practice at 7:00pm. Some folks sit on chairs available at the church, and others bring their own cushion or bench. You are invited to stay on at 8:30 PM for a social cup of tea. 

JUNE 22: DAY OF MINDFULNESS with TRISH THOMPSON

On Saturday, June 22, the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha will host a Day of Mindfulness in Vancouver led by Dharma Teacher Trish Thompson (True Concentration on Peace), Founder and Director of The Loving Work Foundation in Vietnam.  We will enjoy an inspiring day of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talk, and dharma sharing together.  Some of you have already registered but there are still spots available.  For further details please refer to the Day of Mindfulness post at northshoremindfulness.com.

Warmly, 

Linda on behalf of 

North Shore Mindfulness 
Tuesday, 7-8:30pm @ St Stephen’s Church, 885 22nd St, West Vancouver
 

www.northshoremindfulness.com

September at NSM

Dear Friends:

Welcome back to practicing mindfulness meditation with the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha. We joyfully resume on September 14. Since the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre is still not open on Tuesday evenings due to COVID restrictions, we will continue to meet via Zoom. Just as soon as possible, we look forward to practicing together in person. 

After all our practices except Deep Relaxation, feel free to stay for an informal chat over tea. If you are new, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves.

Online Zoom Schedule:  Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Sept 14   – Tea Ceremony – Please have a cup of tea prepared.

Sept 21 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, have a copy of the trainings on hand, found at https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

Sept 28 – Deep Relaxation – Prepare a comfortable place to rest.

ZOOM LINK:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84872205119?pwd=dDhXczlISi9UcS9xZVR0emJzUDlvdz09

Have you noticed that Plum Village has started a new weekly podcast, The Way Out Is In? These are quite wonderful conversations between a Plum Village monk, Brother Phap Luu, and a lay practitioner, Jo Confino, along with their guests. You can find it any place where you listen to podcasts, as well as on the Plum Village app. 

“Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy ‘The Way Out Is In’ highlights that the way out of any difficulty is to look deeply within, gain insights and then put them into practice”. 

These entertaining conversations range from glimpses of life in the monastery and personal experiences of the monks and nuns, to teachings about Buddhism and mindfulness practices, to fascinating insights and stories about Thich Nhat Hanh. Episodes end with a guided meditation. What a great new resource! 

Warmly:

North Shore Mindfulness

June 2021 at NSM

Dear Friends,


This year we have practiced mostly on Zoom. We are so fortunate to be living at a time where advanced technology has allowed us to connect this way.  


The North Shore Mindfulness Sangha will take our usual summer break for July and August.  We will return to our weekly practice together in September.


We and the world are on our way to recovery and are awakened by the serenity of the nature that supports and surrounds us.

Online Zoom Schedule:  Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm

June 1  – Tea Ceremony – Please prepare a cup of tea before our practice

June 8 –  Five Mindfulness Training – To participate in the recitation, a copy of the Five Mindfulness Training can be found at https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

June 15 –  Dharma Reading

June 22 –  Deep Relaxation – Prepare a comfortable space to rest.

June 29 –  Season Wrap Up Practice

Zoom Link for June: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

After all our practices, except on June 22, feel free to stay for an informal chat and catch up over tea.  

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

May at NSM

Seeing the delicate blooms of the dogwood, BC’s floral emblem, adds to the joy of spring

Dear Friends:

As spring continues to move forward, how lucky we are to be surrounded by vista after vista of blossoming trees, shrubs and flowers in dazzling shades, sizes and colours, and to fill our hearts with renewal.

We look forward to another month of Tuesday connection with our Sangha.  If you are new, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves.  

Online Zoom Schedule:  Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm

May 4   – Tea Ceremony – Have a cup of tea prepared.

May 11 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, have a copy of them on hand which can be found at https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

May 18 –  Dharma Teaching.

May 25 –  Deep Relaxation – Prepare a comfortable place to rest.

Zoom Link for May: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

After all our practices except May 25, feel free to stay for an informal chat and catch up over tea.  

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

April 2021 at NSM

Springtime at Dundarave Park, West Vancouver

Dear Friends:

Please join April’s virtual Sangha. Our group continues to thrive and support one another. As we receive our vaccines, there is finally hope we will meditate in person again. With new life coming forth in springtime, the flowers, trees, birds and animals, we can turn to nature for relief from loneliness and suffering. The earth offers us opportunities to be happy.

To support your practice, have you discovered the Plum Village app?There are so many interesting and useful practices here. For example, in a short meditation, Brother Phap Dung guides us through the practice of conscious breathing, helping the mind to go back to our body and anchoring us in the present moment. In another session, Thich Nhat Hahn guides us to meditate on Calm – Ease. In the morning it is refreshing to start 20 minutes of silent meditation with the beautiful Morning Chant. For children, Brother Phap Luu demonstrates the Pebble Meditation. Let Sister Chan Kong lead you in Deep Relaxation. Or listen to the tawny owls from Thay’s veranda!

If you are new to the Sangha, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so we can introduce ourselves to one another.

Zoom Practices: Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

April 6 – Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the 5MT’s. They can be found on our website at https:/northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

April 13 – Mindful Tea – Please prepare tea ahead of time

April 20 – Dharma Reading

April 27 – Deep Relaxation – Please prepare a comfortable place to rest

After our practice, we invite you to stay online to connect with one another over a cup of tea.

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

March 2021 at NSM

Photo by Janice Walker, Victoria

Dear Friends

Winter has been mild for us here in Vancouver but the snow covered mountains provided us with spectacular views.  Spring is just around the corner.  Some regions of B.C., like Victoria, become warmer sooner.

As winter morphs to Spring, at the last practice on Tuesday, March 30, we invite all Sangha members to share thoughts and ideas about “Fresh Start.” If you are new to the NSM Sangha, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves to each other. 

ZOOM Practices:  Tuesdays 7:00  PM – 8:30 PM

March 2 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. They can be found on our website at  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

March 9 –  Mindful Tea  – Please prepare tea ahead of time. Perhaps you would like to bring your tea in a travel/thermal mug, ready to drink, or pour hot into a cup.

March 16 – Dharma Reading –  Exploring practices based on the key ideas from  the book “Joy On Demand.”

March 23 – Deep Relaxation —  Please prepare a comfortable place to rest.

March 30 – Sangha Participation  – Sangha members are invited to contribute to the theme of Springing into a “Fresh Start” 

After our meditation practices on March 2, 9, 16 and 30, we invite you to stay online and connect with each other  over a cup of tea. 

The following link is valid for March’s practices:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284

Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

February at NSM

Dear Friends:

Welcome to our February sittings from the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha. It  is wonderful to discover we continue to enjoy a sense of community and closeness through an online medium. If you are new, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we can introduce ourselves. 

ZOOM MEETINGS ON TUESDAYS FROM 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Feb. 2 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. They can be found on our website at  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

Feb. 9 –  Dharma Reading 

Feb. 16 – Tea Meditation – Please prepare tea ahead of time. Perhaps you would like to bring your tea in a travel/thermal mug, ready to drink, or pour hot into a cup.

Feb. 23 – Deep Relaxation —  Please prepare a comfortable place to rest.

After our meditation sessions for the next two weeks, on February 2 and 9, we invite you to stay online for a community catch-up over a cup of tea. Once again, please prepare your tea ahead of time.

The following link is valid for February’s meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09
Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284
Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

January at NSM

Dear Friends:

Welcome to 2021 from the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha. We are grateful that our community of friends continues to practice online until we can safely practice together physically in our peaceful meditation room located in West Vancouver. Our Tuesday evening online gathering is a lovely time to stop, be quiet, and practice mindfulness along with other supportive meditators. If you are new, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves. Note that our practices resume on the second Tuesday, January 12th, of this month.

Zoom meetings on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Jan 12 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. They can be found on our website at  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

Jan 19 – Dharma Reading and Mindful Tea  — Please prepare a cup of tea.

Jan 26 – Deep Relaxation —  Please prepare a comfortable place to rest.

The following link is valid for January’s online meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09
Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284
Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

December 2020 at NSM

Dear Friends
Winter is upon us as the festive lights sparkle up the neighborhood to foster holiday spirits.  With so many challenging events, 2020 will definitely be a significant year in history, but let us celebrate all the goodness that has surrounded us, such as the unexpected kindness of people (Random Acts of Kindness on the Rise – Vancouver Sun). It is a bonus that we can reconnect and practice via Zoom with our old friends, Janice and Bob Walker, from Victoria!  In fact, Janice will be facilitating our online practice on December 15, 2020.  What a treat indeed!

Zoom Schedule:  Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Dec 3   —   Five Mindfulness Trainings To participate in the recitation, please print a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings from our website:  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice

Dec  8  —   Deep Relaxation —  Prepare a comfortable place to rest.

Dec 15  –    Winter Solstice Glow  – Bring a candle and something to light it with to this heartwarming gathering. The practice will be from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. You are welcome to stay and visit after our practice. 

If you are new to our Sangha, you are welcome to join us. Please email ahead of time to nsmindfulness@gmail.com with your intention to join, so that we may introduce ourselves.

Our recurring link is valid for December’s online practices: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284    Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly, 

 🙏
North Shore Mindfulness