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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

Honouring Thich Nhat Hanh

“I am a continuation, like the rain is a continuation of a cloud”

The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism announces that our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has passed away peacefully at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam on 22nd January, 2022, at the age of 95.

We invite our global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts in peace and loving gratitude for all he has offered the world.

Dear Friends:

The above announcement is found at www.plumvillage.org. You are invited to view beautiful ceremonies, listed on this Plum Village website, that are being held around the world in Thay’s honour.

Please join our Sangha gathering this Tuesday evening, January 25, when Janice and Bob Walker will help us honour our inspiring and beloved teacher. Janice also invites us to view the following brief talk by a senior monastic: vimeo.com/460722803 . Brother Pháp Ứng guides us to calm our minds and connect deeply with Thầy in us and in the whole Sangha.

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

January 2022 at NSM

Happy New Year Dear Friends
Did you notice joyful moments during the holiday season?  

Today is a very different world than two years ago.  As one meditation teacher said, “People may view mindfulness, personal, internal connection practices as a ‘luxury,’ but now we know them to be a necessity.”  Life challenges are part of our lives, but how we face them is how we live.  Since challenges are not going to disappear, our mindfulness practice shouldn’t either.

Online Zoom Schedule for January 2022:  Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Jan 4 –   Five Mindfulness Trainings.  To participate in the recitation, have a copy of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings on hand and this can be found at: https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice
Jan 11 – Tea – Prepare tea ahead of time. You could bring your tea in a travel thermal mug, ready to drink or pour into a cup.
Jan 18 – Darma Reading 
Jan 25 – Deep Relaxation – Prepare a comfortable place to rest.

ZOOM LINK:

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

Except for Deep Relaxation, after each weekly practice feel free to stay for an informal chat over tea.  If you are new to the NSM Sangha and wish to practice with us, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we can introduce ourselves.

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness 

December 2021 at North Shore Mindfulness

A gift for holiday giving

Dear Friends:

2021 is drawing to a close. The state of Mother Earth is much on our minds. Here in British Columbia, we see how weather extremes cause destruction and suffering for the earth, people and animals. The publication of Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, is very timely. Please mark your calendars to join us for a multi Sangha Zoom gathering on the evening of February 27 to talk about the teachings in Thay’s book. Further details will be coming.

Online Zoom Schedule: Tuesdays at 7:00PM

December 7 – Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please see the trainings at www.northshoremindfulness.com/practice

December 14 – Deep Relaxation – Please prepare a comfortable place to rest.

ZOOM LINK:

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

Our gatherings will resume in January on Zoom, until the community centre reopens for evening events. If you are new to the NSM Sangha, or returning after a long absence, please drop us an email at nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we can introduce ourselves.

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

November at NSM

Dear Friends:

Fall is definitely here; the colours continue to brighten our world and remind us of life’s ongoing changes as we walk amongst the leaves.

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

Nov 2 — Five Mindfulness Trainings.  To participate in the recitation, have a copy of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings on hand which               can be found at: https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice

Nov 9 — Tea ceremony – Prepare tea ahead of time and bring in a thermal mug, ready to drink or pour into a cup.

Nov 16 – Deep relaxation – Prepare a comfortable place to rest.

Nov 23 – Guest facilitator, Janice Walker.

Nov 30 – Dharma education.

ZOOM LINK:

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

After each weekly practice except Deep Relaxation, feel free to stay for an informal chat over tea.  If you are new to the NSM Sangha and wish to practice with us, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we can introduce ourselves.

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

October 2021 at NSM

Dear Friends

Changes are in the air! The pandemic has drastically changed many of our life routines this past year and it feels as if we are being awakened.  

From his book ‘The Pocket’, Thich Nhat Hanh continued to say:

Understanding impermanence can give us confidence, peace, and joy.  
Impermanence does not necessarily lead to suffering.  
Without impermanence, life could not be. 
Without impermanence, your daughter could not grow up into a beautiful young lady…..


Online Zoom Schedule for October 2021: Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Oct 6 – Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, have a copy of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings on hand which can be found at: https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

Oct 12 – Dharma Reading and Tea – Prepare tea ahead of time. You could bring your tea in a travel thermal mug, ready to drink or pour into a cup.

Oct 19 – Deep Relaxation – Prepare a comfortable place to rest.

Oct 26 – NO PRACTICE 


If you are new to the NSM Sangha and wish to practice together with us, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves to each other.  


ZOOM LINK:

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

Let us support each other and embrace changes as they unfold……

Warm Regards

North Shore Mindfulness

Thunder Lake in Manning Park, Oct 2

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