Tracey is offering a course on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness
The course will be held 6 Tuesdays 6pm-7:30pm on our regular zoom channel starting Tuesday January 18.
If you plan to attend it would be helpful, but not absolutely necessary, to have a copy of Thay’s commentary on the sutra. It is included in the book Awakening the Heart. The same commentary is in the book Transformation and Healing.
No need to register. It is OK to drop in as the timing fits your schedule. This course is offered on the regular Wild Rose Sangha Zoom Channel. If you are not yet a member of the Sangha you can learn more about our practice and how to join our list serve here
The Tuesday evening practice will be as follows:
20 minute sitting meditation
20-30minute reflections and talk
30-40 minutes Dharma sharing
The Four Establishments of Mindfulness is a key text in our tradition and core to many Buddhist teachings. Exploring this sutra will help us to come more deeply in touch with our body, mind and feelings in order to cultivate the energy of mindfulness. These practices transform suffering and awaken the heart of love. It is a powerful set of practices that lead directly to awakening. As described in the sutra itself, studying these practices, “helps beings realize purification, transcend grief and sorrow, destroy pain and anxiety, travel the right path, and realize nirvana.”
Spacious as the Clear Blue Sky: Resting in Boundless Freedom
“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary—put on our robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.”Master Linji
Imagine having a mind like the clear blue sky, knowing the sun of wisdom is shining by day, and the ever-changing moon reflecting at night. Our mindfulness practice guides us to cultivate solidity, freshness, stillness, clarity and spaciousness. On this retreat we will practice in an atmosphere of spaciousness, have periods of sitting, walking, deep relaxation, dharma talks, sharing and sky watching. We will rest in the poetry of the dharma to free ourselves from story, worry, and regret by stabilizing in the breath-body to deepen concentration. We will discover our own dharma doors to creatively focus on the vastness of the sky and notice our moment to moment experiences as passing clouds or flying birds.
There will be an opportunity to receive the 5 mindfulness trainings in a ceremony during the retreat. If you are interested, please let us know when you register.
We will rest in the poetry of the dharma, stabilize in the breath-body, and free ourselves from story, worry and regret.
The retreat will be lead by Dharma teacher Alexa Singer-Telles
Alexa began practicing in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1991, and co-founded River Oak Sangha in Redding that same year. In 2004 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing, taking the 14 Mindfulness trainings to join the core community of this tradition. After five years in dharma teacher apprenticeship, Alexa received Lamp Transmission (teacher authorization) in 2014, from Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village. She continues to consult regularly with her teacher, dharmacharya Lyn Fine.
In addition to providing leadership and trainings at her sangha for 26 years, Alexa has led a variety of retreats throughout Northern California, including several in the context of Judaism and Buddhism. She is a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist, and also facilitates groups using Soul Collage, a joyful art process that helps tap into one’s inner wisdom and guidance.
Friday, Nov. 12, 6–8 pm MST
- Sitting, walking and guided meditations
- Sky watching
Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 am–7 pm MST With spacious breaks throughout the day
- Sitting, walking and guided meditations
- Dharma talk and writing exercise
- Touching the Earth
- Deep relaxation
- Dharma sharing
Sunday, Nov. 14, 7 am–3 pm MST With spacious breaks throughout the day
- Sitting meditation
- Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
- Q&A with Dharma teacher
- Tea ceremony and Dharma sharing
The Retreat is entirely organized by Sangha volunteers all of the money collected for the retreat goes towards offering Dana (donation) to our teacher and to maintaining the online practice of the Sangha. The base cost of the retreat is $100 CDN. The retreat can either be paid for online or through etransfer (etransfer information will be forwarded by the registrar). If you are in a position to practice generosity and to give additional funds there is another link below. If you would like to join the retreat but do not have the funds please let our registrar know and they will seek a scholarship for you.
To pay for the retreat online:
To donate additional dana:
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Feel free to come to our regular Monday night Sangha gatherings if you have additional questions
Relaxing into Boundless Freedom
Fall Meditation Retreat
Save the Date: November 12th-14th 2021
The Wild Rose Sangha will be holding our annual Fall Meditation Retreat online November 12th-14th 2021. All are welcome to join. Please check back to the website in the upcoming weeks for more details and registration information.
“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary—put on our robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.” Master Linji
The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy --Thich Nhat Hanh
When: May 22nd 2021
Time: 9 am – 12pm
We welcome you to join together for a Day of Mindfulness. As usual, the day will happen on zoom on our regular channel. If you are not a regular Sangha Member but would like to join please first join our list serve here.
There will be time for sitting meditation, walking meditation, guided relaxation, and a talk from Thay on Healing. We will also write about and share together our experiences with healing practices.Resting gently together with the Sangha can be very nourishing. It brings benefits to our hearts and minds and to all living beings.Looking forward to seeing the Sangha come together.
Wishing you all health and well being,