Monday, July 2, 2018

                        2019 January Intensive with the Peaceful Heart Sangha:

 Each January, some of us may choose to focus/deepen our practice in small or large ways. All are invited to attend the opening (9am-1pm on Saturday January 5, 2019) and closing (9am-1pm on Saturday February 2, 2019) days, choose a "second body"-a sangha member with whom we can connect with 1:1 over the month and  to write our intentions down on the January Intensive format below:


The dark, quiet beginning of the new year is an ideal opportunity to commit to the deepening of our meditation practice and to experiment with new ways to bring our mindfulness practice into our daily lives. We each look deeply to see what would nourish us, help us move closer to our deepest aspirations, help us to gradually change the things that hold us back from happiness. We might consider adding a short sitting or walking meditation to our day, having a silent mindful meal or a silent cup of tea or coffee, reading a book, choosing a part of the Dharma to study & practice, or any of a number of things. Please print this out, fill out what you would like, and bring it to the opening session Jan 6.  We will also have a few printed copies at the first session. Pick one or two commitments, or as many as feel comfortable, or make up some others.

Sitting, Walking, Eating Meditation: This month, I intend to practice: ______________________________________________________________________________


      Mindfulness: This month, I will try to be fully present as I perform one simple daily task: ______________________________________________________________________________

      Precepts and Study: This month I will observe my own behavior in light of one of the Five Mindfulness Trainings &/or I will read/study a particular sutra, teaching, or book ______________________________________________________________________________

Dharma Talks & Practice: During this month I intend to listen to ____ Dharma Talks (eg, &/or will practice a personal retreat or Day of Mindfulness. ______________________________________________________________________________

    Service Practice: Practicing generosity, I will offer my time and resources in the following way: __________________________________________________________________________

     Second body practice: For the duration of this month, I intend to share with _________________ at least __ times and to listen to _______________________ at least ___ times per month.  (Second Bodies will be announced at the opening session)

Sangha Gatherings: My commitment for this month is to attend (opening and/or closing session, weekly sangha, etc.) ________________________________________________________________________________



 ________________________________________            ________________________         Signature                                                                                                                                                

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

10th Anniversary/Continuation of the Peaceful Heart Sangha...


In deepest Gratitude to all of the mindfulness practitioners (new and not-so-new) who helped create a warm and wonderful celebration for the Peaceful Heart Sangha's 10th Anniversary/Continuation on Monday, 3.5.18...we are so incredibly fortunate!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Upcoming Events...

~Monastic Visit to Maine-a group of monks and nuns from Blue Cliff Monastery in New York will visit Maine, offering 2 Days of Mindfulness-open to the public.
Saturday, 9.29.18 (9:30am-3pm) UUCC in Augusta at 69 Winthrop Street in Augusta, Me.
Sunday, 9.30.18 (9:30am-3pm) Maine Coast Waldorf School at 57 Desert Rd. in Freeport, Me.

For details on other sangha-related, future events, you are invited to see our page entitled "Upcoming Mindfulness-based events in Maine, within our tradition"

Friday, May 16, 2014

The new 5 Contemplations

New Contemplations before eating:
This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our Sangha, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Something to think about....

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” 
Gautama Buddha

Sunday, March 24, 2013

5 Mindfulness TrainingsTransmission

What a joyful day yesterday!  Thirty (plus or minus) people accepted the transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Joanne Friday.  Lots of smiles, a few tears and pleased murmurs were heard as Joanne read out each Dharma name.