Topics for Upcoming Sangha Meetings

Dear Sangha,

Here is a list of planned topics for upcoming meetings through August. Please join us in person from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. We will be conducting hybrid (with Zoom) meetings for the time being, but may phase down the hybrid portion of the meetings to every other week before long. Please contact a Sangha member if you are interested in joining by Zoom. We encourage everyone to connect with a local Sangha in person.

Date Comments Leader(s) Topic (MT = Mindfulness Trainings)

May 30Memorial DayJon & DavidVesak (celebration of birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha)
Jun 6Bee5 MT
Jun 13BrysonSharing the Merit
Jun 20David & KenGathas
Jun 27Jon14 MT
Jul 4OFF (no mtg.)
Jul 11JonDalai Lama’s Birthday July 6th: 85 yo
Jul 18Ruth & BeeHeart Sutra part 1
Jul 25Ruth & BeeHeart Sutra part 2
Aug 1Jon5MT
Aug 8Bryson5 Earth Touchings
Aug 15RuthMioni Odo (Japanese Buddhist artist)
Aug 22BeeWalking & Breathing
Aug 29DavidDeep Relaxation with Sister Chan Kong

Meetings resume in person at AZC

We’re happy to say that now we’re resuming in-person meetings at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE, on Sundays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Please join us. We’re also offering a Zoom (hybrid) option for these meetings, so those who prefer can still attend remotely, using the same link information used for previous Zoom-only meetings.

Upcoming Sangha meetings

Here’s a tentative list of topics for upcoming meetings (subject to modification). Please feel free to join us by Zoom, or (if a hybrid meeting) in person at the Albuquerque Zen Center. Please contact us if you’d like to be added to the weekly email announcements list.

Meeting dateLeaderTopicType of meeting
Nov 8David8 Realizations of Great BeingsZoom only
Nov 15Ruth5 Mindfulness TrainingsHybrid
Nov 22BeeGratitudeHybrid

Invitation to Day of Mindfulness Sunday Sept. 20

Being Joy

                                                    Rainbow Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness

                                                    Sunday, September 20, 9 am – 4 pm

                                                    2 Night Shade Court, Los Lunas

Please RSVP by Friday 9/18.

We will be wearing masks, keeping distance, and bringing our own lunches. 

9:00- 9:30 am:  Arrival. Tea in backyard. Welcome. Singing.

9:30-10:30 am: Sitting Meditation followed by Walking Meditation. Long walk around hay field or short walk around yard and corral. Meet animals.

10:30-11:00 am: Break

11:00 am: Readings and contemplations on joy. Gatha writing explanation. Singing.

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch. First 15 minutes in silence. Five Contemplations, followed by mindful conversation. Clean up and bathroom break.

1:00-2:30 pm: Calligraphy in Thay’s style with instructions by Ruth; writing Gathas; clean up.

2:30-3:30 pm: Gather in Hogan. Sitting meditation followed by Gatha readings and Dharma sharing.

3:30-4:00 pm: Closing thoughts and singing.

4:00 pm: Depart or hike Tome Hill

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Suggested dana (donation) of $5-10 to cover cost of supplies.

PLEASE BRING FOR PERSONAL USE:

-poems, gathas, writings on joy to share

-tea cup, water bottle with water

-personal lunch (refrigerator space available)

-folding “bag” chair, cushion (if needed)

-face mask, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-good walking shoes

-old shirt to protect clothes from ink during calligraphy

-musical instruments, bells, rattles

Meeting by Zoom on June 28

Dear Thay, dear Sangha, dear friends,

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. — Thay


Please join the Rainbow Sangha this coming Sunday on Zoom from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

We are fortunate to have Vanessa leading on the topic of “Taking Refuge in the Present: Using Mindfulness to Cope with COVID19”. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted all our lives and caused anxiety for many. Vanessa will talk about how to use our core practice of mindfulness of the present moment to maintain equanimity. 

For information on how to join the Zoom meeting, please contact any member of the Sangha.

We will be making a decision week by week whether to meet by Zoom or in person, depending on such factors as the preferences of the leader, the weather, and the wishes of the Sangha. If you are on our mailing list we will keep you informed via these weekly e-mails. 

Looking forward to seeing you there,
With metta,
Jon