Upcoming Sangha meetings

Dear Sangha Members,

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. Thay

I hope everyone is healthy and doing well. Your Transformation Committee is in communication with the management at AZC and, while the Zendo is still closed, we now we have permission to meet outside on the grounds. As soon as we receive permission to also use the bathrooms, plus guidelines on precautions to use with them, we will have the ability to meet in person at AZC. Whenever we meet in person again we will observe appropriate social distancing and other precautions.

For this coming Sunday, June 14, we will meet by Zoom. After that we’ll reconsider the situation on a weekly basis.

If you’d like the Zoom link info to join us in an online meeting from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays please contact any Sangha member.

Here are some upcoming meeting topics and leaders (MT = Mindfulness Training).

Jun 14Jon5 MT
Jun 21BrysonThe First Mindfulness Training
Jun 28VanessaAnxiety
Jul 5DavidDalai Lama’s Birthday
Jul 12Bee14 MT

Also, we are planning a Day of Mindfulness in September. We have booked the Kiwanis meeting area at Elena Gallegos Open Space on Sunday Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please mark this on your calendar and plan to join us in this beautiful outdoor spot for practice and a potluck vegetarian lunch.

Registration for Retreat in Albuquerque May 1-3, 2020

A printable .pdf version of the description and registration form is available to download and print here.

Compassion for Oneself,  Compassion for the Earth

In the tradition of Plum Village (as established by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh).

At the Bosque Retreat Center, 6400 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.

Led by Terry Cortes-Vega, resident Dharma teacher from the Plum Blossom Sangha in Austin (plumblossomsangha.wordpress.com) and Dharma teacher-in-training Brian Kimmel (briankimmel.com). The theme is compassion and love for ourselves, all beings, and our planet. 

This is a preliminary schedule—further details will follow.

Friday May 1: 4:00 p.m. Room checkin starts; 7:00 p.m. Introduction, orientation, meditation

Saturday May 2: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, then teachings & practice, 12:00 p.m. Lunch, then teachings & practice, 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Sunday May 3:  Before breakfast: Ceremony to Transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, followed by teachings, practices, and wrap-up, 11:30 a.m. Retreat ends. 

This retreat is open to all. Registration is $95. This registration fee includes a small amount of Dana for the teachers. In accordance with the Buddhist tradition of generosity to teachers for the benefits obtained, additional donations to the teachers are encouraged. 

Bedrooms are available at extra cost, all with shared baths down the hallway. Thirty single rooms are available at $56/night and four queen rooms at $64/night. Please specify night(s) desired (Fri. and/or Sat.). 

Foods other than light snacks (granola bars, trail mix, fruit, cookies, drinks) are not permitted to be brought onto the retreat grounds. All meals are provided by the Bosque Center cook at extra cost if reserved on the registration form, and are vegetarian (may contain eggs or dairy). Please specify continental or hot breakfast if desired Saturday and/or Sunday. Lunch and dinner are only available on Saturday. Meal costs include 20% service charge. There are also several restaurants within 4-5 blocks south of Bosque center.  

If you cannot afford the registration fee a few scholarships are available. You can request a scholarship by submitting a letter describing your need.

Sponsored by the Rainbow Sangha in Albuquerque—more information at rainbowsangha.org and facebook.com/rainbowsangha. More information on the Bosque Center is available at bosquecenter.org

A printable .pdf version of the description and registration form is available to download and print here.