What is Sangha? and Dharma Party on Jan. 5

Dear Friends,

“Mindful living protects us and helps us go in the direction of peace. With the support of friends in the practice, peace has a chance.” –Thay

Please join us from 5:00-6:30 pm this coming Sunday, January 5, at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield St. SE. Tea will be available at 4:30. Joining the Sangha for practice and community is a great way to start the new year, or any time.

We’ll be reading some of Thay’s writings on “What is Sangha?”, followed by a New Year Dharma Party with tea and cookies/snacks.

Also, you might want to put on your calendar that a retreat is shaping up for May 1-3 (Friday evening through Sunday midday) at the Bosque Center in NW Albuquerque. Further details will be announced as they become firmer.

What can we do as individuals to reduce global warming?

(Please note: This document is somewhat rough and far from comprehensive. It’s designed simply to stimulate some ideas for action.)

Assembled by Myra Armstrong and Jon Nimitz


The Earth Holder community in our tradition has been formed to apply Thay’s deep teachings about falling in love with Mother Earth, mindful living, and compassionate action to the climate crisis in order to heal and transform individual, collective, and planetary suffering. Articles are available at earthholder.training including the Earth Peace Treaty Commitment Sheet, which lists many actions individuals can take to help the environment. The Earth Holder Community holds an online Sangha meeting the second Sunday of each month from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Pacific time. 

As you may know, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was started in 1988, to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options. It provides detailed reports on the current state of climate science, measurements, predictions, and policy recommendations. These reports are available at ipcc.ch/reports.

The bestselling 2017 book Drawdown by Paul Hawken reviews the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming. It is available both in print and audio form from the Albuquerque Public Library. 

“World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” (Note: This may be one of the most important things you have ever read.) More than 11,000 scientists have signed this statement. They say: We suggest six critical and interrelated steps (in no particular order) that governments, businesses, and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change.” These six steps include 

  • quickly implementing massive energy efficiency and conservation practices and replacing fossil fuels with renewables
  • reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants including methane, soot, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). 
  • protecting and restoring earth’s ecosystems
  • eating mostly plant-based foods
  • limiting excessive extraction of materials and overexploitation of ecosystems to maintain long-term sustainability of the biosphere
  • stabilizing the world population
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Sangha meeting for Nov. 3, 2019

Please join us this Sunday at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield SE. If you would enjoy visiting over a cup of tea, please come at 4:30. Sangha formally begins at 5 pm.

Our sangha is beginning a two part discussion of breathing. This coming Sunday we will consider how we can use our breath and how to practice breathing meditation. In December we will explore Buddha’s Anapanasati Sutra, the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing.

When we breathe mindfully, our breath connects us to our bodies; it becomes a refuge and returns us to the present moment. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes,

     “Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.
      Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.
      Breathing in, I calm my body.
      Breathing out, I smile.
      Dwelling in the present moment,
      I know this is the only moment.”

In our daily lives when we find ourselves feeling tense, angry or defensive, we can practice taking three mindful breaths:

      With the first breath, we pause.
      With the second breath, we reconnect our mind
       and body in the present.
      With the third breath, we relax and smile.

Enjoy your breathing.


After dharma sharing, we will have a brief organizational meeting to think about topics for our 2020 Sangha meetings as well as goals for our sangha. We also have an upcoming holiday potluck (December 8th) and a springtime Day of Mindfulness planned.

Reducing home energy use

Hello, Rainbow Friends,
When we think about the climate crisis, we know that we as individuals need to do as much as possible to reduce our our carbon footprint, our consumption of energy from fossil fuel. “Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame.” from https://timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition/ You can learn your own carbon footprint here: https://www.terrapass.com/carbon-footprint-calculator

Home energy use and transportation energy use are the major contributors to our carbon footprint. Today, I focus on  HOME ENERGY USE:

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Come join us at the Albuquerque Zen Center

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please come join us for a peaceful and uplifting meeting!

The Rainbow Sangha has recently changed our meeting location to the Albuquerque Zen Center (AZC) located at 2300 Garfield Ave. SE in Albuquerque. It’s on the south side of Garfield, a couple of doors east of Yale Blvd. This is about four long blocks south of the University of New Mexico. We are renting meeting space from AZC, which is a community zen center. It has a wonderful, peaceful atmosphere.

We meet from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings in the Zendo. The Zendo has recently been renovated with fresh plaster and floor sealant. It will be available again for our meetings starting Nov. 3, 2019.

We are fortunate on Nov. 3 to have Bee leading us on the Sutra of the Full Awareness of Breathing.