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Mindfulness Days at Trappist Abbey

posted Oct 17, 2013, 1:03 PM by Five Stones


 

The Communities of Mindful Living in Oregon

 

Invite you to a Silent Day of Mindfulness

in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Healing Ourselves, Healing the World”

 

 

Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây) says a day of mindfulness can be the lever that will lift us to the habit of practicing mindfulness every hour and every moment. Everyone has the right to such a day, for without it “we will lose ourselves quickly in a life full of worry and action, and our responses will become increasingly useless.”

 

Please consider joining us for a day of silent mindfulness practice where we can experience the spaciousness of silence, and water the positive seeds of compassion, joy, love, and faith within us. As we practice stopping, calming and looking deeply within the atmosphere of peaceful silence at the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon, we nourish our mindfulness and cultivate the capacity to heal the wounds within ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world. Both new and experienced practitioners are welcome!

 

We reserve one Friday each month (usually the third Friday) to practice at the Abbey. Our next Silent Day of Mindfulness will be on the 4th Friday, October 25th. If you are interested in coming please contact me, Denise Ségor, at dsegormizo@yahoo.com, or 503-939-6346, and leave a message with contact information. While not necessary, this helps us know the size of our group for the day.

 

Information and Schedule for the Silent Day of Mindfulness:

 

 

Together we will enjoy the silence and meditation experienced by the Trappist Monks. Please arrive between 8:00-8:30 a.m. and meet by 8:30 in the lower room at Bethany HousePlease refrain from using the Reception Lodge except to visit the bookstore during free time or at the end of the day. The Trappist Abbey graciously provides a cart with caffeinated coffee, hot water and a variety of teas at Bethany House. Bring something for lunch (also your own dishes and utensils if necessary), a notebook for communicating and journaling. Chairs, zafus, zabutons, and benches are available for use. Also, be prepared for outdoor walking in any kind of weather :) There are beautiful trails and a pond. The suggested donation/ dana for the day is $25.00 (as a group, not individually) and so please prepare accordingly.

 

Our practice is flexible, is located at Bethany House, and generally follows this schedule:

 

8:30 – 8:45 am

Overview of the Day                     Lower room

8:45 – 10:40 am

Indoor Meditation                          Meditation room

10:45 – 11:25 am

Outdoor Walking Meditation        

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Silent Lunch                                  Lower room

12:00 – 2:15 pm

Individual Time

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Indoor Meditation                          Meditation room

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Talking Closure and Clean up       Lower room

 

 

If you are interested in extending your day of mindfulness, you are welcome to attend any daily services practiced by the monks at the Abbey, including:

©      6:00 – 6:30 a.m. -           Silent sitting meditation in the Bethany House

©      6:30 – 7:30 a.m. -           Lauds (chanting worship) and Community Mass

©      12:30 – 12:40 p.m. -       Day Hour Angelus (chanting worship in the chapel)

©      5:30 – 6:00 p.m. -          Vespers (chanting worship in the chapel)

©      6:00 – 6:30 p.m. –          Silent sitting meditation in the Bethany House

 

 

Directions from Salem: Drive to McMinnville and North East on Highway 99 W to Lafayette. In Lafayette (west end) turn left off 99W onto Bridge St. (sign also says Trappist Abbey, and the road turns into Abbey Road after 1/2 mile) and go north for 3 miles, staying on the surfaced road. The Abbey is on the right. Follow the road straight ahead to the parking lot. The main office (Porter's Lodge) is the first building to your right as you enter the complex.

 

Directions from Portland: Take I-5 south to exit 294 to OR-99W (SW Pacific Hwy). Continue on to OR-99W SOUTH (SW Pacific Hwy WEST) until you reach Lafayette. In Lafayette (west end) turn RIGHT off 99W onto Bridge St. (sign also says Trappist Abbey, and the road turns into Abbey Road after 1/2 mile) and go north for 3 miles, staying on the surfaced road. The Abbey is on the right. Follow the road straight ahead to the parking lot. The main office (Porter's Lodge) is the first building to your right as you enter the complex.

 

Directions from I-205 Southbound (SE Portland): Merge with I-5 northbound. Take exit 289 toward TUALATIN/SHERWOOD. Turn LEFT on SW NYBERG ROAD. Turn slight left onto SW TUALATIN SHERWOOD ROAD. Turn LEFT onto SW PACIFIC HIGHWAY West/OREGON 99W South. Follow 99W South into Lafayette. Then follow the directions from Portland above.

 

This day will be a wonderful opportunity

to touch the silence which can be found within each of us.

 

 

“The miracle is not to walk on water.

The miracle is to walk on the green earth,

dwelling deeply in the present moment

and feeling truly alive.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

With gratitude and a smile,

 

Nisi Ségor

True Recollection of Virtues :)


Note to Five Stones Sangha:  Please reply directly to Nisi if you are able to attend.

Thankf you,

Ken

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