May 9th and 16th: Dharma presentations on practice, discussion and our usual meditation practices. The Sangha will lead.
May 23rd Lucy will lead a talk and dharma discussion on being in the Present Moment. She will also lead guided, silent, and walking meditations.
May 30th: Bob will lead a presentation and discussion on mindful speech and listening: the Fourth Mindfulness Training. "Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I
am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic
and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, Iam committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope.
When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger. I know that
the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person. I will speak and listen in a way that can help
myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to
utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger,
violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness."
June 6th: Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Ken will lead the Sankhakarman Procedure, recitation and discussion.
Thay recommends that all lay friends who have taken the Five Mindfulness Trainings gather at least once a month to recite these Trainings. The Mindfulness Trainings are the core of the practice for the lay community. The Trainings are our commitment to our teacher and the practice. Without this continuity of practice, we lose our connection with the teacher and the teachings. We will experiment with both the formal Sankhakarman Procedure, and the more casual approach we have followed in the past, to see which way we prefer.