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posted May 21, 2012, 2:02 PM by Five Stones
Dear Friends of the Dharma,
We will return to support and nourish our mindfulness by guided, walking, and silent meditation.  A dharma presentation will be moderated by Gary.  He will be discussing the Seven Factors of Awakening from Thay's "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching".  The Buddha laid these out after realizing under the Bodhi tree "How amazing that all living beings have the basic nature of awakening, yet they don't know it."  He realized that many beings would benefit if he offered concrete ways  to help them wake up.  The Seven Factors offer a description of both the characteristics of awakening as well as a path to awakening.
Please arrive by 5:25 so we can begin and end promptly.
Announcements will be made about the family camp in August, the mindfulness thru music workshop presented by Kri and Paul, 
Retreat for legal professionals:  
Ken Oefelein ken.oefelein@gmail.com
May 17 (4 days ago)
to undisclosed recipients

Announcement re App that puts Thay's recent dharma talks on your google homepage:  Like gadgets?  
This one is recommended to easily stay in touch with Thay.

Blue Cliff retreat for legal professionals
Date: May 17, 2012 11:51:47 AM PDT
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Blue Cliff retreat for legal professionals

Please share news of the upcoming Blue Cliff retreat for folks in the law.
The retreat will be facilitated by Dharma teacher-lawyer Jack Lawlor, Dharma teacher-lawyer Leslie Rawls, 
Dharma teacher-law school instructor Jeanne

Anselmo, and OI-lawyer Valerie Brown. We hope you will help us spread the
news and encourage friends to register. Plus, if the law is your field of
work or study, please join us. Details:
June 22 - 24, 2012
Cultivating Balance: A Mindfulness Retreat for Lawyers, Judges, Law
Students, and Law Professionals in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Blue Cliff Monastery Pine Bush, New York 

<http://bluecliffmonastery.org/retreats/law-mindfulness-retreatLegal-ease:  You may be interested in this New York, Blue Cliff Monastery, retreat, especially if you are a lawyer, 
or know one who might be interested in both mindfulness and the law.
Breathing in mist, breathing out justice and compassion,

June 9, 9:30-1: Mindfulness Trainings (Precepts) Transmission Ceremony in BattleGround, Wa.
If you would like to attend to view or support, or receive the trainings, please contact ken at 541-760-9760. or ken.oefelein@gmail.com.
Here is information about the event coming up in a couple weeks.  To be clear, this and the camp in August at Westwind are the only two opportunities scheduled to receive the Mindfulness Trainings, become a Stream-Enterer, this year.  This action solidifies your discovery and entrance to the three stream of dharma, sangha, and buddha.  The trainings are a guide, not commandments.  Receiving them does not make you a "buddhist", only your actions and practice will further you on the path.

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Dear Thay, dear Maha Sangha friends,
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Joyful Refuge, Thursday Night and Braided Way Sanghas, having dialogued and planned mindfully with joy, 
are happy to extend  an invitation to participate in deepening our aspirations and commitment to living a life
 of well being and happiness for the benefit of all beings and our world ~

The Five Mindfulness Trainings (Precepts) Transmissions Ceremony, led by Dharmacharya Barbara Casey
Saturday, June 9th, 9:30 am- 1 pm (optional potluck immediately following)
Crooked Kitty Ranch, 24205 NE Alvas RD, Battle Ground, WA. (40 ish minutes from Portland)

There will be an opportunity for Dana Paramita, the practice of generosity for Barbara's time and teaching.
Airfare has already been covered by the sanghas mentioned above; all Dana will go directly to Barbara.

These precepts are not commandments but represent a Buddhist vision anyone can live by 
as a global spirituality and ethic for the world in which we live! 
This day will include a Dharma talk, meditation, chanting, and the transmission ceremony. 

Please forward this invitation to sangha friends and find attached the application form and the trainings in this email.

With gratitude for the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
Rev. Jayna Gieber
True Recollection of the Mindfulness Trainings

The Five Mindfulness Trainings are a teaching offered by the Buddha to lay (non-monastic) people, as guidance on how to cultivate a way to live that will nourish our aspiration to wake up. The Trainings paint a picture of an ideal, balanced life, and as such, are impossible to practice perfectly. Instead, we commit to contemplating and practicing them each day, exploring how we can embody them and how we inevitably fall short. Our happiness lies not in being perfect, but in having a path to guide us through the challenges that life presents.

If you are interested in receiving the Five Mindfulness Trainings in a formal ceremony on June 9th with Dharmacharya Barbara Casey, please talk with your sangha leaders about whether this is the right step for you now. If so, you will be given a short application form, which you can return to them. The Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission ceremony is one of great joy and celebration, and all are welcome to take this step, if taken sincerely. If you have received the Trainings previously and wish to refresh your aspiration, you may apply to receive them again.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings point us towards living in a deeply ethical way, and also represent the fruit of our practice, naturally arising when our lives are in harmony and balance. The commitment to receive and practice the mindfulness trainings is a personal one; you are accountable only to yourself. It is possible to take all five trainings, or just to take the ones you are most comfortable with. If your intention is to live the best you can in the way a training describes, then feel free to commit to studying and practicing that training. If there are key elements in a training that you do not plan to investigate, it is best to not take that training formally. You also have the opportunity to receive a Dharma name, which is a gift from your teacher and sangha, and is a source of inspiration for your practice. If you would like to receive a Dharma name, state your aspirations for practice on your Five Mindfulness Trainings application form.

The Three Refuges are an optional part of the transmission ceremony. When you take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, you are expressing your confidence in the part of you that has the potential to awaken, to live fully, happily and harmoniously. When you take the Three Refuges, the Buddha becomes a teacher for you, but is not in any way exclusive. Rather, taking refuge offers you more insight into the awakened nature of all beings and how they offer support.

Reverence For Life

Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, or in my way of life. Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world.

True Happiness‚

Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to practicing generosity in my thinking, speaking, and acting. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others; and I will share my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. I will practice looking deeply to see that the happiness and suffering of others are not separate from my own happiness and suffering; that true happiness is not possible without understanding and compassion; and that running after wealth, fame, power and sensual pleasures can bring much suffering and despair. I am aware that happiness depends on my mental attitude and not on external conditions, and that I can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that I already have more than enough conditions to be happy. I am committed to practicing Right Livelihood so that I can help reduce the suffering of living beings on Earth and reverse the process of global warming.

True Love,

Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I am committed to cultivating responsibility and learning ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. Knowing that sexual desire is not love, and that sexual activity motivated by craving always harms myself as well as others, I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without true love and a deep, long-term commitment made known to my family and friends. I will do everything in my power to protect children from sexual abuse and to prevent couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct. Seeing that body and mind are one, I am committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of my sexual energy and cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness ‚Äì which are the four basic elements of true love ‚Äì for my greater happiness and the greater happiness of others. Practicing true love, we know that we will continue beautifully into the future.‚Ä®‚Ä® 

Loving Speech and Deep Listening

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. I am 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.

Nourishment and Healing

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriments, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I am determined not to gamble, or to use alcohol, drugs, or any other products which contain toxins, such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth.

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Please see the pdf file below on the Mindfulness Camp in August.


Five Stones,
May 21, 2012, 2:02 PM