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Dear friends:

Please pass this message along to your sanghas and to anyone else who might be interested. Sanghas may decide to come as a group, or practitioners may come by themselves. All are welcome—both new and experienced practitioners. I hope you can find the time in your busy schedule to be with us as we slow down and practice in silence :)

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 (Thay) 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 second Friday, November 11th. 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. Also, please let me know if it turns out you cannot come. 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 Founder's Room, in the lower level of the main office. Bring something for lunch (also your own dishes and utensils if necessary), a note book 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, but generally follows this schedule:


  8:30 – 8:45 am   Overview of the Day                     FR*   

  8:45 – 10:15 am   Indoor Meditation                          BH*   

  10:20 – 11:15 am   Outdoor Walking Meditation         Meet outside BH   

  11:20 – 12:00 pm   Silent Lunch                                  FR   

  12:00 – 2:15 pm   Individual Time   

  2:15 – 3:15 pm   Indoor Meditation                          BH   

  3:15 – 3:30 pm   Talking Closure and Clean up       FR  

*FR = Founder’s Room     (in the lower level of the Reception Lodge – in the bookstore, follow the stairs downward)

*BH = Bethany House

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 :)

Dear brothers and sisters,  Here is an email received 11/6 from California action.  

A number of local Sanghas came together for San Diego's first meditation flash mob, followed by a peace walk at Occupy San Diego. It was heart warming to see members of the Ocean and Mountain OI families there along with the World Beat Sangha, Heart Beat Sangha, Peaceful Shores Sangha, Still Ripening Sangha and the Open Heart Sangha, who hosted the event. We can build Sangha on many levels. 

It was a powerful experience and there was excitement about bringing the practice into the community like this. One member who had been hard hit by the financial crisis experienced a great opening as their personal loss transformed into a shared collective healing. 

We sat at 4:00 PST and enjoyed harmony with our East Coast friends who hosted a med mob at Union Square, NYC at 4:00 EST. 

There is no "they", only us. 

Wishing you well,

True Ocean of Joy

p.s. Registration is open for the 21 Day retreat in June, check the Plum Village web site.

500,000 signatures are needed on the linked petition to get an initiative to end the death penalty on the California ballot next November. I invite you to sign it, and share the link with your Sanghas, if you care to: http://goo.gl/f4Thg

Oregon / Southwest Washington Community of Mindful Living

Practice groups, or sanghas,[1] in the Community of Mindful Living are supported by the practices and teachings of mindfulness and mindful living offered by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.[2] We practice mindfully sitting, walking, speaking, and listening in order to cultivate seeds of awareness, joy, and love in our everyday lives. Mindfulness is a human ability we all possess to be calm and to experience the wonders of life. To be mindful means to dwell deeply in the present moment and to be aware of what is going on within and around us. Practicing mindfulness cultivates understanding, love, compassion, and joy. This practice helps us take care of and transform suffering in our lives and in our society.

All groups are open to new people, free of charge, who would like to come and learn more about the practice or who would just like to come and meditate in a loving environment. You do not need any prior experience or a commitment to Buddhism. Our practice groups are supported by the goodwill and generosity of our participants.

Practice Groups/ Sanghas for Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA

(in alphabetical order):

·       Braided Way sangha[3] meets the first Saturday of every month from 4:45 to 6:30 pm followed by vegetarian potluck, in Battleground, Washington (contact Rev. Jayna Gieber, 360-666-4942, www.peopleoftheheart.com);

·       Enterbeing Friday Morning sangha[4] meets Friday mornings from 7:00 am to 8:00 am at Enterbeing, 1603 N.E. Alberta St. (contact Peggy Lindquist 503-621-9776, or peggy.lindquist@gmail.com );

·       Joyful Refuge sangha meets Monday evenings from 7:15-9:00 pm at the Balanced and Whole Wellness Center at 4423 NE Tillamook St. (near 44th and NE Sandy, Hollywood area) for sitting and walking meditation and heartful sharing. (contact Kri Schlafer, 503-236-2872, cricketsong@hevanet.com);

·       Mindfulness Meditation group[5] meets Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Avenue, in the Eliot Chapel. (contact the church office, 503-228-6389, ext. 0, Office@FirstUnitarianPortland.org);

·       Mindful Parenting group meets one time a month on the first or second Saturday, with a flexible meeting time, in various families’ homes (contact Tim Holbert, 503-771-7181, timholbert2002@yahoo.com);

·       Miracle of Mindfulness practice group[6] meets Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Bodhi Tree Center, 5403 SE Center Street (contact Denise, 503-939-6346, miracleofmindfulness@gmail.com, or visit http://www.bodhitreecenter.org);

·       Refuge of the Heart sangha[7] meets Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in homes of sangha members (contact Jane Bell, 503-869-5913, janehannahbell@gmail.com );

·       Thursday night sangha meets from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at 1422 SE Tacoma Street in Sellwood. Please enter from the Tacoma St. entrance. You'll see a sign that says “Friends of The Dhamma.” (contact Margaret Kirschner, 503-285-8897, kirschie@spiritone.com);

·       True Name sangha meets Sundays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in people’s homes all around Portland (contact Christine Downs at alandchrisdowns@mac.com);

Practice Groups/ Sanghas for Greater Oregon

(in alphabetical order):

·       Ashland: Peaceful Refuge Sangha meets Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the UCC Church, Siskiyou at Morton, Ashland; and Thursday morning meditation from 7:00 to 8:00 am (please arrive 5 minutes early) at Ashland Zen Center Annex, 740 Tolman Creek Rd (contact us at info@peacefulrefugesangha.org, phone number: 541.778.1637, or visit http://peacefulrefugesangha.org/ );

·      Corvallis: Five Stones Sangha meets each Monday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at Mystic Mountain Center for Healing Arts, 435 NW 4th Street 97330 (contact: Ken Oefelein, 541-760-9760, peacefulstep@gmail.com, website: http://sites.google.com/site/fivestonessanghacorvallis/Home);

·      Eugene: Cedar Sangha meets tuesday evenings at 7:00pm and thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the yurt behind the gate to the left of the house at 3796 kincaid street 97045 (contact nancy nina, email: nanagaia@efn.org, phone: 541-343-5528);

·      Grants Pass: Mindfulness Meditation Sangha meets on the first and third Fridays at 5:30 pm, at Heart Song , 2245 W. 6th street, and on the alternate weekends (weekends of the 2nd and 4th fridays) we meet on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm at Rogue Coffee Roasters, 237 S.W.G St. (contacts: Renae, Rick or Nancy Nina—see above);

·      Salem: River Sangha meets every Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Woodland Chapel, 582 High Street 97301 (Contact: Jerry Braza, Dharma Teacher, Tel: 503-391-1284, email: jfbraza@comcast.net).


Our community also sponsors:

·       a monthly recitation of the fourteen mindfulness trainings (Portland)

·       opportunities to practice Engaged Buddhism

·       opportunities to share vegan recipes with others interested in exploring a vegan way of life (visit: http://mindfulcooking.org/ )

·       weekend retreats and days of mindfulness during the year in various locations throughout the state

·       silent day of mindfulness one Friday a month at a Trappist (Catholic) monastery near Portland

You may contact individual sanghas for more information. To learn about other practice groups worldwide, visit http://www.iamhome.org/. For more information about Thich Nhat Hanh, visit http://www.plumvillage.org/ or http://www.deerparkmonastery.org/ .


[1] A sangha is a group of people who are committed to practicing together and becoming “spiritual friends.”

[2] We affectionately call him “Thay” which means teacher or master.

[3] We welcome people of all faiths and practices, with a focus on interfaith dialogue and inclusiveness of diverse peoples.

[4] This is a simple practice time. We stretch, sit, walk, and have a little time to share our lives. There is no cost, but dana (a small donation) is gratefully accepted and given to Enterbeing to provide the space.

[5] We may regularly study mindfulness in all spiritual traditions—Taoism, Sufism, Christian mysticism, etc.

[6] We welcome people of all faiths and practices who wish to explore ways to heal the interconnected forms of injustice and oppression through the practice of mindfulness, and to find a place to rest and reexamine their daily lives. Our intention is to offer people from diverse communities a safe, welcoming, and participatory group where they can feel at home and in community.

[7] Silent, guided meditation, walking meditation, a DVD dharma talk, and then dharma sharing.