Making-Visible: The Indigenous Community Webinar #3
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Making-Visible: The Indigenous Community Webinar #3

Webinar #3

You’re invited to a register for a video call curated by a Audri Scott Williams.

Audri is the Spiritual Director of the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Dothan, AL. Audri also hosts a weekly radio show on WKCG 99.1 FM in Dothan. She is a proud mother of three sons and a grandmother of 15. 

Most recently, Audri was the first woman of color to run for Congress in the highly conservative Congressional District 2 of Alabama. She is also the first woman to lead a global walk for Human Rights and Environmental Justice (2005-2009); a walk for civic engagement across America to over 50 communities (2010-2011); an environmental justice walk (2012) and, the Red Flame for Freedom Movement, a national movement to end human trafficking, mass incarceration and children in poverty (2015 - 2016).

Audri has received numerous awards for her service to humanity, including a Presidential Certificate of Merit (President Bill Clinton), HBO Hearing Her Voice, Telling Her Story Award; the 2008 URI Bowes Award to the Trail of Dreams Team (awarded in India); the 2017 Amelia Boynton Robinson Legacy Award; and a Proclamation from the City of Tuskegee declaring August 19, 2017, Audri Scott Williams Day. 

Audri is an author and speaker - locally and nationally. She has spoken at numerous spiritual centers Colleges and Universities, and numerous organizations throughout Alabama and the country. 

Making visible is a free webinar program supported by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, based in California, along with the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community in Washington, DC. This call includes one hour of teaching led by an expert with lived experience. There will be time for mindful questions and answers and sharing, and a follow up sharing call after. 

All of our learning calls will be led by the people who are living the life, and doing the work.

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Visiting Monastic: Brother Phap Vu
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Visiting Monastic: Brother Phap Vu

Join us on our weekly Monday night meditation to hear from one of the Plum Village monastics, Brother Phap Vu. Because of our guest, our evening will extend to 8:45 pm instead of 8:30

Phap Vu describes himself:

Who is this Phap Vu? – I'm still working on that one. Nonetheless, I was born in Chicago, Illinois but spent most of my life in Southern California. I began my practice in the Dharma through the Chinese Chan tradition in the mid 90's. It was through my experience practicing at a local temple that I was inspired to nudge in the direction of monastic life. Eventually, in 2003 I was ordained by Venerable Master Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village, with the name Thich Chan Phap Vu. In 2011, I was ordained as a Dharma Teacher. Presently, I am still committed to the monastic path, delving into Buddhist psychology as well as Buddhist history. I am also still committed to connecting with people and communities, helping them along their path if I'm able.

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OHMC Care & Support Network - Potluck Meeting
Jun
11
5:30 PM17:30

OHMC Care & Support Network - Potluck Meeting

The OHMC Care & Support Network (C&S) is designed to be a network of helpers to assist members within our Sangha who are going through a challenging time, be it the loss of a loved one, illness, depression or something else. We want to continue to grow and provide our practitioner community with the love and practical support that they may need at some point in their lives. This may translate into offering a ride to go to a doctor’s appointment, helping with households tasks, preparing a dinner or simply sharing a cup of tea in times in need.

Please note that there is no obligation to respond to a request for help, it depends on your availability at that moment. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please join us for a potluck gathering in the house of a fellow practitioner in the vicinity of Circle Yoga. We will send you the details once you register. For the first half of our time together we will socialize and share a meal, then we will discuss some ideas on how to be there for others and build community within the Sangha.

Once you register, we will send you additional information and directions to your email. If you are interested in joining the group but are unable to come to the potluck, please email Ronnie Biemans at ronnie.biemans@gmail.com so you are kept in the loop.

We hope you can join us!

**Please note there are only 25 seats for this potluck meeting.











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Making-Visible: The Indigenous Community Webinar #4
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Making-Visible: The Indigenous Community Webinar #4

Webinar #4

You’re invited to a register for a video call to share our learnings from the first three webinars, which were curated by various leaders in the Indigenous Community. Details to come.

Making visible is a free webinar program supported by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, based in California, along with the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community in Washington, DC. This is a time for mindful questions and answers and sharing.

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Visiting Monastic: Sister Hai An (Sister Ocean)
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Visiting Monastic: Sister Hai An (Sister Ocean)

Sister Ocean will give a short talk at our Monday evening meditation. Because of our guest, we will extend our evening to 8:45 pm instead of 8:30

She will share about: The Three Complexes

The contemplation before chanting invites us to "Let the whole Sangha breathe as one body, listen as one body, chant as one body transcending the boundaries of a delusive self, liberating us from the superiority complex, the inferiority complex, and the equality complex."  The suffering of inferiority and superiority complexes are easier to understand than that of the equality complex.  Join us for an evening of practice to understand the nature of the complexes, ways to practice with them in daily life, and their role in personal and social liberation.

The evening will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, a Dharma Talk, written exercises, and group reflection.  Please bring a pen and paper with you.

BIO:

Hai-An (Sister Ocean) is a fully ordained monastic based in Toronto, Ontario.  She received her novice ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh 2012, training at Plum Village Monastery in France and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York State.  She left the monastery in 2018 to pursue studies and longer retreats.  She holds the teachings of Plum Village as her core practice, blending them with the Theravada tradition, mystical Christianity, and social justice teachings.  She loves supporting people in practical and creative ways to develop mindfulness, compassion, and joy in daily life. She is a musician and a poet with a BFA in Theater.  She is an active member of the ARISE Sangha,dedicated to bringing racial justice to the forefront of the Plum Village community.  She is currently studying in the Living School for Action and Contemplation.   

http://listenlovetrust.wordpress.com

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Walking Meditation in Honor of Earth Day
Apr
24
7:00 AM07:00

Walking Meditation in Honor of Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, the OHMC Sangha will meet at the Georgetown Labyrinth for meditative walking at 7 am in lieu of our regular 6:30 meeting time at Circle Yoga.  The Labyrinth is on the Georgetown waterfront park at the South end of 33rd st NW (called either K St or Water St.).  Those who are interested can join us and after our mindful walking, we can meet somewhere for breakfast nearby.

No registration necessary. Just come by to connect with nature and walk with us in mindfulness!

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Monday Night Meditation
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

Monday Night Meditation

 

As always, no previous mindfulness or meditation experience is necessary.  Walking meditation is always optional.  No fees, donations are always welcome.

ACCESSIBILITY: Most of our meditation groups are able to meet in an accessible space, if we have advance notice. If you need a space accessible for mobility disabilities, or any other accessibility needs, please contact Annie annie@rawmindfulness.com. We look forward to accommodating you.

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Making-Visible: The Indigenous Community Webinar #1
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Making-Visible: The Indigenous Community Webinar #1

You’re invited to a video call curated by filmmaker and Piscataway rights activist, Sebastian Medina-Tayac. We will take time to stop and rest in community. Each moment of stopping is critical for our greater collective healing. Making visible is a free webinar program supported by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, based in California, along with the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community in Washington, DC. This call includes one hour of teaching led by our expert, Sebastian, with lived experience. There will be time for mindful questions and answers and sharing, and a follow up dharma sharing call after.

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Monday Night Meditation
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Monday Night Meditation

 

As always, no previous mindfulness or meditation experience is necessary.  Walking meditation is always optional.  No fees, donations are always welcome.

ACCESSIBILITY: Most of our meditation groups are able to meet in an accessible space, if we have advance notice. If you need a space accessible for mobility disabilities, or any other accessibility needs, please contact Annie annie@rawmindfulness.com. We look forward to accommodating you.

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Meditation
Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Meditation

On Friday, sitting meditation begins at 12:00 pm, followed by walking meditation and a second sitting. We always do a mindfulness reading and a short dharma discussion.

 

As always, no previous mindfulness or meditation experience is necessary.  Walking meditation is always optional.  No fees, donations are always welcome.

ACCESSIBILITY: Most of our meditation groups are able to meet in an accessible space, if we have advance notice. If you need a space accessible for mobility disabilities, or any other accessibility needs, please contact Annie annie@rawmindfulness.com. We look forward to accommodating you.

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Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings

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Every January, all the sanghas in the Washington DC metro area come together in Fairfax to formally practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings under Thich Nhat Hanh. This is a great way to come back to yourself after the busyness of the holidays. When we sit and practice the trainings together as a community, we will find compassion for ourselves and others with more ease.

Even if you haven’t practiced before, we especially encourage you to come since our sangha events are always designed for a feeling of being welcomed, safe and comfortable, regardless of your experience.

We at Opening Heart are grateful to be a part of such an invaluable event in mindfulness. Please join us in building and strengthening our practice together.

Read The Five Mindfulness Trainings Here

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Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Making Visible: The Invisible Latinos Session #5

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What do you know about the Latinx immigrants who are facing historic level deportations and incarceration in the United States today? Would you like to learn more and grow your understanding along with other mindfulness practitioners?

Join us for our next free Zoom (phone or computer) call on Thursday, November 8, 7-8:30 pm ET for another session on understanding more about the millions of Latinx people living in the United States, their history in this country, and their lives today. 

The topic for session #5 will be learning about the contributions of Latinx people in the US. This will be our final session in the Invisible Latinos series.

ACCESSIBILITY: This program is accessible for anyone with a computer and wifi, or a telephone.

Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States, and fully one in six people in the U.S. are Latinx, and one in ten are of Mexican heritage. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.The Census Bureau describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." 

In lieu of fees, we ask you to consider making a donation to Nueva Vida to benefit Latinas with cancer in the DC area. Donate here: http://nueva-vida.org

Ways to get involved in immigrant justice -- locally (DC area): www.caircoalition.org, http://sanctuarydmv.org/, https://www.theyoungcenter.org/about-the-young-center/


Sessions will be in English, accessible, and co-led by Adriana Arizpe and Annie Mahon.  if you need Spanish translation or physical accommodations, please let us know.

Adriana is a Mexican woman who has lived in the DC area for 8 years. She has degrees in Communications and Gastronomy and is an executive in media, research, marketing and communication. Adriana has been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and has extensive knowledge of relationships and cultural contrasts and a special interest in how Latin-American culture contributes to US culture as a whole.

Annie is a white, Armenian-American, ordained (lay) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Circle Yoga Cooperative, DC Yoga Week, and Opening Heart Mindfulness community, and founder and treasurer of the Pink House Foundation, a grant making organization supporting the development political and social capital for marginalized groups in the US. She has been a student of mindfulness since the early 1990's.

Dial-in info for our call is below. Please email annielakemahon@gmail.com if you have questions.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/956327268

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16465588656,,956327268#  or +16699006833,,956327268# 

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833 

    Meeting ID: 956 327 268

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ewZOs4fa8

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Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Monday Night Sangha: Life and Teachings of the Buddha with special guest Shantum Seth

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This week Annie will invite the bell for dharma teacher Shantum Seth who will speak to us about the life and teachings of the Buddha. Shantum's full bio is below.  You can listen to him talk about his Buddhist journey here.

Shantum leads tours of the Buddhist sites in India and Nepal and was the teacher of Annie's trip to India in 2016. Shantum has been a student of Thich Nhật Hanh for several decades and has been a friend of Annie's for many years. You will definitely enjoy his talk!

After our meditation period, Shantum will talk, and then we will have some time to ask him questions and share about our practice.  

Shantum Seth talks about his Buddhist journey.

More about Shantum:

Shantum Seth is a teacher, social development worker and a man of peace with Indian roots and a world experience not easily found in one person.

He is an ordained teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Zen lineage of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, and the foremost guide to the sites associated with the Buddha. He has been leading highly acclaimed pilgrimages '
In the Footsteps of the Buddha' and other amazing journeys of discovery throughout India and parts of South Asia since 1988. His tours have been featured in The New York Times and on the BBC/PBS’s “Story of India” (www.buddhapath.com ).

He advises the Government of India's Ministry of Tourism and Culture and was instrumental in initiating the Endogenous Tourism program for the United Nations Development Program where he worked for 15 years. He has used his considerable experience to contribute to a number of books, including “Walking with the Buddha,” “Planting Seeds…, Sharing Mindfulness with Children,” and “Volunteers against Conflict.”

Shantum has been in demand as a guest speaker at many forums including to the Young President’s Organization, the UNDP executive board, the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, the Confederation of Indian Industries and at a number of museums and universities East and West.

He is actively involved in the non-profit trust Ahimsa, which is pioneering work on ‘Mindfulness in Education’ and setting up a centre for this purpose in the foothills of the Himalayas (
www.ahimsatrust.org). While at the University of East Anglia in England, studying Development Studies, he titled his thesis 'Ahimsa Shoes', basing it on Gandhian economics.

An itinerant traveler himself, he has visited more than 50 countries and has lived in England, the USA and France. He now lives with his wife, two daughters and parents in the suburbs of Delhi, India.

In many ways Shantum is an exciting window to today's India. He helps the world understand, interpret and value a multi-faceted civilization and its people.

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Last Friday of Each Month - Metta Meditation at the White House
Oct
26
12:30 PM12:30

Last Friday of Each Month - Metta Meditation at the White House

Please join local meditation communities Please join us to practice Lovingkindness Meditation on the last Friday of each month at 12:30 in Lafayette Square. We gather at the southwest corner of the park, near the Rochambeau statute. We sit for 25 minutes sending lovingkindness to ourselves, our loved ones, those we know, those with whom we have difficulties, and all beings. We then have an opportunity to briefly share our experiences.

We sit on the ground, weather permitting, so please bring what you need to make yourself comfortable, such as a plastic bag and a cushion or bench. If it is raining or Montgomery County, MD, schools are closed due to weather, we will cancel the sit. We hope you will join us!

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Healing from Internalized Whiteness Training Retreat
Sep
21
to Sep 25

Healing from Internalized Whiteness Training Retreat

A Plum Village Retreat providing training and practices to support white people who are committed to addressing white supremacy

More and more white people are becoming aware of the deeply embedded and normalized nature of white supremacy in our society and are wanting to do something to end it.

However, this is made very difficult by their unconsciously conditioned ignorance to how they themselves have internalized whiteness  - and how much healing from internalized whiteness is needed to make it possible for them to engage in anti-racism work without unintentionally perpetuating racism.

That's why we're offering this retreat - and hopefully more in the future!

REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

PURPOSE: This training retreat is designed to support you in this healing journey, using mindfulness-based practices and by being in a sangha committed to raising our racial awareness and taking action for collective liberation.

WHO: For primarily white people who have a developed mindfulness and meditation practice and want to take action to address white supremacy and grow racial justice work in our Dharma communities - starting within yourselves. People of color and mixed race people who are interested in  undoing internalized whiteness in white people and in themselves are asked to first contact the trainer (retreats@sandrakim.com) to make sure it's an appropriate retreat for them.

WHAT: You will get the Healing from Internalized Whiteness training in the container of a Plum Village retreat. The focus will be in understanding 1) how internalized whiteness functions in ourselves and our society, 2) how we can care for its toxic effects with mindfulness-based practices, and 3) how we can approach conversations with other white people about racism from a place of solidity within ourselves, spaciousness with others, and shared humanity.

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2018 - Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Retreatants are expected to stay the entire time since this is a training retreat and important components of the training will be shared on Monday and Tuesday.

Check in for the retreat is on Friday, September 22nd, from 3 pm - 5 pm so you may have enough time to register and settle in before dinner at 6:00 pm. Orientation will be at 7:30 pm.

If you arrive before check in starts, please enjoy the beautiful land at Rose Apple Society on your own and know that you will be given more guidance once check in starts. 

Check out for the retreat is on Tuesday, September 25th after the 1 pm lunch. Please aim to leave after lunch is served, which is right after the closing circle.

If you are arriving or leaving outside of those time frames, please let us know at retreats@sandrakim.com

WHERE: Rose Apple Society in South Woodstock, Vermont.

CAPACITY: Up to 20 people can register due to limited space. There will be a waiting list and future retreat opportunities.

FEE: $100 registration fee to cover only upfront expenses like food and facilitator's travel. You will be invited to give Dana at the end of the retreat to acknowledge and support the work of the trainer and organizing team. Ideally, we would like to raise $4,000 in order to meet the financial needs of the retreat. We know that everyone has different means and capacities. So we would like to invite everyone into the practice of Dana - giving and receiving from our true capacity, strength, generosity, and joy.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Click here to apply for scholarship to help subsidize the registration fee, which is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. No one will be turned away for lack of money.

TRAINER:  Sandra Kim is the Founder of Everyday Feminism and Re-Becoming Human where she teaches how to heal from oppression and co-create a liberating life and community, based on her own personal journey of applying Buddhism to social justice and her life for the past decade. She is the creator of trainings on Healing from Internalized Whiteness, Healing from Marginalization, and Nurturing Liberating Organizations, which has been taken by over 2,000 people.

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OHMC Facilitator Get-together and Learn Together
Aug
26
5:00 PM17:00

OHMC Facilitator Get-together and Learn Together

If you are a current facilitator of sangha at Opening Heart, or if you want to learn how to invite the bell and facilitate a meditation session, please join us to hang out and learn together!

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RSVP required - email annie@circleyoga.com or marie@willowoak.biz.

The basic schedule will be:

5 pm gather and pot luck dinner (bring a small dish to share)

6 pm introductions

6:30 review of inviting the bell and facilitation guidelines

8:00 final bell and say good-bye

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Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Making Visible: The Invisible Latinos Session #4

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What do you know about the Latinx immigrants who are facing historic level deportations and incarceration in the United States today? Would you like to learn more and grow your understanding along with other mindfulness practitioners?

Join us for our next free Zoom (phone or computer) call on Tuesday, August 7, 7-8:30 pm ET for another session on understanding more about the millions of Latinx people living in the United States, their history in this country, and their lives today. 

The topic for session #4 will be learning about the causes of immigration from Central America and from Mexico. There are many reasons for families and individuals to be risking their lives to cross the border, and in this call we will explore these reasons through a variety of media, leaving time to share with each other about what we have learned.

Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States, and fully one in six people in the U.S. are Latinx, and one in ten are of Mexican heritage. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.The Census Bureau describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." 

In lieu of fees, we ask you to consider making a donation to Nueva Vida to benefit Latinas with cancer in the DC area. Donate here: http://nueva-vida.org

Ways to get involved in immigrant justice -- locally (DC area): www.caircoalition.org, http://sanctuarydmv.org/, https://www.theyoungcenter.org/about-the-young-center/


Sessions will be in English, accessible, and co-led by Adriana Arizpe and Annie Mahon.  if you need Spanish translation or physical accommodations, please let us know.

Adriana is a Mexican woman who has lived in the DC area for 8 years. She has degrees in Communications and Gastronomy and is an executive in media, research, marketing and communication. Adriana has been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and has extensive knowledge of relationships and cultural contrasts and a special interest in how Latin-American culture contributes to US culture as a whole.

Annie is a white, Armenian-American, ordained (lay) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Circle Yoga Cooperative, DC Yoga Week, and Opening Heart Mindfulness community, and founder and treasurer of the Pink House Foundation, a grant making organization supporting the development political and social capital for marginalized groups in the US. She has been a student of mindfulness since the early 1990's.

Dial-in info for our call is below. Please email annielakemahon@gmail.com if you have questions.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/956327268

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16465588656,,956327268#  or +16699006833,,956327268# 

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833 

    Meeting ID: 956 327 268

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ewZOs4fa8

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Sangha Photo Shoot for Website Photos
Aug
6
4:00 PM16:00

Sangha Photo Shoot for Website Photos

Join us for a sangha photoshoot on Monday, August 6 at 4:00 pm. 

We will be taking meditation photos to be used on the OHMC and Rawmindfulness.com websites -  A fun time, free refreshments, and a copy of Annie's book Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food for all who participate.

RSVP to annie@circleyoga.com

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Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Making Visible: The Invisible Latinos Session #3

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What do you know about the Latinx immigrants who are facing historic level deportations and incarceration in the United States today? Would you like to learn more and grow your understanding along with other mindfulness practitioners?

Join us for our next free Zoom (phone or computer) call on Tuesday, June 19, 7-8:30 pm ET for another session on understanding more about the millions of Latinx people living in the United States, their history in this country, and their lives today. 
 

Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States, and fully one in six people in the U.S. are Latinx, and one in ten are of Mexican heritage. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.The Census Bureau describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." 

In lieu of fees, we ask you to consider making a donation to Nueva Vida to benefit Latinas with cancer in the DC area. Donate here: http://nueva-vida.org

Ways to get involved in immigrant justice -- locally (DC area): www.caircoalition.org, http://sanctuarydmv.org/, https://www.theyoungcenter.org/about-the-young-center/


Sessions will be in English, accessible, and co-led by Adriana Arizpe and Annie Mahon.  if you need Spanish translation or physical accommodations, please let us know.

Adriana is a Mexican woman who has lived in the DC area for 8 years. She has degrees in Communications and Gastronomy and is an executive in media, research, marketing and communication. Adriana has been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and has extensive knowledge of relationships and cultural contrasts and a special interest in how Latin-American culture contributes to US culture as a whole.
Annie is a white, Armenian-American, ordained (lay) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Circle Yoga Cooperative, DC Yoga Week, and Opening Heart Mindfulness community, and founder and treasurer of the Pink House Foundation, a grant making organization supporting the development political and social capital for marginalized groups in the US.  She has been a student of mindfulness since the early 1990's.

Dial-in info for our call is below. Please email annielakemahon@gmail.com if you have questions.

Topic: Session 2 Making Visible: The Invisible Latinos
Time: May 22, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/369941261

Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,369941261#  or +16465588656,,369941261# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656
    Meeting ID: 369 941 261
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/c56Ur6rTO

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May
25
to May 26

Blue Cliff Monks - DC Events

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We are very excited to share that several monastics from the Thich Nhat Hanh Blue Cliff Monastery will be in the area in May, offering the following events. Info will be updated as it becomes available.

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May 25, 2018--Peace Walk in Washington, D.C, 6-8 pm near the reflecting pool.


May 26, 2018 -- The Path of Happiness: A Day of Mindfulness Led by Plum Village Monastics

Sat, May 26, 9:00 am– 4:00 pm

A community of Plum Village monastics and lay friends are hiking from Blue Cliff Monastery in New York to Washington, DC, along the Shawangunk Ridge Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Their aspiration is to create a mobile monastery and practice center, while connecting deeply to the healing energy of nature through mindful steps. To learn more about the Appalachian Trail journey, visit www.pathofhappiness.org.

The Day of Practice will be at Seeker's Church, 276 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC. It is located a block away from the Takoma Metro Station where parking will be available.

The schedule for the Day of Mindfulness is:

  • 9:00 am - registration and settling in
  • 9:30 - dharma talk
  • 11:00 - mindful walk
  • 12:30 - mindful lunch
  • 2:00 - deep relaxation and dharma sharing
  • 4:00- closing

Please bring a vegetarian bag lunch and a friend. Also, if you are comfortable sitting on the floor, please bring a cushion and a mat or blanket with you. (There will also be many chairs for those who prefer them.)

There is no required fee, though it is important that you register at EventBrite so we can hold a place for you: 

Dana (donations) will be received to support the community's aspiration to offer wilderness hiking mindfulness retreats for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The intention is to create a "rite of passage" for young people through which they can learn to responsibly care for themselves, physically and emotionally, and, also, to responsibly care for the our earth.

If you would like to offer Dana to the hiking monastics, please go to the home page of The Path of Happiness website.

The May 26th Day of Practice is sponsored by the Washington, DC, area mindfulness communities practicing in the Plum Village tradition: The Boat of Compassion Sangha (Vietnamese language)The Mindfulness Practice Center of FairfaxThe Opening Heart Mindfulness CommunityThe Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center, and The Washington Mindfulness Community.

 

 

 

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Making Visible: The Invisible Latinos Session #2

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What do you know about the Latinx immigrants who are facing historic level deportations and incarceration in the United States today? Would you like to learn more and grow your understanding along with other mindfulness practitioners?

Join us for our second free Zoom (phone or computer) call on Tuesday, May 22, 7-8:30 pm ET for another session on understand more about the millions of Latinx people living in the United States, their history in this country, and their lives today. 
 

Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States, and fully one in six people in the U.S. are Latinx, and one in ten are of Mexican heritage. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.The Census Bureau describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." 

In lieu of fees, we ask you to consider making a donation to Nueva Vida to benefit Latinas with cancer in the DC area. Donate here: http://nueva-vida.org


Sessions will be in English, accessible, and co-led by Adriana Arizpe and Annie Mahon.  if you need Spanish translation or physical accommodations, please let us know.

Adriana is a Mexican woman who has lived in the DC area for 8 years. She has degrees in Communications and Gastronomy and is an executive in media, research, marketing and communication. Adriana has been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and has extensive knowledge of relationships and cultural contrasts and a special interest in how Latin-American culture contributes to US culture as a whole.
Annie is a white, Armenian-American, ordained (lay) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Circle Yoga Cooperative, DC Yoga Week, and Opening Heart Mindfulness community, and founder and treasurer of the Pink House Foundation, a grant making organization supporting the development political and social capital for marginalized groups in the US.  She has been a student of mindfulness since the early 1990's.

IN PREPARATION for our call, consider reading or watching the following:

  • The exhibit Carne y Arena at Atlas Theater in DC, info here.

Dial-in info for our call is below. Please email annielakemahon@gmail.com if you have questions.

Topic: Session 2 Making Visible: The Invisible Latinos
Time: May 22, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/369941261

Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,369941261#  or +16465588656,,369941261# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656
    Meeting ID: 369 941 261
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/c56Ur6rTO

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Apr
25
7:00 AM07:00

April 25 Earth Day Labyrinth Walk

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In keeping with our Wednesday morning sangha annual Earth Day celebration, come join us as we will walk the AU campus Labyrinth together this year on April 25 at 7am. 

There is paid parking ($2 per hour) in AU garage entering at 4400 Mass Ave is an option or nearby on street parking at that hour is another. 

Breakfast will follow at nearby Le Pain Quotidien for anyone who can join.

Location info can be found at https://www.american.edu/ocl/kay/Labyrinth.cfm

Promises to be fun and inspiring! Join us!

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Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Making Visible: The Invisible Latinos Session #1

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What do you know about the immigrants who are facing historic level deportations and incarceration in the United States today? Would you like to learn more and grow your understanding along with other mindfulness practitioners?

Join us for a free Zoom (phone or computer) call on Sunday, April 22, 4-5:30 pm ET as we pilot a mindfulness-based educational program that will help us understand more about the millions of Latinx people living in the United States, their history in this country, and their lives today. 
 


After this call, we will embark upon a 6-session mini-sangha will include meditation, dharma sharing, speakers, and videos and readings that will help us look deeply into the challenges facing immigrants, better understand our own internal biases, and learn ways to contribute to healing.

Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States, and fully one in six people in the U.S. are Latinx, and one in ten are of Mexican heritage. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.The Census Bureau describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." 

Sessions will be in English, accessible, and co-led by Adriana Arizpe and Annie Mahon.  if you need Spanish translation or physical accommodations, please let us know.

Adriana is a Mexican woman who has lived in the DC area for 8 years. She has degrees in Communications and Gastronomy and is an executive in media, research, marketing and communication. Adriana has been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and has extensive knowledge of relationships and cultural contrasts and a special interest in how Latin-American culture contributes to US culture as a whole.
Annie is a white, Armenian-American, ordained (lay) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Circle Yoga Cooperative, DC Yoga Week, and Opening Heart Mindfulness community, and founder and treasurer of the Pink House Foundation, a grant making organization supporting the development political and social capital for marginalized groups in the US.  She has been a student of mindfulness since the early 1990's.

IN PREPARATION for our call, consider reading or watching the following:

  • Chapter 1 (Foreigners in Their Own Land) & 2 (Peril and Promise) of the PBS series Latino Americans, accessible here.
  • The Americans Our Government won't Count, by Alex Wagner, New York Times
  • Chapter 3 of Mexicans in the Making of America by Neil Foley, Becoming Good Neighbors. (will be emailed to you when you register for the call)
  • Introduction to The Land of Open Graves, Living and Dying in the Migrant Trail, by Jason de León. (will be emailed to you when you register for the call)
  • The exhibit Carne y Arena at Atlas Theater in DC, info here.
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Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

March for Our Lives with Other Mindfulness Practitioners

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Dear friends,

On Saturday morning, March 24, the Washington DC Area Mindfulness Communities practicing in the tradition of Plum Village will gather at the Upper Senate Park between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m, to March for Our Lives. 

 

You are invited to join us.

During our time together, we will sit in meditation, sing, and walk mindfully in preparation for offering our peaceful presence as participants in the March For Our Lives. We will depart Upper Senate Park at 11:00 a.m.

Location: 
Upper Senate Park  (The Google Maps address for the park is 200 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. )  The park is located immediately west of the Russell Senate Building. Below is a map that shows how to walk from closest Metro stations (Union Station, Capitol South, Federal Center) to the Upper Senate Park meeting location. 

 

Schedule:
9:30 a.m. - Begin arriving at Upper Senate Park
10:00 a.m. - 11: a.m. Gathering together for meditation, singing, mindful walking
11:00 - Start to walk mindfully to the rally site.
12 p.m. - Event is scheduled to begin.

Things to Know/Consider Before Attending:

  • A very large crowd is expected. Metro will be crowded.
  • Cell phones might not work during the event so leave home early enough that you can join us before we leave the Upper Senate Park at 11 a.m.
  • Think to buy SmartTrip cards or add money to the cards in advance.
  • Metro has created a page with information about getting to the march. It will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, and add trains to accommodate the march.
  • Metro information page: https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/travel-to-national-mall.cfm
  • Although there have been no clear guidelines about backpacks or signs, it would be best to carry a small backpack.
  • If you make signs try to avoid using sticks that might be misconstrued as "weapons."
  • Everyone should carry water and food.
  • Access to restrooms may be limited.
  • It has been suggested that to identify ourselves we wear brown and / or wear a paper or cloth sunflower.
  • Late breaking information about the mindfulness community's participation in the March will be posted on our Plum Village Community FaceBook Events page:


A Teaching from Thay: 
In Man is Not the Enemy, an essay Thay (the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) wrote in 2000, he reflects on his efforts to end the War in Vietnam and the engaged practice insights he has since acquired:
 

"Having learned and practiced the teachings of Interbeing I no longer see anyone as my enemy and in my heart is a feeling of lightness and immense space. I do not even feel hatred towards people who have made me or my people suffer because I know how to look at them with the eyes of understanding and love. You may ask: "Then are you going to give that band of mad, cruel, fanatical thieves and murderers freedom to continue to destroy and make misery without doing anything to stop them?" No! We have to do everything we can to stop them, we cannot allow them to continue to kill, plunder, oppress and destroy, but our actions will never be motivated by hatred. We have to stop them, not allowing them to cause misery. If necessary we can bind them, put them in prison, but this action has to be directed by our bodhisattva's heart and while we act like this we continue to maintain our loving-kindness, wanting them to be able to have a chance to wake up, and change." 
 

with love,

The Washington Area Mindfulness Communities:

Boat of Compassion Sangha

Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax

Opening Heart Mindfulness Community

Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center

Washington Mindfulness Community

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Walk With Me Movie Screenings in DC
Sep
12
to Oct 12
To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat (and How): Perspectives on Sustainable Food, Ethics, and Health
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat (and How): Perspectives on Sustainable Food, Ethics, and Health

Have you ever wondered about whether you should eat meat or not? Is it better to be a vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, Paleo? How can you eat more mindfully?

Join us to hear from a panel of diverse experts and authors weighing in on everything from hunting to animal rights, from bone broth to veganism, from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a decolonized diet, and more! 

There will be time for Q&A from the audience as well.

Free and open to everyone!  Facebook event here.

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