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:

  • COMING SOON!
  • 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)

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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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Learning about the Five Mindfulness Trainings as a Support for Our Practice
Jun
27
to Jul 18

Learning about the Five Mindfulness Trainings as a Support for Our Practice

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LEARNING ABOUT THE FIVE MINDFULNESS TRAININGS AS A SUPPORT FOR OUR PRACTICE

Three Mondays: June 27, July 11, and July 18, 5-6:30 pm at Circle Yoga.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings are based on the precepts developed during the time of the Buddha for the lay (non-monastic) practice community.  They are experiential practices, not doctrines or commandments, and they are meant to support the more peaceful, happy and kind life we aspire to lead.   Thich Nhat Hanh has translated the trainings for modern times to help us deepen our mindfulness practice and become more aware of what is going on in our bodies, our feelings, our minds and the world, thereby avoiding doing harm to ourselves and others. The trainings are not something imposed on us by an outside authority and not something we can ever perfectly achieve, they are simply reminders of the direction in which we want to take our lives.

Please join us for this free workshop over three Monday evenings this summer to learn more about the trainings.

Five Mindfulness Trainings (as translated and updated by Thich Nhat Hanh)

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 – which are the four basic elements of true love – for my greater happiness and the greater happiness of others. Practicing true love, we know that we will continue beautifully into the future.

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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