Weekly Announcement for March 12, 2023 meeting

Please note time change to 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Dear Thay, dear Sangha,

The Sangha has voted to continue our seasonal meeting time changes, so please join us this Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., either in person or by Zoom (using the regular link – for security we don’t post Zoom links on the website). We’ll be meeting at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. 

We’ll be conducting the ceremony to recite the 14 Mindfulness Trainings. These are Thay’s beautiful expanded and modernized version of guidelines for living based on the Buddha’s precepts and the Noble Eightfold Path. If you’re on Zoom and need a copy, it’s available at the Plum Village website at https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness/the-14-mindfulness-trainings/

“Practicing the mindfulness trainings … helps us be more calm and concentrated, and brings more insight and enlightenment.” — Thay 

For Zoom participants, the new microphone seems to be working much better than the old one. You are encouraged to join the meeting early (before the Noble Silence) so we can make sure you can hear well. 

I’ve been debugging my email program, have had some success, and am hopeful that messages will go out properly now. Just in case I’ll also post a copy of this weekly announcement at our website, www.quietmindsangha.org

In a recent posting on this website please find a flyer and registration form with details of our upcoming retreat from the evening of Friday March 31 through noon on Sunday April 2. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Currently 38 are registered (two spots are left) and all of the rooms have been rented. The deadline for receipt of registration for attendance has been extended to March 22. 

To maintain an atmosphere of reverence and tranquility in the Zendo we’ll be observing 10 minutes of Noble Silence before each meeting.

Dana (generosity) is one of the virtues cultivated in Buddhism. It is customary to offer Dana in appreciation for the benefits received and to support the Sangha. Dana can be financial and it can also be in other forms such as helping with setup or breakdown of meetings and days of mindfulness. 

If you’d like to be removed from this email list just let me know. 

With metta,