Sangha meeting January 26

Dear Friends,
We hope you can join us this coming Sunday when we will have an opportunity to recite the 5 Mindfulness Trainings. About 2600 years ago, the Buddha offered these guidelines to his lay students to help them live peaceful, wholesome, and happy lives.

As you know, the foundation of each of these trainings is mindfulness. With mindfulness, we are aware of what is going on in our bodies, our feelings, our minds, and the world. By practicing with 5 Mindfulness Trainings we are able to avoid doing harm to ourselves and others. Mindfulness protects us, our families, and our society, and ensures a safe and happy present and a safe and happy future. We will look deeply at the First Mindfulness Training “Reverence for Life.”

Remember that we now meet on Sunday afternoons from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave SE.

Sitting here in this moment, protected by the Sangha,
my happiness is clear and alive.
What a great fortune to have been born a human,
to encounter the Dharma,
to be in harmony with others,
and to water the Mind of Love
in this beautiful garden of practice.

Go with joy among the sorrows of the world
as we practice for a future to be possible.

enjoy your stopping – breathing – smiling


Sangha meeting for Jan. 19

Dear Sangha,

There’s a slight change this week – I’m switching with Jose who will do the 5 Mindfulness Trainings on January 26.

This coming Sunday I’m going to tell you about my Dharma Toolbox. This is perhaps one of the most important things I have and in fact we all have them. My toolbox has been invaluable over the years and in fact I’ve used it so much I may need a bigger one. So, come prepared to reactivate your toolbox if you don’t use it too much or to look at your practice in a new practical way. We are trying to work to transform our suffering and my toolbox is what allows me to do exactly that.

Come a little early for tea and it will be great to see you next Sunday.

Discussing the Dharma in the ultimate dimension,
we look at each other and smile.
You are me, don’t you see?
Speaking and listening, we are one.

With a smile,


Reciting the 14 Mindfulness Trainings on Dec. 29

Dear Sangha

Please join us this coming Sunday when we will again have the opportunity to do the ceremony to recite the 14 Mindfulness Trainings. How wonderful it is to recite these beautiful guidelines to a moral and compassionate life.  The trainings are like a rock of mindfulness in the midst of a turbulent stream.  They are something to hold on to in difficult times. We will sit, walk and have Dharma Sharing. 

It will be wonderful to see you in our beautiful new space.

 Breathing in, I calm my body.
 Breathing out, I smile.
 Dwelling in the present moment,
 I know this is a wonderful moment.

Enjoy your stopping, breathing, smiling…


P. S. Please join us for tea at 4:30 p.m. before the 5:00 start of the meeting

Rainbow Sangha for Dec. 1

Dear Sangha,

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” — Thay

Please join us this coming Sunday, Dec. 1, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. If you like come early for herbal tea and socializing starting at 4:30.

David has recently been on a trip to Laos, and we are fortunate that he will be speaking about Theravada Buddhism this Sunday. He’ll also lead us in our usual sitting meditation, dharma sharing, and possibly some indoor walking meditation.

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to seeing you on Sunday–

No Rainbow Sangha meeting on Nov. 24

Dear Friends,

I hope you're all enjoying the nurturing rainfall and the leaves turning orange and yellow. 

We have found that attendance tends to be low right before major holidays, so normally do not schedule meetings then. This time I sent out an inquiry to see if there was enough interest to hold one, but did not receive enough positive replies to schedule a meeting. So the Rainbow Sangha will not be meeting this Sunday Nov. 24.
Our next meeting will be from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. the following Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave SE. Please come a little early for tea if you wish, starting at 4:30 before the meeting. 

"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it." - Thay 

I hope you have a good week and look forward to seeing you on Dec. 1,