Our Day of Mindfulness – 05.15.22

It was a perfect summer Sunday. The breeze whistled and sighed through the pines. The birds called out from near and far. Even the insects delighted in the present moment with us.

The Sangha eating our lunch mindfully and enjoying the peace of the day.

I’m sure that most of us showed up that morning hoping for everything to go well, and looking forward to a nice day surrounded by nature. But it wasn’t until a few hours later that most of us truly arrived.

The awkwardness of a new place and new people gave way to appreciation for the beauty and stillness around us. As we practiced sitting and walking meditation, we felt the acceptance of the mountain and forest to our presence. We were not in a strange place at all. We were exactly where we needed to be.

Thanks to David, Bee, and Jon for doing the mindful work necessary for this amazing day – and for ALL that they do. And thanks to everyone who attended and shared in our transformation of sufferings.

I take refuge in the Buddha – the one who shows me the way in this life.

I take refuge in the Dharma – the way of understanding and love.

I take refuge in the Sangha – the community that lives in harmony and awareness.


Tentative upcoming Sangha meeting topics April-July 2022 (subject to change)

Apr 17BeeLonger meditation
Apr 24Earth Day 4/22JonHonoring Earth Day
May 1David5 MT
May 8Mother’s DayBee + 1
May 15DOMNO REGULAR MEETINGCarolino Open Space Area
May 22VesakDavidMaybe read on night of awakening from Old Path, White Clouds
May 29Memorial DayNO MEETING
Jun 5JonVideo – A Cloud Never Dies
Jun 12Ruth & Theresa“Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet” thru p. 78
Jun 19JonLonger meditation, talk about breathing, sitting & walking meditation
Jun 26Bee14 MT
Jul 3Dalai Lama BDay July 6DavidDalai Lama “Beyond Religion”
Jul 10Bee5 MT
Jul 17JonLoving Kindness & Tonglen practice
Jul 24David & KenGatha Writing
Jul 31JonLonger meditation

Day of Mindfulness (DOM) planned for Sunday May 15, 2022

in the Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Carolino Open Space Upper Area

(Rain or shine: there is a covered meeting space)

Sponsored by the Quiet Mind Sangha

Please join us for an outdoor Day of Mindfulness (DOM) in a beautiful spot off of Highway 14 south of Tijeras. 

We will bring our own lunches, plus plenty of our own water and drinks. You can optionally also bring individually prepackaged items to share if desired. Also bring a hat, sunscreen, jacket, water, cup, cushion, blanket, beach towel, or yoga mat. 

Directions: The Carolino Open Space is about a 30-minute drive East then South from central Albuquerque. From I-40, take exit 175 (Tijeras exit) south on Highway 337 (South 14). Proceed 9.3 miles and look for a sign to the Carolino Canyon Open Space on your left. Turn in and proceed to upper meeting area, then park in the lot.   

Here are some of the possible activities for the day:


Sitting meditation

Walking meditation


Sharing some favorite readings (bring your own)

Writing gathas

Stick exercises

Qi Gong

Guided deep meditation

There is no fee, but there is a suggested donation of $10 to cover the cost of renting the facility.  More information on the Quiet Mind Sangha is available at http://www.quietmindsangha.org

Looking forward to seeing those able to make it then. 

A downloadable and printable flyer is attached below.

With metta,


Consensus vote changes our Sangha name to Quiet Mind Sangha

We recently concluded a name change process. This included a three-week period of accepting proposed name suggestions, during which 19 suggestions were received. The Transformation Committee considered all the suggestions, all of which were very good names. We want to thank everyone who participated.

It turned out that about half were already in use by another Sangha or were very similar to existing Sangha names, so were ruled out. Finally we held a consensus vote on the name Quiet Mind Sangha, and there was consensus.

Now with all deliberate speed, as time and energy allow, we’ll change over the URL, website name, and documents to reflect this change.

The reason for the change was to avoid possible confusion. In recent years the word Rainbow has become associated with organizations exclusively for people identifying as LGBTQ+. While our sangha is completely tolerant, supportive, and inclusive of LGBTQ+ people, the sangha is meant for everyone and we have many straight members as well, so decided to change the Rainbow name.

Please note that until further notice we are holding hybrid meetings on Sundays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. For the in-person meeting we are distancing, wearing masks, and using hand sanitizer and HEPA air filtration. If you’re interested in joining by Zoom please contact us for the Zoom logon info. We hope to see you at a meeting soon.

YouTube channels for Brother Gem and Brother Freedom

We are all grateful for the beautiful retreat in Bernalillo on August 17 & 18 led by Brother Freedom, Brother Earth, and Brother Gem. We are also grateful for the participation and generosity of about 30 attendees.

By request, here are the YouTube channels for Brother Gem and Brother Freedom:

Brother Gem


Brother Freedom