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.
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.
Please note that, because we’re having a Day of Mindfulness (DOM), there will not be a regular Quiet Mind Sangha the evening of Sunday May 15. The site for the DOM is handicapped-accessible. Hope to see you there.
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:
Sharing some favorite readings (bring your own)
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.
By consensus vote, the Sangha has agreed to change our meeting schedule to Sundays 4:00-5:30 p.m. during the winter and 5:00-6:30 pm during the summer. The changeovers will be at the Spring equinox (March 20, 2022) and the Fall equinox (September 22, 2022 ). Reminders of the meeting time changes will be included in the weekly emails around the times of the changeovers.
Until further notice, we continue to have hybrid meetings, both in person and by Zoom. To get the Zoom logon information, or to get on our weekly email list, you can contact any one of us.