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

Looking forward to seeing those able to make it then. 

A downloadable and printable flyer is attached below.

With metta,


Meeting time changed to 4:00-5:30 pm in Winter, 5:00-6:30 pm in Summer

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.

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

Schedule for retreat Aug. 17-18 in Bernalillo

The schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday 17th:

08:00am      Walking Meditation

09:30am      DT (Healing) incl. 30’ of Sitting Med. (Livestream)           

11:30am      Stick Exercise/ Mindful Movements 

12:30pm      Mindful Lunch (Packed Lunch)

02:30pm      Deep Relaxation

03:30pm      Dharma Sharing

05:00pm      Personal Time

06:00pm      Mindful Dinner (Packed Dinner)

07:00pm      Workshops (5MT presentation, BegAnew)

08:30pm      Noble Silence

Wednesday 18th:

08:00am      Walking Meditation

09:30am      5 MT Transmission

11:00am      Q&A incl. 30 min. of Sitting Meditation

12:30pm      Mindful Lunch (Packed Lunch)

02:00pm      Closing Circle

03:00pm      End of Retreat