Reminder: Ordination Celebration Sunday January 25 5pm

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There will be no regular meditation on Sunday January 25. On that evening there will be an event to celebrate the recent ordination of John Paulson in the Five Mountain Zen Order. There will be a vegetarian potluck followed by a Dharma talk given by John. Doors open at 5. At 6pm John will give a 30-40 minute talk. There will be dessert and more socializing after the talk. Please feel free to bring a vegetarian/vegan dish or dessert. Come and celebrate this big event in John’s life and in the life of the sangha.

Residential Retreat opportunity February 6-8

John Cunningham, a student of Matt Flickstein just like our founder Mary MacGregor, is leading a residential Vipassana retreat on the weekend of February 6-8. It will be at St. Anne Retreat Center in Melbourne, KY, which is just across the Ohio from Cinncinnati. The cost is $200 plus dana for the teacher. The title of the retreat is “The Prison of Self”. Tri-State Dharma is hosting. Contact Mary MacGregor if you are interested in carpooling to the retreat. Click the following link for more information or to register: Prison of Self Retreat

Ordination Celebration – January 25

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There will be no regular meditation on Sunday January 25. On that evening there will be an event to celebrate the recent ordination of John Paulson in the Five Mountain Zen Order. There will be a vegetarian potluck followed by a Dharma talk given by John. Doors open at 5. At 6pm John will give a 30-40 minute talk. There will be dessert and more socializing after the talk. Please feel free to bring a vegetarian/vegan dish or dessert, but please do not feel compelled to bring something. Come and celebrate this big event in John’s life and in the life of the sangha.

Holiday Meditation Schedule

There will be no regular Thursday meditation on Christmas Day. There will be meditation on Sunday December 28. We will not have a meditation or gathering on New Year’s Eve. Also there will be no regular Thursday meditation on New Year’s Day. On Sunday January 4 we will return to our regular schedule of meditation on Thursdays and Sundays at 6:00 pm. Merry Christmas. Much Metta to all.

Thich Nhat Hanh in intensive care

The great Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay to those close to him, has had a cerebral hemorrhage and is in intensive care. Let us all say Metta for him. May Thay be well, happy, and peaceful. May no harm come to him. May he always meet with spiritual success. May he have the patience, courage, understanding, and determination to meet and overcome the inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life. May he rise above them with morality, integrity, forgiveness, compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom. Let us all take a mindful breath.

Annual Picnic Sunday October 19th

Everyone is welcome at our annual picnic; including friends, family, and newcomers. We will honor the THREE GEMS; The Buddha, The Dhamma, and The Sangha.

Sunday October 19th, 2014
Wesselman Nature Center, inside the Nature Preserve
4:00 – 5:00 Arrive, share a vegetarian potluck, socialize, explore the Nature Center
5:30 – Fire and S’mores (s’mores fixings provided)
6:00 or so – Dhamma and meditation
depart by 8:00