East meets West Interfaith Symposium at University of Evansville January 24

What: Statewide Interfaith Symposium: East Meets West featuring visiting Tibetan Monks

When: 2 p.m. Jan. 24

Where: University of Evansville, Eykamp Center, Room 251, in Ridgway Center

The schedule includes:

2-3:30 p.m.: Panel discussion: “Practices of Eastern Religions” with Tibetan Buddhist Monks, the Indiana Sikh Society East, Indianapolis and the Tri-State Hindu Temple, Newburgh

4-5 p.m.: ISIS: What All Americans Should Know by David Carson

For more information about the monks complete schedule visitbwmassage.com.

Evansville Public Library sponsoring a talk on meditation – Saturday January 16

Determined to be less stressed this year? Or at least cope better with the stress that is in your life?
Come to a talk by one of our meditation leaders, John Paulson, at the Evansville Public Library to learn the physical and psychological benefits of meditation, and a chance to be guided through some simple meditative exercises.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
2:00pm – 3:00pm
North Park – Meeting Room

More Info
Registration Info: Registration is encouraged, but not required. Online registration is available.
Presenter: John Paulson
Event Type: Health & Fitness, Community Interest
Age Group: Adults, Teens, 55+
Contact: Nancy, (812) 428-8238

Practicing Zen in the 21st Century Retreat March 11-13

Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha will be sponsoring a retreat with Zen teacher Dr. Richard Sears (Venerable Jishou Dharma) March 11-13. Dr. Sears will be teaching on the subject of “Practicing Zen in the 21st Century”. This will be a nonresidential retreat. On the evening of Friday March 11 there will be a public talk at Mindful Heart’s meditation hall. On Saturday March 12th from 9am until 9pm the retreat will be at Willow Pond Retreat Center near Oakland City, Indiana. On Sunday March 13th the retreat will again be at Willow Pond and will begin at 9am and conclude at 2pm after lunch. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Offered by The Yellow Springs Dharma Center
Choice of April 29–May 6 or April 29–May 2, 2016
Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio
With Rebecca Bradshaw, Insight Meditation Society,
Assisted by Milena Cardenas Ophuls
Seven beautiful qualities of heart and mind are strengthened through our meditation practice, increasing our capacity to be present and to develop wisdom and compassion. Mindfulness, investigation, energy, joyous interest, calm, concentration, and equanimity nurture the heart/mind with the courage and depth needed to awaken. Our retreat will take place in the warmth of springtime and with the support of community. Rebecca Bradshaw and Milena Cardenas Ophuls will provide instruction and guidance in exploring these seven supports for awakening, including metta (loving kindness) practice and mindful movement. This seven-day retreat (and three-day option) will be held in silence with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Each day includes guided Vipassana and loving kindness practice, an evening dharma talk, and opportunities to meet with the teacher. Students are encouraged to consider the seven-day option, which offers an opportunity for a greater deepening of practice.

For More Information:
Email vipassana@ysdharma.org or call Linda at (937) 572-9077

Vipassana Retreat Flier and Registration Form

Holiday Schedule

There will be no regular meditation this Thursday because of Christmas Eve. There will be regular sitting meditation on Sunday December 27 at 6pm. On Thursday December 31 there will be a special New Year’s Eve meditation. This special Sitting will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with periods of silence and periods of movement. There will be a focus talk about intention in the New Year. And there will be guidance in learning compassion for self and others. Much Metta to all!

Sacred Journeys program on Buddhism at St. John’s Newburgh – Monday November 2 6:30pm

Fr. Henry Kuykendall at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Frame Road in Newburgh, IN is doing a Monday night special PBS series on Sacred Journeys. On Monday, November 2, 2015 @ 6:30 PM the film will be on Buddhism and the Sangha has been asked to participate. Dhamma leaders Mary Lee MacManus and John Paulson will be speaking and answering questons on behalf of the sangha. All members of the sangha are invited to attend.

Sangha Picnic at Wesselman Park on Sunday October 25

There will be a picnic for all members and friends of Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha at Wesselman Park Shelter House number two north on Sunday October 25 from 3:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, and your own drinks. The sangha will supply paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic knives/forks/spoons. Bring a game to share. At 6:00 pm we will build a fire in the fireplace and have a 40 minute sitting meditation. Bring lawn chairs to use for the meditation. We look forward to seeing you!

An Excellent Guide to Vipassana/Insight Meditation

An excellent guide to meditation for anyone, beginner or advanced, is “Insight Meditation: A Step by Step Course on how to Meditate with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein”. Copies of the kit are available on Amazon for $21. Besides the book itself, there are also CDs with guided meditations, and flash cards to help with memorization of the main points of the Buddha’s teaching. We highly recommend this.