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

Wisdom and Heart Practices for Challenging Situations: A Retreat with Donald Rothberg November 14-16, 2014

The Louisville Vipassana Community Presents:
Wisdom and Heart Practices for Challenging Situations:
A Retreat (Non-residential) with Donald Rothberg
November 14-16, 2014

One of the great benefits of our practice is to become more responsive and skillful when there are difficulties, whether individual, interpersonal, or related to the wider world. Yet to be relatively centered in mindfulness, awareness, wisdom, the awakened heart, and skillful action when there are difficulties is also a great challenge. A well-known Tibetan saying goes, “When the sun shines and the belly is full, I look like a Dharma practitioner; but when faced with trouble my faults are exposed.”

In this weekend retreat, we’ll look at the importance of the different parts of our practice—developing clear intentions, living ethically (including using speech and communication skillfully), grounding in the body, and cultivating mindfulness, wisdom, and the awakened heart—for responding to difficult situations. There’ll be a particular focus on key wisdom principles and perspectives for being responsive with challenges and conflicts, working with difficult thoughts and emotions, and heart practices such as lovingkindness, compassion, forgiveness and empathy. We’ll combine silent sitting and walking meditation with teaching, discussion, and some interactive practices, particularly looking at the integration of formal meditation practices and our daily life practice in responding to challenges and difficulties.

WHEN: Nov. 14th, Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov 15th and 16th, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note: the retreat may end an hour earlier on Sunday)
WHERE: the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (“The Barn”), 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY
COST: $60 (+ dana for the teacher)
TO REGISTER: Email us at louisville.vipassana@gmail.com
Note: Because the three days are a single retreat, and not separate events, we ask that those who register plan to attend for the full retreat.

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, has practiced Insight and Metta Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he writes and teaches on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World. His web site is at www.donaldrothberg.com.

Since this is a nonresidential retreat, we must find our own housing and supply our own meals. Mindful Heart members may carpool to the retreat and stay at a motel near the retreat center in Louisville.

Mini Retreat – Sunday September 21, 2014 – 9am to 1pm

As part of our Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation, we will be having a mini-retreat on Sunday September 21, 2014. We will have instructions on walking mediation and review the Hindrances which Joseph Goldstein says are “very strong tendencies that lie at the root of distraction of the mind.”

This is a great opportunity for students as well as members of our Sangha to step back from our day-to-day lives and take time to understand the hindrances that often arise in our meditation practice.

3rd Class 9-21-14 9:00AM to 1PM Mini-Retreat
9:00-9:30 Intro to Retreat: Noble Silence etc
9:30-10:00 Guided Hindrance Practice
10:00-10:20 Walking Meditation
10:20-11:00 Sitting Meditation’
11:00-11:20 Walking Meditation
11:20-11:30 Mindful Eating Instructions
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:20 Walking Meditation
12:20-1:00 Sitting Meditation
1:00 Q & A Closing Circle
Lunch

All are welcome to participate. No registration or registration fee is required.

For more information email us at: mindfulheart@gmail.com or call us at (812)434-6643