SANGHA FALL PICNIC 2016

Please join us for a potluck picnic at Wesselman Park on Sunday October 23 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm. We will be in Shelter House #2North….that’s the one that faces the tennis courts. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share, and your own drinks. The sangha will supply paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic knives/forks/spoons. You are welcome to bring a game or Frisbee. 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 there!

Interfaith Habitat Build

Greetings! If you are interested in volunteering for the Interfaith Habitat Build at 913 Harriet Street, please click on the attached pdf to find the updated flyer, which includes volunteer build days, instructions on how to sign up for a build day, and important notes about volunteering. There are also opportunities for providing food. If you do not want to use the online method of volunteering, please call Andrea Ward, Volunteer Workforce Manager, Office: (812) 423-5623 Ext. 33, Cell: (812) 453-3810. Thank you for your interest in Habitat for Humanity.

913 Harriet St – Interfaith – Build Flyer

Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation Class

Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha is offering an Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation Class which will consist of three sessions on the following dates and times:

> Sunday September 11 4:30-5:45pm
> Sunday September 18 4:30-7:00pm
> Sunday September 25 8:00am to 1:00pm (mini-retreat & potluck) Led by Mary MacGregor

• All are welcome to participate at no charge.
• The mini-retreat on the final class session is open to all, not just participants in the
introduction class.
• To register for the class please go to mhbsangha.com and click on the classes tab.

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

Congratulations John!!

This past weekend John (who is a leader at the Mindful Heart Sangha), took the 58 Brahmajala precepts and was ordained as a priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order at the Chua Tu Bi temple in Kansas City Missouri.
Congratulations John!!

Past members Katelyn Sandy and Caleb Tomlinson

Past members Katelyn Sandy and Caleb Tomlinson visited us back in June and talked about their 2 month long Insight Meditation retreat and their practice. They sent this photo of themselves with renowned meditation teacher Sayadaw U Pandita after completing their 60 day meditation retreat at Panditarama Forest Center. Katelyn’s parents studied with U Pandita, and she grew up calling him her Dhamma Grandpa. He has recently died. Sayadaw U Pandita was one of the foremost masters of Vipassanā. He trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Myanmar.

For more information about the retreat center, click on this link saddhamma.org. Also Panditarama.net and tathagatameditationcenter.com have links to reading and practice information. CalebKatelynUPandita

Sangha Raises $855 for Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build

Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha raised $855 to help Habitat for Humanity build a home in partnership with a local family. This particular project is a joint effort between Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Unitarian Universalists, Humanists, and Buddhists. The Sangha greatly thanks the seven people who donated. More information will be forthcoming about how you can help to actually construct the home.

Update: Habitat Interfaith Build

There is still time to contribute to our sangha’s fundraiser for this year’s Interfaith Habitat Build. If you want to be a part of this, please send a check to Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha and write “Interfaith Habitat Build” on the memo line. Local Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Universalists, and Humanists are working together to raise money and then build a home with and for a local family who is in need of a decent and affordable place to live. Our sangha’s financial part of the Build will wrap up at the end of June by our sending a check from Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha to Habitat of Evansville. Hopefully soon, but after a total amount of $80,000 has been raised from all the groups, a schedule of workdays will be published. Stay tuned for more information. It will be a fun project!

FYI: Families receiving Habitat homes sign a 25 to 30 year contract to pay for their home. They also invest 300 hours of sweat equity before they move into it. These homes are affordable because the loans are interest free, much of the labor is done by volunteers, and the homes are energy efficient. The money from the homeowners’ payments actually goes forward to building a home for someone else, because their homes have already been paid for by donors…like you.

Katelyn and Caleb return

Past members Katelyn Sandy and Caleb Tomlinson are returning to the sangha for a visit on Sunday June 5th at 6pm. After the regular 40 minute sitting they will talk about their 2 month long Insight Meditation retreat and their practice. Finally there will be light refreshments and time to visit. All are welcome.