Breathing in, I know I am alive

Breathing In, I know I am alive:
The Buddha’s Discourse on Awareness of the Breath:
Tools for dealing with difficult times & challenging relationships

A day of Mindfulness led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
Saturday, Apr. 9th, in Grand Rapids

Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on Arpil 9th. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about the Buddha’s teaching on breath awareness as a toolkit available to aid us in times of need.

Jack was is ordained in 1992 and given the name True Direction; he is one of only a few Dharma Teachers that represent Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to facilitating Lakeside Buddha Sangha (or ‘meditation group’) in the Chicago area, has led numerous retreats and Days of Mindfulness in the Midwest and northern Rocky Mountain States. He has been married for thirty-five years and has two adult children.

Jack has a warm personal style and the ability to bring humor and fun to the teachings. He also has a gentle approach, such as inviting practitioners to adjust their posture if they become uncomfortable while sitting in meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition with such a skillful teacher.

A vegetarian lunch will be served. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided, please bring your cushion or bench; chairs and some cushions will be available.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Holistic Care Approach
3368 E. Beltline Court NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Space may be limited, please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or [email protected] to register or for more information.

Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor, Nov. 2

The Lansing Area Mindfulness Community and The Vietnamese-American Buddhist Association of Lansing (V.A.B.A.L.)

Invite you to a Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with dharma teacher Jack Lawlor.

Jack will offer a dharma talk regarding “Mindful Communications, Mindful Relationships”

We will enjoy sitting & walking meditation, chanting of the Heart Sutra, and a group dharma discussion.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the Van Hanh Temple
3015 S. Washington Street (close to McLaren Hospital)
Lansing MI 48910

Suggested Donation: $20 ($10 for students) All checks made to V.A.B.A.L.

Please bring a blanket and/or sitting cushion, plus shoes for outdoor walking meditation. Chairs will be available. Vegetarian lunch provided by the Vietnamese community. (Participants with special diets may bring their own meals.)

Register by email Tara Scott: [email protected], or by telephone: Carolyn White (517) 351-5866

*** There will be an opportunity to receive The Five Mindfulness Trainings (5 precepts). ***
Please contact Tara or Carolyn for further information if you wish to receive the Trainings.

New Mindfulness Community in Kalamazoo

The Mindfulness Meditation Community of Kalamazoo practices sitting, walking and guided meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We also enjoy a brief reading, and use it as a springboard to discuss the joys and challenges of practicing mindfulness and being truly present in our daily lives. The group meets at the Awake and Aware Yoga Studio, 3331 Greenleaf Blvd. in Kalamazoo on the third Sunday of each month, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Ninth annual Fall Mindfulness Retreat announced

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living is happy to announce our ninth annual Fall Mindfulness Retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Ninth Annual Fall Mindfulness Retreat
September 12-16 Wednesday to Sunday
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, Michigan 49795

Come join us just for the weekend or for all five days.

Mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh is easy to learn and follow. Beginners are welcome and meditation instruction will be offered.

Song of the Morning offers eight hundred acres of forest land on the banks of the beautiful Pigeon River. Surrounded by thousands of acres of state forestland, the retreat is deeply quiet and ideal for meditation.

The retreat begins on Wednesday afternoon and ends with a festive dinner on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. It is expected that most people will come just for the weekend.

There will be a regular schedule of meditation and other activities on all five days.

We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, the Five and the Fourteen Mindfulness trainings, some silent meals, early morning walks to greet the sunrise, yoga, dharma discussions and other activities.

  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Clean and modern accommodations
  • Around fifty dollars a night plus tax, including meals. Private rooms slightly more.
  • Discounts for accommodation on Wed and Thurs.
  • Memberships with further discounts available.

Please see the Song of the Morning website for more information about the accommodations: (please click on “Amenities” to review the accommodations available)

Students receive a 25% discount and there is plenty of room for tents and campers. Camping is encouraged and is only thirty-five dollars a night plus tax. Additional camper, twenty dollars a night.

Please register for the retreat by telephoning the Song of the Morning office at 989-983-4107. The office is now closed on Mondays. Their email address is [email protected]. Payment in advance is requested. Please talk with the office to discuss membership and payment options.

Song of the Morning is located nine and a half miles east of Vanderbilt, Michigan, one exit north of Gaylord on I-75, about a four hour drive from Detroit or Grand Rapids.

We look forward to a wonderful retreat this fall. See you up north!

Sponsored by the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living, Port Huron, Michigan