INTEGRATING EARTH HOLDER PRACTICES
IN SANGHA LIFE
As part of our commitment to integrate Earth Holders practices in our Sangha life, we have chosen to participate at the Missouri River Clean ups organized by Missouri River Relief.
Missouri River Clean Up is a community, volunteer and equipment-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, education events and stewardship activities.”
Missouri River Relief
Earth Holder Community
Saturday Mornings 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Wehrli Chapel in Press Hall
475 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves MO 63119
On the campus of Eden Theological Seminary. The chapel is in Press Hall, 2nd floor. Press is the building with the tower.
Once folks get to campus there is ample parking (especially on Saturday morning). There are visitor spots along the edge of the lot that is proximate to Press Hall (the building with the tower). We recommend that people enter the door on the east side of the building. If you need handicap access, that is available through the courtyard/quad and the automatic doors at the center of the buidling off the quad. There is an elevator that can take you to the second floor. The Wehrli Chapel is on the second floor at the center of the building.
Here’s a link to campus directions and map:
Our morning consists of members leading us in: Sitting meditation, approximately 20 minutes, walking meditation, approximately 10 minutes and sitting meditation, approximately 20 minutes. Chairs are provided, or you can bring your own cushion. Dharma discussion is led by members of the Sangha.
You are invited to join the Midwest Moon Sangha for Saturday Sangha, our morning of mindfulness every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Wehrli Chapel in Press Hall, 475 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119. Our gatherings are open to the public. Newcomers Welcome!
We are a practice group for mindful meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. The Sangha recognizes that in our society, many people experience prejudice and feelings of exclusion. In following the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn, we practice with the strong intention of inclusiveness. All who have an affinity with our practice are invited and encouraged to practice with us
- All gatherings start with silent meditation. Please enter quietly if you arrive during the meditation period.
- Weekly Rotation – after sitting and walking meditation, our schedule rotates as follows:
- First Saturday – The Five Mindfulness Trainings Recitation Ceremony followed by a dharma discussion. All are welcome to enjoy this ritual affirming our practice of mindfulness.
- Second Saturday – Reading from key Buddhist texts (also known as “sutras.”) These are modern translations made by Thich Nhat Hanh, When we read a sutra, we can ask ourselves, “What does this sutra have to do with my daily life?”
- Third Saturday – A morning of sitting, walking and guided meditation.
- Fourth Saturday – A Reading (source: speaker’s choice) followed by dharma discussion.
- Fifth Saturday – Facilitator’s choice
We do not meet on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Independence, Memorial or Labor Day, or Christmas.
Thay has taught us that without Sangha, there is no Buddha, there is no Dharma. Sangha is essential to our practice. Our Facilitator Guide is a work in progress. You may download the current Midwest Moon Sangha Facilitator Guide 2020
Mindfulness Training for Veterans
As our veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home, they are bringing with them the invisible wounds of war — traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and memories of experiences that many of us can never imagine.
Evidence increasingly shows that mind-body practices, such as meditation, trauma-informed yoga and TRE (trauma releasing exercises), offer hope for those struggling with anger, isolation, suicidal ideation and other manifestations of trauma.
On November 5-9, 2014, monastic and lay members of our community, led by Brother Phap Uyen (Brother Michael), himself a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, will offered a retreat in the Plum Village tradition, based on their own experience of mindfulness as a transformative and healing practice. Together they shared with more recent veterans practices that will help them to truly come home.
In the spirit of “Engaged Buddhism,” our beloved community offers many beneficial opportunities to bring Thay’s mindful teachings and loving practice into our daily lives. Many Bodhisattvas make these sharings possible and the PlantingSeeds Foundation helps to make them even more accessible.
New Sangha Practice Book
new.livestream (Blue Cliff and Plum Village)
www.livestream (Blue Cliff and Plum village)
vimeo (Plumvillage online)
vimeo (Blue Cliff)
vimeo (Upper Hamlet Brothers)
Blue Cliff Podcast
Deer Park Podcast
Sound Cloud (Touching the Earth)
Sound Cloud (Blue Cliff Music)
Plum Village practice centers
Plum Village Monastery
Deer Park Monastery
Magnolia Grove Monastery
European Institute of Applied Buddhism
Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism
La Maison de l’Inspir (Paris)
Mindfulness Bell (US publication and Sangha Directory)
Parallax press (Publishing Thay Thich Nhat Hanh’s books)
Facebook Link (Blue Cliff)
Order of Interbeing (US)
Community of Interbeing (UK)