Online-Sangha

Online-Sangha

HOW TO JOIN US SATURDAY MORNING 9:00 AM

 

Dear Midwest Moon friends,

We are all very concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the world and in our communities, and we have been looking deeply at how to keep our community safe while continuing to practice together.

In order to protect the wellbeing, safety, and happiness of everyone who visits our community and act in unison with Eden Seminary, we have decided to pause our Saturday in-person meditation group. 

Beginning Saturday March 14, we will offer a virtual sangha by Zoom from 9-10:30AM, which will include shared sitting and walking meditation, a short dharma reading, and dharma sharing. We will share details on how to join the Zoom call in following emails. You can also view them here. You will only need a phone or computer to participate.

One way to reframe what we are going through right now is to see it as a chance for us to take a collective deep breath and pause.  We might use this time to deepen our practice, reflect on what matters, and be with our beloved ones.

HOW TO JOIN US WEDNESDAY EVENING 5:00 PM

Please join us if you can for our Wednesday evening Zoom sangha by following the instructions provided below.

At 5PM – 5:45PM CST  Join Zoom Meeting by clicking below:

Wednesday Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81107367820?pwd=bWh3YWx0cW4vRnlBM2FYeWpCN2xNZz09

Meeting ID: 811 0736 7820

May you and all beings be well,

The Facilitators at Midwest Moon Sangha (Pamela, Daniel, Peggy, Patrick, Kevin, Sheryll & Lori)

Our Practice Location

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.

Practicing Mindfulness with Children

Practicing Mindfulness with Children

St. Louis Planting Seeds – Practicing Mindfulness with Children

COVID-19 Precautions – We are not currently meeting in person but please join us online Saturday Morning!

Come join us with your children for meditation, movement, and community at St Louis Planting Seeds – Practicing Mindfulness with Children. Practices and activities based on the teachings of Engaged Buddhism by Thich Nhat Hanh will give children and the adults in their lives tools to practice mindfulness in daily life. These events are for adults, children, and families of all configurations and faiths (no need to be a Buddhist to practice, mindfulness is for everyone).  They are for people of all physical and mental abilities, including those with limited mobility and/or vision and hearing. Children of all ages are welcome to attend with adults important to them. We meet once monthly at the Daniel Boone branch of the St Louis County Library.

St. Louis Planting Seeds Practicing Mindfulness with Children

Wietske Vriezen, Illustrator

Schedule and room number information:

Day: Saturday

Time: 3-4pm

Location: Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis County Library (300 Clarkson Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011)

2019:

November 9th:  Meeting Room 2 (DB)
December 7th: Meeting Room 2 (DB)

2020:

January 11th: Meeting Room 2 (DB)
February 22nd: Meeting Room 2 (DB)
March 21st: Meeting Room 2 (DB) – Postponed
April 18th: Meeting Room 2 (DB) – Postponed
May 16th: Meeting Room 2 (DB) – Postponed
June 13th: Meeting Room 2 (DB) – Postponed

Donations to help pay for the room and supplies are accepted but never expected, your presence is more than enough. Please contact stlplantingseeds@gmail.com with any questions.

The World We Have

 

JOIN US FOR A BOOK STUDY

The Midwest Moon Sangha is beginning a book study twice a month starting with Thay’s book “The World We Have” © 2008 Parallax Press.

Meetings will begin Saturday, September 21, 2019 following the normal sangha gathering. We will plan to cover at least one chapter per meeting. Everyone will be asked to read the chapter prior to the meeting and come prepared to answer two questions regarding the chapter. The questions are:

  • What one sentence in this week’s reading had the most impact for me?
  • What one thing might we do in the coming weeks as a result of our discussion today?

 

The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh Book Study Schedule
Chapter # Chapter Title From Page # To Page # Total Pages Date for Discussion
1 The Bells of Mindfulness 1 5 5 21-Sep
2 A Global Ethic 7 16 10 5-Oct
3 Diet For A Mindful Planet 17 32 16 19-Oct
4 Nature And Violence 33 42 10 2-Nov
5 Overcoming Fear 43 57 15 16-Nov
6 A Beautiful Continuation 61 67 7 7-Dec
7 Caring For The Environmentalist 69 78 10 21-Dec
8 The City With Only One Tree 79 85 7 4-Jan
9 Transforming Our Communities 87 94 8 18-Jan
10 The Eyes of the Elephant Queen 95 101 7 1-Feb
Wrap-Up Summarize Entire Book 15-Feb
Thich Nhat Hanh Caligraphy

Special Events

 

Thich Nhat Hanh Caligraphy

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

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HOW TO JOIN US ONLINE ON SATURDAY MORNING

9AM – 10:30 CST

If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, please read this, and/or watch this short tutorial.

At 9AM CST on Saturdays, join Zoom Meeting by clicking below:
Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85351217781?pwd=LzFrM3duUXZaQTg5SktkSFUxbkIzUT09

Meeting ID: 853 5121 7781

Our 2021 Schedule

St Louis Arch

Meditation Schedule

We are offering all our sittings online until further notice.

Saturday 9AM – 10:30AM Click Here

Wednesday 5PM 0 6PM Click Here

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. 

Mindfulness for Veterans

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.

Video & Web Resources

mindfulness bellIn 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

Sangha Handbook

 

Video Links

new.livestream (Blue Cliff and Plum Village)

www.livestream (Blue Cliff and Plum village)

vimeo (Plumvillage online)

vimeo (Blue Cliff)

vimeo (Upper Hamlet Brothers)

 

Audio Links

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)

 

Other resources

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)

 

Sangha Is The Key

"It is difficult to make change alone. In the Sangha--the community of people who share the path of spiritual practice--there is a powerful collective energy of mindfulness and concentration. It cam help us make a breakthrough; it ignites our insight.