Feb
23
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

Sweeping Heart Zen Meditation

You are already enough.

Yet, it takes sincere practice to realize this.

Join the Reverend Daishin Mark Nelson Thursday evenings from 6:30-8PM.  The time will include two periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, a brief Dharma talk and Q & A.

If you are new to meditation, please arrive at 6PM for basic instruction. 

$15 suggested donation.

Meditation Mornings
Feb
24
9:00 am09:00

Meditation Mornings

Everyone is welcome.  Come to any or all sessions.

9-9:30am          Meditation
9:30-9:45am     Silent Break Time/Walking or Sitting Meditation
9:45-10:15am    Meditation Discussion
10:15-10:45am   Meditation

Led by Jennie Meyer.

$15 donation is appreciated but not mandatory.  Please contribute as you are able.

Zazenkai Retreat w/Mark Nelson
Feb
24
6:00 pm18:00

Zazenkai Retreat w/Mark Nelson

Zazenkai Schedule

Friday, 2/24

6 - 8 PM Orientation---Enter Silence---Sitting Meditation

Saturday, 2/25 Continue in Silence

6:00 - 6:30 AM Sitting Meditation

6:30 - 6:40 AM Walking Meditation

6:40 - 7:10 AM Sitting Meditation

7:10 - 7:20 AM Walking Meditation

7:20 - 7:50 AM Sitting Meditation

7:50 - 8:00 AM Chanting

8:00 - 8:45 AM Breakfast/Breakfast Clean Up

8:45 - 9:00 AM Break—Tea/Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 AM Work

9:30 - 10:00 AM Break --- Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 AM Sitting Meditation

10:30- 10:40 AM Walking Meditation

10:40 - 11:10 AM Sitting Meditation

11:10 - 11:20 AM Walking Meditation

11:20 - 11:50 AM Sitting Meditation

11:50 - 12:00 AM Chanting

12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch/Lunch Clean Up

12:45 - 1:00 PM Break Tea/Coffee

1:00 - 2:30 PM Arts/Crafts

2:30 - 3:00 PM Sitting Meditation

3:00 - 4:00 PM Dharma Talk/ Q&A

4:00 - 4:10 PM Walking Meditation

4:10 - 4:40 PM Sitting Meditation

4:40 - 4:50 PM Dedication Chant

Sunday 2/26 Continue in Silence/Emerge from Silence

8:30-10:10 AM Regular Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation Schedule

 ____________________________________________________________

We'll need 6 people to commit to participate through RSVP by Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We will go over the details of the schedule and assign retreat positions and responsibilities at the orientation

Cost is $40.00.

We will provide hot coffee and tea throughout the day.  Participants are required to bring their choice of prepared foods for breakfast and lunch.  There is a microwave for heating foods.

Please, bring an art or hand craft project to color, draw, paint, sew, knit, weave, etc. during the art/hand craft period. Though we highly value creative writing and writing in general, because one point of our commitment to silence during the retreat is to help us taste the peace available to us as the discursive mind quiets, creative writing or journaling during the art/craft period is discouraged.

RSVP to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com by Wednesday, 2/22/17.  If you have questions before the orientation on 2/24/17, email them to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Mark

Zazenkai Retreat w/Mark Nelson
Feb
25
6:00 am06:00

Zazenkai Retreat w/Mark Nelson

Zazenkai Schedule

Friday, 2/24

6 - 8 PM Orientation---Enter Silence---Sitting Meditation

Saturday, 2/25 Continue in Silence

6:00 - 6:30 AM Sitting Meditation

6:30 - 6:40 AM Walking Meditation

6:40 - 7:10 AM Sitting Meditation

7:10 - 7:20 AM Walking Meditation

7:20 - 7:50 AM Sitting Meditation

7:50 - 8:00 AM Chanting

8:00 - 8:45 AM Breakfast/Breakfast Clean Up

8:45 - 9:00 AM Break—Tea/Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 AM Work

9:30 - 10:00 AM Break --- Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 AM Sitting Meditation

10:30- 10:40 AM Walking Meditation

10:40 - 11:10 AM Sitting Meditation

11:10 - 11:20 AM Walking Meditation

11:20 - 11:50 AM Sitting Meditation

11:50 - 12:00 AM Chanting

12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch/Lunch Clean Up

12:45 - 1:00 PM Break Tea/Coffee

1:00 - 2:30 PM Arts/Crafts

2:30 - 3:00 PM Sitting Meditation

3:00 - 4:00 PM Dharma Talk/ Q&A

4:00 - 4:10 PM Walking Meditation

4:10 - 4:40 PM Sitting Meditation

4:40 - 4:50 PM Dedication Chant

Sunday 2/26Continue in Silence/Emerge from Silence

8:30-10:10 AM Regular Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation Schedule

 ____________________________________________________________

We'll need 6 people to commit to participate through RSVP by Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We will go over the details of the schedule and assign retreat positions and responsibilities at the orientation

Cost is $40.00.

We will provide hot coffee and tea throughout the day.  Participants are required to bring their choice of prepared foods for breakfast and lunch.  There is a microwave for heating foods.

Please, bring an art or hand craft project to color, draw, paint, sew, knit, weave, etc. during the art/hand craft period. Though we highly value creative writing and writing in general, because one point of our commitment to silence during the retreat is to help us taste the peace available to us as the discursive mind quiets, creative writing or journaling during the art/craft period is discouraged.

RSVP to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com by Wednesday, 2/22/17.  If you have questions before the orientation on 2/24/17, email them to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Mark

Zazenkai Retreat w/Mark Nelson
Feb
26
8:30 am08:30

Zazenkai Retreat w/Mark Nelson

Zazenkai Schedule

Friday, 2/24

6 - 8 PM Orientation---Enter Silence---Sitting Meditation

Saturday, 2/25 Continue in Silence

6:00 - 6:30 AM Sitting Meditation

6:30 - 6:40 AM Walking Meditation

6:40 - 7:10 AM Sitting Meditation

7:10 - 7:20 AM Walking Meditation

7:20 - 7:50 AM Sitting Meditation

7:50 - 8:00 AM Chanting

8:00 - 8:45 AM Breakfast/Breakfast Clean Up

8:45 - 9:00 AM Break—Tea/Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 AM Work

9:30 - 10:00 AM Break --- Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 AM Sitting Meditation

10:30- 10:40 AM Walking Meditation

10:40 - 11:10 AM Sitting Meditation

11:10 - 11:20 AM Walking Meditation

11:20 - 11:50 AM Sitting Meditation

11:50 - 12:00 AM Chanting

12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch/Lunch Clean Up

12:45 - 1:00 PM Break Tea/Coffee

1:00 - 2:30 PM Arts/Crafts

2:30 - 3:00 PM Sitting Meditation

3:00 - 4:00 PM Dharma Talk/ Q&A

4:00 - 4:10 PM Walking Meditation

4:10 - 4:40 PM Sitting Meditation

4:40 - 4:50 PM Dedication Chant

Sunday 2/26Continue in Silence/Emerge from Silence

8:30-1:10 AM Regular Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation Schedule

 ____________________________________________________________

We'll need 6 people to commit to participate through RSVP by Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We will go over the details of the schedule and assign retreat positions and responsibilities at the orientation

Cost is $40.00.

We will provide hot coffee and tea throughout the day.  Participants are required to bring their choice of prepared foods for breakfast and lunch.  There is a microwave for heating foods.

Please, bring an art or hand craft project to color, draw, paint, sew, knit, weave, etc. during the art/hand craft period. Though we highly value creative writing and writing in general, because one point of our commitment to silence during the retreat is to help us taste the peace available to us as the discursive mind quiets, creative writing or journaling during the art/craft period is discouraged.

RSVP to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com by Wednesday, 2/22/17.  If you have questions before the orientation on 2/24/17, email them to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Mark

Feb
28
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

NO CLASS TONIGHT: Tai Chi
Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

NO CLASS TONIGHT: Tai Chi

Please join us next week!

Led by Bob Arnold, Tai Chi is taught with a foundation based in Chinese traditions as well as in the Yogic tradition of combining outer movements with inner wisdom to set your practice on fire.

This very special Tai Chi form is called "Embrace the Heart" and can be done by anyone of any physical ability. The form is designed to open your heart and expand your capacity for joy and compassion.

This gentle and meditative class is open to all levels and is a great way to develop or expand an existing physical and subtle body practice.

Drop-ins are always welcome.  $15 suggested donation, but please contribute as you are able.

Mind Training with Cindy Lee
Mar
25
7:30 pm19:30

Mind Training with Cindy Lee

  • Wisdom's Heart

LOJONG or mind-training, is a transformative practice that flourished in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Perfect for those of us living out in the world, these pithy and direct aphorisms get straight to the point and strike at the heart of replacing habitual reactions with awakened action. A chance to explore together this challenging yet potentially powerful technique, that promises more fearless living and loving in this wild world.

The first of a four-part series –  broadcast live over the internet to Wisdom’s Heart.

9-9:30 will be time for discussion.

In this series we will use the text “Clearing the Mind in Seven Points” by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1102–1176) translated by Dr. Joe Loizzo from the Nalanda Institute.

Mind Training w/Cindy Lee
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

Mind Training w/Cindy Lee

  • Wisdom's Heart

LOJONG or mind-training, is a transformative practice that flourished in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Perfect for those of us living out in the world, these pithy and direct aphorisms get straight to the point and strike at the heart of replacing habitual reactions with awakened action. A chance to explore together this challenging yet potentially powerful technique, that promises more fearless living and loving in this wild world.

The first of a four-part series –  broadcast live over the internet to Wisdom’s Heart.

9-9:30 will be time for discussion.

In this series we will use the text “Clearing the Mind in Seven Points” by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1102–1176) translated by Dr. Joe Loizzo from the Nalanda Institute.


Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

Tai Chi

Led by Bob Arnold, Tai Chi is taught with a foundation based in Chinese traditions as well as in the Yogic tradition of combining outer movements with inner wisdom to set your practice on fire.

This very special Tai Chi form is called "Embrace the Heart" and can be done by anyone of any physical ability. The form is designed to open your heart and expand your capacity for joy and compassion.

This gentle and meditative class is open to all levels and is a great way to develop or expand an existing physical and subtle body practice.

Drop-ins are always welcome.  $15 suggested donation, but please contribute as you are able.

Feb
21
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation
Feb
19
8:30 am08:30

Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation

Soto Zen Priest, Mark Nelson, leads this offering.

Meditate with friends on the path.  Are you starting to explore meditation and what the Buddhist path has to offer?  Or, are you a seasoned practitioner?  Either way, Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation is for you.  During this time we will focus on two things.  We will practice seated meditation together for two periods.  Between these meditation periods, we will deepen our understanding of meditation and our skillfulness in meditation by sharing our experiences, raising relevant questions, and engaging one another in conversation about the challenges and joys of this demanding and enriching discipline.

8:30 - 8:50 AM: Basic Instruction for Beginners (all levels are welcome)

9:00 - 9:20 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

9:20 - 9:40 AM: Facilitated Group Discussion About Meditation Practice

9:40 - 10:10 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

Everyone is welcome to come and go as needed. Of course, please be mindful of others if/and when you do.

$15 donation is appreciated.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Meditation Mornings
Feb
17
9:00 am09:00

Meditation Mornings

Everyone is welcome.  Come to any or all sessions.

9-9:30am          Meditation
9:30-9:45am     Silent Break Time/Walking or Sitting Meditation
9:45-10:15am    Meditation Discussion
10:15-10:45am   Meditation

Led by Jennie Meyer.

$15 donation is appreciated but not mandatory.  Please contribute as you are able.

Feb
16
6:30 pm18:30

Sweeping Heart Zen Meditation

You are already enough.

Yet, it takes sincere practice to realize this.

Join the Reverend Daishin Mark Nelson Thursday evenings from 6:30-8PM.  The time will include two periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, a brief Dharma talk and Q & A.

If you are new to meditation, please arrive at 6PM for basic instruction. 

$15 suggested donation.

Feb
16
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Feb
14
6:00 pm18:00

Tai Chi

Led by Bob Arnold, Tai Chi is taught with a foundation based in Chinese traditions as well as in the Yogic tradition of combining outer movements with inner wisdom to set your practice on fire.

This very special Tai Chi form is called "Embrace the Heart" and can be done by anyone of any physical ability. The form is designed to open your heart and expand your capacity for joy and compassion.

This gentle and meditative class is open to all levels and is a great way to develop or expand an existing physical and subtle body practice.

Drop-ins are always welcome.  $15 suggested donation, but please contribute as you are able.

Feb
14
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Meditation Retreat with Doug Veenhof
Feb
12
11:00 am11:00

Meditation Retreat with Doug Veenhof

  • Wisdom's Heart

This afternoon of shamatha meditation practice at Wisdom’s Heart will include a progression of practices ranging from breath meditation to awareness of awareness. Each one-hour module will include 12 minutes of instruction by Doug Veenhof, a 12-minute guided meditation, a 24-minute silent session, and two 6-minute breaks.

 11:00 - 4:30    Suggested donation $30

Bring a snack for the break.

Feb
12
8:30 am08:30

Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation

Soto Zen Priest, Mark Nelson, leads this offering.

Meditate with friends on the path.  Are you starting to explore meditation and what the Buddhist path has to offer?  Or, are you a seasoned practitioner?  Either way, Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation is for you.  During this time we will focus on two things.  We will practice seated meditation together for two periods.  Between these meditation periods, we will deepen our understanding of meditation and our skillfulness in meditation by sharing our experiences, raising relevant questions, and engaging one another in conversation about the challenges and joys of this demanding and enriching discipline.

8:30 - 8:50 AM: Basic Instruction for Beginners (all levels are welcome)

9:00 - 9:20 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

9:20 - 9:40 AM: Facilitated Group Discussion About Meditation Practice

9:40 - 10:10 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

Everyone is welcome to come and go as needed. Of course, please be mindful of others if/and when you do.

$15 donation is appreciated.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Meditation Mornings
Feb
10
9:00 am09:00

Meditation Mornings

Everyone is welcome.  Come to any or all sessions.

9-9:30am          Meditation
9:30-9:45am     Silent Break Time/Walking or Sitting Meditation
9:45-10:15am    Meditation Discussion
10:15-10:45am   Meditation

Led by Jennie Meyer.

$15 donation is appreciated but not mandatory.  Please contribute as you are able.

Feb
9
6:30 pm18:30

Sweeping Heart Zen Meditation

You are already enough.

Yet, it takes sincere practice to realize this.

Join the Reverend Daishin Mark Nelson Thursday evenings from 6:30-8PM.  The time will include two periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, a brief Dharma talk and Q & A.

If you are new to meditation, please arrive at 6PM for basic instruction. 

$15 suggested donation.

Feb
9
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Vipashyana/Mahamudra with Doug Veenhof
Feb
8
7:00 pm19:00

Vipashyana/Mahamudra with Doug Veenhof

  • Wisdom's Heart


Here are the descriptions:
Wed Feb 1 & 8

The Three-Step Dance of Turning Concepts into Realizations.

The key to traveling the path leading to the fully awakened mind of a buddha is the fundamental meditative skill that transforms conceptual descriptions of the path into experiential realization.

The first class of this two-part series takes a close look at how Tibetan lamrim meditations ingeniously lead a meditator to alternate awareness and attention in a three-step process that leads to the direct realization of each step along the path. The path is “developed” as a sequence of realizations, each of which forms the necessary foundation for the next. We’ll glance at the entire path but apply that three-step dance specifically to the liberating stage that realizes how the experience of self is constructed.

This second class of this two-part series explores the “Discovery Model” of Tibetan Buddhism. The three steps of this dance again alternate awareness and attention but through the practices of Shamatha/Vipashyana/Mahamudra to discover the nature of the mind that we already have: nonconceptual, luminous, and blissful.

Sunday RetreatFeb 12

This afternoon of shamatha meditation practice at Wisdom’s Heart will include a progression of practices ranging from breath meditation to awareness of awareness. Each one-hour module will include 12 minutes of instruction by Doug Veenhof, a 12-minute guided meditation, a 24-minute silent session, and two 6-minute breaks.

 11:00 - 4:30    Suggested donation $30

Bring a snack for the break.

Tai Chi
Feb
7
6:00 pm18:00

Tai Chi

Led by Bob Arnold, Tai Chi is taught with a foundation based in Chinese traditions as well as in the Yogic tradition of combining outer movements with inner wisdom to set your practice on fire.

This very special Tai Chi form is called "Embrace the Heart" and can be done by anyone of any physical ability. The form is designed to open your heart and expand your capacity for joy and compassion.

This gentle and meditative class is open to all levels and is a great way to develop or expand an existing physical and subtle body practice.

Drop-ins are always welcome.  $15 suggested donation, but please contribute as you are able.

Feb
7
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation
Feb
5
8:30 am08:30

Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation

Soto Zen Priest, Mark Nelson, leads this offering.

Meditate with friends on the path.  Are you starting to explore meditation and what the Buddhist path has to offer?  Or, are you a seasoned practitioner?  Either way, Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation is for you.  During this time we will focus on two things.  We will practice seated meditation together for two periods.  Between these meditation periods, we will deepen our understanding of meditation and our skillfulness in meditation by sharing our experiences, raising relevant questions, and engaging one another in conversation about the challenges and joys of this demanding and enriching discipline.

8:30 - 8:50 AM: Basic Instruction for Beginners (all levels are welcome)

9:00 - 9:20 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

9:20 - 9:40 AM: Facilitated Group Discussion About Meditation Practice

9:40 - 10:10 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

Everyone is welcome to come and go as needed. Of course, please be mindful of others if/and when you do.

$15 donation is appreciated.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Meditation Mornings
Feb
3
9:00 am09:00

Meditation Mornings

Everyone is welcome.  Come to any or all sessions.

9-9:30am          Meditation
9:30-9:45am     Silent Break Time/Walking or Sitting Meditation
9:45-10:15am    Meditation Discussion
10:15-10:45am   Meditation

Led by Jennie Meyer.

$15 donation is appreciated but not mandatory.  Please contribute as you are able.

Feb
2
6:30 pm18:30

Sweeping Heart Zen Meditation

You are already enough.

Yet, it takes sincere practice to realize this.

Join the Reverend Daishin Mark Nelson Thursday evenings from 6:30-8PM.  The time will include two periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, a brief Dharma talk and Q & A.

If you are new to meditation, please arrive at 6PM for basic instruction. 

$15 suggested donation.

Feb
2
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Vipashyana/Mahamudra with Doug Veenhof
Feb
1
7:00 pm19:00

Vipashyana/Mahamudra with Doug Veenhof

  • Wisdom's Heart


Here are the descriptions:
Wed Feb 1 & 8

The Three-Step Dance of Turning Concepts into Realizations.

The key to traveling the path leading to the fully awakened mind of a buddha is the fundamental meditative skill that transforms conceptual descriptions of the path into experiential realization.

The first class of this two-part series takes a close look at how Tibetan lamrim meditations ingeniously lead a meditator to alternate awareness and attention in a three-step process that leads to the direct realization of each step along the path. The path is “developed” as a sequence of realizations, each of which forms the necessary foundation for the next. We’ll glance at the entire path but apply that three-step dance specifically to the liberating stage that realizes how the experience of self is constructed.

This second class of this two-part series explores the “Discovery Model” of Tibetan Buddhism. The three steps of this dance again alternate awareness and attention but through the practices of Shamatha/Vipashyana/Mahamudra to discover the nature of the mind that we already have: nonconceptual, luminous, and blissful.

Sunday RetreatFeb 12

This afternoon of shamatha meditation practice at Wisdom’s Heart will include a progression of practices ranging from breath meditation to awareness of awareness. Each one-hour module will include 12 minutes of instruction by Doug Veenhof, a 12-minute guided meditation, a 24-minute silent session, and two 6-minute breaks.

 11:00 - 4:30    Suggested donation $30

Bring a snack for the break.

Jan
31
6:00 pm18:00

Tai Chi

Led by Bob Arnold, Tai Chi is taught with a foundation based in Chinese traditions as well as in the Yogic tradition of combining outer movements with inner wisdom to set your practice on fire.

This very special Tai Chi form is called "Embrace the Heart" and can be done by anyone of any physical ability. The form is designed to open your heart and expand your capacity for joy and compassion.

This gentle and meditative class is open to all levels and is a great way to develop or expand an existing physical and subtle body practice.

Drop-ins are always welcome.  $15 suggested donation, but please contribute as you are able.

Jan
31
6:30 am06:30

Early Morning Meditation

BEGINNING JAN 3:  We are adding a third period of meditation to the Tuesday and Thursday morning meditation offerings beginning this Tuesday. Additionally, we will pray for those experiencing ill health or sickness as part of our brief chanting service.

The new schedule is:

6:30 to 7:00 seated meditation

7:00 to 7:10 walking meditation

7:10 to 7:40 seated meditation

7:40 to 7:50 walking meditation

7:50 to 8:20 seated meditation

8:20 to 8:30 chant the Heart Sutra, dedicate the merit of our practice, and pray for those experiencing sickness or ill health.

All are welcome to come and go as personal needs require.

Contact sweepingheartzen@gmail.com or call 413-207-1175 for more information.

The suggested donation is $15, yet, whatever you can offer, including simply joining in, is welcome and deeply appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Rev. Daishin Mark Nelson

Facing Your Own Death Workshop
Jan
29
11:00 am11:00

Facing Your Own Death Workshop

  • Wisdom's Heart

EVENT CANCELLED.

By Popular Demand, we are offering this workshop a second time!

"Without midfulness of death, whatever Dharma practice you take up will be merely superficial, " Milarepa.

Join Reverend Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M. Div., Interspiritual Minister and End-of-Life Educator for this special opportunity for open and honest exploration of the challenges and opportunities experienced at the end of life.

As spiritual caregivers, we may be asked to accompany those who are facing death.  A useful starting point is to reflect deeply on our own death, as we all will die.  How we face this fact can lead us to new levels of spiritual growth or it can keep us from living our lives to the fullest.

Through guided meditation, personal reflection, and group sharing, participants will unleash the power of facing their end to create more meaning, purpose, and joy mow in the their own lives.  This, in turn, will enable them to be better equipped to serve the dying with an open and loving heart.

• Examine the ways our experience of less influences out understanding of death.  • Reflect on the "emotional lens" and "spiritual lens" for perceiving death.  • Reflect upon one's own inevitable death.  • Apply personal insights to better one's service to the dying.  • Consider what actions we can take now to prepare ourselves and out loved ones for death.

Details to come.

$45 workshop fee.  Registration is required.  Attendance limited to 20 people.

Zazenkai Meditation Retreat w/Mark Nelson
Jan
29
8:30 am08:30

Zazenkai Meditation Retreat w/Mark Nelson

Zazenkai Schedule

Friday, 1/27/17

6 - 8 PM Orientation---Enter Silence---Sitting Meditation

Saturday, 1/28/17Continue in Silence

6:00 - 6:30 AM Sitting Meditation

6:30 - 6:40 AM Walking Meditation

6:40 - 7:10 AM Sitting Meditation

7:10 - 7:20 AM Walking Meditation

7:20 - 7:50 AM Sitting Meditation

7:50 - 8:00 AM Chanting

8:00 - 8:45 AM Breakfast/Breakfast Clean Up

8:45 - 9:00 AM Break—Tea/Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 AM Work

9:30 - 10:00 AM Break --- Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 AM Sitting Meditation

10:30- 10:40 AM Walking Meditation

10:40 - 11:10 AM Sitting Meditation

11:10 - 11:20 AM Walking Meditation

11:20 - 11:50 AM Sitting Meditation

11:50 - 12:00 AM Chanting

12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch/Lunch Clean Up

12:45 - 1:00 PM Break Tea/Coffee

1:00 - 2:30 PM Arts/Crafts

2:30 - 3:00 PM Sitting Meditation

3:00 - 4:00 PM Dharma Talk/ Q&A

4:00 - 4:10 PM Walking Meditation

4:10 - 4:40 PM Sitting Meditation

4:40 - 4:50 PM Dedication Chant

Sunday 1/29/17---- Continue in Silence/Emerge from Silence

8:30-10:10 AM Regular Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation Schedule

 ____________________________________________________________

We'll need 6 people to commit to participate through RSVP by Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We will go over the details of the schedule and assign retreat positions and responsibilities at the orientation

Cost is $40.00.

We will provide hot coffee and tea throughout the day.  Participants are required to bring their choice of prepared foods for breakfast and lunch.  There is a microwave for heating foods.

Please, bring an art or hand craft project to color, draw, paint, sew, knit, weave, etc. during the art/hand craft period. Though we highly value creative writing and writing in general, because one point of our commitment to silence during the retreat is to help us taste the peace available to us as the discursive mind quiets, creative writing or journaling during the art/craft period is discouraged.

RSVP to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com by Wednesday, 1/25/17.  If you have questions before the orientation on 1/27/17, email them to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Mark

Happy Holidays, Peace! Love! Health! Safety! Joy! to you, your family, and everyone!

Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation
Jan
29
8:30 am08:30

Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation

Soto Zen Priest, Mark Nelson, leads this offering.

Meditate with friends on the path.  Are you starting to explore meditation and what the Buddhist path has to offer?  Or, are you a seasoned practitioner?  Either way, Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation is for you.  During this time we will focus on two things.  We will practice seated meditation together for two periods.  Between these meditation periods, we will deepen our understanding of meditation and our skillfulness in meditation by sharing our experiences, raising relevant questions, and engaging one another in conversation about the challenges and joys of this demanding and enriching discipline.

8:30 - 8:50 AM: Basic Instruction for Beginners (all levels are welcome)

9:00 - 9:20 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

9:20 - 9:40 AM: Facilitated Group Discussion About Meditation Practice

9:40 - 10:10 AM: Silent Seated Meditation

Everyone is welcome to come and go as needed. Of course, please be mindful of others if/and when you do.

$15 donation is appreciated.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Mind Training w/Cindy Lee
Jan
28
7:30 pm19:30

Mind Training w/Cindy Lee

  • Wisdom's Heart

LOJONG or mind-training, is a transformative practice that flourished in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Perfect for those of us living out in the world, these pithy and direct aphorisms get straight to the point and strike at the heart of replacing habitual reactions with awakened action. A chance to explore together this challenging yet potentially powerful technique, that promises more fearless living and loving in this wild world.

The first of a four-part series –  broadcast live over the internet to Wisdom’s Heart.

9-9:30 will be time for discussion.

In this series we will use the text “Clearing the Mind in Seven Points” by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1102–1176) translated by Dr. Joe Loizzo from the Nalanda Institute.

Zazenkai Meditation Retreat w/Mark Nelson
Jan
28
6:00 am06:00

Zazenkai Meditation Retreat w/Mark Nelson

Zazenkai Schedule

Friday, 1/27/17

6 - 8 PM Orientation---Enter Silence---Sitting Meditation

Saturday, 1/28/17Continue in Silence

6:00 - 6:30 AM Sitting Meditation

6:30 - 6:40 AM Walking Meditation

6:40 - 7:10 AM Sitting Meditation

7:10 - 7:20 AM Walking Meditation

7:20 - 7:50 AM Sitting Meditation

7:50 - 8:00 AM Chanting

8:00 - 8:45 AM Breakfast/Breakfast Clean Up

8:45 - 9:00 AM Break—Tea/Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 AM Work

9:30 - 10:00 AM Break --- Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 AM Sitting Meditation

10:30- 10:40 AM Walking Meditation

10:40 - 11:10 AM Sitting Meditation

11:10 - 11:20 AM Walking Meditation

11:20 - 11:50 AM Sitting Meditation

11:50 - 12:00 AM Chanting

12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch/Lunch Clean Up

12:45 - 1:00 PM Break Tea/Coffee

1:00 - 2:30 PM Arts/Crafts

2:30 - 3:00 PM Sitting Meditation

3:00 - 4:00 PM Dharma Talk/ Q&A

4:00 - 4:10 PM Walking Meditation

4:10 - 4:40 PM Sitting Meditation

4:40 - 4:50 PM Dedication Chant

Sunday 1/29/17---- Continue in Silence/Emerge from Silence

8:30-10:10 AM Regular Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation Schedule

 ____________________________________________________________

We'll need 6 people to commit to participate through RSVP by Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We will go over the details of the schedule and assign retreat positions and responsibilities at the orientation

Cost is $40.00.

We will provide hot coffee and tea throughout the day.  Participants are required to bring their choice of prepared foods for breakfast and lunch.  There is a microwave for heating foods.

Please, bring an art or hand craft project to color, draw, paint, sew, knit, weave, etc. during the art/hand craft period. Though we highly value creative writing and writing in general, because one point of our commitment to silence during the retreat is to help us taste the peace available to us as the discursive mind quiets, creative writing or journaling during the art/craft period is discouraged.

RSVP to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com by Wednesday, 1/25/17.  If you have questions before the orientation on 1/27/17, email them to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Mark

Happy Holidays, Peace! Love! Health! Safety! Joy! to you, your family, and everyone!

Zazenkai Meditation Retreat w/Mark Nelson
Jan
27
6:00 pm18:00

Zazenkai Meditation Retreat w/Mark Nelson

Zazenkai Schedule

Friday, 1/27/17

6 - 8 PM Orientation---Enter Silence---Sitting Meditation

Saturday, 1/28/17Continue in Silence

6:00 - 6:30 AM Sitting Meditation

6:30 - 6:40 AM Walking Meditation

6:40 - 7:10 AM Sitting Meditation

7:10 - 7:20 AM Walking Meditation

7:20 - 7:50 AM Sitting Meditation

7:50 - 8:00 AM Chanting

8:00 - 8:45 AM Breakfast/Breakfast Clean Up

8:45 - 9:00 AM Break—Tea/Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 AM Work

9:30 - 10:00 AM Break --- Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 AM Sitting Meditation

10:30- 10:40 AM Walking Meditation

10:40 - 11:10 AM Sitting Meditation

11:10 - 11:20 AM Walking Meditation

11:20 - 11:50 AM Sitting Meditation

11:50 - 12:00 AM Chanting

12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch/Lunch Clean Up

12:45 - 1:00 PM Break Tea/Coffee

1:00 - 2:30 PM Arts/Crafts

2:30 - 3:00 PM Sitting Meditation

3:00 - 4:00 PM Dharma Talk/ Q&A

4:00 - 4:10 PM Walking Meditation

4:10 - 4:40 PM Sitting Meditation

4:40 - 4:50 PM Dedication Chant

Sunday 1/29/17---- Continue in Silence/Emerge from Silence

8:30-10:10 AM Regular Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation Schedule

 ____________________________________________________________

We'll need 6 people to commit to participate through RSVP by Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We will go over the details of the schedule and assign retreat positions and responsibilities at the orientation

Cost is $40.00.

We will provide hot coffee and tea throughout the day.  Participants are required to bring their choice of prepared foods for breakfast and lunch.  There is a microwave for heating foods.

Please, bring an art or hand craft project to color, draw, paint, sew, knit, weave, etc. during the art/hand craft period. Though we highly value creative writing and writing in general, because one point of our commitment to silence during the retreat is to help us taste the peace available to us as the discursive mind quiets, creative writing or journaling during the art/craft period is discouraged.

RSVP to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com by Wednesday, 1/25/17.  If you have questions before the orientation on 1/27/17, email them to sweepingheartzen@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Mark

Happy Holidays, Peace! Love! Health! Safety! Joy! to you, your family, and everyone!