Dr. Rebecca Li on Why do we practice? Why do we sit? 4/29/19

We are pleased that Dr. Rebecca Li will be with us again on Monday, April 29, for guided meditation and teachings.

Rebecca will explore with us the topic “Why do we practice? Why do we sit?” With these questions in mind, we will probe our own motivations for practice, what we might expect from our practice, and what the path of practice means to us. 

Why do YOU practice?

Please consider asking yourself this question, and be ready to share and learn that night. 


Dr. Rebecca Li, a Dharma heir in the Dharma Drum lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen, started practicing meditation in 1995. She began her teacher’s training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 to become a Dharma and meditation instructor. Later on, she trained with John Crook and Simon Child to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016.  Currently, she leads Chan retreats, teaches meditation and Dharma classes, and gives public lectures in North America and the U.K.  Her talks and writings can be found at www.rebeccali.org.  She is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community and a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey, where she also serves as faculty director of the Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice.

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Dr. Lucinda Green visits sangha to present the Enlightenment Deck

Dr. Lucinda Green will be with us via skype on Monday April 8th to teach us the Enlightenment Deck

A Pathway to Freedom  ( Learn the Dharma.      Study the Dharma.      Keep your practice fresh and lively. )

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Lucinda Green, Ph.D. will lead Meditation Retreat in Bucks County on “CULTIVATING CONCENTRATION & INSIGHT” 4/27/19

Lucinda Green, Ph.D. will lead Meditation Retreat in Bucks County on “CULTIVATING CONCENTRATION & INSIGHT” in a historic Quaker meetinghouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania – The Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County, a community open to all levels of interest in meditation and Buddhism, will be sponsoring a one day retreat on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 9 AM-3 PM at the Makefield Friends Meeting House located at 877 Dolington Road in Newtown, PA. 

The weekend meditation retreat theme will be “CULTIVATING CONCENTRATION & INSIGHT” Learn techniques to develop deeper concentration including insight practice. The day of practice will be spent in noble silence including periods of instruction, sitting, walking, meditation and Q &A.  The day will proceed with a combination of silence, Meditation, instruction and direct experience.  There is a suggested donation of $15. All are welcome despite ability to donate.   For those wishing to delve deeper with Lucinda, private sessions will be available on the following day, April 28. The sessions will be at a tranquil private setting nearby in historic home situated on 80 acres with walking paths and bench lined streams available for contemplative integration. Contact: green.lucinda@gmail.com for information & scheduling.

If you want to get a glimpse of Lucinda Green in action be sure to attend the Buddhist Sangha at the Yardley Friends Meetinghouse for a Skype presentation featuring Dr. Green on Monday, April 8th. She will focus on her “Enlightenment Deck” to lead and inspire Dharma engagement and group discussion.  The 80 card deck provides brief explanations of Buddhist terms accessible to anyone as well as delightful corresponding images. Meditation will begin at 7pm. Presentation will start at 8 p.m.

Lucinda Green, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and founder of Rocky Mountain Insight in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she teaches Buddhist Dharma and trains in Vipassana meditation. She is a pioneer in the fields of mind/body integrative psychotherapy, complementary medicine and spiritual growth.  For more information, contact: bsbc19067@yahoo.com

About Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County

The Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County is a community (sangha) that practices Buddhism, provides meditation instruction and community service in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Buddha. The Sangha is open to everyone who wishes to learn about meditation and/or Buddhism. To learn more, please visit www.buddhistsangha.com or contact: bsbc19067@yahoo.com

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Mindfulness in Daily Living (MIDL) by Stephen Proctor starting March 2019

March / April Stephen Proctor
Mindfulness in Daily Living (MIDL) will be joining us via Skype to teach a 4 week series: 

3/11 Eightfold Path: Right View and Right Intention.
3/18 Mindfulness Immersed within Body.
3/25 The Five Hindrances as a Meditation Object.
4/1 Vedana: Breaking the Cycle of Reaction.

Stephen has dedicated his life to the practice of understanding the mind, reducing suffering and had created a systematic training method for practicing and developing the Satipatthana path to full maturity within daily life.  http://www.meditationintheshire.com.au/

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Visiting Teacher – Enjoying the Mindfulness of Breathing with Singhashri

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Join us Monday 2/4 7-9 with visiting teacher Singhashri as we cultivate deeper states of absorption through mindfulness of breathing, opening the heart and inviting in the resultant fruits including joy, integrity, peace and contentment

A teacher with the Triranta Buddhist Community, second generation American currently living in the UK. Read more about her and read/listen to her teachings https://www.radicalembrace.org

From Singhashri’s website: “Any radical act must get down to the root of things, which often lies below the surface, is hidden from view, taken for granted, yet is ultimately essential for existence. The radical embrace calls us to face and draw in near, as near as we can get, the very crux of the matter, the rub of our existence. We may have spent our whole life, up until now, running from our pain, ignoring our vulnerability, hiding from our own shadow. The radical embrace is about waking up, not only to the shadow, but to the deep, transformative power inherent there.”

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Eight Verses for Training the Mind

Eight Verses for Training the Mind, Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054 -1123)

By thinking of all sentient beings as even better than the wish-granting gem for accomplishing the highest aim, may I always consider them precious.

Wherever I go, with whomever I go, may I see myself as less than all others, and from the depth of my heart, may I consider them supremely precious.

May I examine my mind in all actions, and as soon as a negative state occurs, since it endangers myself and others, may I firmly face and avert it.

When I see beings of a negative disposition or those oppressed by negativity or pain, may I, as if finding a treasure, consider them precious, for they are rarely met.

Whenever others, due to their jealousy, revile and treat me in other unjust ways, may I accept this defeat myself, and offer the victory to others.

When someone whom I have helped, or in whom I have placed great hope, harms me with great injustice, may I see him as a sacred friend.

In short, may I offer both directly and indirectly all joy and benefit to all beings, my mothers,and may I myself secretly take on all of their hurt and suffering.

May they not be defiled by the concepts of the eight mundane concerns,and aware that all things are illusory, may they, ungrasping, be free from bondage.

Transcribed from: Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, Daily Prayers

Venerable Lama Losang Samten, Spiritual Director

Print version: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/ac1f24_d63c0bf8779f4d868c98dfa7201f3559.pdf

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Please read this when I’m buried – Thich Nhat Hanh

This is from Thich Nhat Hanh. It is a beautiful homage to the earth. I’ve decided to leave instruction that this please be read when I’m buried:

“The earth has been there for a long time. She is mother to all of us. She knows everything. The Buddha asked the earth to be his witness by touching her with his hand when he had some doubt and fear before his awakening. The earth appeared to him as a beautiful mother. In her arms she carried flowers and fruit, birds and butterflies, and many different animals, and offered them to the Buddha. The Buddha’s doubts and fears instantly disappeared.

“Whenever you feel unhappy, come to the earth and ask for her help. Touch her deeply, the way the Buddha did. Suddenly, you too will see the earth with all her flowers and fruit, trees and birds, animals and all the living beings that she has produced. All these things she offers to you. You have more opportunities to be happy than you ever thought. The earth shows her love to you and her patience. The earth is very patient. She sees you suffer, she helps you, and she protects you. When we die, she takes us back into her arms.”

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2019 Meditation Retreats

At some point you will find yourself considering taking time to deepen your meditation practice by attending meditation retreat. There are various retreat structures to choose from, and they are all wonderful, ranging from a day of mindfulness at a house to weekend retreats sponsored by a local sangha to a mountain retreat center that welcomes participants all year long. Below is a list of the retreats coming up that will aid you in attending one that appeals to you at this time.  Also check the various retreat websites for retreats that are not on page.


March 3/15- 3/17 Blue Sky Refuge retreat led by Padmadharini.

Suitable for meditators with some experience, we will explore an aspect of the Buddha’s teaching on satipatthana or mindfulness as a path to liberation from suffering.  You will be guided in an ancient method of noting sensations as a means of deepening concentration and awareness.  Through careful cultivation of present moment sensations, the mind becomes naturally clear and equanimous. These techniques can reveal directly the true nature of our experience, and liberate the mind from the tyranny of attachment to self.  The retreat includes teaching, led meditations and space to enjoy the beauty and stillness of the surroundings. Cost varies depending on ability to pay. Registration and more information at elainesmith3322@yahoo.com

March 3/16 10 am – 5 pm – Soji’s monthly one-day retreat (zazenkai) is a great way to experience a short, intensive meditation retreat. The day consists of zazen (meditation), dokusan, (interview), and samu (work practice). You are welcome to come for the entire day or any portion of it. Please bring your own lunch. Registration is not required. Suggested donation: $10. http://sojizencenter.com/workshops-events-2/


March 3/26 – 3/31 PBMG MEDITATION RETREAT Five-day retreat involving meditation and teachings
Retreat Leader: Anam Thubten
Arrival: Tuesday, March 26 starting at 4:00PM. Dinner will be offered Tuesday evening.
Sign-In: Tuesday evening from 4:00-7:00PM
Practice begins: Required orientation at 7:00PM. Teaching from 7:30-9:00PM Tuesday.
Departure: Sunday, March 31 after lunch
Location: Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center 29 Pleasant Grove Road
Port Murray, NJ 07865

Cost: Dorms + Meals $630 or Private rooms + meals $760.

PBMG Contact: ATRinfo@PBMG.org Registrar: Kathie Smythe


April 5 (Fri, 6 pm) to April 7 (Sun, 5 pm)  Foundation Retreat—three days of practicing Chan meditation in stillness and motion, with instructions on sitting, moving, walking and eating meditation, important Dharma concepts to support one’s practice, as well as private personal interviews to discuss difficulties in and questions about one’s practice.  $220 (scholarships available; no prior retreat experience needed)


April 12-14, 2019 – Fri – Sun CTBC RETREAT www.tibetanbuddhist.org

The Nature of the Mind” with Ven. Losang SamtenPendle Hill Center, Wallingford, PA

The CTBC annual Residential Retreat will be held at beautiful Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center located in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. This will include teachings, practice and noble silence during meals and personal time in the Brinton House at Pendle Hill – Cost varies: $75 to 395 Click for More information


May 25 (Sat, 6 pm) to June 2 (Sun, 10 am)  Silent Illumination Retreat—I am co-leading this retreat with my current teacher and one of Master Sheng Yen’s Dharma heirs, Dr. Simon Child.  Detailed instructions will be given on this subtle method of Chan to investigate the mind, to really get to know ourselves, and to cultivate wisdom and compassion. Participants will also receive individualized instructions in private interviews.  $525 (scholarships available; 3-day retreat experience needed)


June 20-25   Summer Sesshin at St. Raphaela
http://sojizencenter.com/workshops-events-2/ 

August 16 (Fri, 6 pm) to August 18 (Sun, 3 pm)  Beginner’s Mind Retreat—For individuals relatively new to the practice, this is a good first retreat although many experienced practitioners find the variety of practice activities helpful.  Besides sitting, walking, moving and eating meditation, we will also be practicing in workshops ranging from the Art of Seeing to the Art of Communication to learn about how to bring our practice into daily life.  $220 (scholarships available; no prior retreat experience needed)


Oct 11 (Fri, 6 pm) to October 16 (Wed, 10 am)  Western Zen Retreat—Within the context of Chan meditation, participants will make use of a question to penetrate the mind to gain a deeper understanding of our habitual tendencies and patterns of thoughts and insights into the working of our mind.  I will be co-leading this retreat with Simon Child and Fiona Nuttall from the UK.  This retreat has limited spaces as each participant will receive lots of individual instructions in private interviews.  Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.  $375 (scholarships available; no prior retreat experience needed)


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2018 New Years Retreat

jj.jpg12/31/2018 – On this last evening of the year, you are invited to join the BSBC community for a rare and lovely opportunity to engage in extended meditation practice with our sangha. The retreat will be from 7 pm to 12 am.  Everyone is welcome to come for the whole or part of the evening.

The retreat will include guided meditation instructions, chanting, alternating sitting movement and walking  meditation periods, and a time for sharing poems, readings and reflections.

Sangha member and long-time practitioner Jeanne Reis will lead the retreat with BSBC founder James Reis who will travel from Boston MA.

If you aren’t able to arrive at 7 pm, you may either time your arrival to coincide with a walking session or enter quietly if the group is sitting. If a sitting is in progress, choose a spot in the back of the hall, then feel free move to a preferred spot during the next walking session. There will be chanting sessions at the beginning and end of the evening; chanting sheets will be provided.

You may bring a favorite poem, reading, and snack to share at teatime, if you wish.

Suggested donation is $10 to cover the cost of reserving the meetinghouse

Please contact us with questions 

Tentative Evening Schedule:

7:00pm-7:30pm                    Welcome, settle in, quiet sitting
7:30pm – 8:00pm                  Mindful Walking
8:00pm – 8:40 pm                 Opening session and Bells Meditation chanting
8:40pm – 9:00 pm                 Walking session* (instructions available)
9:00pm – 9:30 pm                 Quiet Meditation
9:30pm – 10:00 pm               Tea: share readings, poems, intentions
10:00 – 10:30 pm             Mindful Movement
10:30 – 11:45 pm               Alternating quiet sitting and walking
11:45 – 12:00 am               Closing and final chant

*You may opt to continue sitting during walking sessions, if you wish 

If you can promote this event, please download and print the Flyer  

https://www.facebook.com/events/293502747943866/ 

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DHARMA and THE ARTS December 2018

dharma discussion dec 2018DHARMA and THE ARTS:
Inspired by the teachings on awakening set forth by the Buddha, poetry of practitioners of the way, from Lao Tzu to Thich Naht Hahn, masters of movement, breath and spirit, and meditation artists using flowers, brush, and camera, the Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County is pleased to offer a 4 week series exploring beauty, the nature of self, other, objects and the co- creative process:presentations, participation and discussions begin at 8pm

Week 1: Visual Arts/Photography
We will feature reflections and images of two practitioners, James Reis and Phil Brown, who use photographs as a way of seeing

Week 2 :Body Practice 
Acupuncturist, Herbalist and dhamma practitioner Matt Branham of Healing Path Acupuncture and Cross River Meditation Center, will present an exploration into the physical foundations of mindfulness with Qigong.
http://www.healingpathacupuncture.com/

Week 3 :Poetry /Spoken Word 
We will include readings from various poets and sangha members drawing upon themes of intimacy, self image, awakening and anything else that emerges.I hope to have something written by 10 or sooner. We ask folks to come with a short poem, written by either themselves or other, or a spoken word piece that could be read, we will have a round robin style evening, with members reading poems and then 30 sec or so silence, another reads and so forth.

Week 4:  mantra/chanting
We will be harmonizing and chanting as a co-creative process leading to beauty and collective heart opening

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