Meets: Mondays; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CT; Welcome: All levels; drop-ins welcome
Awakening Heart Sangha is a mindfulness practice group in the Plum Village Tradition of Vietnamese Zen teacher Thích Nhất Hạnh, or ‘Thay’. All levels of practice are welcome, regardless of whether you are a newcomer to meditation or have had a meditation practice for a while. Brief meditation instruction will be offered at each meeting as needed for any newcomers. At each meeting, we will check in, practice 20 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation followed by a short reading and discussion. Leader Debra Rogers has a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Chaplaincy and was ordained in 2013 by Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay-practitioner in the Order of Interbeing as True Chrysanthemum Garden.
1st Monday: Book Reading (a book by Thích Nhất Hạnh or another Dharma teacher)
2nd Monday: Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
3rd Monday: Book Reading (a book by Thích Nhất Hạnh or another Dharma teacher)
4th Monday: People of Color and Inclusivity Focus with Book Reading
5th Monday: Fourteen Mindfulness Training or alternate program