Honey Locust Sangha Spring Retreat
"Healing Ourselves, Healing the World"
An online retreat
With Dharma Teacher, Michael Ciborski
Friday, May 14- Sunday May 16
Monday Nights: 6:30pm-8:00 pm
Traditional Community Meditation
We practice 20 minutes of sitting meditation, followed by exploring some aspect of mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and often share discussion or even a practice song.
Friday Nights: 6:00pm-7:00pm
via Zoom or on your own
Noble Silence Meditation
We practice 20 minutes of sitting meditation, followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation, and another 20 minutes of sitting meditation. We observe noble silence upon entering, while practicing, and while leaving the meditation space. No other practice or discussion following meditation.
Thich Nhat Hanh Book Study - Meets the 1st Saturday of the month from 3:30pm - 5pm via Zoom.
Women's Circle - Meets the last Sunday of the month from 1-3pm at the Yoga Path.
Monthly eTalk: The Core Sutra Study Program, hosted by Brother Chan Huy and his "home Sangha," the Montreal Mindfulness Practice Community, is offered one Thursday evening a month at 6:00 pm Central Time. Specific dates, topics, pre-reading materials, and a Zoom link are sent out in advance via our Honey Locust listserv.
Mindfulness Study and Practice in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
The Honey Locust Sangha, in Omaha, Nebraska, is a community which practices mindful living in the tradition of the Buddhist monk, teacher, and author Thich Nhat Hanh.
What is Mindfulness Practice?
The practice of mindfulness helps us develop our capacity to dwell happily in the present moment and to find peace within ourselves. This practice is meant to help us weave mindfulness into all of life's daily activities. This enables us to be present throughout the day--while eating, walking, working, or enjoying a cup of tea. As a community we support each other in the practice of mindfulness, learning new ways to relate to our rapidly changing world, to realize harmony and reconciliation within our own families, and to cultivate peace within.
Who We Are
We are a community of people of diverse religious faiths. While some of us identify as Buddhist, several of our members hold Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and other traditions as their primary spiritual practice. Others do not identify with any particular religious tradition. What we all have in common is the desire to study and practice mindfulness in order to touch the deep reality of life and to cultivate a heart and mind of love.
About Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, poet, and peacemaker. Before being exiled from Vietnam in 1966, he was co-founder of Van Hanh Buddhist University, the School of Youth for Social Service, and the Order of Interbeing. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts for peace on behalf of the Vietnamese people. Thomas Merton, the Catholic theologian, said of Thich Nhat Hahn, “He is my brother. We see things exactly the same way.” Since that time, in Europe and North America, he has worked tirelessly for peace, founding Plum Village (a Buddhist training monastery in France), and lecturing and leading retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living. Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of more than 100 books including Living Buddha, Living Christ and Being Peace.
Our True Heritage
by Thich Nhat Hanh
The cosmos is filled with precious gems.
I want to offer a handful of them
to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing earth and sky,
water and clouds.
It needs you to breathe gently
for the miracles to be displayed.
Suddenly you hear the birds singing,
the pines chanting,
see the flowers blooming,
the blue sky,
the white clouds,
the smile and the marvelous look
of your beloved.
You, the richest person on Earth,
who have been going around
begging for a living,
stop being the destitute child.
Come back and claim your heritage.
We should enjoy our happiness
and offer it to everyone.
Cherish this very moment.
Let go of the stream of distress
and embrace life fully in your arms.