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Beautiful Meditators,
Here is an upcoming Buddhist event hosted by the Bloomington-Normal Zen Group that you might be interested in.  You can find out more about this group, which meets weekly, by visiting their website at https://bnzengroup.wordpress.com/

If you are interested, reply to Stefen at bnzengroup@gmail.com

Have a great week.

Carolyn

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From: BN Zen Group <bnzengroup@gmail.com
Date: 1/21/18 11:56 AM (GMT-06:00) 
To: BN Zen Group <bnzengroup@gmail.com
Subject: Tuesday Evening Study Group 

Hello and a deep gassho to everyone!

Bloomington-Normal Zen Group is going to begin hosting a weekly study group on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.

At these study meetings we will discuss and explore Buddhist texts, traditions, and practices from the Zen milieu and beyond.

Our first Tuesday evening study meeting will be this week, 1/23/18, at Stefen, Jamie, and Avi's place: 809 N Madison St., Bloomington. We will begin at 6:30 sharp. Tea will be provided.

Our Sunday zazen and service at Palms Together will continue as usual.

With peace and another deep gassho,
BN Zen Group
-- 

------------------------------------------------------------------------Just bow in the way life becomes life -- Uchiyama Roshi

 

Hi all,

We are meeting as usual, but please be cautious about any slippery sidewalks or road conditions.  Be safe and stay home if needed.  Better safe than sorry!

We will meet for meditation on Sunday from 6 -7:30 pm in the Walker Room of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal, 1613 E. Emerson Bloomington, IL 61701.  Arrive a few minutes early to get settled. Chairs are available, but you can bring your own cushion or bench.  
We meditate together for an hour: sit for 20 minutes, walk/sit for 20 minutes, sit for another 20 minutes.  Then have a 30 minute discussion of a book, dharma talk, video, or just “checking in” with our practice.  Participation in the discussion is always optional.
The book we are currently reading together is Mindfulness A to Z by Arnie Kuzak, Ph.D. (link below). We will read it together over the months and there is no need to obtain the book.  
 https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-108-Insights-Awakening-Now/dp/1614290571/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488169457&sr=1-1&keywords=mindfulness+a+to+z
These group messages will appear on the under the Blog section tab at our website below.  You will also find a link to the Facebook page on the website. There are many other features and resources there, including suggested readings and websites on meditation and mindfulness.  Let me know if you no longer wish to be on the emailing list.

Reply to this email or through the website “contact us” for questions or comments.   http://bnmeditation.com
Peace,
Carolyn

 

Hi all,
I’ve never been to any retreats hosted by this group but it looks like a nice half day retreat within driving distance to Bloomington. 

Carolyn

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From: Insight Chicago Meditation Community <ellen.m.mccammon@gmail.com>Date: January 1, 2018 at 7:59:58 AM CSTTo: cjmoon@mac.comSubject: Meditation Workshop with Santikaro Jan. 20: Refreshing Practice in the New YearReply-To: ellen.m.mccammon@gmail.com

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January 20, 2018 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. 
Arrive and set up from 12:30 - 1:00.  Doors close at 1:00 PM.  Please arrive early to sign in and set up.
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1650 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Maintaining a steady & deepening daily meditation practice is a worthy New Year's resolution. Doing so can involve renewing commitment, finding new inspirations, and tweaking practices to better serve our current needs. This Saturday workshop will support such aims with body, heart, and cognitive-oriented practices and an experiential format of guided practices, followed by explanations and clarification of questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators, content will be adjusted to the needs of those present. We aim to help you take these practices home and into your lives.

To learn more about our teacher Santikaro and his Dhamma refuge in southwestern Wisconsin, please visit the Liberation Park website.  For questions or more information about the workshop, please contact Ellen.
 
To attend you must register through EventBrite.  The registration fee is $15 to cover expenses. For Santikaro's effort & teaching, dana (goodwill donation) is gratefully accepted. All dana supports Liberation Park and Santikaro’s work. 
 
Location:     Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Date:           Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time:          Arrive and set up at 12:30-1:00 PM. Doors close at 1:00 PM.  Please be on time for prompt start at 1 PM
 
Logistics:  There is no parking lot, but unmetered parking is available on the side streets just north of the church.  The entrance is the large door in the courtyard facing Foster.  There is one flight of stairs up to the meditation room.  The floor is carpeted.  Please bring mats, cushions, and kneelers if you use them. Chairs will be provided. Chairs will be provided.

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Hi Beautiful Meditators,

“We are invited to sit in silence, and to immerse ourselves in the vast and boundless ocean of ‘to be,’ and to know that with this, there is nothing else we could ever want, there is nothing else we could ever need in life.”

(From Tricycle article “Be Still and Know” by Ruben Habito, spring 2017.)

Just a little reminder that a few of us will be sitting/walking in silent meditation on New Years Day, 1/1, from 9-12. There won’t be a Dharma talk or a theme, except silence. We invite you all if you haven’t been in a while or if you come every week. I hope you can join us.

We will also be meeting today, Sunday, at our regular time, 6:00-7:30.
Carolyn

 

Hi all,
You are invited to begin 2018 with a little bit of quiet time on the cushion.

We will be sitting in silent retreat from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday, January 1, 2018, in the Walker room of UUBN, 1613 Emerson Drive, Bloomington.

We will sit and walk (optional) for 30 minute intervals. We will not have a theme or a Dharma talk, just silence. This one is just about the meditation itself.

There will be tea and a bell. You can come for all or any part of the morning, just be respectful of others.

Please reply to this email if you think you’ll be there.

Peace,
Carolyn Moon

 

Hi all,
We will not be gathering to meditate this Sunday, December 24 at UUBN because of the holiday.

However, we WILL be gathering to meditate the following Sunday, December 31, on New Years Eve at the regular time: 6:00-7:30. All are welcome.

Peace,
Carolyn Moon

Sunday Meditation 6-7:30

December 15th, 2017

 

Dear Sangha,
We will meet for meditation on Sunday from 6 -7:30 pm in the Walker Room of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal, 1613 E. Emerson Bloomington, IL 61701.  Arrive a few minutes early to get settled. Chairs are available, but you can bring your own cushion or bench.  
We meditate together for an hour: sit for 20 minutes, walk/sit for 20 minutes, sit for another 20 minutes.  Then have a 30 minute discussion of a book, dharma talk, video, or just “checking in” with our practice.  Participation in the discussion is always optional.
The book we are currently reading together is Mindfulness A to Z by Arnie Kuzak, Ph.D. (link below). We will read it together over the months and there is no need to obtain the book.  
 https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-108-Insights-Awakening-Now/dp/1614290571/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488169457&sr=1-1&keywords=mindfulness+a+to+z
These group messages will appear on the under the Blog section tab at our website below.  You will also find a link to the Facebook page on the website. There are many other features and resources there, including suggested readings and websites on meditation and mindfulness.  Let me know if you no longer wish to be on the emailing list.

Reply to this email or through the website “contact us” for questions or comments.   http://bnmeditation.com
Peace,
Carolyn

 

Hi all,

Many thanks to Karen who has skillfully and thoughtfully managed our email list for the past many years. You will be missed! All Bloomington Normal Meditation emails will now come from this address. We are so grateful for Karen's attention to our group, protecting our privacy, getting the word out about meditation, and all the other ways she has made our group sustainable and available to all.

I should also note that Greg created and oversees our website from afar, and we are so grateful for him, too. Thank you, Greg and Karen! You’ve been generous with your skills and time, and we appreciate it.

I will try to continue Karen’s tradition of sending out a weekly email. Occasionally, I’ll send out another email with information pertinent to our group.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts, or concerns, or if you’d like to be removed from the list.

Carolyn

 

Hello Sangha,

We will meet for meditation on Sunday from 6 -7:30 pm in the Walker Room of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal. Arrive a few minutes early to get settled. Generally, it is recommended that you bring your own supplies to meditate in the Walker Room, such as a cushion or blanket but chairs are available. 

 The book we are currently reading together is Mindfulness A to Z by Kuzak (link below). We will read it together over the months and there is no need to obtain the book. Someone will choose the reading for the group and read. We also welcome other Buddhist writings or videos or dharma talks on occasion. 

 https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-108-Insights-Awakening-Now/dp/1614290571/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488169457&sr=1-1&keywords=mindfulness+a+to+z

 All welcome, participation in the discussion optional.  We will follow our usual meditation practice (20 minutes sitting silently, 20 minutes optional walking quietly, 20 minutes sitting silently followed by the reading and discussion for the last 30 minutes).

The group messages that are sent out will appear on the under the Blog section tab, you will also find a link to the Facebook page on the website. There are many other features and resources there,including suggested readings and websites on meditation and mindfulness. Please review the Group Agreements on the website from time to time or if you are new to the group. Let me know if you no longer wish to be on the emailing list.

Questions may be answered from the website contact or from (this) email reply.  Karen

Walker Room (main level) of Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal:

located at

1613 E. Emerson Bloomington, IL 61701

http://bnmeditation.com

 

Hello Sangha,

We will meet for meditation on Sunday from 6 -7:30 pm in the Walker Room of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal. Arrive a few minutes early to get settled. Generally, it is recommended that you bring your own supplies to meditate in the Walker Room, such as a cushion or blanket but chairs are available. 

 The book we are currently reading together is Mindfulness A to Z by Kuzak (link below). We will read it together over the months and there is no need to obtain the book. Someone will choose the reading for the group and read. We also welcome other Buddhist writings or videos or dharma talks on occasion. 

 https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-108-Insights-Awakening-Now/dp/1614290571/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488169457&sr=1-1&keywords=mindfulness+a+to+z

 All welcome, participation in the discussion optional.  We will follow our usual meditation practice (20 minutes sitting silently, 20 minutes optional walking quietly, 20 minutes sitting silently followed by the reading and discussion for the last 30 minutes).

The group messages that are sent out will appear on the under the Blog section tab, you will also find a link to the Facebook page on the website. There are many other features and resources there,including suggested readings and websites on meditation and mindfulness. Please review the Group Agreements on the website from time to time or if you are new to the group. Let me know if you no longer wish to be on the emailing list.

Questions may be answered from the website contact or from (this) email reply.  Karen

Walker Room (main level) of Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal:

located at

1613 E. Emerson Bloomington, IL 61701

http://bnmeditation.com