Together We Create Peace

Dear Friends on the Path,

We want to invite you to upcoming activities with Cultivating Peace Vermont.

Mondays in May, 12-noon, in-person walking meditation at the State House in Montpelier.

Monday, May 2nd & May 23rd, 7pm Virtual Guided Deep Relaxation

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Meeting ID: 885 0204 0049
Passcode: 117275

Sunday, May 22nd, 9:45am Virtual Community Sangha
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Meeting ID: 822 3451 8957
Passcode: 849666

Open Casting Call for Earth Keepers
Earth Keepers is a meditation in song and verse on humans inter-relationship with Earth, intended to be performed outdoors with audience participation.

Email CultivatingPeaceVermont@gmail.com to schedule an audition. Rehearsals are Sundays 1-3pm, in Berlin VT with performances scheduled for Saturday July 30th at the State House Lawn in Montpelier. Live stream will be available via ORCA Media.

We have openings for four singers.

In Kindness & Connection,

Cultivating Peace Vermont

Monday Mindful Walking for Peace

We invite you to engage in walking meditation with us to ease suffering and cultivate peace on Mondays at noon, meeting at the State House walkway in Montpelier. Please enjoy this video of Thay sharing on the importance and power of mindful walking together.

Virtual Monthly Sangha

Monthly sangha gathering in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh will  begin on March 27th from 9:45am for Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings to 12 noon.  For those interested in the recitation, please be present on zoom at  9:45;  for all others please join us online by 10am. We will continue to meet on the fourth Sunday of every month; hopefully in the future, we will meet on a bi-weekly basis. 

Our time together will include silent and guided meditation, walking meditation, brief instruction on meditation practice when needed, dharma study and sharing, and group introductions while enjoying a hot beverage. This format may change seasonally to accommodate other practices. 

Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration; however feel free to leave at any time throughout the morning.  Leaving your camera on, while on zoom is greatly appreciated. Any donation, however small, is always welcomed. 

Sign up ahead of time so that I can forward the reading material, is also greatly appreciated.  With an open heart, I look forward to our virtual gathering on the 27th. Mary Mullaney, President, Cultivating Peace Vermont

Earth Keepers- Casting Call

In all efforts to protect the safety of those auditioning on Saturday March 12th for Earth Keepers, we have decided to shift from in person to virtual auditions on Saturday, due to the pending snow storm.
Casting Call, 12-3pm. Email to register and receive a secure zoom link and time slot.

Casting singing roles (2 songs are solos otherwise the rest of the songs are group) , and 1 spoken word role. This musical consists of 10 ceremonial chants combine with story to create a sacred participatory experience.
To register Email us or complete this online registration form. Please come prepared to sing a chant/song of your choice, solo or group audition welcome.

Earth Keepers is a 45 minute ceremonial musical that highlights the connection between Earth and humans and the costs of war.

Do you love to sing and harmonize? Are you able to tap into kotodama – spirit of the word? If so we want you to join our cast of sacred singers!

Weekly rehearsals start in April and performances will happen last weekend of July and mid August 2022!

Video by Anthony Marques

Guided Deep Relaxations

For the next couple months we will be offering Guided Deep Relaxations every first and third Mondays of the month.

Topic: Guided Deep Relaxation
Time: Mar 7, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every first and Third Monday, until Apr 18, 2022
Mar 7, 2022 07:00 PM
Mar 21, 2022 07:00 PM
Apr 4, 2022 07:00 PM
Apr 18, 2022 07:00 PM
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Meeting ID: 845 3386 6054
Passcode: 473182

Zen and The Art Of Saving The Planet

Zen and The Art of Saving The Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh online dharma book group starts Saturday, March 12th 9am-10:15. Email to register for this eight week dharma book group today!

We encourage you to shop at your local book store if possible.

Wonderful interview with Sister True Dedication on Zen and The Art of Saving the Planet

Guided Deep Relaxation

Guided Deep Relaxation Meditation Monday Feb 21st at 7pm.

Topic: Guided Deep Relaxation
Time: Feb 21, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 883 5740 6047
Passcode: 680426

Welcoming a New Year!

Dear Community,

May this email warm your heart on this winter afternoon.  Since Cultivating Peace Vermont incorporated in September of 2020 we have hosted 26 community events, including six dharma book groups, mindful walking events, deep relaxation sessions, art sessions and community ceremonies. We invite you to participate in mindfulness activities with us in 2022!

This summer we will bring to life a 45 minute ceremonial musical, Earth Keepers. Earth Keepers creates a sacred space to mindfully explore the connection between humans and the Earth and the costs of war.  We anticipate live and virtual summer performances of Earth Keepers and want your help closing our funding gap. We deeply value the time and commitment of the artists that will come together to make this production a success and are raising funds to offer them a modest stipend.  Visit our Earth Keepers page to make a tax-deductible donation today!

In mid March we will have our second dharma book group of this year and we encourage you to sign up early as these groups fill up fast. We will be reading our beloved teacher’s book Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh. Be on the lookout for our registration announcement.

Get ready to step outside of the normal conversation of what it means to care for this Earth and each other!

In Connection,

Ginger Cloud

Treasurer

Cultivating Peace Vermont

Guided Deep Relaxation

Release, relax and enjoy a guided deep relaxation meditation Monday Feb 7th at 7pm.

Topic: Guided Deep Relaxation
Time: Feb 7, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 818 8494 2730
Passcode: 471250

Plum Village’s Announcement of Thay’s Passing & Five-Day Memorial Service

Plum Village, France10:30pm 21st January, 2022
Dear Beloved Community,
With a deep mindful breath, we announce the passing of our beloved teacher, Thay Nhat Hanh, at 00:00hrs on January 22, 2022 at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, at the age of 95.
Thay has been the most extraordinary teacher, whose peace, tender compassion, and bright wisdom has touched the lives of millions. Whether we have encountered him on retreats, at public talks, or through his books and online teachings–or simply through the story of his incredible life–we can see that Thay has been a true bodhisattva, an immense force for peace and healing in the world. Thay has been a revolutionary, a renewer of Buddhism, never diluting and always digging deep into the roots of Buddhism to bring out its authentic radiance.
Thay has opened up a beautiful path of Engaged and Applied Buddhism for all of us: the path of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing. As Thay would say, “Because we have seen the path, we have nothing more to fear.” We know our direction in life, we know what to do, and what not to do to relieve suffering in ourselves, in others, and in the world; and we know the art of stopping, looking deeply, and generating true joy and happiness.
Now is a moment to come back to our mindful breathing and walking, to generate the energy of peace, compassion, and gratitude to offer our beloved Teacher. It is a moment to take refuge in our spiritual friends, our local sanghas and community, and each other.
We invite you to join our global community online, as we commemorate Thay’s life and legacy with five days of practice and ceremonies broadcast LIVE from Hue, Vietnam and Plum Village, France, starting on Saturday January 22nd. Please see our website for more details coming shortly: www.plumvillage.org/memorial
Let us each resolve to do our best over the coming days to generate the energy of mindfulness, peace, and compassion, to send to our beloved Teacher.
Over the coming hours on the Plum Village website, we will publish some inspirational chants, texts, and mindfulness practice resources, to support you to come together with your local sangha to generate a collective energy of mindfulness and compassion, and create your own ceremony or session in tribute to our Teacher. As Thay has always taught, nothing is more important than brotherhood and sisterhood, and we all know the power of collective energy.

We invite you to share your messages of gratitude or personal transformation and healing on our website: plumvillage.org/gratitude-for-thich-nhat-hanh
With love, trust, and togetherness,
The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village, France