Dharma Book Practice and Discussion Group- The World We Have, by Thich Nhat Hanh. Saturdays May 1st-May 22nd, 9:00 AM -10:15 AM EST

We invite you to participate in an online Dharma Book Practice and Discussion Group. Together we will explore the teachings and practices in the book The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh over the course of four weeks.

Click Here for more information on The World We Have

Contact us to sign up for this Dharma book discussion group or send an email to: CultivatingPeaceVermont@gmail.com

Earth Day Mindful Walking 5:30 April 22nd – Dress warm – Montpelier Bike Path

Hello Dear Friends

We hope to enjoy walking meditation with you this evening on the Montpelier bike path, meeting near the Montpelier High School near Bailey Ave. Warm, cozy clothing and snow/ice appropriate footwear to support a pleasant walk. We may adjust the route slightly dependent on the temperature.

If you are unable to join us please consider completing an Earth Peace Treaty Commitment

In love with mother earth.

Pain of Current Events/ Skillful Action for a Path Forward, Sunday April 18th 3pm.

Are you following the Chauvin Trial? Experiencing the pain of current events? We are, and we are here for you.
Join us as we listen to an interview with Dharma Teacher Valerie Brown on Racial Justice/Skillful Action for a Path Forward. After the interview a community discussion will follow with affinity groups.

Email us at cultivatingpeacevermont@gmail.com to RSVP and receive zoom link.

Earth Day Mindful Walking Meditation, April 22nd 5:30pm Montpelier Bike Path

Hello Dear Friends!

We want to celebrate Earth Day with you! Join us for a walking meditation on Thursday April 22nd at 5:30 pm. We will meet on the Montpelier Bike Path next to Montpelier High School and enjoy walking meditation to the Peace Park.

Walking meditation is a wonderful way to care for our Mother Earth. Our gentle mindful footsteps lovingly touch the Earth and connect us. Together we will enjoy walking meditation to the Peace Park, listen to a Thich Nhat Hanh Earth Contemplation, and then conclude with offering a vow/intention to our Mother Earth.

For a brief overview of walking meditation click here.

Contact us with any questions. May we walk with you on April 22nd at 5:30 pm.

Masks and physical distancing required

Dharma Discussion Book Group – The 7 laws of enough: Cultivating a life of sustainable abundance, March 6th – April 17th, Saturdays 9am-10:15am EST

We invite you to participate in an online Dharma Book Practice and Discussion Group. Together we will explore the teachings and practices in the book The 7 laws of enough: Cultivating a life of sustainable abundance over the course of seven weeks. The 7 laws of enough, by Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen, will guide us through reflective practices to support sustainable abundance.

Click here for more information on Seven Laws of Enough

Contact us to sign up for this Dharma book discussion group or send an email to: CultivatingPeaceVermont@gmail.com

DATE CHANGE- “Deep Listening to the Beautiful One Within” Sunday March 14, 2021 Day of Mindfulness, 9AM-3PM EST

Dear friends, We are having some difficulty responding to emails from Verizon accounts. We do want to respond to your request to join this Day of Mindfulness. We will post the zoom link and information at the bottom of this post on March 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join Cultivating Peace Vermont Sunday March 14th for a Day of Mindfulness. Dharma Teacher, John Bell, will lead us on a journey of deep listening and exploration of pathways of healing our inner child.

Through meditation, songs, deep relaxation, and personal sharing, this retreat explores ways to love ourselves even more, listen well to our inner child, transform our inherited suffering, and touch our true nature.

To register scroll to the bottom of any page on the website and use the paypal checkout. Suggested donation/dana of $25. If you do not have paypal or prefer to donate by check, contact us and we will arrange an alternative donation option. If donation/dana is a hardship, please contact us to register. All are welcome regardless of ability to donate funds. All donations go to our dear dharma teacher John Bell. Once registered we will email you the Day of Mindfulness zoom link.

Aspirations for the day. To…
 Touch our true home
 Heal some inner child wounds
 Learn or re-learn some helpful mindfulness practices on the theme
 Enjoy being together in sangha
 Deepen individual commitment for liberation

Schedule
9:00 Welcomes and Sitting Meditation
9:25 Small groups to get to connect with a few others
9:45 Blue Sky Practice, to touch home, freedom and our true nature
10:30 Dharma Talk & Sharing
11:30 Lunch and optional walking meditation
12:15 Guided Deep Relaxation
12:45 Beginning Anew with My Beloved Inner Child
1:45 Dharma sharing groups
2:15 Open questions with John
2:45 Metta practice including inner child
3:00 Closing, sharing of the merit

The day will be facilitated by John Bell, a Dharma Teacher who has practiced with Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition for over 35 years. John guides the Mountain Bell Sangha, near Boston, and serves on the Care Taking Council of the Plum Village Earth Holder Community, and formerly on the the North American Dharma Teachers Sangha CTC and ARISE Core Group (the Plum Village initiative on racial equity). In his wide world work, John co-founded YouthBuild in 1978 and, until his recent retirement, helped guide its development into an integrated program that offers education, construction training, and leadership development to low-income young people in 260 communities across the U.S., and in 100 communities in 15 other countries. In all his work, he aims to combine three interrelated areas—social justice, emotional healing, and spiritual
practice. John’s writings on these various topics can also be found on his website, http://www.beginwithin.info.

Five Mindfulness Trainings: A New Paradigm For Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic Recitation, Sunday Jan 17th 9am-10am

The New Paradigm for Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic is a recently rewritten version of the Five Mindfulness Trainings .   It is not a substitute for the Five  Trainings, but rather serves as a complement to their ethics -based wisdom. This new formulation is  worded to specifically address the important topic of racial justice, racial healing, and offers the practitioner an opportunity to expand their racialized awareness.   

We will alternate the recitation of the New Paradigm for Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic with the recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings on a monthly basis.  We hope to also include a discussion, and relevant guided meditation. We will begin our monthly recitations with silent sitting practice.
These trainings were jointly written by Valerie Brown , an ordained dharma teacher in the Plum Village Lineage, and Marisela Gomez of the Order Of Interbeing.

Cultivating Peace Vermont is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Five Mindfulness Trainings: A New Paradigm For Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic Recitation
Time: Jan 17, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87671141706?pwd=SlAyU2RzbFZrU3Qzc2FCMEJXQXV1UT09

Meeting ID: 876 7114 1706
Passcode: 742964

Guided Deep Relaxation, Jan 15th, 2021 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM EST.

Enjoy a guided total body deep relaxation on Friday, January 15th, 2021 from 5:30-6:30 pm EST. Get cozy, comfortable and tune in.

Topic: Guided Deep Relaxation Meditation
Time: Jan 15, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86485671891?pwd=amNUeXlNM1I3VUwwbjNNYVI4YTBYQT09

Meeting ID: 864 8567 1891
Passcode: 947020

Petals Of Compassion

Dear Community,
Thank you for coming out on this cool winter day to acknowledge and mourn our brothers and sisters of color killed by Police. Black Lives Matter.

Granite connected to granite. May the bodies of our brothers and sisters that have/or are near granite markers, feel our presence, we kneel with love and mourn your death. May the red petals remind us of our infinite connection, our blood and flesh are one of the same. We are all flowers in the garden of humanity, all flowers in the garden of humanity, all flowers in the garden of humanity.