Deepening Our Spiritual Friendships
Dear friends on the path,
We feel fortunate to hold an online Day of Mindfulness, with you. Although an in-person day would be ideal, an online event offers us the opportunity to bring the practice of mindfulness, and the presence of the sangha (practice community) into our own homes.
During this day of mindfulness we will explore some of the rich teachings around the cultivation of kalyanamitra, spiritual friendship, including practical tools and personal experiences.
Spiritual friendship is a wonderful part of our practice. Many spiritual teachers, including the Buddha and Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, believed that it is an essential part of our path. A spiritual friendship is one that is rooted in our practice of the Dharma, in kindness, in understanding each other, and in supporting each other to grow. Friendships grown in the Dharma can offer us so much joy, meaning, deep connection and help us to experience the fruits of the practice.
There is a story about the Ven. Ananda sharing with the Buddha his view that spiritual friendship is half of the spiritual life, and the Buddha replied “Do not say this, Ananda! Spiritual friendship is not half the spiritual life. It’s the entire spiritual life!”
The following schedule is a sample, and may change slightly as the day draws near. Regardless of any small changes, the overall timeframe of 10 to 3 will remain the same.
Schedule (Eastern Time, Turtle Island/USA):
- 10:00 am: Welcome to the Sangha (login encouraged 10-15 minutes earlier)
- 10:10 am: Guided Opening Meditation
- 10:35 am: Guided Mindful Movements
- 10:45 am: Dharma Talk by Dharma teacher or Sharing by Sangha Practitioner
- 11:45 am: Invitations for personal practice period
- 12:00 pm: Outdoor Walking Meditation, Eating Meditation (offline)
- 1:00 pm: Guided Deep Relaxation
- 1:30 pm: Dharma Sharing
- 2:15 pm: Dharma Activity
- 2:45 pm: Guided Closing Meditation, Sharing the Merit, Goodbyes (end at 3pm)
Registration form is below.
Program costs are on a sliding scale. Registration includes a place for offering dana (financial gift) to the teachers. Thank you so much.
The registration form also offers an opportunity for requesting scholarship.
After you register, you will receive an email with information on how to connect from home to this online event: