You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace. ~ Thay

Come join the Louisville Community of Mindful Living for our Special October Day of Mindfulness and Sangha Reunion Potluck. This unique opportunity will be held Saturday, October 3rd, at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Summit Monastery in Corydon, Indiana. Honored guest and Regional Order of Interbeing Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor will in be attendance to lead the day.

LCML's Days of Mindfulness are special opportunities for us to gather as a sangha and have extended mindful practice together. This practice follows a similar format to our regular Sunday practice, in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, generally lasting from 10am - 4pm.

Participants should feel free to take part in as much or as little as they like. Participants should also feel free to come and go as they like, but it is asked that those comings and goings be done during break times, or before or after meditation sessions. A carpool will leave from the League of Women Voters Building, 115 S Ewing Ave., at 9am to travel out to the monastery for any who wish to follow or share a ride.

Lunch will consist of a vegetarian potluck style meal. Those wishing to practice dana may make a donation to the Louisville Community of Mindful Living for use of the monastery, teacher travel expenses, and general practice space rent.

Jack Lawlor, a long time practitioner and regional Dharma teacher though the Order of Interbeing, found by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, has graciously agreed to travel from Chicago to lead our Day of Mindfulness. As part of his visit, Jack will also offer Sangha members the opportunity to formally take the five lay precepts or mindfulness trainings in a small ceremony at the Day of Mindfulness.

Directions from Louisville: Take I-64 W. to Corydon Exit, hwy. 135. Go south or right at the ramp. Go through several lights and turn right on Hwy. 62W. Take an immediate first left at the Cowboy's quick stop store. This is Old Forrest Rd. Go 4 miles and turn left on Mathis Rd. Go one mile and look for a hard left turning driveway up a steep hill. The Monastery is located at 3600 Mathis Road, Corydon, IN 47112.

More information on taking the five precepts and schedule info will follow in additional emails.

For more information or to RSVP contact pwiedamann@gmail.com.


Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Noon - 4:00 pm, Rain or Shine

You are invited to the Louisville Community of Mindful Living's Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, August 31, from noon to 4:00 pm at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY.

We will be doing crystal bowl meditation with Tom Isaacs and walking meditation in the Gardens.

Please bring a brown bag lunch and a blanket for lying during the crystal bowl meditation.

Cost: $5.00 at he door and optional dhana offering.

See location on Google Maps

Schedule (subject to change):

(Optional) 10:00a - 11:00a: Mark will greet those coming for regular sangha at our usual location on Ewing Ave. The alter will be opened with sitting meditation afterward. We will then pack up to go to Yew Dell Gardens.
(Optional) 11:15a: Carpoolers leave the league for Yew Dell.
12:00p: Doors open at Yew Dell Gardens. $5.00 admission.
12:00p - 12:45p: Set up at Gheen's Barn. Silent, mindful brown bag lunch. Gatha for the meal.
12:15p - 1:00p: Crystal Bowl meditation with Tom Isaacs.
1:00p - 1:25p: Sitting meditation at Peyton Pavillion.
1:30p - 2:00p: Walking meditation in the gardens.
2:05p - 2:30p: Touching the Earth meditation in the garden (weather permitting).
2:30p - 2:55p: Small group sharing.
3:00p - 3:30p: Walking meditation in the gardens.
3:30p - 4:00p: Large group sharing and closing. We will pack up afterwards.
Questions? Contact Mark Stein at steinm@twc.com or call 502-333-4718.


Our next Day of Mindfulness will be at Mt. Saint Francis, which is a beautiful center located around Floyd's Knobs, IN, on Sept. 29, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We recommend that you show up by 9:30 so that you can find us and settle in. You may bring your lunch, or it can be provided for $8:50. If you would like to have it provided, email fulker502@gmail.com to reserve it, or reserve it at our next sangha session on Sunday, Sept. 22 (Sept. 23 at the very latest). By reserving, it is assumed you will be there and pay in person.

The day's schedule is as follows:

10:00: Opening of altar, names and sharing intentions

10:30: Sitting and walking meditation

11:30 - Noon: Discussion

Noon - 1:00: Lunch

1:00 - 2:00: Outdoor walking meditation and 5 Earth Touchings

2:00 - 2:30: Sitting meditation

2:30 - 2:45: Tea and Cookies

2:45 - 3:00: Heart Sutra chant

3:00 - 3:30: Sitting meditation

3:30 - 4:00: Practice sharing



You are cordially invited to our Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come to the Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville 40205. You will have an opportunity for extended sitting/walking meditation. Consider coming to this pleasant, quiet wooded-forest venue right in the heart of Louisville!

Chairs are available for sitting meditation. You may use your own cushions. Bring food/drinks for our silent lunch. Hot tea is available.


If you are coming from Eastern Parkway, the parking lot entrance is on the right after the entrance to St. Agnes School/church. Then, after the entrance to the Passionist Center, take an immediate right into the parking lot shared with the Nazareth Home. Then take the sidewalk to the far right corner of the parking lot leading to the Earth and Spirit Center.There is no name on the building. It looks like a barn.

If you are coming from Newburg North exit or Trevilian Way, the entrance to the parking lot is on the left past Bellarmine University, Our Lady of Peace, and immediately after the Nazareth Church Home. Then take the sidewalk to the far right corner of the parking lot leading to the Earth and Spirit Center. There is no name on the building. It looks like a barn.

"Every day and every hour, one should practice mindfulness. That's easy to say, but to carry it out in practice is not. That's why I suggest... that each person should try hard to reserve one day out of the week to devote entirely to their practice of mindfulness. In principle, of course, every day should be your day, and every hour your hour.  But the fact is that very few of us have reached such a point. We have the impression that our family, place of work, and society rob us of all our time. So I urge that everyone set aside one day each week." - Thich Nhat Hanh


Our good friend, Tom McGlone, will be embarking on his bike trip from San Francisco to Louisville on June 8. He will be raising money for St. John Center, which provides services to homeless men in Louisville. It will just be Tom and his Jamis, and he will be giving updates via Twitter and Facebook along the way. We wish him the best! A Courier-Journal article about Tom's trip can be found here.


We have been informed as a sangha that a limited number of tickets will be available for our members until 10:00 am on 4/19 (Friday). After this time, they will go on sale to the general public. Click here to go to the Ticketmaster page. Password: SILENCE.


If you would like to sit together as a Sangha, I will be the contact person for these events. (Jackie Thomas) I have new information I didn’t have last Sunday, Jan. 20, SO.... Sunday, Jan. 27 will be the only time to sign up to sit with our Sangha at one or both events. After that, you are on your own for tickets! Please sign up and give me a check on Sunday, Jan. 27 after Sangha. As a Sangha and along with other Sanghas, the organizers (the Drepung Gomang Institute) will be giving us good seats:

$50 on Sunday, May 19 and $75 on Monday, May 20. You may choose one or both.

Sunday, May 19 - 1:30 to 3:30 (arrive 2 hours before due to security) The Dalai Lama’s talk will focus on how individuals can engage with compassion from within his or her own religious tradition in order to build world peace from the local level to the world community. The presentation will include a strong interfaith component followed by interaction with local interfaith religious dignitaries and other leaders.

Monday, May 20 - 9:30 to 11:30 AND 1:30 to 3:30 (arrive early, too) The Dalai Lama will give a two-part public Buddhist teaching in the morning and afternoon. This event is expected to draw a large crowd of people wishing to explore and deepen their understanding of the Buddhist faith. The teaching: “Attisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment”. Please go to the website for more info: www.dalailamalouisville.org as well as a list of suggested readings.


As of December, our order of practice has changed. To view our new schedule, click here.


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