Apr 2: A Mindfulness Cooking Workshop

Heart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road
Ridgewood, NJ

10am - 2pm

Taking inspiration from "Let Your Passion Cook," an article by Edward Espe Brown, along with Dogen's "Instruction for the Tenzo," we will explore mindfulness in the kitchen. Is it possible to throw ourselves into cooking with the same mindfulness we apply to meditation on the cushion? Can we be open to awareness of process and ingredients, letting go of habit and inviting Beginner's Mind?

In this workshop, we will touch on theoretical aspects of mindful cooking and engage the practical as we prepare and eat a delicious vegetarian lunch together.

Led by Heart Circle Sangha's tenzo Linda Hoju Strauss, the "Let Your Passion Cook" workshop includes an introductory talk, mindful cooking, a friendly and informal lunch, and Council discussion.

Please register for the workshop by contacting Hoju:
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Apr 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 and 23: A Mindfulness Circle

Heart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road
Ridgewood, NJ

Monday evenings 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Circle will begin with meditation and end with meditation. Roshi will begin with a brief talk on a mindfulness topic and then the group will discuss their own mindfulness practice in their lives using the Council structure.

This group will be limited to people who have previously taken one or both of the Mindfulness Classes, who have an established daily sitting practice and who have been sitting for six months or more. The group will be limited in size to a maximum of eight. If you are interested in participating in the Mindfulness Circle, please speak to Roshi directly to register before the classes begin on April 4.

Cost $20 members, $25 non-members.

Jun 3-10: Spring Residential Reteat

The Grail
116 Duncan Ave.
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520

Registration: 5:30 PM Fri., June 3
Weekend retreat ends at 4:00 PM Sun, Jun 5
7 day retreat ends at 10:30 AM Fri., Jun 10

This is an opportunity to deepen your practice with our Spring sesshin. Sesshin is a retreat that provides an intensive meditation experience in the company and support of experienced Zen practitioners. If this is your first retreat, we will guide and support you through it.

Spring at The Grail is a beautiful time of year. We have walking and sitting meditation outside as the weather allows. Breathing the gentle spring air, we walk along roads lined with trees in bud and blossom.

There are many opportunities for personal interviews with Roshi. Each morning Roshi or senior students offer dharma talks. We also have Council practice on Sunday and Thursday afternoons during which we share our retreat experience with each other.

We prepare and share delicious vegetarian meals together, oriyoki style. During afternoons, we can choose to work with art media doing the Practice of Immediacy, or meditate or take silent walks. If you don't have your own oriyoki bowls, reserve a set to rent or buy in advance by emailing: Bowls rental is $20. Bowls purchase is $40.

Weekend Only:
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Full Week:
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Oct 7-14: Fall Residential Reteat at The Grail