When reciting the Five Remembrances, we are reminded that life is uncertain. This offers us an opportunity to pause at the end of each day and reflect on how we are living our life. Are we able to mirror these words? — ”I have no regrets”
Questions to ask ourselves:
- Did I stop and calm today?
- Did I let go and forgive?
- Did I linger longer with those and what I love?
- Did I nurture a healthy balance of seeds in my spiritual garden?
- Did I look deeply at the compost in order to transform suffering?
- Did I extend unconditional love to all?
- Do I need to heal any regrets I have today?
Reflections by Jerry Braza at the River Sangha, August 5, 2014
January 14-18, 2014: Order of Interbeing Many River’s Sangha, Retreat at St. Benedicts Center: www.benedictine-srs.org/shalomevents.html
January 30-Feb. 1, 2015: Retreat at Shalom Prayer Center: 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton.
October 25: Buddha 501 Class begins— a 14 month course for advance practioners in the Thich Nhat Hanh Order of Interbeing Community. We will meet on Saturday’s once per month from 9:30am-3:30 pm starting October 2014. The first two dates will be October 25th and November 22nd with further dates to be confirmed as we go along. Attending the class means a commitment to participating for the full 14 months to the fullest extent that is possible. Contact: Michelle Ritter if you wish to register and with any questions you may have — firstname.lastname@example.org 503-679-8787.
Oct. 7-Nov. 11: Buddha 301 Class: The Art of Suffering: No Mud No Lotus — a six week class. For Registration Contact: David Steinberg, 621 South Water St., Silverton, OR 97381. For questions call: 971-218-6641. Classes will meet from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. on the following Tuesday’s: Oct. 7th, Oct. 14th, Oct. 21st. Oct. 28th Nov.4th and Nov. 11th and will be held at the Woodland Chapel, Salem, OR 97301.
Sept. 11, 2014: Talk in Anchorage, Alaska. Contact: Leon Webber, email@example.com; 907, 360-3111.
Sept. 9, 2014: Portland, OR, Kaiser Workshop on Mindfulness for Physicians: www.NWPkp.org
Moment by Moment
This wonderful letter of transformation was posted to my wall and I wanted to share it with all of you—-our words do make a difference….
Recently, I received a book in the post called “The Seeds Of Love” by Jerry Braza (accompanied by a personal note and some prayer beads too ;-))
It was only 10 years ago I read “Moment by Moment” by Jerry, whilst I was banged up on my first prison sentence…That book changed my life!
So 10 years laters I emailed Jerry and thanked him (I know long time to email someone who had such a BIG impact in your life)
However, it’s all about timing…So were now due to meet on Skype and connect…!
How AMAZING is that..?
When you look within, wake yourself up and become aware your life will improve in more ways then your mind can comprehend right now.. Know in your heart you were born to feel ALIVE….
I believe life was destined to be EPIC and must share the magic with others!
Thank you Jerry, your words changed my life xx
“That which we nurture in ourselves is that which we become.” From the cover of the book: The Seeds of Love: Growing Mindful Relationships ~ by the man who ignited my process of transformation 10 years ago inside a prison cell! Jerry Braza, thank you, brother”
November 22-25, 2014: Trappist Abbey Retreat
November 14-16, 2014: Franciscan Renewal Center Retreat
(more info coming soon)
Sept. 12-14, 2014: Homer, Alaska Retreat
June 4-8, 2014: Los Cobos, Mexico Retreat
The Seeds of Love: Growing Mindful Relationships
May 10, 2014: International Merton Conference:
Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton as Brothers
March 13-16, 2014: Trappist Abbey Retreat, Lafayette, Oregon
Feb. 19-23, 2014: Order of Interbeing Retreat
Redding California Retreat
September 20-22, 2013
(no link available yet, stay tuned!)
Deer Park Monastery Relationships Retreat
July 26-28, 2013
Yachats Oregon Order of Interbeing Retreat, Feb. 1-3, 2013
Troubled Youth Conference: Snowbird, Utah, May 10-11, 2012