Respecting The Humanity Of Prisoners Event, July 25th, 2015

Respecting the Humanity of Prisoners

An encounter with the stories, poems, art, and witness of Wisconsin prisoners, where we will explore and discover that which reveals their humanity and hopes.

 

In solidarity with the prison reform work of MICAH and WISDOM, we’ll take some time to see our inmates with eyes of compassion and clarity as they express their feelings, experiences, and dreams through a collection of letters, poems, essays, and artwork.

 

Since 1998, the Milwaukee Zen Center has offered programs currently active in 13 DOC institutions, led by 9 teachers from a variety of Buddhist traditions, a quarterly newsletter edited and written by inmates that circulates to about 100 inmates, and has published “Buddhas Behind Bars,” a book containing the autobiographies of 3 long-term inmates. We’ll draw on this trove of sharing by prisoners, testimony from former prisoners and family, and letters and artwork recently submitted.

 

The event takes place on Saturday, July 25, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the First Unitarian Society on Ogden and Astor. All are welcome. We especially invite members from all religious traditions in the Greater Milwaukee community.

 

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship was born in the crucible of the Vietnam war, and continues to represent compassion and peace in an age of repression and violence. The Milwaukee Chapter members are drawn from throughout the wider Milwaukee area, and it is a member of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

July Day Of Mindfulness At The Milwaukee Mindfulness Center

Day of Mindfulness Registration Information

Be Still and Heal”

July 11, 2015

Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee

Presents a Day of Mindfulness

Marion Center for nonprofits

3211 S. Lake Dr Room 316

St Francis WI 53207

Our featured speaker is:

Br. Michael-Vu A Nguyen from Mongolia Grove Monastery

Agenda

8:30 Arrive

9:00 Introduction and Meditation Instruction

10:45 Outdoor walking meditation

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Dharma Talk

1:15 Break

1:30 Meditation

2:00 Small group discussions

3:15 Transmitting of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and Good Byes

*The agenda may be subject to some minor changes. Dependent upon the weather, we may shift some of the timing around to accommodate outdoor walking meditation.

Wear comfortable clothing suitable for indoor and outdoor activity. Comfortable shoes are always a good idea. We have a limited supply of meditation cushions so if you own a cushion please bring it with you.

The cost for this day is $25 and includes vegetarian lunch, morning coffee/tea, and refreshments.

To register:

Please make checks payable to: Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee, bring or mail to:

Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee,

1922 E. Park Place

Milwaukee, WI 53211

You may email Terry at cupplant@aol.com if you have any questions or concerns.

No one will be turned down for inability to pay.

Please let us know by July 1st and if you would like to take the Mindfulness Trainings.

How To Teach Meditation Class

This 3 session course intended for people who teach meditation, want to learn to teach it, or wish to deepen their understanding of basic practices of sitting and walking meditation, gathas (short poems) and malas (prayer beads). We will review fundamental instructions from the Buddhist tradition, learn how to teach empathetically and creatively, and share experiences about teaching in different settings (one-on-one, retreats, prison work). Paul Brodwin and Jeanne Lowry will lead the class. The dates are May 19th, and 26th and June 2nd. The time will be 6:30pm to 8:30pm and the location will be the Park Place Center. The cost is $20.

Meditation Retreat In The Prairie August 28-30, 2015

Meditation Retreat in the Prairie

When:

August 28 -30, 2015

Starting at 6:00 PM on Friday evening, ending 12:00 noon on Sunday.

Where:

Vance Baker’s place 4.5 miles from Ferryville Wisconsin on county road C. Located in SW Wisconsin, 35 miles north of Prairie du Chein, 12 miles west of Soldiers Grove. This is a beautiful prairie restoration, a work of boundless energy and love, surrounded by mature forests. There is abundant camping on land. For other lodging possibilities, contact Jeanne or Vance. If you plan to stay off the land please make reservations early as the lodging fills quickly as summer approaches. Vegetarian Meals are brought to share by participants, and rota (meal preparation and cleanup) is shared by all participants.

Topic

Title: Bodhichitta and the Path of Awareness

This retreat will feature sitting and walking meditation, sharing in small groups, and discussion of passages from a classic book, The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva.  This book teaches how to cultivate “bodhichitta”: the heartfelt yearning to free oneself from the pain of ignorance and habitual patterns in order to help others do the same.    By reflecting on Shantideva’s verses, and enjoying long periods of meditation, we can refresh our understanding of pain, ignorance and compassion as touchstones on the Buddhist path.

Schedule

The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. From breakfast on Saturday until lunch on Sunday, let us maintain noble silence.  Please bring your own meditation cushions and, to protect them from the dew, a waterproof ground-covering.    

Retreat Leader:

Paul Brodwin will be the teacher. Paul is a longtime practitioner and skilled teacher with the Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee, a Buddhist sangha in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is the fifth annual summer retreat, sponsored by the Buddhist study group (Gathering Waters Sangha) at the First Unitarian Society.

Organizer:

Contact Jeanne Lowry to register and for more information. Jeanne will coordinate meals. No cost, but a Dana offering will be appreciated.

Jeanne.m.lowry@gmail.com, 414-659-0867.

prairiedoc@earthlink.net for Vance Baker, (608) 734-3809

New Years Day Gathering

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Milwaukee Chapter

Presents

New Year’s Day Peace Gathering

January 1, 2015

10:00 am to Noon

Hosted by Dharma Ocean Sangha

Marian Center for Nonprofits

3211 South Lake Drive

Room 316

Milwaukee 53235

Please join the Greater Milwaukee Buddhist Community for this annual gathering to celebrate peace. The morning consists of silent sitting meditation, learning about Dharma Ocean Sangha, readings about peace, and a potluck.

If you’d like to, bring a reading on peace to share and/or a dish to pass. We will be collecting socks for the men at the Guest House.

Special Meditation For Thich Nhat Hahn

Special Meditation For Thich Nhat Hahn

Thursday, November 13th at 7pm

Milwaukee Mindfulness Center-South

3211 South Lake Drive, Room 316

Milwaukee WI

Good Day To All,

In accordance with an excellent suggestion from Cornelia we will be doing a special meditation for Thay this evening at the Marian Center.

As many of you know Thay is in the hospital after having suffered a brain hemorrhage. It has been suggested that we gather together and do a special meditation and reading for his support and recovery. Thank you for the wonderful idea Cornelia.

And so, this evening at the Marian Center Thursday Night Sangha we will be offering a special meditation to support our beloved teacher. All are welcome. We will be starting at 7pm and will have a special meditation session and a reading picked out by Cornelia.

Please feel free to forward this announcement and we hope you can attend. If you have questions about where we are or how to find us, just let me know.

Again, we will be meeting at the Milwaukee Mindfulness Center-South, 3211 South Lake Dr. Room 316 at 7pm tonight, 11/13. There is plenty of parking in the south lot and the entrance is in the southwest corner of the building (look for the sign next to the door).