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The latest edition of this file lives on the World Wide Web at: Send updates and corrections to: -------------------------------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON (DC) MINDFULNESS COMMUNITY 8680 Walutes Circle Alexandria VA 22309 -------------------------------------------------------------------- Washington Mindfulness Community (WMC) Newsletter October 17, 1995 The WMC was formed in 1989 by women and men inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a contemporary Vietnamese Zen Master, author and peace activist. The WMC meets every Sunday evening from 7-9:15 for meditation and discussion at the Washington Buddhist Vihara at 5017 16th St. NW DC. There is no charge and beginning meditators are welcome. Meditation instruction and meditation cushions are available. Call Richard Brady (301-270-3923), Tom Childers (703-799-0441) or Mitchell Ratner (301-270-8353) for information concerning WMC activities. WMC CALENDAR AND EVENTS >> Each Wednesday Morning at 6:30 am: Mindfulness meditation at Crossings in Takoma Park, MD. Call Michael Lichten at 301-270-5954 for details. >> Last Sunday Each Month (29 OCT, 26 NOV, 28 JAN). WMC NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION. A time to ask questions about sitting and walking meditation, bells, gathas and other aspects of Mindfulness practice. Open to all, but especially for new comers. We will meet from 6 to 7pm before the regular sitting. Call Michael Lichten at 301 270 5954 to confirm. >> Every Tuesday Evening beginning at 7:30 pm, Mindfulness Meditation at the Unity Church in Oakton, VA. Call Bill Menza at 703-356-4912. >> 1st Saturday Most Months (7 OCT, 4 NOV, 5 JAN). MINDFULNESS DAYS at the Buddhist Congregational Church of America at 5401 16th St NW DC with the Vietnamese Zen Group of Washington. Meditation from 10 until noon with vegetarian lunch afterwards. Call 703-938-9606 to confirm. >> 3-5 NOV 95. The next WMC "FAMILY WEEKEND GET-AWAY" retreat will take place from Friday till Sunday at the Charter Hall Retreat Center on the Susquehanna River. All WMC regulars, friends and family are invited for a weekend of meditation, canoes, rowboats, walks, children's activities, discussion groups, vegetarian food and more ($40/adult). For more information please call Michael Lichten at 301-270-5954. >> 24 and 31 DEC 95. It is not yet clear if the WMC will be meeting these Sunday evenings. Please call ahead to confirm. OTHER MINDFULNESS COMMUNITY EVENTS OF INTEREST >> 1-3 DEC 95. Mindfulness Retreat with Anh Huong and Thu Nguyen entitled "Taking Care of Body, Taking Care of Mind" at Claymont Court in Charlestown, WV. For details, please call Diane Minor at 202-234-6065. Anh Huong and Thu Nguyen are Dharma Teachers ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. >> Mitchell Ratner will be teaching an introduction to mindfulness meditation class, entitled Smiling Like a Buddha, beginning in late October. Course participants will learn and practice formal sitting and walking meditation as well as techniques to develop mindfulness in everyday life. The six-week class will be offered at two separate locations, on Wednesday evenings (7:30 - 9:30), beginning October 25, at the Washington Ethical Society in Washington, DC, and on Thursday evenings (7:30-9:30), beginning October 26, at Crossings: A Center for the Healing Arts, in Takoma Park, Maryland. Classes will not meet Thanksgiving week and will end the week of December 4. To enroll in the Washington Ethical Society class, call (202) 882-6650. To enroll in the Crossings class, call (301) 891-2099. For more information, call Mitchell Ratner at (301) 270-8353. MISCELLANEOUS >> The WMC is now online! If you would like to be kept updated on WMC activities through Email, please send an email message to A listing of other local meditation groups is available. If you are not currently on the WMC mailing list, and would like to be added, please send your name, address, and phone numbers, along with a check for $5 to cover a year's worth of mailing costs, to Tom Childers at 8680 Walutes Circle, Alexandria, VA 22309. ************************************************* OTHER DC AREA MEDITATION GROUPS OF INTEREST (current as of June 28, 1995) (Updates to this document are available; send an email message to or call 703-799-0441. Pathways (a local news magazine available at many health food stores) also lists many area meditation groups, call 301-656-3127.) MARYLAND: >>> Lunch Time Meditation Group, every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at noon at 4340 East West Highway, Suite 709, Bethesda, MD. Call Bill Menza at 301-504-0994, ext 1388 or Don Switzer at 301-504-0508, ext 1303. >>> Dharmadhatu Buddhist Meditation at 8719 Colesville Rd. in Silver Spring. Tuesdays 7-8 pm, Sundays 9-noon, 3rd Sundays 1:30-4:30 pm. Call 301-588-7020 for details. >>> Mondays from 7:30-9 pm: Yoga & Vipassana meditation at River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, 301-299- 3830. Led by Tara Brach. Also Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm at Crossings in Takoma Park. >>> American Zen College in Germantown, MD. offers meditation and Dharma lecture each Saturday morning. Newcomer orientation at 11 am. AZC also offers frequent intensive meditation retreats. Call 301-972-1423 or 301-229- 1466. >>> The International Meditation Center in Westminster, MD regularly offers 10 day Vipassana retreats. Call 410-346- 7889. >>> Meditation and Stress Management Class. Mondays in Bethesda and Wednesdays in Silver Spring, 9-10 pm. Call Elizabeth at 301-585-5458 for details. >>> Mata Amritanandamayi (Ammachi) Satsang every Saturday evening from 8-10 pm in Dickerson, MD. Call 301- 972-7257 for details. >>> Gaithersburg, MD Insight Meditation group. Call Joe or Marilyn at 301-590-0773 >>> Poolesville MD Tibetan Center (Kunzang Palyul Choling). Sundays 10-11 am meditation instruction, 11-noon lecture, 12:15 vegetarian lunch (donation appreciated). Meditation/devotion room is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Call 301-972-7662, 301-972-7190 or 301-428- 8116. >>> Thai Wat Theravadan Temple in Silver Spring welcomes meditation practitioners, call Deb Hammond at 301-251-6101 for details. VIRGINIA: >>> Mindfulness Meditation group in Loudoun County, VA (once a month on Sundays). Call Lark Brownell at 703- 554-8476 for details. >>> Northern Virginia Taoist meditation, yoga and healing center. Classes and workshops offered. For details contact Clair at 703-528-2044. >>> Thursday evening Zen meditation in Northern VA, call Shep Englander (703-237-4242) or Mike Flanagan (703- 281-7483) for details. >>> 2nd Saturday each month. Morning Zen meditation from 9am-1pm followed by potluck lunch. Call Shep Englander (703-237-4242) for details. >>> Hoa Nghiem Zen Temple located near Springfield, VA welcomes meditation practitioners of all levels. Call Tom at 703-799-0441 for details >>> Monday evenings beginning at 7pm. Vipassana meditation at the Thai Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, VA. Call Douglas at 703-391-6884 for details. WASHINGTON DC: >>> Thursdays. Vipassana Meditation from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Kay Spiritual Center at American University, Room A & B. Call ahead to confirm. Contact Bhante Uparatana at 301-946-9437 for details. >>> Every Wednesday. Gay and Lesbian Zendo in NW DC. Meditation from 6:30 - 8:15 pm followed by a vegetarian potluck. Call Molly at 202-667-7732 for details. Also call Molly for information on the Lambda Dharma discussion group. >>> The Zen Center of Washington DC offers meditation instruction and sittings in NW DC. Call 202-829-1966 for more information. >>> Sri Chinmoy Meditation Center, Meditation Workshops and weekly sittings, 202-363-4797 >>> Quiet Sitting Dao Meditation, Sunday morning sittings, 10 am, 202-526-6818 or 202-362-7606 >>> Washington DC Vajrayogini Buddhist Center (based on the teachings of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche), call 202-544-8605 for times and locations of classes and events. >>> The Washing Buddhist Vihara (5017 16th St. NW DC) offers a wide range of weekly meditation and Buddhist classes. Call 202-723-0773 for details. WEST VIRGINIA: >>> Meditation retreats are offered on a regular basis at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia (1.75 hrs from DC). Call 304-856-3241 or speak to Tom or Richard for details. >>> Beautiful, fully equipped meditation retreat center available near Lost River State Park in WVA (2.5 hrs from DC); call Ed Honnold for details and rates (202-726-4169). * * * Updated: 26 Oct 95 Expires: 31 Dec 95 Source: Tom Childers [end]


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