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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
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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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.
>> The WMC is now online! If you would like to be kept updated on WMC
activities through Email, please send an email message to
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,
OTHER DC AREA MEDITATION GROUPS OF INTEREST
(current as of June 28, 1995)
(Updates to this document are available; send an email message to
email@example.com 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.)
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> Thai Wat Theravadan Temple in Silver Spring welcomes meditation
practitioners, call Deb Hammond at 301-251-6101 for details.
>>> 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
>>> Thursday evening Zen meditation in Northern VA, call Shep
Englander (703-237-4242) or Mike Flanagan (703- 281-7483) for
>>> 2nd Saturday each month. Morning Zen meditation from 9am-1pm
followed by potluck lunch. Call Shep Englander (703-237-4242) for
>>> Hoa Nghiem Zen Temple located near Springfield, VA welcomes
meditation practitioners of all levels. Call Tom at 703-799-0441
>>> Monday evenings beginning at 7pm. Vipassana meditation at the
Thai Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, VA. Call Douglas at
703-391-6884 for details.
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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).
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Updated: 26 Oct 95
Expires: 31 Dec 95
Source: Tom Childers