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SnowFlower News and Updates

SnowFlower Sun December 2018

A Priceless Gift from a talk by Mary Michal As we approach the Holidays, how can we as practitioners bring our practice to the essence of the season? In our culture it is easy to get wrapped up in busyness, consumption, and more than a little anxiety, especially at...

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From the Retreat Tea Ceremony

"When you go into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees… and some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens and some of them are – whatever. And you look at the tree, and you just – allow it. You...

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SnowFlower Sun November 2018

We Are Not Alone by Lisa Glueck The great paradox: You go alone into your meditation room; you follow your breathing; you watch the play of your own mind. Rather than becoming isolated or alienated, you enter into deeper intimacy with all others. Everyone understands...

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Retreat Reflection by Doug Lien

A Spiritual Gathering Seeking connections, a sangha family Is drawn to the Driftless area of the state Where in the history of the planet, mankind Has often come for understanding and solace. In a short span of time away from the busyness of life, The gathering found...

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Creation of SnowFlower

First Steps on the Journey How SnowFlower Sangha began is discussed in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Friends on the Path, a book that is actually a compilation of essays as edited by Jack Lawlor.  In one such essay, longtime SnowFlower member David Lawrence discusses the events...

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How SnowFlower Got Its Name

by Karuna Namenwirth From the windows of the speeding train on the way to Plum Village in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, there were miles and miles of blooming sunflower fields, a magnificent sight to behold. It was easy to understand why so many Thich...

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How to Overcome Sanskrit-Pali Anxiety (SPA)

by Curt Pawlisch While not yet listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the “universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses” (according to Wikipedia), many SnowFlower members suffer from Sanskrit-Pali Anxiety or its ironic acronym, SPA....

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Open Hearts, Open Arms

We can't breathe! In Buddhist meditation, our breathing is essential. Anapana, meditation on the breath, was the Buddha's first meditation instruction and the basis for all further meditative endeavors. Breathing is not only life-sustaining and calming; it is a...

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Upcoming Events

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Our regular meetings are Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 7 PM at Friends Meetinghouse, 1704 Roberts Court, and Sunday (10-11:30 AM) and Wednesday (1:30-3 PM) in people's homes.