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SnowFlower News and Updates

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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The Coming Home Project

The Coming Home Project (CHP) offers programs that serve incarcerated individuals or persons recently released from prison.  SnowFlower members volunteering in CHP frequently become deeply committed to this vital work. Going inside:  CHP members enter prisons and...

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Earth Holder Project

by Curt Pawlisch In her book, Oceans of Insight, Heather Mann describes how SnowFlower's Earth Holders Project began in early 2013 in response to heedless and rapacious mining, both real and threatened. Taking time off from her sailing adventures during the...

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Plum Village Records – Mindfulness and Music

If you've ever been to a Thich Nhat Hanh monastery, or practice center, or have attended a SnowFlower retreat or Day of Mindfulness, you've undoubtedly experienced the practice of mindful singing. The dharma shines in the songs and they can be a wonderful and joyful...

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Community Tea Time – Tuesdays @ 6pm

Have you ever just wanted to get to know some of your fellow SnowFlowers better? Or just meet some new people on similar paths? Or wanted to informally discuss the dharma with friends on the path? Or be a bit social outside of sitting? Well, we're excited to announce...

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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.