On October 2nd, Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrated his 92nd birthday; referred to in our community as our Continuation Day . Despite still suffering some debilitation from a major stroke in 2014, Thay (meaning Beloved Teacher), is active and sharing his teachings with every smile, and with a radiance that rivals the Sun.
Students of Thay's teachings submitted hundreds of photographs from all over the globe to wish him a Happy Continuation Day. A wonderful 3- minute video containing a select 92 photos, was created by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation. Please enjoy the video and some additional information about Thich Nhat Hanh's current health condition from the Plum Village website.
May we all continue being Thay's teachings of Peace in the world. _(l)_
Ready. Set. Glow!
Our facility is scheduled and waiting; our Dharma Teacher and other presenters are finalizing their offerings; our fantastic Vegan Caterer from last year is adding more veggies (at your request), and all we need now ... is YOU!
Please join us in discovering our capacity, both individually and as a sangha, to respond to Life with Joy and Happiness even in the midst of challenging times.
Click on this flyer image to learn more and to easily Register online. Hoping to see you there!
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The third annual Mindfulness Fair, sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Falk Laboratory School on the Pitt campus. This free, all-ages event will run from 10am-4pm. The theme this year is “Mindfulness in Our Community”.
Through this theme, the Fair will explore ways in which mindfulness- the conscious awareness of the moment- is informing compassionate activities in our homes and communities - and will feature local and regional organizations that support these activities. A keynote speaker will be featured, along with breakout sessions of talks, mindful movement activities, panel discussions and “all ages” activities. There will also be a meditation room in which different varieties of shrines and meditation techniques will be demonstrated. Information tables of local non-profit and campus organizations will be available.
For more details, or to Register, click here.
100 Attendees enjoyed the 2nd Pittsburgh screening of the film. Together with the 2 showings on September 12th, more than 400 persons saw Walk With Me at commercial theaters in Pittsburgh. Our Question and Answer sessions were very rich, and many attendees took literature about Laughing Rivers Sangha and other Buddhist communities in the area. Learn more about the Film here.
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Many Petals. One Lotus.
Laughing Rivers Sangha will again participate in this year's Vesak, the Celebration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (death). This annual event, which unites all Buddhist traditions in the Greater Pittsburgh area, is truly wonderful. Around the world, Vesak is celebrated during the spring period, most often tied to the first full moon in May. Pittsburgh's celebration is a bit early this year as several of our local monastics will be away in May.
Laughing Rivers will offer our song We Are All One as part of the joint Ceremony, which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in North Side. A festive procession follows the in-church program, carrying the Buddha and blessed water to the Allegheny Landing where the participants' intentions for Peace are added to the Three Rivers. Light refreshments follow. More information can be found at the Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh.