A little about ourselves plus some offerings from our teachers and retreats
This two-part video offering, entitled Portrait of Laughing Rivers Sangha, is now more than 10 years old, but it still conveys well the essence of our true "sangha", community. Many - dare say most - of those seen in these two videos are still very active within our sangha. Some have move out-of-state, some overseas and still fewer have moved on to other traditions, or other practices. All have continued to grow on their spiritual journey.
Please take some time to look around, listen to some of the talks from our retreats, and even click on a Guided Meditation that can gently guide you into a deeper level of stillness and connection to the present moment.
Teachings from the 2016 Spring Retreat
Day 1 Dharma talk: "Connecting with our True Nature"
In this 63 minute talk, Dharmacharya Chan Huy teaches the deep root practice of coming home to ourselves as a means of connecting to our true nature, and opening our hearts to Mother Earth. Chan Huy shares Thich Nhat Hanh's teaching about " the Sun my Heart" .
Day 2 Dharma talk: " Look up from your keyboard. Life is happening!'
In this serious, yet often humorous, 52 minute talk, Dharmacharya Tony Silvestre, reminds us that the miracles of Life are all around us at every moment, in every one of the 20,000 breaths we take each day. Our challenge is to "be there" . Being wins over Doing.
Day 3 Dharma Talk: "Impermance and Interbeing"
A 35-minute talk by Chu Chan Huy reflecting on some of the sharings from the retreat, and connecting the 16 Exercises from the Anapanasati Sutra to our daily practice as a means of staying connected to the Earth.
Deep Body Scan - Martha O'Grady
This truly wonderful practice, taken from a program by Jon Kabat-Zinn, was shared by Martha O'Grady. DO TRY THIS AT HOME! :-) Click on this 28 minute, gentle reading and be sweetly guided into a healing relaxation. Turn up the sound a bit as Martha speaks very gently.
Teachings from the 2015 Fall Retreat
Master Linji: “The Only One who is missing is You”
This 35 minute Dharma talk, from our resident teacher, Tony Silvestre, True Hall of Peace, awakens us to our own Buddha Nature and to the daily miracles in front of us. Tony received the Lamp Transmission as a Teacher, within the lineage of Zen Master Linji, directly from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2012.
What’s Right with You?
This brief Guidance for answering this deeply important question from the first talk, is offered by Chu Chan Huy, True Radiance, and Tony Silvestre. Chan Huy, who resides in Ottawa, received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and has been our guiding Dharma teacher and Retreat leader since 2001.
Laura Langer, True Blue Creek, closes Day 2 with a 30-minute Guided Meditation on Breathing. Get your cushion ready, click on the link here, and follow the Bells, Laura’s gentle voice and your breath for a wonderful, calming meditation.
Practicing True Love: Radiating the Good News that We Are
This powerful and empowering 47- minute Dharma Talk is jointly offered by Tony Silvestre and Chu Chan Huy. There is much wisdom and Good News here. Insights arise. This closing talk is truly superfood for our Souls, and worthy of our time to savor and drink all of it in. Enjoy, and then Shine!