embodying resistance

i am an open heart — strong, free, full and clear as the bell itself. i am soft-flexed knees, gravity centered and recaliberated, surfboard-steady and supple to ride the waves of challenge and change. turning away from that which seeks to diminish, defeat or undo me — i protect my borders, restore breaches, preserve the…

refuge, resistance, resilience + radical self-expression

“The Sangha is an island of peace. The Sangha is a community of resistance against violence, hate and despair.”  — Thich Nhat Hanh These words of my root teacher Thây live at the core of our sangha’s suchness. They have shaped our evolution into a community of spiritual friends who find sanctuary in journeying together…

friends on the path | zen happenings

  Top photos from Lansing Area Mindfulness Community’s Day of Mindfulness; b+w photos from the screening of Walk With Me. ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° all beings without number, liberate. endless blind passion, uproot. dharma gates without measure, penetrate. the great way of…

bearing witness | looking back, beneath + beyond

Our fall series, Bearing Witness begins this Sunday! Over the next few months, we’ll be looking back, beneath + beyond as we contemplate a range of queries as practices related to our encounters with joy, sorrow, in/justice, forgiveness and reconciliation. 11 am – 1 pm | Heartdance Studio 1806 E. Michigan AvenueDANA/DONATION: $5  Doors open…

when harvest is a feast for body, heart + soul

sun + breath + good spiritual friends + scratch-made yummies = harvest! Thank you, loves, for sharing your gifts — hugs, hearts, laughter, presence, silence, curiosities, discoveries, baking/gardening/pickling talents…and so much more! We’ll take refuge in the full embrace of Sangha on October 8th when our fall series Bearing Witness begins.

walking the labyrinth | harvest party

September 24th 11 AM – 1 PM @ Moores Park I’ll always remember my aunt telling me long ago that your friends are your assets. I’m blessed to say that my good spiritual friends are my Harvest!  So on Sunday, we’ll celebrate the Suchness of Sangha and all that we’ve learned and all the ways…

how we sunday | yantra bouquet 

Love that this gorgeous bouquet serendipitously became the yantra for our meditation and contemplation: Turning toward the joy and magic of harvest — reaping and celebrating the abundance we’ve earned in the form of clarity, truth and authenticity, love with wisdom, trust and accountability. Thank you for these gifts, my friends!

on the dharma shelf | september 2017

when you value interfaith learning and being spiritually multilingual: Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies + the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas Bearing Witness: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Making Peace by Bernie Glassman The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations by Mary Schaller + John Crilly Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor

​dirt + dharma

the strength of fingers, the might of earth.  gratified by the labor of tending + clearing the path.  where sweat meets dust, we see the body + soul at work. the day’s lesson: let that shit go! found/left behind: scattered rose petals. a mason jar with a forgotten sip. a book on philosophy… “The logic of the rebel…

how we sunday

friends on the path: weeding and tending the labyrinth. walking in awareness, aligning with intention, praying with our feet, moving into clarity and wisdom. nourishing ourselves and one another with laughter and good eats.

practicing through transitions

On Sunday, Sangha came full circle by closing our 7+ months of wholy happy hour in the same way that we opened our practice last fall — exploring the lessons of beginning anew as we shift from one season to the next. Whether we experience this transition as tumultuous, glorious, or equal parts of both, we recognized…

summer 2017 practices

Our summer practice schedule begins June 11th. | weather permitting | walking the labyrinth @ moores park: 6/11, 6//25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24     monthly sit-togethers @ heartdance studio: 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17 | for updates + announcements, follow our community on facebook! |