RAINBOW SANGHA in Albuquerque New Mexico is a sangha practicing in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh We practice in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, meeting every Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
with Buddhist Meditation, Dharma Discussion, and Mindfulness Practice. We also hold retreats several times a year.
Operating as usual
We are happy to announce that the Rainbow Sangha is now meeting in person again. Please join us at the Albuquerque Zen Center at 2300 Garfield Ave. SE from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. For now we are conducting hybrid meetings, with Zoom participation for those who wish. We are planning to phase down the Zoom participation to every other week before long. Please contact a Sangha member if you're interested in participating by Zoom. We are encouraging everyone to connect with a local live Sangha.
Here is the schedule of upcoming meeting topics.
Date Leader(s) Topic (MT = Mindfulness Trainings)
May 30 Jon & David Vesak (celebration of birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha)
Jun 6 Bee 5 MT
Jun 13 Bryson Sharing the Merit
Jun 20 David & Ken Gathas
Jun 27 Jon 14 MT
Jul 4 OFF (no mtg.)
Jul 11 Jon Dalai Lama's Birthday July 6th: age 85
Jul 18 Ruth & Bee Heart Sutra part 1
Jul 25 Ruth & Bee Heart Sutra part 2
Aug 1 Jon 5MT
Aug 8 Bryson 5 Earth Touchings
Aug 15 Ruth Mioni Odo (Japanese Buddhist artist)
Aug 22 Bee Walking & Breathing
Aug 29 David Deep Relaxation with Sister Chan Kong
In-person meeting at AZC June 21, with precautions.
Dear Thay, dear Sangha, dear Friends,
If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence. -- Thay
Please join us this Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for an in-person meeting outdoors on the grounds of the Albuquerque Zen Center (AZC), 2300 Garfield Ave. SE.
As antiviral precautions we will be wearing masks, maintaining distance, using hand sanitizer, and wiping down surfaces. We will have one bathroom available for use, with suitable precautions that will be described at the meeting.
We are fortunate to have Bryson leading us. There will be a 20-minute seated meditation, possibly some walking meditation, and she will give a dharma talk on Thay's explanation of the First Mindfulness Training (reverence for life) from his book For a Future to be Possible. This will be followed by dharma sharing. Hoping to see you there!
Also, please mark your calendar for a Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, September 20. Bee has reserved for us the Kiwanis area at Elena Gallegos open space. We will have a day of practice and a vegetarian potluck. In this outdoor setting it will be possible to observe distancing and other precautions as required at that time.
AZC closed: Virtual Rainbow Sangha meetings available by Zoom
“The community is in you and you are in the community. You interpenetrate each other. That is why I emphasize sangha-building … It is by taking good care of your breath, of your body, of your feelings, that you can build a good community.” — Thay
In accordance with governmental guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Albuquerque Zen Center is closed for meetings and the Rainbow Sangha is not meeting in person. We have arranged for virtual Rainbow Sangha meetings from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday until in-person meetings can recommence.
This coming Sunday, March 29, Bee will be leading, and we’ll have extended dharma sharing. Please be ready to share a short poem, song, reading etc. You can also share your screen if you have a short .pdf document, audio, or video file to share. Plum Village recommends that for online meetings when we bow in for dharma sharing we say our name followed by “bowing in” and when done we say “bowing out.”
Here are some instructions for joining our virtual meeting. First, at any time on your computer, go to zoom.us and install the app. Or, on a smartphone or tablet, get the Zoom Cloud Meeting app. It’s free, and to join meetings it’s not necessary to register with Zoom.
A few minutes before the meeting, on your device click the link you have been given to the Zoom meeting, or you can open the Zoom app and enter the meeting ID. If you need the link or meeting ID please contact any of us in the Sangha.
You will then be in the online meeting. You may then need to turn on your audio and video connections. During the meeting when you’re not sharing please mute your audio to eliminate distracting sounds while others share, then turn it on when you wish to share. The meeting will be open online about 15 minutes before 5 p.m. so please join us in a timely way before the meeting starts to avoid distractions after we begin.
This same link will be valid for each Sunday evening meeting going forward until our physical meeting room is available again.
We are using a paid subscription in Zoom, which means meetings will not be limited to 40 minutes and people can also call in using regular phones if desired. Jon will be the host for the Zoom meeting.
If you wish to join using a regular phone you can call any of the numbers below and enter the meeting ID.
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
I hope everyone is well and look forward to seeing you then,
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THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE AZC IS CLOSED TIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE ARE MEETING THROUGH ZOOM ON SUNDAY EVENINGS AT 5PM. SEE ABOVE POST BY JON.
Small weekly Rainbow Sangha meetings continuing at Albuquerque Zen Center, with precautions
The Rainbow Sangha has voted to continue to meet on Sundays at 5:00 p.m., while taking prudent precautions.
Anyone with symptoms of illness is asked to stay home. Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves are available to anyone who wishes, we do not shake hands or hug, doorknobs and faucet handles are wiped with disinfectant before meetings, and we will not have tea. The meetings are also small (under 10 people), because many members have chosen to stay home, and we will maintain that small size.
You are welcome to join us if you wish, while observing these precautions. We will keep you posted on further developments.
Retreat May 1-3 in Albuquerque Cancelled
In light of the coronavirus threat and warnings against public gatherings in Albuquerque, and the elderly members who planned to participate in the retreat, we have regretfully decided to cancel the planned retreat on May 1-3. An additional factor is that at this time we are not receiving enough reservations to proceed, and some have canceled. From a Taoist point of view (which is also integral to Zen) it seems that conditions are not favorable for this event at this time, and we should respect that.
Full refunds will be issued (by check, by mail) in the next few days to those who have already registered. We will plan to reschedule the retreat after the threat has passed, and will plan to notify you then of the new retreat plans. Hopefully we can all gather and practice together at that time. Meanwhile sending metta to all.
Upcoming Retreat on "Compassion for Oneself, Compassion for the Earth" in Albuquerque, May 1-3, 2020
In the tradition of Plum Village (as established by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh), at the Bosque Retreat Center, 6400 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.
Led by Terry Cortes-Vega, resident Dharma teacher from the Plum Blossom Sangha in Austin (plumblossomsangha.wordpress.com) and Dharma teacher-in-training Brian Kimmel (briankimmel.com). The theme is compassion and love for ourselves, all beings, and our planet.
This is a preliminary schedule—further details will follow.
Friday May 1: 4:00 p.m. Room checkin starts; 7:00 p.m. Introduction, orientation, meditation
Saturday May 2: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, then teachings & practice, 12:00 p.m. Lunch, then teachings & practice, 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Sunday May 3: Before breakfast: Ceremony to Transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, followed by teachings, practices, and wrap-up, 11:30 a.m. Retreat ends.
This retreat is open to all. Registration is $95. This registration fee includes a small amount of Dana for the teachers. In accordance with the Buddhist tradition of generosity to teachers for the benefits obtained, additional donations to the teachers are encouraged.
Bedrooms are available at extra cost, all with shared baths down the hallway. Thirty single rooms are available at $56/night and four queen rooms at $64/night. Please specify night(s) desired (Fri. and/or Sat.).
Foods other than light snacks (granola bars, trail mix, fruit, cookies, drinks) are not permitted to be brought onto the retreat grounds. Vegetarian meals are provided by the Bosque Center cook at extra cost if reserved on the registration form. Please specify continental or hot breakfast if desired Saturday and/or Sunday. Lunch and dinner are only available on Saturday. Meal costs include 20% service charge. There’s also a Village Inn nearby at 6390 Coors Blvd. NW.
If you cannot afford the registration fee a few scholarships are available. You can request a scholarship by submitting a letter describing your need.
Sponsored by the Rainbow Sangha in Albuquerque—more information at rainbowsangha.org. More information on the Bosque Center is available at bosquecenter.org.
The flyer and registration form for this retreat can be accessed by downloading and printing a .pdf file at
Potluck Dinner on Dec. 15
Please note that on Sunday Dec. 15 we will not have a regular meeting at the Albuquerque Zen Center. Instead, we'll be having a Joyfully Together vegetarian potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. at a member's house, jointly with the Sunshine Sangha. Details have been sent to Sangha members on the e-mail list. If you would like details you can e-mail Jon at: jnimitz at comcast dot net.
Rainbow Sangha for Dec. 1
"The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms." -- Thay
Please join us this coming Sunday, Dec. 1, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. If you like come early for herbal tea and socializing starting at 4:30.
David has recently been on a trip to Laos, and we are fortunate that he will be speaking about Theravada Buddhism this Sunday. He'll also lead us in our usual sitting meditation, dharma sharing, and possibly some indoor walking meditation.
Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to seeing you on Sunday--
Please join us this Sunday Nov. 3, 2019 at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield SE. If you would enjoy visiting over a cup of tea, please come at 4:30. Sangha formally begins at 5 pm.
Our sangha is beginning a two part discussion of breathing. This coming Sunday we will consider how we can use our breath and how to practice breathing meditation. In December we will explore Buddha’s Anapanasati Sutra, the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing.
When we breathe mindfully, our breath connects us to our bodies; it becomes a refuge and returns us to the present moment. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes,
“Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.
Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is the only moment.”
In our daily lives when we find ourselves feeling tense, angry or defensive, we can practice taking three mindful breaths:
With the first breath, we pause.
With the second breath, we reconnect our mind
and body in the present.
With the third breath, we relax and smile.
Enjoy your breathing.
After dharma sharing, we will have a brief organizational meeting to think about topics for our 2020 Sangha meetings as well as goals for our sangha. We also have an upcoming holiday potluck (December 8th) and a springtime Day of Mindfulness planned.
On Oct. 6 the Sangha held a trial meeting at the Albuquerque Zen Center. We met in the peaceful garden, with sitting and walking meditation, tea and cookies, poetry reading, and dharma sharing, all in honor of Thay's 93rd Continuation Day.
By a consensus vote at the end of the meeting we approved holding future meetings at the Albuquerque Zen Center. Monthly rent has been paid and members of the Transformation Committee now have access to the key.
Eight sturdy well-padded folding chairs have been ordered, and books are being brought from our previous location.
We hope to see you soon!
[10/02/19] Please join us Sunday Oct.6 at 5 to 6:30 pm for a trial meeting at our new location. Albuquerque Zen Center (AZC) at 2300 Garfield SE. We'll be having tea and cookies. Please bring a poem, reading or snacks to share. About 4 blocks south from UNM (Central Ave.) between Yale and Girard. Phone 480-4197 for info. Hope to see you there!
[09/15/19] Notice: There will be a meeting at this Sunday's Rainbow Sangha (5-6:30pm) about possibly changing venues for our meetings. Please come if you want to have some input. We will also study the 5 Mindfulness Trainings. This will be on September 15.
Mindful watching opportunity!
The Way Out: An urgent film about Climate Crisis, Activism and Mindfulness (released today). Better yet, make it an Earth Holder film night and watch with friends 🙂
If you have a chance to watch it, please share your reflections in the comments below 😊
What can we do, now that time is running out?
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has a revolutionary proposal for facing the Climate Crisis. “The way out is in,” he states. “The way out of climate change is inside each of us.” His invitation is to stop: to stop running and to take a good look at what is really going on. To see what views drive our behaviour, how our thought patterns and our emotions work, and why we got into trouble with the climate in the first place. In silence, we will better understand ourselves and the Earth.
In The Way Out we follow two young people, a Brazilian banker and a British activist, during a stressful period in their lives. Will they be able to save the earth — beginning with(in) themselves?
[07/13/19] Rainbow Sangha met May 4, 2019 for a retreat at Elena Gallegos Park. A wonderful time was had by all.
Rainbow Sangha Spring Retreat
MISSISSIPPI MONASTERY: Did you know there is a monastery in the Mid-South? This is one of the more interesting stories I have been able to work on where I met some of the most interesting, compassionate people. Monastics at Magnolia Grove Monastery live a life full of peace and welcome people from all religions and backgrounds to visit and practice with them. The monastery was created by Thich Nhat Hanh, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I definitely learned a lot on my visit. Magnolia Grove Monestary
From the Thich Nhat Hanh page:
Thanks Oprah Winfrey for sharing Thay's teaching on Deep Listening (jump to 30:43):
In case anyone is interested, there’s an event by the Shambala ABQ center on Dharma Communities Co-housing meeting June 16
albuquerque.shambhala.org On Sunday April 8, sitting times are from 5pm to 6:30pm due to a Shambhala Training program.
They viewing a book of painting. 2019. From the https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/blog/2019/2/4/thay-and-the-sangha-preparing-for-lunar-new-year
New Rainbow Sangha hours:
Sundays from 5p to 6:30p.
We start promptly at 5:00 pm - please try to be a few minutes early.
Enter through the outside door to our meeting room on the north side by the parking lot. Shoes and jackets can be left on the floor inside along the north wall.
T H A N K Y O U
Please join us as we begin our new schedule and begin meeting on Sundays starting March 3 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. We hope you can take advantage of this new day and earlier time and that it will work for you.
REMEMBER TO USE THE DOOR ON THE SIDE NEXT TO THE ROOM WHERE WE MEET AND LEAVE YOUR SHOES INSIDE NEXT TO THE WALL.
Here is a message from our dear coordinator David Percival who will be stepping down as of May 4:
I also want everyone to know that it is time for me to move on (I’m not going anywhere) but it is time to pass the baton to some new folks and my intention is to step down as coordinator as of May 4, 2019, which is the date of our Day of Mindfulness. It will be good to bring new people into the role of coordinator, to work to bring more young people into the Sangha, to reorganize the Care Taking Council, to take a new look at publicity and recruiting new members. It is amazing that the Sangha has been in existence for almost 30 years and it is because of you and your love and understanding, your compassion, and all the wonderful teachings that you bring. So, looking forward to the next 30 years...with your help we will continue our tradition of Sangha building.
Enjoy your stopping, breathing, smiling
Peace is every step.
The shining red sun is my heart.
Each flower smiles with me.
How green, how fresh all that grows.
How cool the wind blows.
Peace is every step.
It turns the endless path to joy.
We practice in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, meeting every Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. We practice Buddhist Meditation (sitting and walking), Dharma Discussion, and Mindfulness. We also hold retreats several times a year. We meet at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE, on the south side of Garfield a few doors east of Yale Blvd. SE. This is about four long blocks directly south of UNM.
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