September 2015 Newsletter

wonderwell view of back yard rightNDF Annual Sangha Sunday–Save the Date!

Join us at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge on September 27 for Annual Sangha Sunday, and celebration of Wonderwell’s Fourth Birthday. This is no ordinary Dharma Sunday….we have an enhanced schedule that includes our Annual Meeting and a celebration of our fourth year at Wonderwell!

The schedule:

10am-12:30pm Dharma Sunday, our monthly Sunday service at Wonderwell

  • Meditation practice, with Lama Willa Miller
  • “Compassion”, a Dharma teaching with Liz Monson12:30-1:30 Potluck lunch

1:30-3:30 Natural Dharma Annual Meeting and Wonderwell’s 4th Birthday Party

  • Meet NDF’s leadership, teachers and Board of Directors
  • Meet Wonderwell’s live-in staff
  • Learn more about Natural Dharma Fellowship as a non-profit organization: what makes us tick and how you can contribute
  • Review the Financial Report for 2015
  • Join us as we launch “Wonderwell: The Next Hundred Years”, a renovation project to address issues of life-safety, food-safety and energy efficiency at Wonderwell
  • Cake and celebration
  • And much more!

Lama Willa Joins Mind and Life Summer Research Institute 2015

Lama Willa, Sharon Salzberg and Al Kazsniak collaborated as the Meditation Guides for the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute this year in June. In addition to guiding daily meditation practice, they facilitated a mid-conference daylong silent retreat for neuroscientists, clinical and research psychologists, humanities scholars, artists and contemplative practitioners.

The theme of this year’s conference, which took place June 13-19 2015 at the Garrison Institute, was “Fear and Trust in Self and Society”. Lama Willa describes it as “a rich communal contemplative and intellectual exploration including diverse topics such as modern attachment theory, the effects of meditation on emotional regulation, and the art of bringing contemplative practice into conversation with modernity”.
The purpose of the MLSRI is to advance collaborative research among scientists, contemplative scholars, other humanities scholars, and contemplative practitioners, based on a process of inquiry and dialogue. This unique program nurtures a new generation of scientists interested in exploring the influence of contemplative practice and meditation on mind, behavior, brain function and health. It also fosters the development of new fields of research collectively referred to as the “contemplative sciences” (including contemplative neuroscience, contemplative clinical science, contemplative education, and contemplative scholarship).

EcoSattva Tip of the Month

Tip for September: Mark Your Calendar for Your Weekly Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Markets are a great way to get out of the grocery store and engage in a more direct way with both the food we consume on a daily basis, as well as the people growing it. When we are able to be in a more direct relationship with our food and its growers, we are able to cultivate a level of appreciation and mindfulness of our food that is often lacking in a commercial grocery setting. Farmers Markets also provide a wonderful opportunity to connect youth with the agricultural process which is often so lacking in a grocery setting. Finally, not only will you get better tasting food, you will also get more nutritious and low impact food And after all, we are what we eat!

Monthly Words of Wisdom

When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I look outside and see that I am everything, that is love. And between these two, my life turns.

— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Listen Online

Unable to join us in person for Dharma Sunday and the NDF Annual Sangha Sunday September 27th? Join us live. Streaming starts at 10 am. This Dharma Sunday will be very special as it is our NDF Annual Sangha Sunday!

We recognize that all people hold unexamined beliefs, assumptions, fears and prejudices about others, and especially those who seem different from themselves. These beliefs are a great source of suffering for individuals and societies. We welcome people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities and ages. We are committed to providing a safe place for all people to explore the dharma and awaken to their true nature.