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We are located in Denver, Colorado, USA. We have been continuously sitting together, in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, since 2001.

OUR CALENDAR

1. Every Thursday evening, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at University Park United Methodist Church, 2180 S. University Blvd., Denver.
Sit with us in person.
Practices include sitting and walking meditation, tea meditation, dharma readings and discussion.  A greeter will welcome you and answer any questions.

2. Every Sunday morning, 10:00 am to 11:00 am, online. Sit with us virtually for guided and silent meditation, dharma readings and discussion.

3. Our WAKE UP DENVER group, for people in their 20s and 30s, meets in person at University Park UMC, on 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

There are occasional deviations from this calendar (we typically do not meet on Thanksgiving), and from time to time we will have a special event (such as a “day of mindfulness”). For notifications of these and other events, email us at eoc.ctc@gmail.com and request to have your email added to the sangha email list, the Wake Up Denver list, or both. We hope to sit with you soon! 

Day of Mindfulness in Fort Collins on Jan. 27

Please join us for a nourishing half day of mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in Fort Collins, Colorado, on January 27!  This day is being hosted by members of Peaceful Heart Sangha, Lotus Blossom Sangha, Wake Up Denver,  Chrysanthemum Sangha, Brilliant Moon, Eyes of Compassion and Sun Mountain Sangha. Our day will include mindful sitting and movement practice, a talk by dharma teacher, Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, mindful eating, sharing and playing in community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your practice and practice with community.

Date: Saturday, January 27th, 2024
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Innosphere, 330 East Vine, Fort Collins, CO
Registration: Please register here. Registration is required since space is limited.
Registration Fee: Sliding scale of $5 – $20.
Please Bring: Vegetarian lunch and teacup (vegan snacks and tea will be provided), pillows, cushions, mats (chairs will be provided). Layers are helpful and shoes for mindful walking outside if the weather cooperates.
Please avoid: Wearing fragrances or scented personal care products, and turn off anything that rings, beeps or tweets.
Health: Masks are optional. If you are not well on the day, please do not attend.
Dana: A donation to support our dharma teacher, will be collected at the DOM.

If you have any questions contact Paul at pj.mcclure@gmail.com.

Walk for Global Peace – Sat., Nov. 18

    
Let’s Walk for Global Peace
at Bible park in SouthEast Denver at 1:15PM on Saturday Nov 18th.
This will be an Eyes of Compassion silent walk. Significant others are welcome.
We will:
  • circle up at the far end of the YALE AVE parking lot in front of the ball field.
  • sound the bell for noble silence at 1:25,
  • offer 5 minutes of noble silence in stillness for peace around the world,
  • listen to a letter from Plum Village,
  • walk slowly along the  (wide hard packed dirt) canal path silently embodying peace through the quality of each step,
  • return near our starting place (~ 30 minutes total walking meditation) and
  • circle up again offering a final 5 minutes of still noble silence.
Directions to James A. Bible Park Yale Ave parking lot:
6802 E. Yale Ave, Denver
From I-25, Exit on Yale heading East.
Entrance to parking lot is on the right about 0.8 miles just past Monaco.
Following the walk tea and cider will be offered at the Cowden Cottage, which is less than two miles away. For those of you who don’t know where this is, ask me (Sandy) for directions at the event.
Bowing,
Sandy

Be-In on Wednesday Oct. 4!

Hello Dear Sangha,

We are excited to announce the celebration of Thay’s continuation as well as a Be-In next Wake Up 10/4 from 6:30pm-8pm at University Park United Methodist Church! This event will be open to both Wake Up as well as the larger Eyes of Compassion sangha.
A Be-In is a lovely Plum Village tradition in which the community gathers together to mindfully drink tea, have desserts, and share with each other. Please bring something you’d like to share with the sangha! Examples of sharing could be a song you like (or want to perform or sing with others), a dance, a story, a poem, a joke, a piece of art, a gratitude, etc.
It is also Thay’s birthday/continuation day on October 11, which we will be celebrating early with this Be-In.
If you’d like to help out with this event, please sign up here!
Bowing,
Dana Mooney
Source of Unceasing Love

Sangha Picnic and Annual Meeting – August 20

Scene from Cook Park in Denver

Our sangha will be gathering for a picnic in the park, followed by our annual meeting, and hope you can join us!
Date: Sunday, August 20, noon – 3 pm
Place: Cook Park, 7100 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver (near the intersection of Cherry Creek South Dr. and S. Monaco Pkwy).  Enter the parking lot off Cherry Creek South Drive, look to the west, and you will see a pavilion just a short walk away.  You have arrived!  We had a sangha picnic here a couple of years ago.  See below for the link to a map of the park.
Food and Drink:  Please bring your own vegetarian sack lunch, tea, coffee, or other non-alcoholic drink, and a reusable water bottle. We’ll also have water available in a cooler.
And–there will be cake.
Also, we’ll have a flip chart suggestion session, so bring any ideas of what you’d like to see our sangha do as we continue beautifully into the future.  This day will provide a leisurely opportunity to get to know each other better and strengthen our community.

The Eyes of Compassion Care-Taking Council

LOCATION:
On this park map, look for Picnic Area #2.

Matt Sherman

Our beloved friend and dharma teacher, Matt Sherman, passed away on July 18, 2023, at about 6 pm MT. Our whole community deeply mourns his passing.

Matt was the face of Eyes of Compassion Sangha for many years. He and his wife Margit are dear to us. Matt will be missed so very much, but interbeing tells us he lives in the spirit if our Sangha. We send love and compassion to Matt and to Margit. Continue reading “Matt Sherman”

“Day of Mindfulness” on Earth Day

Eyes of Compassion Sangha sponsored a Day of Mindfulness on Earth Day, April 22, with dharma teacher Viviane Ephraimson-Abt. Held at the Church of the Transfiguration in Evergreen, the theme for the day was “Love Yourself, Love the Earth.” Once registration opened, the event quickly filled up to the maximum of 45 attendees the space could hold. A deep bow of appreciation to Sandy Cowden for organizing the event, along with many volunteers who helped make it happen, and to Craig Cowden for taking these photos. Continue reading ““Day of Mindfulness” on Earth Day”

David Hughes (1947–2022)

Our beloved local dharma teacher, David Hughes, passed away on October 31, 2022. Our whole community deeply mourns his passing. A Celebration of Life will be held in Maine on Saturday, December 17, from 11am-2pm at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. Eyes of Compassion Sangha is planning a local celebration of his life to take place after the first of the year, which will be announced on the EoC email list and on this website. In gratitude for and in honor of Dave’s life, the family requests any donations be made to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, which fosters peace and community among all people, animals, plants, and our planet.

We are copying in his full obituary, from this site, below.

Continue reading “David Hughes (1947–2022)”

Mindfulness retreat near Colorado Springs

The Elemental Way Retreat Planning Team cordially invites you to join us for a residential retreat in Colorado! Join Dharma Teachers Peggy Rowe, EdD, Larry Ward, PhD, Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MsEd, and the Colorado Sanghas for a retreat sponsored by the Colorado Community for Mindful Living.
It is sure to be a very enriching and life-changing event. Our retreat will be held at the beautiful La Foret Retreat Center in the Black Forest outside of Colorado Springs from November 10th to 14th.   From September 1st to the 14th, we have had a regional registration period for Sanghas in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico.  As of today (Sept. 15), the retreat registration is being posted to the larger community.
For more information and to register: https://form.jotform.com/221886450531153

Change to Third Mindfulness Training on “True Love”

Our local dharma teacher, Dave Hughes, has brought our attention to a letter from Brother Thay Phap Dung to the international dharma teachers concerning revisions to the third mindfulness training, on “True Love.” We’ve revised the current version of the five mindfulness trainings on our site to reflect these changes.

These changes were initiated to be more inclusive of our LGBTQIA+ community. Continue reading “Change to Third Mindfulness Training on “True Love””