Ashram Weekly Newsletter Jun 15-21


Namaste, friends! Please see below a list of Citta Bhavana Ashram events this coming week. If you would like to host an event at the ashram, please contact Chraeloos Resident.

All events are subject to change. Events may be added or changed with short notice. You may join the subscribo at any of our invite stations in-world, join the group ‘Creativity; Karma’, or keep an eye on our calendar for more current information:

http://cittabhavanaashramsl.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html

~~Updates~~

Wayne will be away this week so his talk on Wednesday at 10amSLT will be postponed until next week, June 24.

Dar is returning with metta meditation Wednesdays at 11amSLT.

Dani from Inspiration Island will be presenting on the first Thursday of each month an Introduction to Mantra Meditation. Beginning in July!

~~Upcoming Events~~

☯ What? Awareness Intensive w/Chrae

When? Monday @ 10amSLT

Where? Ashram Indoor Meditation Circle

􀀈http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Allure/22/30/22

Event in voice and text. Week 7 of 8. Join us even if you haven’t been able to before!

☯ What? Talk with Tseten Thokmey, topic TBD

When? Tuesday @ 4pmSLT

Where? Ashram Indoor Meditation Circle

􀀉http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Allure/22/30/22

Event in voice with notes available.

☯ What? Metta Meditation with Dar

When? Wednesday @ 11amSLT

Where? Ashram Outdoor Meditation Tree

􀀋http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Allure/171/54/22

Event in voice and text.

☯ What? Interfaith Prayer Circle with Peter Newtone

When? Wednesday @ 6pmSLT

Where? Ashram Indoor Meditation Circle

􀀌􀀉http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Allure/22/30/22

Event in voice and text.

☯ What? Yoga and Discussion w/ Chrae

When? Friday @ 10amSLT

Where? Ashram Yoga

􀀎http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Allure/23/66/22

Event in voice and text.

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I look forward to seeing you around! Namaste, my friends, and big hugs to you all! ♥

Looking to keep in touch outside the grid? Went to a discussion and wanted the notes or links? Check out our blog and facebook page:

http://cittabhavanaashramsl.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/creativitykarma

♥ The Ashram Team

Ashram Newsletter Jan 5-11 2015


Happy New Year to all! We at the Ashram wish you all the best of joy and love in the coming year.

Namaste, friends! Please see below a list of Citta Bhavana Ashram events this coming week as well as some exciting updates. If you would like to host an event at the ashram, please contact Chraeloos Resident or Sunshine (szavanna).

All events are subject to change. Events may be added or changed with short notice. Please keep an eye on our calendar for more current information:
http://cittabhavanaashramsl.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html

~~Updates~~

We have redone the landscaping here at the ashram to better suit your needs! Feel free to come by any time to explore and use the facilities at your leisure.

Advanced Notice: biweekly Poetry and Storytelling with Lyle and Chrae on alternating Fridays at 6pmSLT. Starting date Thursday Jan 15 at 6pmSLT (strange date due to RL, normally will be on Fridays).

We have some space for artists to showcase their work. We also have a community room where we have posters advertising friendly sims and events. For inquiries about how to take part in this, please contact Chraeloos Resident or Sunshine Szavanna inworld.

~~Upcoming Events~~

☯ What? Meditation, Talks and Discussion with Swami Luminos
When? Tuesday, Jan 6 @ 10amSLT
Where? Ashram Entryway, to the left at the meditation circle

Event in voice and text, clothing optional.

☯ What? Meditation, Talks and Discussion with Venerable Wayne Ren Cheng
When? Wednesday, Jan 7 @ 10amSLT
Where? Ashram Entryway, straight ahead􀀅

Event in voice and text, clothing optional.

☯ What? The Nature of Faith Discussion with Rhiannon Dragoone
When? Wednesday, Jan 7 @ 2:30pmSLT
Where? Forest Meeting Area

Event in text, clothing optional.

☯ What? Interfaith Prayer Circle with Peter Newtone
When? Wednesday, Jan 7 @ 6pmSLT
Where? Ashram Entryway, to the left at the meditation circle

Event in voice and text. Clothing optional.

☯ What? Meditation, Talks and Discussion with Swami Luminos
When? Thursday, Jan 8 @ 10amSLT
Where? Ashram Entryway, to the left at the meditation circle

Event in voice and text, clothing optional.

☯ What? Yoga and Discussion with Chraeloos
When? Friday, Jan 9 @ 10amSLT
Where? Ashram Entryway, to the right at the yoga mats

Event in voice and text, clothing optional.

☯ What? Sandia Beaumont Live Piano
When? Sunday, Jan 11 @ 2pmSLT
Where? Ashram Entryway, straight ahead

Event in stream, clothing optional.

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I look forward to seeing you around! Namaste, my friends, and big hugs to you all! ♥

Looking to keep in touch outside the grid? Went to a discussion and wanted the notes or links? Check out our blog and facebook page:
http://cittabhavanaashramsl.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/creativitykarma

♥ The Ashram Team

Chrae’s Events Jul 27-Aug 2


Nihao my friends! Can you believe that it’s August already? where has this summer gone?

You can now find me in InWorldz as Chraeloos Aristotelous, and in my group “The Art of Bowing”.

~~Upcoming Events~~

☯What? Discussion on Eastern Philosophy; Buddhism on “Do Humans Exist?”
Where? Sengoku Japan, SecondLife
When? Sunday, 5:30pm SLT/PDT
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocarina%20Beach/197/190/51

☯What? Discussion on Eastern Philosophy; Buddhism on “Do Humans Exist?”
Where? Namaste, InWorldz (Namaste/67/68/25)
When? Monday, 1pm IWT/PDT

☯What? Guided Meditation
Where? Namaste, InWorldz (Namaste/124/68/28)
When? Tuesday, 9am IWT/PDT

☯What? Storytelling & Poetry, cohosted with Lyle Lindman
Where? Perfect Paradise, SecondLife
When? Tuesday, 3pm SLT/PDT
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Perfect%20Paradise/95/67/87

☯What? Guided Meditation
Where? Namaste, InWorldz (Namaste/124/68/28)
When? Saturday, 9am IWT/PDT

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I look forward to seeing you around! Namaste, my friends, and big hugs to you all! ♥

Looking for me outside the grids? Went to a discussion and didn’t get the notes? Check out the links below:

Blog:
https://chraeloos.wordpress.com/

Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=chraeloos%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Vancouver

Google+ Community:
https://plus.google.com/communities/116481394403768407840

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Chraeloos

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/chraeloos.aristotelous

♥Chrae

Weekend Events List!


The Art of Bowing Logo

Events this weekend!

You can now find me in InWorldz as Chraeloos Aristotelous, and in my group “The Art of Bowing”.

What? 30 min Guided Meditation

   Where? Namaste, InWorldz (Namaste/124/68/28)

   When? Saturday, Jul 19 @ 9amIWT/PST

What? Series on Japanese Philosophers

   Where? Sengoku Japan, Second Life (Ocarina Beach/197/190/51)

   When? Sunday, Jul 20 @ 5pmSLT/PST

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I look forward to seeing you around! Namaste, my friends, and big hugs to you all!

Looking for me outside of the grid? Went to a discussion and didn’t get the notes? Check out the links below:

Blog:

https://chraeloos.wordpress.com/

Calendar:

https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=chraeloos%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Vancouver

Google+ Community:

https://plus.google.com/communities/116481394403768407840

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Chraeloos

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/chraeloos.aristotelous

Chrae

Heads Up! Early notice and some changes!


Nihao, my friends. ♥ ♥ ♥

There are a few things I’d like to share with you. Below, you will find the weekly events. But, first! A few announcements!

Creativity;Karma has been invited to set up a display at Spirit Park on Nirvana Island. Please find the link below, stop by, and have a cup of tea or do some yoga! Also, take a look around, there are so many beautiful displays! If you have a group and would like to display there, please contact Sky Wildmist or Isis Pleiedes.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Paris/188/181/1112

A small display has been set up at the Commune for the month of March. Please stop by and pick up your free gift 😉
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Orga/102/94/41

Peaceful Dragon Oriental Medicine Center has expanded! There is now a Sky Sanctuary, and I’ve updated the Teahaus. Please find the teleporter to get safely to the ground!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tolkien/52/152/253
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☯ Thursday, Mar 6 @ 7pmSLT ~Food and Culture~
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocarina%20Beach/197/190/51

Event in text. Clothing necessary. Ancient Japan themed sim, come dressed up if you’d like!

Joni us as we discuss food and culture in Japan and other parts of Asia. How does food come into play with ceremonies, holidays, and rituals? Maybe we’ll put a bit of haiku in there too? 😉

☯ Saturday, Mar 8 @ 8amSLT ~Commune Presentation~
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Orga/102/94/41

Event in text and voice. Clothing optional.

Are you unsure what we do in the Creativity; Karma group? Would you like to learn more? Here is your chance! I’ve set up a display at the commune, and I’ll be giving a presentation Saturday morning.

☯ Sunday, Mar 9 @ 3pmSLT ~Awareness Intensive~
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/This%20Sim/27/209/702

Event in text and voice. Clothing optional. Guild Class.

“What is? What is not? What both is and is not? What neither is nor is not?” – A friend, presenting tetralemma’s

Join as we work with our awareness of contemplation.

Please find yourself in an environment suitable to introversion and quiet speculation.

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I look forward to seeing you around! Namaste, my friends, and big hugs to you all! ♥

Looking for me outside of SL? Went to a discussion and didn’t get the notes? Check out the links below:

Blog:
https://chraeloos.wordpress.com/

Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=chraeloos%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Vancouver

Google+ Community:
https://plus.google.com/communities/116481394403768407840

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Chraeloos

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/chraeloos.aristotelous

♥Chrae

Awareness Intensive Week 3 Breath


Today we are going to observe our breath. We’ve worked on embodiment, a felt sense of “I”, and now it is time to just observe the breath.

We will do a lot of “just sitting” today. Just sitting means being alert, alive, responsive, creative, and quiet.

The last few classes I gave some directing questions to see what we could notice, to help you on the path to awareness, but today there are no questions, just a guiding statement. I’d like you to follow your breath. See if it fills up your whole body or if it transcends your physical body.

When we breath in there is a pause before we breath out. When we breath out there is a pause before we breath in again. This is called the ‘still point’ in the middle of each breath.

I’d like to you take some time observing this pause. Do not change it or do anything with it. No need to expect it to be a certain length, or even to match. Can you simply notice the pause between each breath? If it helps you to keep your attention focused, you may count each pause. For example, in breath, pause, one. Out breath, pause, two. In breath, pause, three. Out breath, pause, four. etc. When you get to 7, go back to one and start again. I will leave you with a few minutes of silence to practice this, and will ring the bell twice to end.

I will give a short meditation to help those who are new to meditating enter their practice. If you’d like to not listen, please mute my voice. The bell will ring over sound so you will be able to hear it and can then turn on your voice when you are ready.

Guided Meditation:
Make yourselves comfortable, whether by sitting, standing, or lying down. Close your eyes. If you are in a place where you are comfortable making noise, do the following with me. If not, just let out a big sigh. Take a slow, deep breath in. When you exhale, give a big roar like a lion or deep sigh. Great! One more time…

Just relax, let go of your day. Realize that all the stresses you’ve experienced are over, they can not harm you. Release them into the earth around you. The Earth is good at recycling.

I will leave you in a few minutes of silence. [I gave 15 minutes of silence, but you can go for as long as you are comfortable. Don’t be afraid to push your boundary though; the uncomfortable zone is where progress happens.]

Take your time slowly coming out of the mind-practice. Bring your attention back to your body. Deepen your breath. Slowly wiggle your toes and fingers, and when you feel ready, slowly open your eyes. As you are opening your eyes, try to notice how you are feeling.

I would like to ask some questions for discussion.

What did you notice in this practice?

How does the breath feel?

Where do you breathe? Where does it enter? Where does it go? Can you feel the movement within your nostrils, down the trachea, and in your lungs? Do you breath with your nose or mouth or both? Do you feel the movements in your best, back, and abdomen? Can you feel it in your hands and feet?

What part of your body moves with your inhalations and exhalations? Place your hand on your abdomen or chest if you can’t feel any movements sometimes your hands are able to feel more subtle movements.

What is your rate of breathing? How long does it take for you to inhale? Does your exhale match the inhale? How many breathes do you take per minute?

How are you feeling about the last few weeks?
Has your definition of awareness changed doing this exercise?

Chrae’s Weekly Schedule


Nihao, my friends. I present to you this little peace of thought today, inspired by a good friend:

“Look at the flower and the flower also looks.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and anything else, so feel free to IM me and we can chat.

See below for the weekly event schedule.

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☯ MONDAY, Nov 11 @ 8:30amSLT ~Special TCM Lecture~
􀀕http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tolkien/71/114/57

Event in text. Clothing required.

We will start at 8:30amSLT with a half hour silent meditation in honor of Remembrance Day and all those who have come before. Please join us if you feel so inclined.

At 9amSLT we’ll chat about the Five Shen, or Spirits. This is the Chinese medicine model of the psyche. Throughout history sages would use internal alchemy to prolong life and create an immortal spiritual body that would survive after death. The Five Shen is one aspect of this practice.

☯ TUESDAY, Nov 12 @ 7pmSLT ~Tantric Yoga~
􀀐http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Perfect%20Paradise/63/95/83

Join us as we do some yoga and discuss tantric philosophy! ♥

Event in text. Clothing optional. If you are inclined to wear clothing, please wear something of light color or white to allow for free movement of energy.

Let us continue our study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

“…each one of us is a union of all universal energy. Everything that we need in order to be complete is within us right at this very moment. It is simply a matter of being able to recognize it. This is the tantric approach.” Lama Thubten Yeshe

☯ SATURDAY, Nov 16 @ 11amSLT ~Sutra Study~
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Perfect%20Paradise/83/71/87􀀑

Event in text. Clothing optional.

Join us as we discuss Dogen’s Mountains and Waters Sutra. We will start on section 10.

A copy of the text can be found here: http://www.108bowls.org/hh_mount_rivers.html

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Whispers: “I will be hosting Storytelling and Poetry with Lyle Lindman this next session…keep your eyes open for a topic! I’m so excited to be back working with him again!”

Keep your eyes open for impromptu events, as I’ve got a few topics on my mind that I’d love to inter-share with you all!
PS. Intershare is a word I just made up (I think?). It means I’ll share with you and you can share with me. Means some giving and some taking. ♥

I look forward to seeing you around! Namaste, my friends, and big hugs to you all! ♥

Looking for me outside of SL? Went to a discussion and didn’t get the notes? Check out the links below:

Blog:
https://chraeloos.wordpress.com/

Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=chraeloos%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Vancouver

Google+ Community:
https://plus.google.com/communities/116481394403768407840

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Chraeloos

♥Chrae