Breathing in, I have arrived; breathing out, I am home

Dharma Moon Sangha

is a Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania-based community who gathers weekly to practice mindfulness meditation in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh

Our sangha meets online via Zoom every Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM EST. All are welcome. It’s free of charge. If you would like to join us, please email us for the link at emmaussangha@gmail.com.

Who We Are

We are friends from all walks of life who are inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh as well as teachings from other contemplative traditions. Our sangha was founded in 2009 by Mike Gill, True Radiant Earth, a member of the Order of Interbeing, ordained students of Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Teachers and teachings are important for the practice, but a community of friends is the most essential ingredient. I practice for you and you practice for me. We are a bell of mindfulness for each other.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

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News

June, 2022

We enjoy annual dinners together at True Blue Mediterranean Cafe in Emmaus

We continue to meet for Zazoom on Tuesday nights, but some of us were able to meet in person (what?!) for the Annual Dharma Moon Reunion Dinner! This year we tried a different venue, the fabulous Switchback Pizza on Jubilee Street in Emmaus. Kokai, (whose daughter and son-in-law own this lovely venue) was also with us just before we remembered to take pictures. We missed all our sangha members who were not able to make it this year.

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January, 2022

Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay, passed away on January 22, 2022. Thay’s presence and teachings have touched millions, and that includes each one of us in the Dharma Moon Sangha. The practice we learned from him continues to support and transform us. We hold our international Plum Village community in our hearts, and cherish Thay’s presence in each mindful breath and each peaceful step.

February 1, 2022, in the Touching of the Earth ceremony we honored our beloved Thay and all the ancestors and teachers who have led us on our path. We embraced our suffering and renewed our commitments to nourish ourselves and our communities. Plum Village offers many suggestions for processing our feelings and honoring Thay at this link.

“A cloud can never die. A cloud can become snow, or hail …or rain. But it is impossible for a cloud to pass from being into non-being. And that is true with your beloved one. She has not died. She is continued in many new  forms. And you can look deeply and recognize herself in you and around you.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh.

Our Meetings

At Dharma Moon Sangha, we typically begin with a short reading by one of our six lay facilitators. The readings are drawn from many sources including Buddhist sutras, but might also include poems and prose by varied authors such as Lao Tzu, Rumi, Ram Dass, Pema Chodron, Lama Rod Owens, or Sharon Salzburg. The reading is followed by a 20-minute zazen (sitting meditation), and then another 15 minutes of walking meditation, another short reading, and then more sitting meditation. We end with an open-ended period of Dharma sharing, a chance to be heard, a chance to listen deeply. If you are new to meditation or want to read about the Plum Village tradition, feel free to scroll down to our “Resources” section on this page.

Walking meditation during a “Day of Mindfulness” at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, led by brothers from Blue Cliff Monastery (left). Our nearest Plum Village center, Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, NY (top right). A bell at Plum Village, France. We use a recording of the bell at Plum Village (the Plum Village App) in our online practice (bottom right).

In these times, it can be easy to be overwhelmed with stress and worry. In such times, Thay teaches us to allow ourselves to be supported by and to be held by the sangha. “When you allow yourself to be in a sangha the way a drop of water allows itself to be in a river, the energy of the sangha can penetrate into you, and transformation and healing will become possible. If you have a sangha of two, three, maybe even fifty people who are practicing correctly—getting joy, peace and happiness from the practice—then you are the luckiest person on earth.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Vietnamese sculpture of the bodhisattva, Avalokiteshvaraya, who embodies the infinite compassion of all Buddhas
One of Thay’s calligraphies

Enjoy

Namo’Avalokiteshvaraya Chant to Thay from his Plum Village Family

Resources

Our Former In-person Home (we miss you), Living Room Yoga, Emmaus, PA

Other Lehigh Valley Sanghas: Middleway Meditation Center, Bethlehem, PA

Christmas City Sangha, Bethlehem PA

Mindfulness Education for All: Shanti Mindfulness Education, Allentown, PA

Old Path Zendo, New Hope, PA, a community for mindful living

Mountain Lotus Sangha, Jim Thorpe, PA

Road Trip! Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, New York, part of the Plum Village Community, only 1.5 hours’ drive from the Lehigh Valley

New To Meditation or want to return to “beginner’s mind?” Try these links: sitting meditation and walking meditation

Tips to Make Online Sangha More Enjoyable here

Do you have questions? Need more information?

The Lehigh River Gorge

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