Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple Annual Fundraiser and Luncheon! Sunday, October 5th

Dear Friends,

Please join us on Sunday, October 5th at Phap Hoa  for our temple’s Annual Fundraising Event!  Start time is 11 AM.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance, or on Sunday. All proceeds will go toward supporting Phap Hoa, a wonderful community and Dharma resource. Ticket purchase also gets you a delicious vegetarian meal, along with beverage and desert.  For more info, call 860-896-6999.

Chua Phap Hoa

85 Prospect Street

Vernon, CT  06066


Dharma Flower Sangha Practice Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh‏

Dear Friends,

Please join us on Thursday, September 25th for a special practice honoring the contributions of Thich Nhat Hanh.  We will blend chanting, seated and walking meditation, with a special practice led by The Venerable Thay Thien Loi, Abbot of Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple. This  will be an opportunity to honor the many wonderful contributions of Thich Nhat Hanh to Buddhist practice both in the East and the West.

Practice will begin at 6:45 PM and conclude at 9:00 PM.

Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple
85 Prospect Street
Vernon, CT  06066


“When people start to meditate or to work with any kind of spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are. It’s a bit like saying, ‘If I jog, I’ll be a much better person.’ ‘ If I could only get a nicer house, I’d be a better person.’ ‘ If I could meditate and calm down, I’d be a better person.’ Or the scenario may be that they find fault with others; they might say, ‘If it weren’t for my husband, I’d have a perfect marriage.’ ‘If it weren’t for the fact that my boss and I can’t get on, my job would be just great.’ And ‘If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.’

“But lovingkindness — maitri — toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to change ourselves. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s the ground, that’s what we study, that’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest.”

Pema Chodron, from The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-kindness

Retreat: Embracing the Mad Mind

Ruth King is a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, and a member of its Board of Directors. She is also the founder of Mindful Members Practice Community in Charlotte, NC. King is the author of Soothing The Inner Flames of Rage–Meditations That Educate the Heart and Transform the Mind (Sacred Spaces Press 2007), and Healing Rage–Women Making Inner Peace Possible (Gotham 2007).

Film: “The Anonymous People”

“One in every 15 Americans belongs to this film’s eponymous group of ‘Anonymous People’—that is, people recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. In this feature-length documentary, many individuals—from politicians to beauty queens—emerge from the shadows of social stigma to fight for a compassionate approach to their illness.”

Available via Tricycle Film Club and Netflix.


Night of Mindfulness, Saturday, August 30th (Vernon, CT)

Dear Friends,

Please join us on Saturday, August 30th for the next in the series of Nights of Mindfulness.  With the support of Pojama Sangha, Teacher Tom Duva will be offering a practice at The Big Red Barn at Valley Falls Farm from 4 PM to 8 PM. Address:  345 Valley Falls Road, Vernon, CT.  Please park at the barn.

Please dress for indoor and outdoor practice. Please bring a small blanket and bench or cushion for your own use as well.  Chairs will be provided, as well as light refreshments.

To support this practice, donations are appreciated by those who can afford to offer them.

To help in preparation in setting up, please RSVP your intention to attend to

May all beings be at ease.




The Single Thing (from

“I don’t envision a single thing that, when
undeveloped, leads to such great harm as the
mind. The mind, when undeveloped, leads to
great harm.”
“I don’t envision a single thing that, when developed,
leads to such great benefit as the mind. The
     mind, when developed, leads to great benefit.”
“I don’t envision a single thing that, when
     undeveloped and uncultivated, brings about such
     suffering and stress as the mind. The mind, when
     undeveloped and uncultivated, brings about
     suffering and stress.”
“I don’t envision a single thing that, when developed
     and cultivated, brings about such happiness as
     the mind. The mind, when developed and
     cultivated, brings about happiness.”

Anguttara Nikaya 1.23–24, 1.29–30. Trans. Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Ullambana (Ancestor) Day Celebration

Come celebrate Ullambana on Sunday, August 17th, at Phap Hoa!  Ullambana is the traditional Ancestor Day celebration in the Mahayana tradition.  Coinciding with the seventh month of the lunar calendar, it is time to honour one’s ancestors and also relieve the suffering of souls through chanting and commemoration.

The celebration will begin at 11 AM and be followed by a wonderful vegetarian luncheon.

Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple
85 Prospect St.
Vernon, CT 06066