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

Being Held by The Dharma

“There’s no switch that turns on enlightenment. You move toward it with your effort. It’s an effort that might be unrecognizable to those who think ‘effort’ means trying hard. You have to try soft—to be curious and open to whatever it is that results. Effort doesn’t mean gritting your teeth and pushing through to the other side; it means sitting where you’re stuck and not running away.”

– Nancy Thompson


Night of Mindfulness–Saturday, August 2nd

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a night of mindfulness this Saturday, August 2nd.  Practice will begin at 6 PM and conclude at about 10 PM.


345 Valley Falls Road

Vernon, CT

@ The Red Barn

If you can attend, please RSVP to, as space is limited. Please bring clothing suitable for indoor and outdoor practice.  Chairs will be provided but you may also bring your own zafu, cushion or bench.  Please note that the barn floor is concrete so you may want to bring a blanket as well.

Please park at the barn (overflow parking at the white house across the street) and enter at the lower level

Dinner-and-a-Movie at Phap Hoa, Saturday, July 26th

Hello, Dear Friends! Dharma Flower Sangha will be hosting a dinner-and-a-movie night Saturday, July 26th, 6:30 PM to 9 PM at Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple.  A vegetarian potluck dinner will be followed by a screening of the film, Unlikely Friends, and a discussion.

“From award-winning filmmaker Lesie Neale, Unlikely Friends documents victims of brutal crimes who, through the power of forgiveness, unexpectedly become friends with their perpetrators. The victims forgive out of a need to heal themselves, which in turn motivates their perpetrators to fully account for their actions and begin a process of true rehabilitation.”


Because of the subject matter, the film is appropriate for adults and older teens. Please bring a vegetarian dish and a friend!

Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple
85 Prospect Street Vernon, CT

What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? re: life as a Korean Nun

“Inspiration must come from within ourselves.  If we hope to get inspiration from the outside—as if it was falling from the sky–this is wrong. It should be like water coming out of a source.  From where else could we receive it?”

Myongsong Sunim