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Blooming Desert Lotus Sangha History

peace in oneself, peace in the world The Blooming Desert Lotus Sangha began to flower on Sunday, September 8th, 2002 at 10am at Borders Books and Music on Bell Road in Glendale, AZ. Twenty-five people (from 8-82 yrs old) shared the Dharma that first morning. The first Dharma talk which was an "Introduction to Mindfulness", made use of the fact that a tornado had just visited the previous day. We made the connection between the storm outside and the chatter within our minds, when we find ourselves not at peace. We also talked extensively during our Dharma Discussion, about Mindful Consumption and how the upcoming 1st Anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th presented us with a prime opportunity to practice deeply this wonderful precept.

On Sunday September 22nd, 2002 we met for the first time at our present home, the Sunland Memorial Park, in Sun City. As we were meeting on the grounds of a cemetary, our Dharma Talk was regarding appropriately enough, impermanence. We sat for a full twenty minutes and enjoyed walking meditation, among the headstones. We even sat underneath a tree on one of the memorial benches and sang "Breathing In, Breathing Out". We found our home.

In subsequent weeks, we enjoyed our first Mindful Meal, had as a guest speaker Rev. Marvin Brown, of the Peace House in East Phoenix, and began a book study group. Blooming Desert Lotus Sangha continues to grow and thrive with the participation of its members or "petals".


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