Beautiful meditators,

Here is an opportunity for a day-long retreat in Madison that some of you might be interested in.

And as always, we meet to meditate together each Sunday evening at 6:00-7:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington Normal, 1613 Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL. 

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Hello beautiful meditators,

I’m passing this on to you from the Zen Group because you are on the Bloomington Normal Meditation e-mail list. 
And as always, we meet each Sunday at 6:00-7:30 to meditate together at UUBN.

Our website is

If you’d like to be removed from the email list, please let me know. 

Hope to see you soon!

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From: BN Zen Group <>Date: June 18, 2019 at 5:26:02 PM CDTTo: BN Zen Group <>Subject: 6/29 and 6/30, Zuiko Redding Potluck, Sitting, and Dharma Talk

Hi Everyone,

We hope this email finds you well. This is a reminder of upcoming events the weekend of June 29 and 30:

The weekend of June 29 and 30, we are pleased to again welcome Zuiko Redding and Myoho Kendall from the Cedar Rapids Zen Center.

On Saturday, June 29, we will have a potluck starting at 5pm at 1303 Belt Ave, in Normal. 

Then Sunday, June 30, we will host an extended morning of zazen and a dharma talk with Zuiko. For this event we will not be meeting at our regular location but will instead be meeting at Bloom Community School, 1100 N Beech St., building #11, Normal (in Normandy Village). The tentative schedule for 6/30 is as follows. If you're only able to make it for part of the morning, or only want to attend Zuiko's talk, that is perfectly fine with us. All are welcome. 

8:00 – 8:20 Arrive and set up
8:20 – 8:30 Opening/instructions from Zuiko
8:30 – 9:10 Zazen (sitting meditation)
9:10 – 9:20 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:20 – 10:00 Zazen (sitting meditation)
10:00 – 10:10 Service
10:10 -11:00 Dharma talk
11:00 –11:30 Zazen (sitting meditation)
11:30 – 11:40 Read Fukanzazengi together and closing remarks   

Zuiko will also have time during the day on Saturday, the 29th, for one-on-one talks. If you are interested in meeting privately with Zuiko to discuss your practice, please email her directly at . 

Please let us know what questions you have or if I have neglected to include relevant information.

in peace,
BN Zen Group 


------------------------------------------------------------------------Just bow in the way life becomes life -- Uchiyama Roshi


Hi Beautiful Bloomington Normal Meditators,

Gentle Spring Day of Silence and Meditation, March 9, 10 am to 2 pm, Friends Meeting House, 1904 E. Main St., Urbana

To sign up and for more information, please click here: (signing up is necessary).


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Hello Mindfulness Practitioners,

Please see the announcement below of a half-day mindfulness opportunity, this coming Saturday March 9th, led by Rev. Florence Caplow.

(Note - I made one edit to the message below based on a later message from Rev. Caplow, correcting the date to March 9th.)

All the best,

Countdown to TODAY: 0 days
Seize the day. Make the most of it. Live. 

“Life is short. Therefore, I shall be a crusader in the fight against ignorance and fear, beginning with myself.”
-Dorothy Vickers-Shelley

To sign up and for more information, please click here: (signing up is necessary).


Hello Beautiful Meditators,

The BN Zen Group is organizing a book drive for the Prison Mindfulness Institute.  We are participating by donating most of our (small) library and any other books you choose to drop off to us at UUBN (find a bin in the Walker room on the Northeast wall) before Saturday, February 16.  Or take your books to the the Zen group on February 17!  They have kindly invited people to stop by their book drive and say hello.  The details are below.  


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From: BN Zen Group <>
Subject: Dharma Book Drive for Prison Mindfulness Institute
Date: January 29, 2019 at 8:45:11 AM CST
To: BN Zen Group <>

Hi All,

Bloomington-Normal Zen Group and Palms Together Yoga are hosting a book drive to collect books and/or money for the Prison Mindfulness Institute -- new and used books on Buddhism, contemplative practices, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, stress reduction, etc. (please no CDs, DVDs, or hardcover books) to donate, OR...Make a monetary donation which will be given directly to the Prison Mindfulness Institute, OR...Donate some money and take a book or two home with you! OR...Just come by and say "hello" to your friendly local zen group and yoga studio! :-) 

This event will be at Palms Together Yoga, 1717 RT Dunn Dr., Bloomington. Sunday, February 17, from 1-3 PM.

FB event page is here:

Please let us know what questions you have.

BN Zen Group --

------------------------------------------------------------------------Just bow in the way life becomes life -- Uchiyama Roshi

This Sunday at Meditation

November 15th, 2018


Beautiful meditators,
Just a reminder that we’re opening the floor to new books for a few weeks. You are welcome to bring a favorite and read a chapter or part of a chapter.

As always, we meet each Sunday in the Walker Room at UUBN, 1613 E. Emerson, Bloomington, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Visit our website at

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Beautiful Meditators,
I occasionally forward opportunities to meditate, learn or connect with others in the our area.  Below is one such opportunity.  

As always, we sit in meditation together each Sunday at 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at UUBN at 1613 Emerson Avenue, Bloomington, IL.  All are welcome to attend.  Visit our website at 

If you’d like to be removed from our list, please let me know.  

From: BN Zen Group <>Date: November 4, 2018 at 11:40:58 AM CSTTo: BN Zen Group <>Subject: Fwd: Zuiko Redding Visit, 11/10 Dharma Talk, 11/11 Extended Zazen

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder about the events our group is hosting next weekend, November 10th and 11th.

Our group's primary teacher, Zuiko Redding from Cedar Rapids Zen Center, will be in BloNo for a Dharma talk and extended morning zazen with our group on November 10th and 11th. Zuiko will also be available to meet one-on-one with individuals wanting to have a more private discussion, though her available times are now filling up. Here is the schedule for that weekend:

Saturday, Nov. 10
5:00 pm - Potluck at 1303 Belt Ave, Normal
7:30 pm - Dharma talk at Bloom Community School, 1100 N Beech St., Normal

Sunday, Nov. 11
8:00 am to Noon - Extended zazen, service, and Dharma talk at Bloom

Zuiko will potentially be available for private discussions during the day on Saturday, the 10th. If you'd like to set up a time to meet with her, please email Zuiko directly at

I have attached the schedule for the Sunday extended morning zazen and a flyer for the talk on the 10th.

Please let us know what questions you have. I hope I haven't forgotten anything.

We hope to see you at the potluck, Dharma talk, and Sunday sitting.

In peace,
BN Zen Group


------------------------------------------------------------------------Just bow in the way life becomes life -- Uchiyama Roshi

Meditation this Sunday at UUBN

November 2nd, 2018


Beautiful Meditators,

We’re nearing the end of our book (only 2 more chapters of Mindfulness A to Z by Kuzak) and are looking for ideas.  We’ve decided to open the floor, reading a chapter of a different book each week for a while, so feel free to bring a book that you like and read a chapter.  This is a great chance to share a meditation or Buddhism book and learn more about what some others are reading, too.  Some of the books that people mentioned bringing are by Pema Chodron, Tara Brach, and Sharon Salzburg.   

I also wanted to remind everyone of our website:

As always, we’ll be meditating together at UUBN, 1613 East Emerson, Bloomington, IL, each Sunday from 6:00-7:30.  Hope to see you there.

If you’d like to be removed from the email list, please let me know.  



Since we’ve been talking about retreats… FYI.

Hope to see you this Sunday at 6:00-7:30 at UUBN for meditation.  We’ve been meeting in the garden if the weather permits.  


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From: Terry Kinsey <>
Subject: Oct. 6/7, 2018 Second Annual Fall Mindful Reflection Community Retreat
Date: September 20, 2018 at 3:43:45 PM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

Hi all,

This is the last chance to register for the Mindful Reflection Community Fall retreat.  We have 29 people registered with all but 4 or 5 spending the night!  We have room for more!  But you have to let me know right away as I have to let the staff at Camp Duncan know our numbers, they say tomorrow, Sept. 21st, but I'm hoping I can get an extension to Monday, Sept. 24th.

So, if you would like to attend, please let me know by email immediately.  

Then complete the attached registration form and get it to me via mail (829 S. Lyman Ave., OP, 60304), email ( or hand it to me at church or during the Mindful Reflection Community on Tuesday!  

Suggested donation is $80 made out to Unity Temple.  Scholarships are available.  You can get the check to me as soon as you can! 

Ride share will be coordinated and additional information on what you should bring and how to get there will be emailed to you toward the end of next week!

Camp Duncan is about an 1hr. 15 minute drive from Oak Park.

If you have any questions please feel free to call me:  312-405-5871. 



Hi beautiful Bloomington Normal Meditators,

Weather permitting, we’ll be meditating outside at the memorial garden behind UUBN on Sunday night from 6:00-7:30. Bring a folding chair or cushion.  Some people wear inspect spray. There are stone benches and brick walkways. If the weather isn’t suitable, we’ll meet inside the church. 

Below is a retreat opportunity with the Oak Park Sangha at a camp about 3 hours from here.  
Even if you can’t attend, it’s just really nice to know that a bunch of people will be meditating together for 2 days. 
Have a great weekend. 


You are receiving this email because you are on the Bloomington-Normal Meditation Group website.  If you’d like to be removed from the list, just email me anytime.  I occasionally forward information about other groups or retreat opportunities in the area.

And as always, we meet each Sunday at UUBN from 6-7:30 to meditate together.  
Hope to see you.


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From: Madison Insight Meditation Group <>
Subject: Registration is open for our retreat with Rebecca Bradshaw!
Date: August 4, 2018 at 8:09:58 PM CDT

Developing Our Steady and Graceful Heart:A Residential Meditation RetreatwithRebecca BradshawOctober 4–7, 2018

Madison Vipassana is extremely pleased to announce that Rebecca Bradshaw will be coming to Wisconsin to lead a residential meditation retreat October 4–7, 2018. The retreat will be held at Pine Lake Camp in Westfield, Wisconsin. DetailsRegistration

Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, MA, and one of the guiding teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the U.S. and Myanmar (Burma) and teaching since 1993.Read moreProtections for the Heart:Wisdom and Loving KindnessBy Rebecca Bradshaw

We have been born into this awesome, mysterious, incomprehensible, wild world of change. We have this yearning for openheartedness, and yet we’d like to feel safe, too. We want some kind of lasting security....

Read moreAdditional Opportunity to Practice with Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw will lead Madison Insight Meditation Group’s regular Sunday night meditation on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a 45-minute sit, following which Rebecca will offer a Dhamma talk. If you can attend the retreat, this will extend it. If you can’t attend the retreat, this is a great opportunity to benefit from Rebecca’s teaching.

Upcoming RetreatsMark Nunberg, Mar. 7–10, 2019Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI (nonresidential/residential)Sharon Salzberg, Aug. 9–11, 2019Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison, WI (nonresidential)Ajahn Punnadhammo, Oct. 7–17, 2019Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI (residential)

More on these retreats & other retreats in the region

Dhamma Talks

Dhamma talks from these retreats are now posted on our website:

Retreat with Venerable Ajahn Sucitto, July 2018Retreat with DaRa Williams, May 2018Retreat with Janice Cittasubha Sheppard, October 2017Kalyana Mitta GroupsA Kalyana Mitta (spiritual friend in Pali) is a group of 6–12 individuals who gather periodically (usually once a month) to study and discuss the teachings of the Buddha and the path of practice. The groups generally begin with a half-hour sit, followed by a personal check-in related to practice. Groups may also select readings to discuss, often in a check-in format with time afterward for a more freewheeling discussion with cross-talk. Each group has its own flavor. The expectation is that members make a commitment to show up each month if possible, though a long-term commitment is not necessarily expected at the outset. Over time, a close relationship among spiritual friends develops. For practitioners at any level, this can be an invaluable complement to practice at home and attendance at sangha.We currently have two groups with openings for new members. If you’re interested in joining a Kalyana Mitta, contact Dave Creswell at or 238-1234.

MIMG Sitting Groups

Madison Insight Meditation Group offers three weekly meditation opportunities, one in central Madison, one on the west side, and one on the east side. Bring your own meditation cushion or bench if you have one. Chairs and some extra cushions are available. Central Sundays 6:00–8:00 p.m.First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison1st & 3rd Sundays: 45-minute sitting followed by talk and discussion 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays: 45-minute sitting, 20-minute walking meditation, 45-minute sitting (breakout group on 2nd Sundays offers introduction to insight meditation. This sitting group is peer-led.West Tuesdays 6:30–8:15 p.m.9638 Shadow Ridge Trail, Middleton45-minute sitting followed by Dhamma talk/discussion This sitting group is led by Janice Cittasubha Sheppard, who was trained at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery as a Buddhist Lay Minister, and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center as a Community Dharma Leader.EastFridays 7:30–9:00 p.m.Main Street Yoga, 1882 E. Main Street, Madison 30-minute sitting followed by 10-minute movement meditation and Dhamma discussion or talk Dhamma discussions will be led by James Meadows, Jayson Chung, and Richard Ely. James has had a meditation practice since 1994, when he spent four months at Wat Pah Nanachat (International Forest Monastery) in Thailand. He has a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. Jayson was one of the earliest participants of Madison Insight Meditation Group. He has studied with Matthew Flickstein since 2005. Richard has practiced with Madison Insight for 10 years and is currently taking Janice Cittasubha Sheppard’s yearlong course, Form and Freedom in Theravada Buddhism More InformationCopyright © 2018 Madison Insight Meditation Group, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website. Our mailing address is: 

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