Diamond Net

Sangha Support In Old Age, Sickness & Death

Previous Events

Presentation on the experience of low vision and blindness by Gale Delaney - Jan 12, 2020, 1:30 pm

Gale Delaney has worked with those with visual difficulties and those who are blind for many years. She will do a presentation on low vision and blind for us using vision simulators.  We will walk through the ZMM main building to inform where lighting and obstacles might be for those with vision limitations.  Join us in the multi-purpose room of the Sangha House, Sunday January 12th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Zen Mountain Monastery.

Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch on Aging in the Now - Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, 1:30pm

Rev. Jinpu offers her engaging stories about the practice of aging and living in the now. An ordained Buddhist priest and hospice chaplain, Jinpu has over twenty years of experience in practicing and teaching others to care for and celebrate all of life.

Shugen Roshi on the 10 Values - September 29th, 2019, 1:15 pm

Shugen Roshi will explore the Beyond Fear of Differences Ten Values in the context of the Diamond Net on Sunday Sept 29th 2019 at 1:15 in the Sangha House Performance Hall.  This event will be available on Zoom (no longer on livestream). Contact diamondnet@mro.org for zoom info.

Presentation on Alternative Funeral and Burial Methods - Sunday, July 21st, 2019, 1:30 pm

Diamond Net offers a presentation by sangha member Jo Scari on Alternative Funeral and Burial Methods. No registration necessary, just show up to the Sangha House Performance Hall.

JoAnna Scari serves as a Funeral Celebrant, Home Funeral Guide, Death Midwife, and is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA). Jo holds a Degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service from the American Academy McAllister Institute and was recognized with an award in Clinical Embalming. She has directed a variety of funeral services from conventional burial to Military Honors at a National Cemetery. As an experienced mortician, she aims to be available with guidance and information to help people through the pragmatic aspects of planning a funeral service, while also supporting their emotional journeys in grief and acceptance of mortality. Jo also holds a degree in the school of Global and Professional Studies from Marist College, a hybrid study of Organization Leadership & Communications Management. She is current Co-Chair of a local non-profit, Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD), chartered to bring the first Home for the Dying to Ulster County in 2020!

To join remotely via Zoom, contact diamondnet@mro.org for instructions.

Of Interest

Jan 2020 – Workshop on Navigating the Monastery with Low Vision

Please join us for a hands on workshop on how to safely and appropriately assist someone with vision loss. We will use simulators to allow participants to experience different types of vision loss and to explore what it might be like for someone with vision loss to visit the monastery. How will we guide them if needed? How might we orient them to the space? How much verbal description is helpful and when does it become confusing? What are some simple dos and don’ts that will help us to create a comfortable and welcoming environment.

Vision loss is all around us. Some degree of it is common especially in the elderly. Often, changes in behavior that cause us concern (maybe a friend or relative  loses interest in things that used to engage them or stops taking care of their home) can be related to a loss of vision. Perhaps they bump into things and become “clumsy.” Maybe they don’t say hello to you at the grocery or when they pass you on the street. They become fearful and more isolated. What can we do to help and encourage them?

Jan 2020 – Jizo Project update

On January 2nd, we began work on the installation of a lift in the main monastery building, which will run from the ground floor to the second floor where the zendo and guest bedroom are located. [read more]

Aug 2019Just posted at mountainrecord.org: Diamond Net and Jizo Project

Jun 2019Being 97 Hogen Sensei mentioned this short video in his talk “My Words, my suffering” at ZCNYC on 6/9/19. It is about a 97 year old philosopher who is still conflicted about death. https://www.thendobetter.com/arts/2019/3/7/on-being-97-years-old.

Jun 2019Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson Jinpu recently offered a workshop on “Aging in the Now” at ZCNYC. Listen to her Sunday talk from 6/23/2019 here: Aging in the Now

Jun 2019Sunday Greeters The Diamond Net is available on Sunday mornings at ZMM to assist anyone who has mobility issues or needs a helping hand in any way.  If you don’t see a Diamond Net member at the South entrance, ask the regular greeter or one of the zendo monitors for assistance.

Jun 2019The Jizo Project The Diamond Net is excited about the launch of the Jizo Project, which is working to enhance accessibility to the buildings and grounds of ZMM.  If you have concerns about physical barriers to practice, the Diamond Net may be able to help. Contact us at diamondnet@dharma.net with your questions.

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