We gather as a Sangha (community of practitioners) in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay) to provide an opportunity to those that wish to deepen their Mindfulness Meditation Practice.
Our Sangha Practice includes Mindful Movements, Recitation of the Mindfulness Trainings, Dharma teachings, Sharing, Sitting Meditation and Singing. Some days we do Walking Meditation. All based on the daily practice at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Monastery in southern France. We start at 5:45 and end around 7:45.
We meet at the back door of Plantation Antique Galleries (604 Bel Air Blvd. at Cottage Hill). Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can maintain a serene environment for meditation. Cushions and chairs are provided; you are welcome to bring your own cushions and dress comfortably.
New people who want to learn more about meditation or our practice are always welcome at any of our Sanghas practice or meditations. One of our members will be happy to introduce you to the basics of the practice and answer any questions you have. Everyone is welcome, regardless of religious affiliation or level of experience with Buddhism.
As Thay said during a Dharma Talk at the Hand of the Buddha Retreat in Plum Village:
“If we know how to live our daily life in mindfulness, concentration, and harmony, then peace, happiness and brotherhood become a reality.”
“In society, much of our suffering comes from feeling disconnected from one another. We often do not feel a real connection even with people we live close to, such as our neighbors, our co-workers and even our family members. Each person lives separately, cut off from the support of the community. Being with the Sangha can heal these feelings of isolation and separation. We practice together, meditate, share and discuss the Dharma as a way of life. Just by participating with other fellow practitioners in these activities, we can experience a sense of peace, love and acceptance.
Thay often says that the Sangha is a garden, full of many varieties of trees and flowers. When we can look at ourselves and at others as beautiful, unique flowers and trees, we can truly grow to understand and love one another. One flower may bloom early in the spring and another flower may bloom in late summer. One tree may bear many fruits and another tree may offer cool shade. No one plant is greater, or lesser, or the same as any other plant in the garden. Each member of the Sangha also has unique gifts to offer to the community. We each have areas that need attention as well. When we can appreciate each member’s contribution and see our weaknesses as potential for growth, we can learn to live together harmoniously. Our practice is to see that we are a flower or a tree, and that we are the whole garden as well, all interconnected.”
Come sit with us!