MARCH 17, 2020 UPDATE:
Dear friends, please join Dzung and his partner Ly for a 30-minute online (from Vancouver) meditation this coming Sunday night, March 22, at 8pm. Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village sangha, mindful self compassion, and others. Meditation, reading, and sharing. We can continue to build sangha even in the midst of social distancing.
This is not an official Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver event, but MPC members are all invited. It is a bit of an experiment, I’ve never done anything quite like this, so thank you for your patience and support with the tech and format! If it is successful, MPC will consider offering something like this more regularly while in-person gatherings are on hold.
MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE:
Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver is cancelling the gatherings for one month, in light of COVID-19. We will reassess the situation in about one month. We hope that you may find ways to continue to practice at home and online.
You may wish to join the free online summit, “In the Footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh,” March 25 – 29. https://promo.lionsroar.com/free-summit-thich-nhat-hanh/
From Plum Village (also closed in light of COVID-19): “We send our thoughts and prayers to those around the world facing suffering and difficulty in these moments, and look forward to the chance to welcome our wider community back in Plum Village in the near future. May all of us as a species use this opportunity to wake up to our shared humanity, our shared vulnerability, and to nourish our compassion and tolerance, and not our fear and discrimination.”
Dzung on behalf or the MPC Caretakers
Dzung, Casey, Thay Phap Hoan, Nghia
Welcome to the Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver. We are inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Mindfulness is being aware of what is going on: in our bodies, in our feelings, in our minds, and in the world. When we are not aware of the present moment, our mind may be occupied with memories of the past or thoughts of the future. Quite often, such mental activity can result in a quality or feeling of dissatisfaction, unease or discontent. By being absent to what is happening in the present moment, we are absent to our lives which are only lived in the present moment.
Cultivating mindfulness involves being aware of where our attention is and training our mind to pay attention to the present moment. In the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, we pay attention to the breath, the inhalation and the exhalation, to bring us back to the here and now. When we pay attention to the present moment, we may find – among other things – a richness and peace in the simple act of being present.
Mindfulness of the breath is a simple meditation technique which anyone can do, regardless of age, sex, faith or race. It does, however, require practice in order to establish a strong continual presence. Mindfulness and meditation have proven very beneficial for one’s mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We invite you to join us!
“Dwelling in the present moment, we practice mindfulness and engaged Buddhism in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.”
“We practice engaged Buddhism in our lives, in the meditation group (sangha) and in the community. We work for the well-being of people, plants, animals and the earth. Our practice includes meditation, deep listening and loving speech. We focus attention on mindfulness (non-judgemental awareness) and cultivating states of peace and compassion within ourselves and in our relationships. We offer service where there is real need. Our community is accessible for all people who wish to join us at our meditation evenings, retreats and other events.”
Our Regular (Twice-Monthly) Gatherings: 2nd & 4th Sunday of Each Month, Unless Posted Otherwise
Click here for information on our regular gatherings for community mindfulness practice. Updates and cancellations will be posted at this website, on our MPC listserve, our Meetup group, and our Facebook Group.