MPC Sangha – December 11, 2016

Dear Mindfulness Practice Community,

After several weeks of searching, we have located a space to continue to meet and practice mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism.

This coming Sunday, Dec 11, we will meet at Vancouver Status of Women, 2652 E Hastings St (near Slocan), Vancouver, at our usual time (6:30 – 8:30pm).

Please bring any cushions or pillows you may have to make your meditation practice more enjoyable.

Since the holidays are coming up, we will not meet again in December. We will resume regular sangha meetings in January, most likely at Vancouver Status of Women. We will send out updates as available, both on this listserve as well as on our Facebook page and our website.

We look forward to reconnecting with you!

Nov 2, 2016: MPC Weekly Meditations CANCELLED Temporarily

Dear Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver,

Our host site, Building Caring Communities, is suddenly unable to host us (or any community groups) for the foreseeable future. We are grateful to their generosity for hosting us.

Our sangha caretakers and facilitators are working on finding a another location as soon as possible. If you have any leads for a possible sangha location, please email us at <mindfulnessvancouver@gmail.com>

In the meantime: We are cancelling our usual weekly sangha meditation gatherings until further notice. We hope to resume our gatherings soon, and will send out updates as soon as we can. Sorry for any inconvenience.

For other opportunities to practice in this tradition, please consider Waves and Water sangha http://wavesandwater.org/site/ or North Shore Mindfulness Sangha: https://northshoremindfulness.wordpress.com/

A lotus to you,
The MPC Caretakers and Facilitators: Dzung, Justin, Vilayvanh, Casey
mindfulnessvancouver.org

Welcome!

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 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!

Our Mission

“Dwelling in the present moment, we practice mindfulness and engaged Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.”

Vision Statement

“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 Weekly Gatherings [TEMPORARILY CANCELLED]

We usually meet to practice mindfulness together every Sunday evening, 6:30 – 8:30pm. These gatherings are cancelled until further notice, as we look to find a suitable location. Updates will be posted at this website, on our MPC listserve, and our Facebook page.