Welcome to the Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver. We are inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. We practice sitting meditation and walking meditation.
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!
“Dwelling in the present moment, we practice mindfulness and engaged Buddhism in the 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.”