Welcome

Welcome

Summer 2021 Update – Starting on our July 11 Meeting

Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver will be meeting outdoors, in person, during the COVID-19 pandemic and while the weather allows. This will give is the opportunity to reconnect in person, and with nature. Plans are subject to change depending on weather as well as latest public health orders, so please check our homepage at mindfulnessvancouver.org before heading out to meet us in case there are any last minute changes.

  • Location: Beaconsfield Park, 3215 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4
    • We meet near the geographical center of the park, between the gravel field below and grassy field above, and just southwest of the community garden. There is a flat area of grass with shade from large nearby trees.
    • Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cz6c7LFhUxZdu9Yx6
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • We will continue to practice physical distancing
  • Please wear a facemask
  • Please bring anything you need to stay comfortable and well hydrated, such as cushion, blanket, portable chair, water bottle, etc.

 

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

 

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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 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!

Our Mission

“Dwelling in the present moment, we practice mindfulness and engaged Buddhism in the Plum Village 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 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.