UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 MEETING
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Beaconsfield Park, 3215 Slocan St, Vancouver. Behind the Italian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver. We can meet in the centre of the park where there is a row of large trees. Below is a gravel field, and above is a grassy playing field. We will be to the west of the community garden.
We will practice sitting meditation, walking meditation, and dharma sharing.
Optional: You may wish to bring a cushion, blanket, chair, and/or yoga mat to sit or lie down on. Casey has an extra chair or two if anyone would like to borrow it, they would need to carry it from her home next door to the park.
Please do NOT come if you are sick
Please wear a facemask. We will be sitting distanced from each other as well.
In case of rain, we will meet virtually via Zoom as a backup option. Please check back here, mindfulnessvancouver.org, the day of, we’ll post an update if we are meeting by Zoom by 12pm on the day of the meeting. If there are no updates, it means we are meeting at the park in person.
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.