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!
“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.”
Our Weekly Gatherings
We meet to practice mindfulness together every Sunday evening, 6:30 – 8:30pm, at Building Caring Communities/Possibilities, 251 E 11th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). Click here for more details.
We are delighted to announce that this coming August, Brother Phap Hai and Brother Hue Truc, two senior monks from Deer Park Monastery in California, will be coming to B.C. to lead a special Residential Retreat at Rivendell Retreat Centre on Bowen Island as well as two Days of Mindfulness in Vancouver.
“Transforming the Heart” – Residential Retreat at Rivendell, Bowen Island. 3 p.m. Tuesday August 23 to 12 noon Thursday August 25.
This retreat will be a special opportunity to dive deeply and experientially into the Buddha’s teachings of deep healing and transformation. We will be exploring together eight key practices that can help to transform our inner and outer worlds.
This Retreat is limited to 22 persons/pillows. Registration is $200 per person sharing a double room. You will bring your own breakfasts and lunches and bring one Vegetarian Pot Luck Dinner item (ten-portion size) to share.
“Opening the Heart” – Two Days of Mindfulness at 1863 Alberni Street 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28.
Cost will be $60 per person for these two Days of Mindfulness. You will bring your own lunch and drinks.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Retreat or Days of Mindfulness. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. Full payment will be required upon acceptance of registration.
With loving kindfulness,
True Virtue and Gratitude.
Monies paid for both these Retreats will cover the costs of the residential accommodation, weekend room rental and the monk’s transportation from California. Any remaining balance, after expenses, will be given to the monks for Deer Park Monastery. DANA is also warmly welcome.
Brother Phap Hai
Brother Phap Hai is a senior monastic disciple of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a monk in 1997 and formally authorized to teach in January 2003. Originally from Australia, he is an active meditation teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness and talks throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia.
Brother Phap Hai has the ability to offer a charming blend of ancient wisdom, Dharma scholarship, and contemporary applications, sharing deep teachings in a warm, accessible and humorous manner.
“Nothing To It: Ten Ways to be at Home with Yourself”. Phap Hai’s first book was published in 2015 by Parallax Press. He resides at Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, California.
Brother Hue Truc
Originally from Italy, Brother Hue Truc is a deeply insightful and empathetic monk with a strong background and interest in yoga, Pilates and psychology. He has taught in both Europe and the United States. He resides in Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, California.