UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 10, 2023 SANGHA GATHERING, 6:30 – 8:00PM, ONLINE
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm.
Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81863722543?
Meeting ID: 818 6372 2543
Passcode: To be posted at Mindfulnessvancouver.org about ten minutes prior to meeting start time
Enter the online sangha space as you would any other sacred in-person space: With your full presence, open heart, respect, and without external distractions as much as possible (for example, other electronic devices / windows etc).
Please do your best to arrive on time, and stay for the entire session if possible. If you arrive late, we will have you wait in the waiting room until the next section begins. We invite you to use that time to enjoy your breathing mindfully. Likewise, if you need to leave early, please do your best to wait until a transition point before leaving.
In order for us to feel safe together and have a sense of togetherness with each other, please keep your video camera on for the duration of the online sangha session. If you are not able to use your camera, please let us know in advance so we can get to know you and problem-solve together.
Please keep your microphone muted when not speaking. Unmute yourself when you are speaking.
We practice noble silence for most of the meeting, which allows us to deeply listen and be present with each other, without speaking.
During the Dharma Sharing portions, we are invited to share our practice if we wish. We practice mindful communication, listening to others without interrupting, and refrain from cross-talk and giving advice.
Zoom is an imperfect medium that can make people feel unsafe; therefore, out of respect for everyone’s safety, we will immediately remove people from Zoom if guidelines are not followed. This is in order to find the balance between inclusivity and safety, not as a means of punishment.
NOTE: FOR DECEMBER 24, 2023 (Christmas Eve), we will be cancelling our gathering. We wish you all a restful holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in the new year!
– Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
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. 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 aspire to be inclusive, and invite you to join us regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity!
“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.