Community of Mindfulness NY/Metro

Inspired by the Teachings of
Thich Nhat Hanh

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Breathing In I calm
Breathing Out I smile
Dwelling in the present moment
I know it is a wonderful moment

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"We must be aware of the real problems of the world.
Then, with mindfulness, we will know what to do and what not to do."

Thich Nhat Hanh


Welcome to the Community of Mindfulness/NY Metro

The Community of Mindfulness New York Metro is inspired by the teachings and practice of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh; we belong to the international Sangha which he founded: the Order of Interbeing, a "fourfold community" of lay women and men, nuns and monks. We are a grassroots Sangha, beginners and more experienced practitioners learning from and supporting one other on the path of awakening.

Our aspiration is to bring mindfulness, concentration, and insight to daily living. During our sessions, we apply the practice of conscious breathing to sitting and walking, as well as communicating with compassionate listening and loving speech. Our gatherings also reflect the values of openness. For example, many members continue to participate within other religious or ethical traditions. And, while we are determined to avoid an attachment to narrow or partisan doctrines, we do share a commitment to opposing oppression and social injustice. Other values one might see reflected are presented in the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, guidelines we often recite and discuss.

We are a Sangha of practitioners in the city and outlying areas and consider ourselves to be part of a world wide Sangha.  We participate   in events in New York, such as Days of Mindfulness, Dharma study, walking meditations in the park, or even travel to meditation centers in New York, California, or Plum Village in France. If you or someone else is into meditation Personalized By Kate has great gifts for them.

Beginners are welcome.

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Waking up this morning, I smile
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me,
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all being with eyes of compassion.

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The Mindfulness Bell

Is a journal of the art of mindful living. To be mindful means to dwell deeply in the present moment, to be aware of what is going on within and around us. Practicing mindfulness cultivates understanding, love, compassion, and joy. This practice helps us to take care of and transform suffering in our lives and in our society.

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Please Call Me By My True Names

A Poem By Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope,
the rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the
surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes,
arrives in time to eat the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily in the
clear water of a pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who,
approaching in silence,
feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly
weapons to Uganda.

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by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Thich Nhat Hanh's Historic Return to Vietnam
Jan 12 to April 11, 2005

I have arrived, I am home     In the here, and in the now     I am solid, I am free     In the ultimarte I dwell     I have arrived, I am home     In the here, and in the now     I am solid, I am free     In the ultimate I dwell     I have arrived, I am home     In the here, and in the now     I am solid, I am free     In the ultimarte I dwell     I have arrived, I am home     In the here, and in the now     I am solid, I am free     In the ultimarte I dwell

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The day is now ended. Our lives are now shorter. Now we look carefully. What have we done? Noble Sangha, with all our heart, let us be diligent, engaging in the practice. Let us live deeply, free from our afflictions, aware of impermanence so that life does not drift away without meaning.

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