Mountain Mindfulness Sangha is
a spiritual family connected by the practice of mindfulness. We are a
harmonious community walking the path of liberation together. We can
rely on the Sangha and trust it to support our deepest aspirations and
give us energy and inspiration on the path of practice.
We are a small, informal group of usually 10-15, and newcomers are
always welcome! On Thursday evenings, we usually begin with a 20-minute
silent sitting meditation (in chairs or on floor cushions), followed by
a short, slow walking meditation. That is followed by a variety of
possibilities, depending on the particular evening. Sometimes it's
another "sit" (the first Thursday of each month), or a discussion of the
Mindfulness Trainings, aka Precepts (the third Thursdays). Or some
chanting, reading, or dharma discussion.
There is no charge. A
donation is appreciated if one is able, to help us pay rent, cover
expenses and support our monastic and lay Dharma teachers.
weekly Sangha practice of sitting and walking meditation, reading Thay’s
words, participating in Dharma discussions and chanting, we learn how
to be more compassionate with ourselves and each other.
the Lotus Sutra by night, the sound shook the Universe. In the morning
when mother Earth woke up, her lap was full of flowers.
Nhat Hanh’s teachings and philosophy speak to the individual’s desire
for wholeness and inner calm. The practice of mindfulness (being present
and aware in each moment) uses simple and practical ways to transform
the difficulties and limitation in our lives, so that each day becomes
an experience of peace, happiness and freedom. This happens only as we
embrace the present moment. Looking deeply into both our suffering and
our joy to gain insight and understanding.
practice of mindfulness is an appropriate tool for anyone who is
looking for freedom from suffering. It is used by people of all major
religions. Thay encourages his students to stay with their root
religions or paths; our ancestors are inside us and an important part of
who we are.
take refuge in the three jewels, the Buddha (and the Buddha in myself),
the Dharma (the teachings) and the Sangha (the community of practice).
Weekly Meditation Services:
Tuesday Mornings 8am-8:40am
Thursday Evenings 7pm-8:30pm Generally, the first Thursday of the month is Silent Night. We practice a guided sitting meditation, followed by a walking meditation (indoors or out), finished with a 25 minute silent sitting. Everyone is encouraged to practice Noble Silence, and if necessary to speak with a Dharma friend, please do so in one of the smaller meeting rooms near the zendo or outside near the cars.
The 3rd Thursday of the month we recite and share the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
The 5th Thursday of the month is Creative Night, in which we may do something a little different than usual, but still within our practice tradition.
Note to Newcomers: When coming for the first time, please arrive several minutes prior to our start time to get acquainted with the space. A Greeter will be in attendance to welcome you and assist you.You are welcome to bring your own cushion for sitting meditation, but we have plenty for everyone. If you have any questions you are invited to speak with that evening's facilitators in the entrance hall immediately following our service. Dress
is casual, with a modest neckline, shoulders covered, and knees covered
when sitting. In consideration of some practitioners’ requests, please
refrain from use of strong perfumes.