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Summer 2014 Issue

Happy Summer! We hope you'll enjoy the beautiful new edition of the Mindfulness Bell.

In his Dharma talk, "The Horse Is Technology," Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) calls our attention to the dangers and opportunities in our use of technology. He urges us to examine our volition – our deepest desire – in relation to this powerful tool, and invites us to create technology that can help us return home to ourselves with mindfulness and compassion.

Sister Hien Nghiem tells about a Day of Mindfulness at Google with Thay and the monastic Sangha, and describes Thay's extraordinary business meeting with executive Google engineers.

In "Sowing Seeds of Kindness and Compassion: Monastic Trust Fund," Sister Chan Khong and Sister Chan Thoai Nghiem encourage us to support this important fund, helping to ensure long-term provision of the monastic community’s basic needs.

War veterans – laypeople and monastics, women and men – share remarkable stories about their journey from serving in war to becoming peacemakers.

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