Music & Mindfulness Network

Thay writes in No Death, No Fear: “The bodhisatthva of wonderful sound, Gadgadashvara, can use music, writing and sound to awaken people... Among us are many writers, poets and composers who are using the wonderful ocean of sound to serve the way of understanding and love by making the Dharma doors, which the Buddha taught, more accessible ... Your artistic creations are not just to help people forget their pain momentarily but to water the seeds of awakened understanding and compassion in others.”

The Music & Mindfulness Network is an initiative to create connections amongst mindfulness practitioners in whose lives music plays a big part: musicians of all genres & styles, music therapists, teachers and others who work with music professionally or engage in music privately. Through communication online and hopefully in person at future music retreats we aim:

  • to water our seeds of joy, creativity, inspiration, understanding, healing, and love
  • to create a space for sharing our visions and projects, experiences and questions, diffi culties and successes
  • to support each other by sharing information and resources, e.g., recommended reading and listening, funding bodies, practical knowledge,
  • to come together in the context of mindfulness practice to play music in its many varieties and share our work
  • to explore possibilities of collaboration
  • to find ways to nourish and deepen our collective practice
  • to make a positive contribution to society through music

At this year’s Summer Retreat in Plum Village eleven people from Argentina, Italy, Germany, Scotland, the Netherlands, France, Ecuador and the U.S. held a first informal gathering: guitar, cello, clarinet, tablas, and flute players, pianists and singers who want to keep in contact. The next step will be to create an interactive website for the purpose of communication & sharing.

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