From the Editors

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society will benefit from our peace .... -from Being Peace In this Mindfulness Bell, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how to cultivate love, compassion, joy, and equanimity in ourselves and others. Maxine Hong Kingston-calling joy an advanced state of human evolution-encourages us to develop an art and literature of joy. Other Sangha members share their insights into the Vietnamese roots of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings, the second international Order of Interbeing conference, and family practice.

This issue marks the first time The Mindfulness Bell includes advertising. We hope you appreciate the chance to learn about the work and products of others in our extended community, and we also hope this will help us in the direction of breaking even. As always, we look forward to hearing from you about your successes and difficulties of practicing mindfulness in daily life.

Arnie Kotler, Therese Fitzgerald, and Maria Duerr

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