By Mai Nguyen With excitement and uncertainty, the United Kingdom Sanghas participated in "The Ealing Buddhist"-a religious and cultural exhibit offered last summer by the Education Department of Ealing Borough in London. The three-week exhibit included lay and monastic participants from many Buddhist traditions and cultural backgrounds. With guidance from Sister Chan Khong, Sister Annabel, and Sister Jina, we shared the practice of mindfulness with over 1,000 children, age six to sixteen, their parents, teachers, and friends. Together, we practiced breathing, sitting, walking, and listening to the bell of mindfulness.
The children practiced wholeheartedly with us. Some later asked their teachers to get a bell for classes so they can "breathe better." Their enthusiasm gives us hope that the future truly is possible.
Mai Nguyen, True Beauty, practices in London with Buddhist Interhelp, which recently received charity status.