Thank you, readers, for your patience as we offer this issue of The Mindfulness Bell a little later than it was scheduled to appear. Your editors have been traveling in Texas and Southern California helping organize the retreats and lectures with Thich Nhat Hanh. Now, as we "pass through" Northern California, we have the time to complete this fourth issue. During this post-war period, many of us seem to need some solace and support in processing the violent actions that we witnessed and thereby partook in. The first article on nonviolence and a peaceful heart is offered in this vein. Following it are a number of pieces on this same subject that many of you sent in as the war broke out. These essays, and the responses we hope the rest of you will send in for future issues, are most welcomed.
We are happy to be able to share with you some of the fruits of the Spring retreats with Thay. It has been a deep pleasure and a source of reassurance and inspiration to see so many sanghas making the teachings and practices of mindfulness their own. And the size of the response has been staggering. Four thousand people came to the public lecture at the Berkeley Community Theater last week, and all the retreats and days of mindfulness are now full, except those listed below. We especially hope a few more Veterans of the wars in Vietnam, Korea, WWII, and the Persian Gulf will register for the June 5-9 retreat at Omega. Scholarships are available for all Veterans.
Once again, we hope you enjoy this newsletter. We continue to welcome your contributions and feedback, and we hope to get back on schedule with the July issue.
-Carole Melkonian, Therese Fitzgerald, & Amie Kotler