The Mindfulness Bell
In the Current Issue
Guest edited by Thu Nguyen, Dharma teacher and member of the Mindfulness Bell caretaking council, this issue focuses on themes of Deep Listening and Healing Ancestral Roots.
Our beloved teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh reflects on beginning anew, peace negotiations, and true diligence.
“Sangha Appreciation” offers insights on living in a Plum Village lay practice center in Germany, seeing Thay in us and around us, and offering gifts to an ordained monastic at Deer Park Monastery.
In “Garden of Transformation,” monastics and a lay friend share about loving themselves, taking refuge in the Sangha, enjoying playfulness, and appreciating a person’s qualities.
“Engaging in Society” includes sharings from practitioners who deal with events in the world, and “Family Practice” tells about mothers’ reconciliation with their family and a Wake Up friend's deep listening to their inner child.
In the Next Issue
Guest edited by Dharma teacher Mitchell Ratner, this issue shares the fruits of our practice with three of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.
True Transmission: In a Dharma talk, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us about the teacher-disciple relationship, mindfulness practice as a path of freedom from afflictions, and what it means to be an Order of Interbeing member and a Sangha builder.
Awareness of Suffering: Practitioners recall their service in places of great suffering—the aftermath of a typhoon, a family violence hotline, reliving of childhood trauma, a harrowing bus ride—and how they found balance, healing, and forgiveness in the middle of trouble.
Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment: We learn how people have practiced the art of mindful living during a transformative journey with stage 4 cancer, breadmaking, and joyful drumming and singing.
True Love: Dharma teacher Leslie Rawls invites us to engage in conscious, mindful practices to cultivate healthy intimacy and true love; practitioners reflect on challenges of casual sexual relationships, conscious sexuality as a spiritual practice, and silence as a nurturing ingredient in a marriage.
News and Updates
Global Sangha Directory
Thich Nhat Hanh has stated that "The next Buddha will be a Sangha." A sangha, or local community, is a group of mindfulness practitioners who gather to meditate and to support each other on the path. We offer this global Sangha directory with the hope that it will help you to connect with a local community and nourish your practice. If there are no local communities near you, there are resources for joining an online community or for helping you start a Sangha.
We are fortunate to have many practices and teachings made available to us from Thay and the fourfold Mahasangha. Here you'll find some featured books and online teachings from our beloved community.