The Mindfulness Bell
In the Current Issue
Guest edited by Dharma teacher Valerie Brown and Dharma teacher John Bell, this issue is infused with reflections about engaged practice with current events.
In “Nondiscrimination” Thich Nhat Hanh tells us about our true home, the wisdom of nondiscrimination and interbeing, the three complexes, and the Four Noble Truths.
Cheri Maples shares about restoring peace and safety in our community and working with people around race awareness, particularly in the criminal justice system.
Kaira Jewel shares her approaches to respond appropriately to terrorism.
Sister Ocean shares about offering race awareness classes to white people.
Practitioners reveal heartfelt insights from their experiences with working with the police, organizing gatherings to support the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., supporting prisoners, having dinner with Bill Clinton, and collaborating with grassroots organizations in international development.
International environmental activists reflect on fracking in the United Kingdom, last fall’s Earth Holder retreat with monastics in New Mexico, and work as an Earth guardian to protect natural resources in New Zealand.
News and Updates
In the Featured Archive Issue
Issue #31 from Summer 2002 celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Plum Village in France and of that style of mindfulness practice throughout the world.
It features a Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh and articles on the backbone of Plum Village, embracing and transforming, family and community, fruits of daily practice, and sowing the seeds of peace, loving kindness, and understanding.
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.
Featured Dharma Talk
In this wonderful Dharma talk from 2007, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a "meditation on a grain of corn," showing how the corn seed is not the same but not different from the corn plant. He explains why the wisdom of interbeing allows us to experience nondiscrimination, harmony, and peace. Thay tells the story of the Sutra of the Son's Flesh, and gives statistics about the resources that are used to produce meat and dairy products, to illustrate the vital importance of mindful consumption. He also shares about the Five Mindfulness Trainings as a bodhisattva path.
We are fortunate to have many practices and teachings made available to us from Thay and the fourfold community. Here you'll find some featured books, audio and video teachings from our sister sites.