From the Editor

This issue of The Mindfulness Bell has much to offer. In his Dharma talk, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how we may learn to take the hand of suffering when it arises, and gives us an exercise to help deepen our mindfulness and expand our ability to deal with difficult times. In other articles, several practitioners share their experience with practice in difficult circumstances. The Daily Practice Section includes an examination of decision-making processes in one Sangha, a song, an article about a lay Sangha's second body practice, examination of two of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, and the Discourse on Absolute Truth, which was shared with recent Plum Village retreatants. The Family Practice Section offers tales of toddlers, a kids' mini-day of mindfulness, and an examination of the New Testament parable, "The Prodigal Son," applied to mindful parenting. Sharings of the Heart is a new Young Adult Section of The Mindfulness Bell but we hope the less-young folks will enjoy it as well. Finally, this issue contains the Retreat Schedules and a complete Sangha Directory. We hope you enjoy it. Please let us know.

Be well,





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