In this issue of The Mindfulness Bell, we focus on prayer in its many forms. Thich Nhat Hanh's Dharma teaching explores how we define prayer and its effectiveness. Several Sangha members offer reflections on how they have woven a "tapestry of prayer and mindfulness practice" into their lives. In the next section, many friends offer a tribute to Jim Fauss, who died this past April. These remembrances attest to the fact that Jim's life itself was a kind of prayer. The Mindfulness Bell is the newsletter for the international Order of Interbeing, and we strive to represent the worldwide community. In this issue, we are delighted to share accounts of Thay's visits to Italy, France, Germany, and Sister Annabel's visit to Thailand. We warmly encourage other Sangha members in Europe and Asia to write articles for future issues.
We hope you use The Mindfulness Bell as a tool to help deepen your practice individually and in community. The letters we receive from readers are generally appreciative, and we bow in gratitude for your support. At the same time, we believe that our Sangha and our practice can be strengthened through engaged, thoughtful, and constructive dialogue. Please share with us your insights and concerns.
Beginning next issue, we will accept a limited number of mindfulness-related advertisements in The Mindfulness Bell (see page 36 for details). After being short at least $5,000 each issue, we can no longer wait until our subscription base reaches 3,500 people to cover costs. We hope you will appreciate our decision, which is a small step in the direction of self-sufficiency.
We welcome our new managing editor and production manager, Maria Duerr. Maria's relationship with the Community of Mindful Living began three years ago when she attended graduate school in cultural anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. That fall, she went to Thay's lecture in Berkeley, and later interned at Parallax Press. She has continued to practice with Sanghas in the Bay Area and received the Five Precepts with Dharma teacher Joan Halifax. With Maria's help, this Mindfulness Bell was by far the smoothest and most on schedule yet. We hope you enjoy this issue, and we look forward to hearing from you.
—Arnie Kotler, Therese Fitzgerald, Ellen Peskin