This issue features Thich Nhat Hanh's commentaries on the Five Precepts as presented in a series of lectures at Plum Village, France in July-August 1991. We hope this article by Thay and the other pieces on practicing the precepts and related subjects inspire your practice and provoke you to write to tell us your own experiences and insights, As a readers' forum, the Mindfulness Bell is no more than a manifestation of our collective consciousness, and we are therefore most appreciative when you take a few moments to share your thoughts and perceptions with us. Starting with this issue, the Mindfulness Bell will be produced and distributed through the Community of Mindful Living, a California non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote the practice of mindfulness as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. Many thanks to Parallax Press for ''incubating” the first five issues until it became possible for us to make this transition.
ln March, April, and May, Annabel Laity and Jina Van Hengel, two senior ordained students of Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in France will be visiting North America. We hope to see many of you at the retreats and classes they will be leading. Their full tour schedule is on page 34, Wishing you a peaceful and happy Spring,
Therese Fitzgerald, Arnie Kotler, and Carole Melkonian