By Alberto Annicchiarico A small group of mindfulness practitioners in Milan is trying to create an association, Essere Pace (Being Peace), to awaken society with Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings. The association's activities will be closely connected with the practice of the Fourteen Precepts of the Order of Interbeing, and will also open to the Italian spiritual (i.e., Christian) and social-caring tradition. Our aspiration is to nourish individuals and society. Some people in our Sangha do not feel it is necessary to create a formal association, believing that we could do the same things we are doing now as a simple Sangha. We already did things like that, but there were many problems. In order to publish books and newsletters and organize public talks and other initiatives in Italy, it is necessary to be an association. We would appreciate hearing from other Sanghas who may have struggled with similar issues.
Alberto Annicchiarico is the contact person for the Milan Sangha in Italy.