Submission Guidelines


The heart of the Mindfulness Bell is the creative expression of mindfulness practice offered by practitioners throughout the world. The beauty of each issue comes from the creative fruits offered by our readers.

 Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

The Mindfulness Bell invites submissions of prose, poetry, photography, and artwork for our upcoming issues. Material should include specific examples of how mindfulness practice in daily life is helping to transform suffering, create peace, and improve relationships and well-being. Please share from your personal practice in the Plum Village tradition and from your heart.

We welcome your stories, poems, and feature articles, and we especially request stories, poems, and artwork from children and teens. Click here for copyright information.

Upcoming themes

Aspiring Bodhisattvas

In establishing the Order of Interbeing (OI), Thich Nhat Hanh saw the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings as guidelines for aspiring Bodhisattvas. In the Charter, he wrote: “The aim of the Order is to actualize Buddhism by studying, experimenting with, and applying Buddhism in modern life with a special emphasis on the bodhisattva ideal.”

In the Summer 2019 issue of the Mindfulness Bell, we would like to explore how OI members/aspirants and others living in the midst of the challenges of the 21st century are manifesting the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings in their lives and practice.

You are encouraged to focus on one of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. Questions you might address in your article include but are not limited to:

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  • What does this training mean to me, in my own words?

  • How have my understanding and practice of this training changed over time?

  • Who has helped me deepen my understanding of this training, through their words and actions?

  • How do I actually practice this training in daily life and in specific circumstances?

  • What are the challenges this training presents for me?

  • How has my way of living been transformed through my study and practice of this training?

In writing an article for the Mindfulness Bell, please consider writing about a training you may have paid less attention to until now, or as a challenge to yourself, pick one randomly. Please also consider taking on this exercise as a group, with each member of an OI Sangha or group of friends writing about one of the trainings and sharing the reflections among themselves before submitting them.

Please send your article (no more than 2,000 words), a photo to accompany your submission with a file size of at least 1 MB, a photo of yourself, and a 2-3 sentence bio with your Dharma name (if any) to by January 15, 2019*.

Submissions of artwork and photography are also welcomed.

* No exceptions will be made to submit past this deadline. Thank you for your understanding.

Art and Photo Submissions

 Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

We appreciate photos, artwork, illustrations, and cartoons from your local Sangha, family, and community. Please send images as TIF or JPG files, 1 MB or larger. We can return originals sent by mail.

Submission Due Dates

  • February 28 for the Summer issue

  • May 15 for the Autumn issue

  • September 15 for the Winter/Spring issue

It may take eight to twelve weeks for submissions to be reviewed. If you have not received a response within twelve weeks, you are welcome to contact us to inquire about the status of your submission.

How to Send

The preferred method is to email files to Artwork should be sent as JPG or TIF files, 1 MB or larger. You may also send written submissions, original art, photos, or a CD of digital images to:

The Mindfulness Bell
PO Box 5131
San Diego, CA 92165