What a delight it is to see The Mindfulness Bell in the mail! This journal is truly a bell, as the articles in it bring me back to my practice and my true self. I am new to formal Buddhism, but everything I read and hear seems to resonate with my own ideas, and waters fascinating seeds. I so enjoy knowing that there is a community here which sees life and our role within it similarly to the way I do. I am grateful to all who share the experience of their practice-especially those willing to relive painful memories-so as to remind me to come home and continue my practice. It often takes me quite a while to read The Bell, as many bits inspire a period of meditation. I look forward to the next issue, but keep savoring the old ones as well.
I am currently using the Sutra on Full Awareness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutra) as a guide for sitting meditation practice, with the help of Thay's book, Breathe! You Are Alive and also the book, Breath by Breath: The Liberating Power of Insight Meditation. My intention is to practice each of the sixteen exercises in a systematic way. If there are others also practicing this way, and interested in sharing the practice, please contact me.
David Flint, True Good Nature
311 W. 97 St., 6E
NY, NY 10025
Thank you for explicitly addressing the topics of racism and diversity in mindfulness practice in the April 1998 issue of The Mindfulness Bell. It was wonderful to read articles on "Unlearning Racism," "Diversity and Unity," and "Coming Out, Returning Home." Articles like these will not only broaden the base of Buddhism in America, they will deepen the practice of people who are already striving to cultivate mindfulness.
Scott PIous by email