Mindfulness Bell #5

Mindfulness Bell #5
  • Planting Seeds of Self-Respect

    I teach meditation, Aikido, and nonviolence to kids in East Los Angeles who come from neighborhoods of violence, drive-by shootings, and drugs. The gangs the kids are sometimes pressured into joining reflect the battles their parents at home are fighting with drugs, low self-esteem, and…

  • Transforming Anger in Prison

    I teach meditation at a juvenile prison in Kansas. One Friday evening I was teaching meditation to a new group of young men, drawing heavily on my experience from the retreat and Thich Nhat Hanh. After I gave a brief definition of meditation, a…

  • Family Illness

    Just three days after our retreat in Chicago with Thich Nhat Hanh, I received a late-night phone call from my mother. My dad had been rushed to the hospital, his skin sickly pale for lack of oxygen. Mom sounded convinced that Father was going…

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Announcements

Plum Village Chanting Book This collection of sutras (discourses of the Buddha) and other chants and ceremonies is now available in a lovely spiral-bound edition from Parallax Press, P.O. Box 7355, Berkeley, CA…

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Gatha for the Sick

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Teaching Smiling

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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