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THE COMMUNITY OF MINDFUL LIVING
850 Talbot (rear building)
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:
The Community of Mindful Living was incorporated by students of Thich
Nhat Hanh in 1990 to give support to mindfulness practice within the
individual, the family, and the society. We offer retreats, work for
the rejuvenation of Vietnam, and publish books on socially engaged
Buddhism and //The Mindfulness Bell// newsletter.
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Precept Recitation & Discussion
Each month, on the Saturday nearest the New Moon, we gather to recite
the Five or Fourteen Precepts and discuss one precept. We begin at 7:00pm
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Please join us Thursday mornings for sitting and walking meditation, 7-8am.
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Outdoor Walking Meditation
Please join us Saturday afternoons for outdoor walking meditation in
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For further information about this and
other Sangha activities in San Francisco, contact Barbara DiPietro,
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Tuesday Evenings of Mindfulness
Each evening begins at 7pm with meditation, followed by a presentation
and discussion led by a community member, ending at 9pm.
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FAMILY DAYS OF MINDFULNESS
"For Americans to enjoy a simple, quiet day together
is American Buddhism."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
For more than eight years, we have been welcoming families to join us
for one-day mindfulness retreats at Green Gulch Farm, a beautiful,
115-acre meditation center near the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach.
Inspired by the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh, these days are designed to
cultivate deep enjoyment of mindfulness practice in family life. Wendy
Johnson, the head gardener of Green Gulch Farm for many years and an
ordained Dharma teacher, provides her lovely guidance at these Family
Days of Mindfulness.
Each Family Day begins with a simple introduction to meditation
practice, followed by a short Dharma talk. The young people are invited
to offer their insights during the talk and throughout the day. Our time
together is quiet and always includes simple walking and sitting
meditation, and seasonal group projects. In the winter, we plant trees.
In the springtime, we help sow and transplant vegetables and flowers
into the fields of Zen Center's organic farm. In the autumn, we harvest
crops from the bountiful fields to send to local soup kitchens.
Following our outdoor period of working together, we practice a meal
chant and then enjoy a silent vegetarian lunch. The afternoon includes
play and discussion for the young people, anmd a chance for the adults
to meet together and reflect on strengthening family life in our times.
The day closes with a tea meditation, led by the young people.
These days emphasize joyfulness and looking deeply into the heart of
family life. Although the day is quiet, there is time for song, play,
and real replenishment. Please join us.
Please register early, specifying the ages of your children. Dress
warmly, and bring rubber boots if you have them. For the half-days,
bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden.
Please send the amount due to:
Green Gulch Farm
1601 Shoreline Highway
Sausalito CA 94965
(checks payable to Green Gulch)
You will receive a confirmation letter, map, and other pertinent
information. If you have questions or would like additional information,
contact the Community for Mindful Living, (510) 527-3751, or Green Gulch
Farm, (415) 383-3134.
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Practice Groups in the Bay Area
Community of Mindful Living Helen Stoltfus & Alan Greenberg
850 Talbot Avenue, Albany 3524 -19th St (off Valencia), SF
Mona Bernstein Edie Hartshorne
2420 Sacramento Street, Berkeley Berkeley
Jennifer Biehn Ellen Peskin
2230 Ward Street, Berkeley 6409 Hillegass Ave, Oakland
Wendy Johnson Mary Ann Clark
Highway 1, Muir Beach 5000 Sir Francis Drake, Woodacre
9175 Poplar Avenue, Cotati