New Teen Sangha in the Bay Area

from Nicole Kramer:

My name is Nicole (“Coco”) Kramer, and I am a sangha member in the Bay Area. Some of you may know me for my work at the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation from 2018-2022.

I am writing with the joyful news that along with my dear friend Amelia Ravitz, I am helping to form a new teen sangha in Berkeley, CA. Our aspiration is to create a long-term Plum Village sangha for teens in the area, and to plant an initial seed we are creating an 8-week series, on Tuesdays from October 10 – Dec 5. The group is freely offered, and open to teens ages 14-19.

We would be very grateful if you could share this information with your local sanghas and with the teens in your life! Registration closes on October 7. The group will be capped at fifteen participants.

To register and find out more, please visit the series website:

If you have any questions, you can also contact us at

Gather in Generosity: Day of Mindfulness in Hayward Sept. 17

You’re invited to gather as a community dedicated to cultivating generosity.

We are offering a day of mindfulness on September 17 — an opportunity to experience mindfulness and generosity, and to connect with other local sanghas and practitioners in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

We will also raise funds to support building the monks’ residence at Deer Park Monastery, fostering a space for monastics to live and for lay people to take refuge.

Let’s practice the spirit of dana: receiving when we need it and giving when we have enough.

We are excited to announce that Dharma teacher Denise Bergez has offered to give a Dharma talk this day.

  • Location: Garin Regional Park in Hayward (outdoors) 
  • Date and time: Sunday, Sept. 17, 8:45am – 3:30pm

Note: This is the weekend of Rosh Hashanah. Those who wish to are invited to participate in a Jewish affinity circle as part of the New Year celebration.

Schedule of the day:

●  8:45 Gather
●  9-10 Walking meditation
●  10:00 – 10:30 Guided sitting meditation
●  10:30 – 11:30 Dharma talk by Dharmacharya Denise Bergez
●  11:30 – 12:00 Mindful movement
●  12-1 Lunch
●  1-2 Dharma Sharing: A chance to share and listen deeply, with your sangha or another group
●  2-3:30 Sangha Sharing: A chance for sanghas to introduce themselves to one another

For more information, see the attached PDF flyer.

If you plan to attend, please register by September 15, using this online form.

We are asking for a donation of $10 or more. Details on how to donate are in the form linked above.

Sending smiles!

Duy Tran, Kim Nhat Nguyen, Eric Guico, Dylan Tweney, and Isabelle YenChi Chappuis

Day of Mindfulness Sept. 23 in Vacaville

(announcement from Dharmacharya Chau Yoder)

Please share the following including the pdf flyer and flow of the Day of Mindfulness with your sangha. 

Our Wisdom Meditation School (Pho Tri) Days of Mindfulness continue exploration of the Dharma with our next event — the 48th in our series. 

Date: September 23, 2023 in person. Please see attached flyer and flow of the DOM for details. 

Title / Theme: “Harmonious Living with Self and Others”

If you have any questions about this DOM, please contact Châu Yoder:

925-708-8662 (call or text)

Sending Love Letters to the White House

A message from LoAn Nguyen:

Dear Friends, Dear OI Members, Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear TNHF Board Members/Staff, Dear Beloved Monastics:

Thank you for sharing the impacts of the Cluster Bomb that is being considered by the U.S. government to supply Ukraine, and thank you for the ways you have called attention to this harm.

I just wrote to the White House. It was a simple process from this link provided by Susan Poulos. It took no time at all. I saved the message for possible resend elsewhere. I got a response and took a screenshot of it to use in my FB post next.

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Invitation from Couples Sangha for Sunday 1/29

Dear larger bay area sangha,

Sending you loving energy in this time of hurt with recent violence in our collective consciousness. On behalf of couples sangha, we invite partnered practitioners to come practice with us to build a beloved, intergenerational, mixed heritage, LGBQTIA+ friendly sangha here in Northern Cal. 

We meet virtually Sundays from 7-8:30 pm and in person at a practitioner’s home the last Sunday of the month. Inviting you to come check us out if this peaks your curiosity and if you’re looking to practice with your partners.  Please email me to be added to our listserv and to receive weekly zoom links/updates!

Eric and I will be hosting this Sunday 1/29. A note for younger practitioners: Eric and I have been the youngest couple (age wise) in the sangha for several years and are ready to give up that title. 😉 

Please share with your sanghas!

From our in person gathering in December 2022.

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Meeting ID: 886 5287 3463
Passcode: together

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Looking forward to meeting you,

Kim & couples sangha