There are many updates in this version. And for the first time we have an “online only” section on the second page, for Bay Area-based sanghas that practice primarily online (currently: Sugarplum and Morning Birds).
Several people have been asking recently which sanghas in the Bay Area are offering in-person meetings. Here are a few that meet in person at least occasionally:
Heart Sangha (Santa Cruz)
Majestic Oak Sangha (Redwood City)
Buckeye Sangha (Berkeley)
Hella Just (Berkeley)
Wake Up SF (San Francisco)
There may be others; these are just the ones I’ve heard about in the Bay Area. Details and contact info are in the PDF, of course.
You can always find the latest version of this document online at:
And if you’d like to facilitate something, please put your name on the agenda on the first page — or suggest an activity if it’s not already there. This will be a co-created space: Exactly what happens will depend on who shows up.
What is a “lazy” day of mindfulness? This means we are holding the schedule loosely, so as to make this day as restful as it is mindful. Come late, leave early – it’s okay.
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00 am to Noon Online via Zoom (please see second page of attached PDF for connection links & more details)
Practices will include Silent Sitting Meditation, & Guided Meditation, Dharma Study, Speaking and Listening in peaceful harmony. Participants: Please commit to any or all of the three sessions being offered:
Please prepare your practice space to be as serene as possible. Smiling with knowledge that dogs will bark, phones will ring, family/friends may interrupt. Such is the nature of online mindfulness practice with Dharmacharyas, OI and OIA of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism Ven. Thích Từ Lực, True Deep Wisdom, True Bright Dwelling, True Compassionate Dwelling & Radiant Awareness of the Heart.
Sept 16 – Dec 18 Sugarplum joins the Mahasangha in this year’s 90 day rains retreat. For our second retreat of this kind, we’ve added evening practice sessions, a weekly day of mindfulness, and a study and practice series on Right Action: Karma and the Five Mindfulness Trainings to our regular schedule of morning practice session, dharma talk, and 5MT recitation. These 90 days will be an experience of being immersed in sangha to deepen your practice of mindfulness, concentration, and insight, a way of practice that has been integral to buddhist tradition since its beginning. Enter this stream with us and start your journey to the other shore.
Right Action: Karma and the Five Mindfulness Trainings
Sept 27 – Dec 18
A twelve week live and on-line course exploring and integrating early Buddhist teachings with Plum Village practices. Bundle with the 90 Day Retreat or take it separately.
The Buddha’s teachings on kamma and rebirth have received a mostly mystical treatment among practitioners and commentators resulting in much misconception and confusion about how to apply them in daily life. This course will explore the role of samma kammanto, or Right Action, on the path of liberation and will combine the Buddha’s teachings with evolutionary psychology to provide a rationale for an objective morality and ethic. Rather than being resigned to “your karma”, a close reading of the early discourses show how you can shape your life in the present and future with skillful actions.
enhancing our connection with all that nourishes us. Saturday, May 7, 2022, 9:45 am to 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Practices will include Sitting Meditation, Mindful Movements, Guided Relaxation, Dharma Study, Eating Meditation, Speaking and Listening in peaceful harmony.
Please commit to any or all of the three sessions being offered: 9:45 – 11:45 Sitting Meditation, Mindful Movements, Total Relaxation 12:15 – 1:15 Silent Meal, Casual Group Conversation 1:30 – 3:45 Dharma Talk, Discussion
Please prepare your practice space to be as serene as possible. Smiling with knowledge that dogs will bark, phones will ring, family/friends may interrupt. Such is the nature of online mindfulness practice
with Dharmacharyas, OI and OIA of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism:
Ven. Thích Từ Lực, True Silent Forest, True Bright Dwelling, True Compassionate Dwelling & Radiant Awareness of the Heart.
Dear Community of Mindful Living in Northern California, We hope you all are in good health.
In order to continue expressing our Gratitude to Thay Nhat Hanh, Thay Tu Luc of the Compassion Meditation Center (Pho Tu Pagoda) would like to invite you to come to the Compassion Meditation Center to practice mindfulness with the hope to bring benefits to all beings.
Location: Pho Tu Pagoda (Compassion Meditation Center) 17327 Meekland Ave Hayward CA 94541
Dates and Times:
– February 19, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:30 am; ceremony in Vietnamese. **This event will include a Tâm Tang (Heart Mourning) pin to give to whoever wants to wear it to remember and honor Thay Nhat Hanh.
– March 5, 2022, 10:00 am -11:30 am; event in English. ** (please see above comment) Please bring poems and songs in remembrance of Thay Nhat Hanh to share. You can also bring some small objects to temporary place at the Shrine during this morning to remember Thay Nhat Hanh.
– March 13, 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm, **(please see above comment) Celebration of Life Ceremony in bilingual (English and Vietnamese). Tentatively this event will be done in the open space behind the pagoda main building. The program could be sitting with leisure within Thay Nhat Hanh; Chanting Avalokiteshvara and Offering from the Buddhist Youth of America and all attendees. If you have any big decoration or exhibit to present at this Match 13 Ceremony, please give them to Thay Tu Luc by March 10. More details will be announced later. Please save the dates and attend.
– Also FYI our dear practitioner Khoe Bach in Sacramento is making a book of memoirs to remember Thay Nhat Hanh at the 100th day after Thay’s passing; if you have some writings that you want to contribute, please send them to Thay Tu Luc at the address listed above.
– If any sangha wants some Tâm Tang (Heart Mourning) pins for their sangha members to wear in honoring Thay Nhat Hanh, please email to Thay Tu Luc at firstname.lastname@example.org with your return address and the desired quantity of pins.
Thank you in advance for your love and practice. Hope to see you at these events.